From John Mayer to Metallica, this week it’s all about the music — with some football thrown in too.
If you’re interested in dancing to your favorite tunes or hearing some local bands, check out these dance nights and live shows in your neighborhood.
Live music at Westgate
At Westgate on Aug. 4 and 5, local bands August in Stereo and Cosmic Shindig will entertain people of different generations with tunes from different decades. Based out of the East Valley, rock cover band August in Stereo plans to give audiences a taste of ‘90s alternative hits by groups such as Green Day, Sublime and Pearl Jam and throw in music from bands and artists from other decades, such as the Black Keys, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. With Cosmic Shindig, a cover band out of Phoenix, audiences can expect popular classic rock music from artists that have stood the test of time, such as the Beatles, Blondie and Eric Clapton.
Details: August in Stereo performance. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Friday, August 4. Cosmic Shindig performance. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, August 5. Fountain Park, Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. Free. 623-385-7502, westgateaz.com.
Chandler’s On the House concert series
When the nine members of Tucson-based Santa Pachita come together, they create eclectic music that appeals to people with different tastes and backgrounds. During the Chandler Center for the Arts’ On the House summer concert series on Aug. 4, the band will try to get audiences dancing and moving their feet to Latin fusion music featuring a flute, a trumpet, timbales and congas. Funky Bonz, an indie band out of Tucson, will join the group during the opening night of the series, which seeks to expose audiences to music from around the world. The concert series, which runs on Friday nights through Sept. 9, will also feature performances by storytelling-focused acoustic group the Robby Robertson Band; funk and soul artist Niki J. Crawford and her band; the Los Angeles-based Jessica Fichot Band, a group influenced by French chanson, Chinese swing, gypsy jazz and international folk styles; and San-Diego-based instrumental soul group the Sure Fire Soul Ensemble.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, August 4. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., Chandler. Free but suggested donation of $5 for children, $10 for adults and $15 for families. All seating first-come, first served. 480-782-2680, chandlercenter.org.
Party at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix
Hip hop music is believed to have originated in the 1970s in the Bronx, and R&B developed in the 1940s from blues music. From the 1980s through the 2000s, hip hop and R&B were shaped by artists such as Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Prince, the Beastie Boys, Wu-Tang Clan, Outkast, Destiny’s Child, Lil Wayne, Eminem, Alicia Keys, TLC, Boyz II Men, Tupac Shakur, the Notorious B.I.G., Nas, Mary J. Blige and countless others. During the Crescent Ballroom’s New School! 2000’s R&B and Hip Hop Dance Party, local DJs Slick 76 and Melo will try to get crowds to bust a move on the dance floor with new school and old school jams. The dance night will take place every Friday evening throughout the summer.
Details: 9 p.m. Friday, August 4. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $3 in advance and $5 at the door. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
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