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Through September 8
Grand Canyon Music Festival
This nationally renowned event celebrates its 35th season at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon with concerts that emphasize the broad diversity of chamber music. Highlights include performances by the Manhattan Chamber Players, Catalyst Quartet and Bonfiglio Group. Call for times and ticket prices. Shrine of the Ages, Grand Canyon National Park, South Rim, grandcanyonmusicfest.org, 928-638-9215.
Concerts at MIM
This month’s concerts include The Dawg Trio, Sept. 1; Stephen Stills and Judy Collins, Sept. 11-12; Red Molly, Sept. 14; Juana Molina, Sept. 15; Carbon Leaf, Sept. 17; Mwenso and the Shakes, Sept. 18; Tower of Power, Sept. 19-20; Margaret Glaspy, Sept. 21; Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino, Sept. 22; Loudon Wainwright III, Sept. 24; Bobby McFerrin: Circlesongs, Sept. 25-26; Kandace Springs, Sept. 28; and Marc Broussard, Sept. 30. Call for times and ticket prices. Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org, 480-478-6000.
Legendary rock bands Bush, Stone Temple Pilots and The Cult bring the Revolution 3 tour to Phoenix, featuring a full set of music by each group. 6:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 W. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
African Children’s Choir
Featuring children ages 7-10 from many African nations, the world-renowned choir charms audiences with its lively African songs and dances, including well-loved children’s songs, traditional spirituals and gospel favorites. Proceeds support education, care, relief and development programs for Africa’s most vulnerable children. Sept. 2, 9 a.m., Mission del Sol Presbyterian Church, 1565 E. Warner Rd., Tempe, 480-820-9944; Sept. 12, 7 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 3641 N. 56th St., Phoenix, (480) 945-9537; Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Apache Wells Community Church, 2115 N. Gayridge Rd., Mesa, 480-981-0327; and Sept. 16, 10:30 a.m., Sunshine Acres Children’s Home, 3405 N. Higley Rd., Mesa, 480-832-2540. No tickets; donations appreciated, africanchildrenschoir.com.
The Texas singer-guitarist shares his nostalgic soul music as his Good Thing Tour makes a stop in Phoenix. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The British rock musician performs stripped-down versions of “Baby, I Love Your Way,” “Do You Feel Like I Do” and “Show Me the Way.” 7:30 p.m. $52.50-$325. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
The iconic rock band shares its string of hits, including “Rock You Like a Hurricane,” “No One Like You,” “Send Me an Angel” and “Wind of Change.” Queensryche is special guest. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Red Rocks Music Festival
This annual festival attracts world-acclaimed musicians for eight concerts in Phoenix and Sedona. Call for times and ticket prices. Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, 122 E. Culver St., Phoenix; Beth El Congregation, 1118 W. Glendale Ave., Phoenix; and Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd., Sedona, redrocksmusicfestival.com, 602-402-4551.
The former lead singer of The Guess Who shares his distinctive brand of rock. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.
Journey & Def Leppard
Two of the world’s greatest rock bands co-headline a North American tour featuring complete sets and all-new production from both bands, plus an arsenal of hits including “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Lights,” “Faithfully,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me,” “Photograph” and “Rock of Ages.” 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Live & Local Fridays
Arizona groups perform in both of the center’s indoor venues, including Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, and Pat Roberts & the Heymakers, Sept. 7; Ryanhood, and AJ Odneal, Sept. 14; Vinyl Station, and The Gaines Brothers, Sept. 21; and Marmalade Skies, and Moonlight Magic, Sept. 28. Call for times and ticket prices. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Lead singer Chris Daughtry rose to fame on the fifth season of American Idol and went on to produce such hit songs as “It’s Not Over,” “Home” and “Over You.” 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.
With profound lyrics, soaring harmonies and country-tinged melodies, the influential rock band created a signature Southern California sound that defined a generation including such hits as “Take it Easy,” “Heartache Tonight” and “Hotel California.” 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Hot Tuna Electric
Formed in 1969 as a side project of the rock band, Jefferson Airplane, guitarist/singer Jorma Kaukonen and bassist Jack Casady continue to endure almost half a century later exploring American roots music through their acoustic and electric blues sound. Guitarist Steve Kimock opens the show. 7:30 p.m. $35-$75. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
On the House Concert (FREE)
This summer concert series concludes with Jazz from the Silver Screen with the Dmitri Matheny Group, featuring vocalist Holly Pyle. The program includes musical classics from The Wizard of Oz, The Godfather, The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner and Manchester by the Sea. 3 p.m. Suggested donations welcome: $10, adults; $5, children; $15, family. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlerarts.org, 480-782-2680.
