Cavalia Odysseo, the largest touring production on Earth, is a true revolution in live entertainment. Under a traveling White Big Top tent the size of a football field, Cavalia Odysseo takes audiences on an immersive journey to some of nature's greatest wonders with the help of acrobats, aerialists, musicians, 70 horses and 50 riders. Blending equestrian and stage arts with high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels, Cavalia Odysseo will transport you to a whole new level of beauty, grace and magic. This awe-inspiring ode to horse and man will take your breath away. Even more magical, spectacular and grandiose than before, Cavalia Odysseo now comes to Phoenix.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 2:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 1:30pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 7:00pmMonday, Mar. 26, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 7:30pm
Black Theatre Troupe's musical Three Sistahs transplants Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters from Moscow 1901 to Washington D.C., circa 1969. Deep harmonies of Motown, bebop, gospel and blues provide the backdrop as the sisters navigate between Vietnam, the Civil Rights movement and a smoldering family dynamic taken straight from Chekhov's classic. When this production hits the stage in Phoenix, a hauntingly beautiful musical score will lift their story to strange compelling heights and a stunning conclusion.
Get jiggy with your favorite '90s music, as you crawl from bar to bar in Old Town Scottsdale. Whether you danced to C+C Music Factory, Nirvana or the Backstreet Boys, this multi-venue party will transport you right back to the totally rad Fresh Prince, Full House era. Pick up your map and wristband at Old Town Gringos and then hit clubs like Wasted Grain and Bevvy.
As lead guitarist for multi-platinum metal band Dokken, George Lynch became one of the 1980s' most influential shredders. His inventive and intricate guitar work on songs like his signature instrumental track "Mr. Scary" put the band at the forefront of the headbanging scene, earned them a Grammy nomination and cemented Lynch a spot on Guitar World magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. But Lynch didn't rest on his laurels. After Dokken, he formed Lynch Mob, scoring more hits with "Wicked Sensation," "River Of Love" and "Dream Until Tomorrow." The band's latest album Rebel was released in 2015, and now they're playing a concert at BLK Live, where Lynch's blazing fretwork will be on full display.
The Arizona Rattlers kick off their 26th season of fast and furious gridiron action at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. One of the premier teams in the new Indoor Football League and winners of six world championships -- including 2017's United Bowl -- the Rattlers' home games are always packed with high-scoring excitement and a loud party atmosphere. Led by head coach Kevin Guy, the team lives up to its name with plenty of quick and deadly strikes to the end zone. Come out and catch all the 2018 action with your whole crew.
Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 6:05pm (vs. Cedar Rapids Titans)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 6:05pm (vs. Green Bay Blizzard)
It Happened One Night begins with pampered heiress Ellie Andrews languishing on her father's yacht, disapproving of her marriage to famous aviator King Westley. After an argument, she escapes the yacht and swims away. What unfolds after she makes this impulsive decision is rom-com history. Watch what happens when Scottsdale's Don Bluth Front Row Theatre puts its own theatrical spin on Frank Capra's Oscar-winning comedy classic.
Named "one of ballet's most exciting undertakings" by The New York Times, the Dance Theatre of Harlem has electrified theaters around the world with the passion, power and technical precision its dancers bring to each performance. Pushing boundaries for four decades and counting, this multicultural ensemble has evolved into one of the nation's most vital dance institutions. For this program at ASU Gammage in Tempe, the troupe of 14 racially diverse dance artists will perform exhilarating works from the Dance Theatre of Harlem repertoire.
Discover your new favorite wine, or just expand your knowledge, as you sample reds and whites from over 50 wineries from around the world at the Uncorked: AZ Wine Festival. Bring a date, a group of friends or come solo and meet fellow wine lovers at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. You'll have plenty to discuss as you explore the more than 100 wines on hand, and if you want something to nosh on, there will be food trucks with tasty eats to purchase. Plus, a live DJ will be setting the mood, and there will be a photo booth and more. Don't miss this fun, relaxing way to spend a Saturday afternoon in Scottsdale.
Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 4:00pm-7:00pm (VIP Entry at 3:00pm)
Rent control still rules in New York, just like it did in 1972, when this popular rom-com first made waves on Broadway. Written by Bob Randall (Kate and Allie), the play takes place in a swanky Manhattan apartment boasting six rooms and a river view (MTV Cribs anyone?), which attracts plenty of potential tenants including a married ad man and an unhappy housewife. But when the two are inadvertently locked in together overnight, a romantic connection begins to develop as they challenge their life choices. The original production starred Jerry Orbach and Jane Alexander, who was nominated for a Tony for her role. Check out this version at the Desert Stages Theatre in Scottsdale.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 7:30pm Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 7:30pm Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 7:30pm Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:30pm Friday, Apr. 6, 2018 / 7:30pm Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 7:30pm Sunday, Apr. 8, 2018 / 2:00pm
One of the biggest names in reggae history, the Wailers are best known for backing Bob Marley throughout his legendary career. Following Marley's tragic death in 1981, the band continued on, led by bassist Aston "Family Man" Barrett, who was a member of Lee Perry's group The Upsetters before joining Marley in 1971. In addition to their work with Marley, the Wailers have performed with reggae legends such as Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer and Burning Spear, as well as Sting, the Fugees, Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana and many other stars from across the musical spectrum. A gifted and tireless touring act, the Wailers have performed for a total of more than 20 million live audience members across the globe -- and now they're coming to BLK Live in Scottsdale, with opening sets from roots reggae group Kill Babylon Coalition and contemporary reggae artist Zander Waves.
When sharp-tongued queens from RuPaul's Drag Race stomp and sashay onto the stage at the Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix, the library will officially be open for business. Haters Roast: The Shady Tour 2018 is the ultimate reading session, where drag superstars will sound off on everything from politics to love, social media to their fellow "sisters." The all-star lineup includes Trixie Mattel, Latrice Royale, Thorgy Thor and Trinity Taylor, with hostess-with-the-mostess Ginger Minj.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York's Washington Heights neighborhood -- a place where the coffee from the corner bodega is light and sweet, the windows are always open, and the breeze carries the rhythm of three generations of music. It's a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. Don't miss this acclaimed musical at Cactus Shadows Fine Arts Center in Scottsdale.
Friday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Apr. 1, 2018 / 2:00pm
One of the most popular hard rock acts of the '80s, Dokken earned their metal street cred with Don Dokken's gritty vocals and fiery guitar solos. The band has sold over 10 million records worldwide and rose to the top of the pop-metal heap with sing-alongs like "In My Dreams" and "It's Not Love," not to mention their signature monster ballad "Alone Again." These days, Dokken's still going strong, with veteran members Don Dokken on vocals and Mick Brown on drums, alongside guitarist Jon Levin and bassist Sean McNabb. Catch them in concert at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
One of the powerhouse voices of R&B, Luther Vandross was taken too soon from his loyal fans. In this special concert honoring one of the greats, Ruben Studdard will bring the stirring sounds of Vandross back to the stage in Always & Forever. The American Idol favorite matches the vocals, music and staging of Vandross' shows, and you'll hear hits like "Endless Love," "Dance With My Father," and "Power of Love" to name just a few. Don't miss this night of wonderful music at the Chandler Center for the Arts.
Hula dancing is like the Hawaiian islands themselves: seemingly calm and serene on the surface, but volcanic and explosive deep below. Aihaa is the low-postured, vigorous, bombastic style of hula that springs from the eruptive volcano persona Pele and Hi'iaka. Experience a whole new side of the islands with Halau O Kekuhi, a group celebrated for its mastery of the aihaa style of hula dance and oli chant. Kumu hula Nalani Kanaka'ole and Huihui Kanahele-Mossman showcase the lesser-known, red-hot culture of Hawaii at ASU Gammage in Tempe.
Tres Tenores:Three Thrilling Tenors is an evening of high notes and hits with music from around the world, featuring Italian Neapolitan favorites, Mexican Mariachi masterpieces, Spanish Zarzuela arias, some of the most-loved ballads from Broadway, plus a taste of Grand Opera. This special Theater Works evening is part of the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts Music Series.
Great White, who enjoyed one of the biggest hits of the '80s with "Once Bitten, Twice Shy," celebrates almost four decades of rock at BLK Live in Scottsdale. Making its name on Los Angeles' famed Sunset Strip, the band recorded a pair of platinum albums and were nominated for a Grammy in 1989. Still going strong with original lead singer Jack Russell, the band will perform hits from their deep catalog, including "Rock Me," "Save Your Love," "Call It Rock & Roll," "Hooked," "House of Broken Love" and more.
