NVSO Presents “Pop for the Holidays”

2015-12-05 | ImagesAZ | Music

Experience a delightful collage of your favorite holiday music, including arrangements of “Winter Palace,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “The Polar Express,” “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” “Christmastime is Here” and many more. There will also be an appearance by Santa Claus with photo opportunities in the lobby, a friendly Christmas carol sing-along and audience participation in the sleigh bell and whip-crack sound effects during “Sleigh Ride.” $5. 7 p.m., North Canyon High School Performing Arts Center, 1700 E. Union Hills Dr., 623-980-4628, More

ProMusica Arizona Presents “Honoring American Heroes”

2015-10-08 | ImagesAZ | Music

ProMusica Arizona opens its 2015-16 season, “American Dreams,” with this program featuring patriotic and remembrance music from specific periods in our nation’s history. $12- $20. Oct. 16: 7:30 p.m., Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 9205 E. Cave Creek Rd.; Oct. 17: 7:30 p.m., Boulder Creek High School Performing Arts Center, 40404 N. Gavilan Peak Pkwy.; Oct. 18: 3 p.m., American Lutheran Church of Sun City, 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd. 623-326-5172, More

MIM Concert: Solid Soul Featuring Mavis Staples and Joan Osborne

2015-10-03 | ImagesAZ | Music

Grammy Award-winning blues and gospel legend Mavis Staples teams up with multi-platinum singer-songwriter Joan Osborne on this highly anticipated national tour. $72.50-$97.50. 7 p.m. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000, ... More

Musical Icon: Elvis

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Music

In honor of Elvis Week, join the Musical Instrument Museum for a celebration of the life of “the King of Rock and Roll” with gallery talks, hands-on activities, a viewing of the classic film “Jailhouse Rock” and more. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included with paid museum admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd.,, 480-478-6000.... More

Willy Porter in Concert

2015-07-24 | ImagesAZ | Music

Singer-songwriter Willy Porter delivers an electrifying guitar-driven performance that contains equal parts grit, soul and muscle. 7:30 p.m. $27.50-$34.50. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd.,, 480-478-6000.... More

The Nash: Cool Music at the Valley's Hottest Jazz Joint

2015-06-30 | ImagesAZ | Music

Have you been to The Nash?   Let’s rephrase that question: Do you love jazz?   If so, get thee to First and Roosevelt streets, where The Nash resides just off Central Avenue — fitting, since it is jazz central for Phoenix.   The young venue, which celebrates its third birthday in September, is more than a jazz club. It is the club in Phoenix and has hosted the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Houston Person, Randy Brecker, Javon Jackson, Eddie Henderson, Cedar Walton, Renee Rosnes, Barry Harris, Peter Washington, George Mraz ... and a sublime drummer named Lewis Nash, the club’s namesake.   Generally, you have to be pretty good at something to have a place named after you once you die. But to have something named for you while you’re still living? Well, you either have a striking wealth of money (donors often get buildings named after them) or, like Lewis Nash, an astonishing wealth of skills and level of respect in the industry.   If you haven’t seen it and want to have your... More

Scorpius Dance Theatre Presents “Rock”

2015-06-01 | ImagesAZ | Music

Audiences will be taken back in time with this high impact show that pays tribute to Rock ‘n’ Roll from the ’60s to the early ’80s by exploring the stories behind the music through dance, aerial arts and two short films. Check website for show times. $25+. Hormel Theatre at Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd., 602-254-2151, More

Drum Break: Discover What’s Beyond the Beat

2015-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Music

Delve deeper into the themes showcased in the MIM’s exhibition Beyond the Beat: Drums of the World by playing different styles of drums from around the world and participating in performance workshops, drum clinics and instrument-making demonstrations. Meet influential drummers from the Phoenix scene as well as premier national artists. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities included with paid admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725, E. Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000, More

Experience Polynesia

2015-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Music

Kick off the summer at MIM with their second annual celebration of Pacific Island music and culture. Enjoy musical performances, dancing demonstrations, a Polynesian-inspired menu at Café Allegro and a chance to play the ukulele. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Activities included with paid admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725, E. Mayo Blvd., 480-478-6000, More

Music in May Strikes a High Note

2015-05-01 | ImagesAZ | Music

Grab your lawn chairs or blanket and plan to join your friends and neighbors for another series of fun concerts in Anthem’s community park. Starting May 1 and continuing every Friday in May, a different group will entertain people of all ages in this festive, family-friendly signature event at the park’s amphitheater.   According to Anthem’s Special Events Director Michele DeMichele, more than 2,500 concert goers typically stake out favorite spots in the park to picnic, listen to live music, enjoy beautiful sunsets, and even dance the night away in this traditional month-long event. It’s fun and it’s free. At the first concert, popular food trucks will be on hand to serve dinner if you don’t want to cater your own, and the Anthem Youth Advisory Council will be doing a free s’mores station (definitely worth the calories). The ice cream truck will be at all concerts except May 1.   Got your calendar handy? Mark Fridays in May for fun, starting at 7 p.m. at the... More

Experience MIM

2015-04-25 | ImagesAZ | Music

A week of festivities commemorating the Musical Instrument Museum’s fifth anniversary culminates with this weekend of special events. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Included with price of admission. Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. 480-478-6000, More

MIM Celebrates 5 years

2015-03-30 | ImagesAZ | Music

Writer Tom Scanlon     If ears could talk, they would say, “We heart MIM!”   Ears, of course, are neglected in our eye-centric society. At the checkout line, there are no magazine covers touting the “10 sexiest male voices alive.” Mammoth television screens provide amazing pictures, but the sound? Horrible.   Then there are all those grandiose museums, from the Louvre to the Museum of Modern Art: a visual feast, but an auditory famine. What do they sound like? Squeaking shoes, clearing throats and whispered phrases such as, “I don’t get it, but I love the frame.”   So it is that ears around Phoenix give a standing ovation, of sorts, to the Musical Instrument Museum. Time flies when you’re making music, and MIM turns 5 years old this month.   The Phoenix museum, just outside North Scottsdale, threw open its doors five Aprils ago, and the Valley has never been the same — in a good way. Ears have been almost unconsciously drawn to it, like monarch butterflies to... More

Time Out for the Arts: Pipe Organ Exploration

2015-03-22 | ImagesAZ | Music

Join Brent Hylton for an up close and personal tour of Pinnacle Presbyterian Church’s custom-designed pipe organ, which features 3,364 pipes and 50 stops. 11:15 a.m. Free. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-303-2474, More

NVSO Presents “The Planets”

2015-03-14 | ImagesAZ | Music

The North Valley Symphony Orchestra performs the seven-movement suite of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” amongst a multimedia backdrop of stunning planetary photos by NASA. 7 p.m. $5. North Canyon High School, 1700 E. Union Hills Dr., 623-980-4628, More

Pinnacle Concert Series

2015-03-13 | ImagesAZ | Music

Pinnacle Presbyterian Church’s concert series continues in March with The Hyltons & Friends on March 13 and the West Valley Symphony on March 21. Check website for times and ticket prices. Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Rd., 480-303-2474, More