Game of Thrones
Using state-of-the-art technology, composer Ramin Djawadi takes fans of the HBO fantasy hit show on a musical journey through the Seven Kingdoms. The immersive music and visual experience features a full orchestra, choir and video from the TV series. 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Ballet Under the Stars (FREE)
Ballet Arizona continues its annual season-opening tradition with this series of intimate outdoor performances of classical and contemporary ballet. W, Tempe Sports Complex, 8403 S. Hardy Dr., Tempe; Th, Fountain Park, 12925 N. Saguaro Blvd., Fountain Hills; F, Estrella Lakeside Amphitheater, 10300 S. Estrella Pkwy., Goodyear; and Sa, Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix. 7 p.m. balletaz.org, 602-381-0184.
The country trio is recognized for its pleasing harmony and string of hits, such as “Yours If You Want It,” “I Like the Sound of That,” “My Wish,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “Fast Cars and Freedom,” “Life Is a Highway,” “Prayin’ for Daylight” and “Back to Us.” Dan + Shay and Trent Harmon are special guests. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Nine Inch Nails
The industrial rock band kicks off its Cold and Black and Infinite tour with back-to-back concerts in the Valley. Tobacco opens the show. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Tito Muñoz kicks off his fifth season as music director of The Phoenix Symphony, leading the orchestra in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and its triumphant “Ode to Joy” featuring the Phoenix Symphony Chorus and world-class vocalists. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Pickin’ in the Pines
Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music presents this bluegrass and acoustic music festival, which features performances by Del McCoury Band, Béla Fleck, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Travelin’ McCourys, The Seldom Scene, Jeff Austin Band, The Grateful Ball, Della Mae, and Dom Flemons. Educational workshops, children’s activities and a band contest are included. Call for times and ticket prices. Pepsi Amphitheater, Fort Tuthill County Park, 2446 Ft. Tuthill Loop, Flagstaff, pickininthepines.org, 866-977-6849.
Rock & Roll Express Tour
A night of hits is on tap as 3 Doors Down and Collective Soul perform such favorites as “Kryptonite,” “When I’m Gone,” “It’s Not My Time,” “Shine,” “December” and “The World I Know.” 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Australian Pink Floyd
The tribute band endears fans with the best of Pink Floyd’s music from every era of the band’s 30-year history, including such classics as “Wish You Were Here,” “Another Brick in the Wall,” “Time” and “Money.” The show includes state-of-the-art lighting, sound, lasers and inflatables. 7:30 p.m. $38-$88. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé
Hip-hop’s first power couple joins forces for a collaborative On the Run II world tour, sharing such hits as “Drunk in Love,” “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Upgrade U,” “Crazy in Love,” “Show Me What You Got,” “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)” and “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem).” 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
In celebration of the 300th anniversary of his hometown city, New Orleans, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue team up with a who’s who of musicians for a Voodoo Threauxdown Tour. The touring street party features Galactic, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the New Breed Brass Band. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Los Angeles Azules
The Mexican folk ensemble specializes in Grupera, a genre of music influenced by the styles of cumbia, norteño and ranchera, and uses a variety of instruments to produce its dance-worthy, infectious sound. 8 p.m. $30-$70. Wild Horse Pass, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, wingilariver.com, 800-946-4452.
Australian Bee Gees
Fans will be singing along to such timeless hits as “Stayin’ Alive,” “You Should Be Dancing,” “How Deep Is Your Love” and “Jive Talkin’” as the tribute band shares five decades of the Gibbs brothers’ success as rock and disco legends. 8 p.m. $25-$40. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com, 602-267-1600.
Getting his start by busking on the New York City subway, the musician combines singing and cello playing to create a distinct sound influenced by such artists as Stevie Wonder, Burt Bacharach, John Legend, Hiatus Kaiyote, Flying Lotus, James Blake, Janelle Monáe and Thundercat. 7:30 p.m. $33. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Sinatra and Friends
The Phoenix Symphony whisks guests back in time to the Sands Hotel Copa Room with iconic tunes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and a swingin’ big band. The concert includes such Rat Pack megahits as “Come Fly with Me,” “Luck Be a Lady” and “Mr. Bojangles.” F-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
Annie Moses Band
Juilliard meets Nashville as this ensemble of six siblings shares its unique blend of classical, folk, bluegrass and pop in a way that is both fresh and poignant. 7:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, tempecenterforthearts.com, 480-350-2822.