Friday, Apr. 13, 2018 / 8:30pm (Doors Open at 7:30)
It's the kinda thing you might write a hit country song about -- a trio of buds decide to form a band, start playing honky-tonks out of the evocatively-named town of Dripping Springs, Texas, and their very first song out of the gate hits No. 1 and scores them a pair of 2018 Grammy nominations. The neo-traditionalist country trio known as Midland definitely made some noise with their gold-certified tune "Drinkin' Problem" and their debut album On the Rocks, which led to appearances on The Tonight Show and touring as openers for superstars like Kenny Chesney, Little Big Town, Thomas Rhett and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. Midland, which describes its sound as "if George Strait and the Eagles just went and had a really wild debaucherous weekend," play a show in the round at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix.
Friday, Apr. 27, 2018 / 8:00pm (Doors Open at 7:00pm)
Last In Line members Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain and Vivian Campbell were Ronnie Dio's collaborators and co-writers on the Holy Diver, Last In Line and Sacred Heart albums, which have gone on to become part of rock history. Taking their name from the album, Last In Line released Heavy Crown, hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Heat-Seekers chart, with the singles "Devil In Me" and "Starmaker" leading the charge. The band has added renowned bassist Phil Soussan and keyboardist Erik Norlander to the team for their anticipated and extensive tour.
He may be best known for his day job as host of the History Channel's Counting Cars and the owner of the Vegas hot rod and chopper shop Count's Kustoms, but Danny "The Count" Koker and his band the Count's 77 rev things up at night in classic rock style. They'll get your engines going with cuts from their latest album, Soul Transfusion, at BLK Live around the pool in Scottsdale.
An award-winning cast of two dozen tango dancers, singers and musicians steam up the stage in a spectacular show that traces the evolution of this passionate art form through the eyes of a single character, aptly named "Tango." I Am Tango sweeps you along through the storied history of the dance, from its Golden Age right up to today, with evocative costumes, sets and even multimedia elements. Experience the latest impressive production from Tango Lovers at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
The All Puppet Players bring you The NeverEnding Story: Live & Legless. This show asks you to embark on an adventure that has haunted children of the '80s for years. Travel to Fantasia, a magical land currently threatened by a darkness hell-bent on destroying everything it touches. Atreyu and his friends, including, a rock monster, a luck dragon, and a freaking guy riding a snail, all help him in his quest to destroy "The Nothing" and save Fantasia. This sprawling fantasy epic will be overflowing with APP's signature wit, pop-culture references, cost prohibitive sets, and pure puppet anarchy that will lambaste and pay homage to this celluloid childhood classic. Come to this show at Playhouse on the Park in Phoenix and experience the enchanted world of a young boy's imagination and behold the remarkable adventure that '80s parents thought was appropriate for kids to watch.
With 45 years of music under its belt, Uriah Heep has plenty of classic songs to pull from when it comes to BLK Live in Scottsdale for a night of awesome rock sounds. During the early 1970s, Heep, alongside counterparts Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple and Black Sabbath helped lead a new British music invasion with a little harder sound than the one before, topping the charts with hits like "Lady in Black," "Easy Livin'" and "The Wizard."
Have you ever been told you have a great voice? Whether you're looking for a new career or just interested in making some extra money on the side, this workshop gives you a fun, realistic behind-the-scenes look at the voice-over industry. From audiobooks to training material, cartoons, documentaries, commercials and more, you'll learn the ins and outs of this growing field and how to avoid the common mistakes made by newcomers. Hear what a professional voice demo sounds like, discover which vocal types are most in-demand and record a short script under the direction of your instructor. At the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Phoenix Downtown, this class is a great first step for anyone interested in voice acting.
Put together outdoor screenings of popular movies, live music from up-and-coming local bands and some of the city's most famous food trucks and you've got the perfect recipe for fun under the stars at Margaret T. Hance Park. Street Food Cinema features a different lineup of eats and entertainment for each screening. So grab some blankets, pillows, picnic items -- and even your dog -- and come on out to watch The Sandlot. It's the summer of 1962, and a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures. Food vendors like Bang Bang Dumpling and Cheese, Love & Happiness will be on hand serving up awesome eats.
Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 7:30pm (Doors Open at 5:00pm)
As a part of the iconic The Stray Cats, Lee Rocker made his mark playing, spinning, throwing and catching his 25-pound upright double bass. Now, on the road as a solo act, get ready for a rollicking time as Rocker astounds with his live show and stories of the last 35 years on the road. His rockabilly sound, heard in "Stray Cat Strut," "Sexy and Seventeen" and "Rock this Town," helped The Stray Cats reach the top of the charts, and you can hear a selection of old favorites and new tunes during this show at the Chandler Center for the Arts.
The original version of performance artist Taylor Mac's A 24-Decade History of Popular Music is 24 hours long. That's right -- 24 hours of nonstop costume changes, singing and audience participation that starts with the civil war and doesn't stop until it gets to today. You won't have to go through the whole 24 hours when Mac brings his abridged version to ASU Gammage in Tempe, but you might be into the idea after getting the highlight reel. This breakneck journey through the history of American song also reveals the long and spotty social history of America, and even with the short version, the audience participation quickly builds a sense of community. It's not just a show, it's an experience. You'll probably go out of your comfort zone at least once or twice, but it will all be 100% worth it.
The Plaids are back and better than ever in the crowd-pleasing favorite Forever Plaid. Who are the Plaids, you ask? They were a male pop quartet that died in a car crash on the way to their first big gig, and have been stuck in limbo ever since. Now they've got a second chance to fulfill their dream and perform the concert that never was. Accompanied by a live band, the four Plaids will sing in delicious four-part harmony and dance with charming, outlandish choreography and overzealous precision. The boys will have you laughing in the aisles and humming along as they serenade you with some of the greatest 1950s hits, including "Three Coins in the Fountain," "Catch a Falling Star," "Heart and Soul," "Chain Gang" and "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" at the Peoria Center for the Performing Arts - Main Stage.
Friday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Apr. 1, 2018 / 2:30pm
If you're been on the fence trying to decide whether to purchase oils, this educational class is for you. Learn what essential oils are along with why and how to use them, and then turn that knowledge into action by using oils to make a face serum, scented bath salts and hand soap. Enjoy all this plus a free nutrition screening at Century Library in Phoenix.
On a hot summer day after a long trial, a jury must decide whether a 19-year-old man is guilty of murdering his father. The jury votes 11-1 that the man is guilty of the crime, but laws in the United States require a unanimous vote by all twelve jurors in order to pass judgment. Tempers flare as the eleven jurors try their best to convince the one dissenter to come around to their side. As the evidence is re-examined, however, new uncertainties come to light, forcing everyone to truly question if there is in fact some measure of "reasonable doubt". See Twelve Angry Jurors, a heightened courtroom thriller that puts you on the edge of your seat while powerfully exploring what it means to live in a democracy, at the Zao Theatre in Apache Junction.
Loyalties are tested and rivals are vanquished in what is widely acknowledged to be Shakespeare's greatest historical saga, Henry IV, Part I, which explores power, treachery, war and the complexity of father-son relationships. King Henry's son, Prince Hal, is squandering his life on drinking, gambling and dissolution. Alongside this bacchanal misrule, a nationwide rebellion sparks that will test King Henry along with his heir. Experience Shakespeare's historical drama live on stage at the Nesbitt/Elliott Playhouse at Mesa Arts Center.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 2:00pmThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Apr. 5, 2018 / 7:30pm
Spin tells the story of the Derby Dames, a hot shot team in the fast-paced world of roller derby. When their star jammer is laid up with a nine-month injury, the Dames reluctantly agree to bring on the team captain's sister Dahlia. Dahlia, a high school physics teacher, is drawn to the science of the sport. But will she be able to handle the cutthroat competition? Find out when Spin rolls into Glendale's Brelby Theatre Company.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Apr. 6, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Apr. 6, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 2:00pm
It's been a tough year for Heather. Unemployed, divorcing and back in New York, her 30's are not what she'd thought they'd be. Her hopes are high as she steps into a Manhattan elevator next to a stranger and pushes the button to take her up to a better life. Too bad the universe has other plans. Now trapped, she relies on a gruff repairman and a 'first day' trainee to free her. And the stranger ... well, if only he really was. Stuck Moving Up comes to the Ghostlight Theatre in Sun City West.
