Tributes To Holly, Sinatra,
Led Zep Set To Rock PHX
By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine
Sept. 27, 2019 — Roy Orbison died in 1989. A plane crash ended Buddy Holly’s life in 1959. The “Chairman of the Board,” as Frank Sinatra was known, left this rock we call Earth 21 years ago. All three are legends whose music still influences millions all around the world. For those who couldn’t see them perform while they were alive, there are tribute concert opportunities this month in the Phoenix metro region.
On the heavier side, fans of the one-and-only Led Zeppelin can see Get The Led Out, a tribute band at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. This Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians who “re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed,” according to fans. (For more info, see date below)
Holly and Orbison will be brought back to life — via holographic projections — in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour, at 8 p.m. on Oct. 4 (Friday) at The Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. This type of production first became popular in 2012 with a hologram of Tupac Shakur at the Coachella festival -- although for some, it remains highly controversial. (For more info, see date below)
Paul Anka is an icon in his own right and on Oct. 9, he’ll do it “his way” by singing Sinatra’s biggest hits at the Mesa Arts Center. Anka — who says Sinatra has influenced him more than anyone else — is celebrating 60 years in the business, and will sing his hits, too. (For more info, see date below)
The two greatest rock bands of all time are being celebrated with Beatles vs Stones at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at The Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix. The Beatles tribute band Abbey Road will engage in a barrage of hits against Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction. For ticket prices, go to https://phoenix.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=557
There’s surely something to give you some sort of satisfaction over the next two weeks of the Unlimited Arts Calendar.
Sept. 27 to 29
The unconventional life of architect Frank Lloyd Wright is the subject of Shining Brow. Presented by Arizona Opera, the production will run through Sept. 29 at Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St., Phoenix. For showtimes or ticket prices, check out https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/shining-brow/
Sept. 27 and 28
The, dance-oriented Goldrush Music Festival is taking place at Rawhide Western Town, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. The line-up includes Adventure Club, DJ Diesel (AKA Shaquille O’Neal), Don Diablo, Oliver Heldens, Lil Texas and Vnssa. Food vendors will be on the grounds. A weekend pass starts at $160. To learn more, visit https://goldrushfestaz.com
Sunday, Sept. 29
Catholic punk band Flogging Molly and legendary Orange County punkers Social Distortion will play the Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center, Mesa. Special guests are Devil Makes Three and Les Butcherettes. Showtime is 5:30 p.m., and admission is $49.50. For more details or to buy tickets, go to https://mesaamp.com/Online/default.asp
Tuesday, Oct. 1
On the heavier side, fans of the one-and-only Led Zeppelin can see Get The Led Out, a tribute band at 7:30 p.m. at the Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. This Philadelphia-based group consists of six veteran musicians who “re-create the songs in all their depth and glory with the studio overdubs that Zeppelin themselves never performed,” according to fans. For ticket prices or other information on the band, visit
Oct. 3 to 20
Boxing drama The Royale is being staged at The Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe St. in Phoenix. Written by Marco Ramirez, the play is set in 1910 and loosely based on the life of Jack Johnson, the world’s first African-American heavyweight boxing champion. Admission starts at $40; for showtimes and other details, go to https://arizonatheatre.org/show/the-royale/ or https://www.herbergertheater.org/calendar/the-royale/
Oct. 4 and 5
The Phoenix Symphony is performing Sibelius’ Symphony No. 5 will be performed at 7:30 p.m. today and Oct. 5 at Symphony Hall, 75 N. 2nd St. For more information and ticket prices, go to https://tickets.phoenixsymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=11679
Oct. 4 to 19
Dutchman, drama written by LeRoi Jones, will run through Oct. 19 at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy. The play focuses on a white woman and black man on a subway train who eventually have a confrontation. (Note: the play is for mature audiences.) Admission is $25; for showtimes or other information, check out https://www.tempecenterforthearts.com/events/tca-presents-2019-20-season/dutchman
Friday, Oct. 4
Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison will be brought back to life — via holographic projections — in the Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Tour, at 8 p.m. at The Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Tickets start at $43; visit https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/21754 to learn more.