The Grammy Award-winning artist rose to prominence as a member of hip-hop trio The Fugees and took the world by storm with her critically acclaimed solo album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Santigold, Mr Eazi and Tierra Whack are special guests. 6:30 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Renee Rosnes Trio
Known for her extensive range from powerful to sensitive, the Canadian jazz pianist, composer and arranger has released 15 albums, five of them receiving Juno Awards, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy. The concert kicks off the Lakeshore Music series. 7:30 p.m. $40. Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, lakeshoremusic.org, 480-350-2822.
Firebird Music Festival
Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson hosts this inaugural festival, which features headliner Jeffrey Osborne sharing the stage with Earl Klugh, Bob James, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Jazz Funk Soul, featuring Jeff Lorber, Paul Jackson Jr. and Everette Harp. 2-10 p.m. $45--$150. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale, firebirdmusicfestival.com.
The gifted soul artist with the distinctive raspy voice is recognized for the classic single, “I Try,” a song that snagged her a 2001 Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. 7 p.m. $38-$58. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler, chandlercenter.org, 480-782-2680.
The Christian Southern rock band from small-town South Carolina brings its Forever on Your Side tour to Phoenix, performing such hits as “Hard Love,” “Testify,” “Something Beautiful” and “Bridges Born.” Los Angeles duo Johhnyswim opens the show. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
John Oates & The Good Road Band
Oates – one half of the top-selling duo Hall & Oates – takes listeners on an uplifting musical journey from the birth of popular music through reimagined versions of his iconic ’80s hits. 7:30 p.m. $43-$73. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, mesaartscenter.com, 480-644-6500.
Daring contemporary choreography is in the spotlight as Ballet Arizona opens its season with the world premiere of Ib Andersen’s Brazilian-inspired work, Rio, set to the music of Philip Glass; and In Creases, an internationally performed ballet from Justin Peck, resident choreographer for the New York City Ballet. Call for times and ticket prices. Orpheum Theatre, 203 W. Adams St., Phoenix, balletaz.org, 602-381-1096.
Desert and Rivers
Phoenix Chorale opens its 60th season with music inspired by the contrasting landscapes of Arizona. F, 7:30 p.m., Church of the Epiphany, 2222 S. Price Rd., Tempe; Sa, 7:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 100 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix; and Su, 3 p.m., Camelback Bible Church, 3900 E. Stanford Dr., Paradise Valley. Tickets start at $35, phoenixchorale.org, 602-253-2224.
The Phoenix Symphony
Mozart, Strauss and Tchaikovsky are on the program as David Danzmayr conducts the orchestra, with Drew Petersen featured on piano. F-Sa, 7:30 p.m., Symphony Hall, 75 N. Second St., Phoenix; and Su, 3 p.m., Yavapai College, 1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott. Call for ticket prices, phoenixsymphony.org, 602-495-1999.
The chart-topping country star makes a stop in his hometown, sharing all his hits including “Different for Girls,” “Woman, Amen,” “Drunk on a Plane,” “Come a Little Closer” and “What Was I Thinkin’.” Brothers Osborne and Lanco are special guests. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Dropkick Murphys & Flogging Molly
This co-headlining tour features two giants of American punk rock that share a working-class ethos, an Irish heritage and Celtic folk influence. 6 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St., Mesa, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
The Colombian reggaeton superstar brings his Vibras Tour to the Valley, performing such favorites as “Mi Gente,” “No Es Justo,” “Machika” and “Bonita.” 8 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki headline this music festival, which includes performances by Deorro, Louis the Child, Rich the Kid, Slander, Troyboi, Ekali, Kevin Gates, Vince Staples, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Slushii and dozens more. Gates open at 4 p.m. Visit website for ticket prices. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler, goldrushfestaz.com.
Al Di Meola
The bona fide guitar hero performs his pioneering blend of world music and jazz. Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess is special guest. 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $35. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, scottsdalearts.org, 480-499-TKTS.
Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix joins Phoenix Children’s Chorus for a program featuring individual and collaborative performances from both ensembles. 3 p.m. Trevor G. Browne High School, 7402 W. Catalina Dr., Phoenix; and 7 p.m., Camelback High School, 4612 N. 28th St., Phoenix. $15, adults; $12, seniors and youth, $5, children 3-10, orpheus.org, 602-271-9396.
The Life Tour
Grammy Award-winning legends Boy George & Culture Club and The B-52s are co-headliners, with Thompson Twins’ Tom Bailey as special guest. 7 p.m. Call for ticket prices. Poolside at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 480-850-7734.