Led by vocalist Koa Lopes, Inna Vision is famed as Maui's first reggae-dancehall band, with a stated mission to spread their island's aloha vibe across the world. And they've succeeded by playing major festivals with the likes of Matisyahu, UB40, J Boog and more. They've also released four full-length albums, five EPs and they're one of Pandora's most streamed Hawaii reggae stations. Now Inna Vision's hitting BLK Live by the pool in Scottsdale, with tunes from their 2017 EP release Highest Grade, a cutting-edge fusion of reggae, dancehall and hip hop.
A favorite across the country, The Dinner Detective comes to The Embassy Suites in Tempe to serve up a tasty whodunit along with a seated four-course dinner. And since this popular comic murder mystery is set in the present day, you'll never know whether someone at your table is one of the talented cast of improvisers. In fact, everyone's a suspect, including you. The event starts out with a reception featuring tray-passed hors d'oeuvres, followed by the meal, which includes salad, an entrée and dessert. Between courses you can expect plenty of murder, mayhem and hidden clues coming to light as you puzzle through the crime. The top sleuth wins a prize package at the end of the evening -- not to mention serious bragging rights.
The country-rap duo Dusty "Tex" Dahlgren and Brett "Bird" Brooks, otherwise known as the Moonshine Bandits, have such cross-genre cred that they managed to hit the Top 25 on the Billboard Country, Heatseeker, Indie and Rap charts with two different albums. Though they've been together since '03, the California-based band first gained notice with their 2011 disc Whiskey and Women, followed by Calicountry and Blacked Out. Their particular brand of outlaw music has struck a chord on video too, with millions of YouTube views. Now they're coming to BLK Live in Scottsdale with their latest Top 20 country disc, 2017's Baptized in Bourbon.
Whether you've been told you have a great voice, had compliments on your speaking style, or use effective communication in a current profession, this workshop will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how people make money every day with their voices. From audio books and training material, to cartoons, documentaries, commercials and more, this workshop will introduce you to the growing field of voice-over. Today, opportunities for voice professionals have increased dramatically and unlike a decade ago, the range of voices cast for these opportunities continue to grow. Skilled voice professionals are more in demand than ever before. Attend this seminar to learn what the pros look for and how to avoid many common mistakes. The instructor will help you avoid many pitfalls and instead develop an action plan designed to build lasting success close to home. You'll also have an opportunity to record a short script under the direction of your instructor.
Gentle winds, strewn flowers, the loveliest of trees in bloom ... delight in the colors of spring with this vocal concert spanning five centuries, enveloping you in the wonders of nature, young love and new life. Charming choral cycles by Benjamin Britten and American master Kirke Mechem headline this concert by Phoenix Chorale at the Trinity Cathedral, while poignant miniatures by Monteverdi, Brahms, Lauridsen, Hassler and Vaughan Williams adorn this musical bouquet.
George Thomas is turning fifty on Saturday, and it has been a terrible week. His dog is sick, his son is a slacker, and his daughter wants to marry a Republican. With a neurotic wife and a widowed neighbor providing more challenges than even George can overcome, this may be the worst week of his life. Through these trying days, George will discover the wonders of his family, the responsibilities of parenthood, and the results of his latest physical. This production of The Big Five-Oh by Stage Left Productions will be staged at the Ventana Lakes Yacht Club.
Gentle winds, strewn flowers, the loveliest of trees in bloom ... delight in the colors of spring with this vocal concert spanning five centuries, enveloping you in the wonders of nature, young love and new life. Charming choral cycles by Benjamin Britten and American master Kirke Mechem headline this concert by Phoenix Chorale at the Camelback Bible Church in Paradise Valley, while poignant miniatures by Monteverdi, Brahms, Lauridsen, Hassler and Vaughan Williams adorn this musical bouquet.
Gentle winds, strewn flowers, the loveliest of trees in bloom ... delight in the colors of spring with this vocal concert spanning five centuries, enveloping you in the wonders of nature, young love and new life. Charming choral cycles by Benjamin Britten and American master Kirke Mechem headline this concert by Phoenix Chorale at the American Lutheran Church in Sun City, while poignant miniatures by Monteverdi, Brahms, Lauridsen, Hassler and Vaughan Williams adorn this musical bouquet.
Loads of laughs are on tap for this nationwide tour that promises to hit 300 breweries across the U.S. As we speak, more than a dozen New York-style stand-ups are currently on the road, sampling the local fare and hometown brews and providing the finest and funniest in comedy entertainment. See them on their latest stop at Rickety Cricket Brewing in Kingman.