Saturday, Oct. 5
Puerto Rico-born Antonio Lopez rose to the top of the 1970s New York fashion world as an illustrator. He also discovered supermodels like Grace Jones and Jerry Hall. Lopez died 32 years ago, but his work lives on. The film Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco will be screened at 1 p.m. at the Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave. To RSVP or learn more, go to http://www.phxart.org/event/078c3a17-9471-e6fe-5a65-c1ab2c6a6876
Sunday, Oct. 6
Argentina’s Che Apalance, who blend Appalachian and Latin music, will perform at 7 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Admission ranges from $33.50 to $43.50. Visit https://mim.org/events/che-apalache/ for more details.
The Chick Corea Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. at The Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St. Along with the highly acclaimed Corea on keyboards, the trio features bassist Christian McBride and drummer Brian Blade. Admission starts at $35. To learn more, go to https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/chick-corea-trilogy-with-christian-mcbride-and-brian-slad
Oct. 9 to Nov. 10
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will run through Nov. 10 at The Phoenix Theatre Company, 1825 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. The play focuses on a boy accused of murdering a dog, and where his investigation takes him. For showtimes and ticket prices, visit https://www.phoenixtheatre.com/the-season/curious-incident-dog-night-time
Wednesday, Oct. 9
Paul Anka is an icon in his own right and he’ll do it “his way” by singing Sinatra’s biggest hits at the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa. Tickets start at $85. For more details, check out https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/anka-sings-sinatra-his-song-my-songs-my-way
Thursday, Oct. 10
The Noodles, who play the music of Jerry Garcia and The Grateful Dead, will perform at 8 p.m. at The Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Admission is $7. To learn more, go to https://www.rhythmroom.com/e/the-noodles-music-of-the-grateful-dead-and-jerry-garcia-72488887213/
Friday, Oct. 11
The environmental film Racing Extinction will be screened at 6:30 p.m. at The Mesa Arts Center. This a production from the creators of the award-winning The Cove. Visit http://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/events/racing-extinction-screenings to learn more.
Rock legend and guitarist Dave Mason will perform at 8 p.m. in The Showroom at the Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. As part of his Feelin’ Alright Tour, Mason will sing all the classic tunes like We Just Disagree, Every Woman, All Along The Watchtower and of course Feelin’ Alright. For ticket prices or other details, go to https://www.talkingstickresort.com/phoenix-scottsdale-concerts-entertainment/entertainment-listing/the-showroom/dave-mason/
Styx lead singer Dennis DeYoung is taking his Grand Illusion 40th Anniversary Album Tour to the Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa. He’ll perform that entire hit album, along with other popular Styx songs. Admission starts at $43, and showtime is at 8 p.m. For more details, go to https://www.mesaartscenter.com/index.php/shows/performing-live/dennis-deyoung
Oct. 11 to 24
They Chose Me, a musical focusing on adoption, will run through Oct. 24 at the Valley Youth Theatre, 525 N. First St., Phoenix. A group of adopted youngsters assemble to tell their stories to Sarah Cook, herself an adoptee. Tickets are $20. For showtimes or other details, check out https://www.vyt.com/tickets/2019-2020-season/they-chose-me-oct-11-27-2019/
Oct. 11 and 12
The Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix is hosting Otsukimi, a two-day celebration of the harvest moon. The garden is located at 216 W. Portland Ave. For more details, go to https://www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org/otsukimi2019
Oct. 11 to 20
Frozen Jr., based on the Disney mega-hit film, runs until Oct. 20 at Greasepaint Youtheatre, 7020 E. Second St., Scottsdale. Admission is $15. Visit https://greasepaint.org/product/shows/frozen-jr/ for showtimes or other details.
Oct. 11 to Nov. 9
Entertaining audiences in various incarnations since 1979, the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street will be presented at Arizona Broadway Theatre, 7701 W. Paradise Lane, Peoria. Go to https://azbroadway.org/event/sweeney-todd-2/ for showtimes or ticket prices.
Saturday, Oct. 12
The Nash’s seventh anniversary Main Event will be held at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. Javon Jackson-Lewis Nash and Jazz Messages will perform. Admission starts at $49; to learn more, go to https://thenash.org/event/the-nash-7th-anniversary-celebration-starring-javon-jacksons-jazz-message/
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