Return to Rosie’s Pub
SEPTEMBER 1 TO SEPTEMBER 15
This show places feminist icon, Rosie the Riveter, into the forefront as she works as the owner of a pub, visited by female leaders from across the ages. The sequel to a Brelby original show from a few years ago, it pays tribute to women like Sacagawea, Eleanor Roosevelt and Bettie Page.
Brelby Playhouse, 7154 N. 58th Drive, Glendale, 623.282.2781, brelby.com, times vary, $20-$25.
This reggae group has been bringing the beach vibes from Isla Vista, California, to cities across the world for nearly 14 years. These four alumni of University of California, Santa Barbara, have continued to make a name for themselves in the genre from their breakthrough album, 2007’s Courage to Grow, all the way to last year’s Grammy-nominated Falling Into Place.
Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center Street, Mesa, 480.644.2560, mesaamp.com, 5:30 p.m., $35-$103.
Live and Local: Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra
This 16-person jazz, funk, soul and African rhythmic group is a Valley gem and a show not to be missed. Featuring Camille Sledge — daughter of Sister Sledge superstar, Debbie Sledge — Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra is known for melding classic Afrobeat with original material, creating a unique and funky percussion experience.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.499.8587, scottsdalearts.org, 8 p.m., $12-$19.
Led by American Idol vet Chris Daughtry, the alternative rock group has four top 20 hits under its collective belt, including “It’s Not Over” and “Home.” There’s a reason why its latest project is aptly titled Cage to Rattle. (POSTPONED)
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 8 p.m., $30-$59.
Arizona State vs. Michigan State Football
Nothing says “school is in session,” like bumper-to-bumper traffic on Mill Avenue on an ASU game day. Check out what the Tempe team has to offer against the Michigan State Spartans. The usual prekick-off buzz will surround the stadium. Don’t forget to sport your finest maroon or gold.
Sun Devil Stadium, 500 E. Veterans Way, Tempe, 480.727.0000, thesundevils.com, 7:45 p.m., $60-$325.
9/11 Memorial Flag Field
SEPTEMBER 8 TO SEPTEMBER 12
Arizona remembers the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on New York City with this deeply moving and visual tribute. Tempe Town Lake transforms into a space of healing, covered in a wash of red, white and blue flags, each representing a name and a life lost.
Tempe Town Lake, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 866.375.3524, healingfield.org, all day, free.
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience
The mythic world behind the hit HBO series Game of Thrones comes to life with this thrilling, live concert experience. With a live band led by composer Ramin Djawadi, alongside multimedia effects and theatric displays, you’ll feel like you just took a trip to Westeros. Good luck waiting for the final season in 2019!
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, 623.772.3800, gilariverarena.com, 8 p.m., $34.75-$74.75.
SEPTEMBER 13 TO SEPTEMBER 16
This performer has his audience falling asleep…but only when he commands them to. Part stand-up comedian, part hypnotist, the UA graduate has performed everywhere from Entertainment Tonight to Comic Strip Live to the Today Show. His one-man show is two hours packed with subconscious exploration you can’t help but laugh at.
Tempe Improv, 930 E. University Drive, Tempe, 480.921.9877, tempeimprov.com, times vary, $20-$22.
Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market
SEPTEMBER 14 TO SEPTEMBER 16
This vintage market has grown beyond a trunk bed and into a three-day celebration, featuring night and early-bird shopping experiences for those looking to dive deep. A regular Scottsdale market fixture, this edition will feature 150-plus cutesy curators and handmade artisans, as well as live music and food trucks.
WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, 480.312.6802, junkinthetrunkvintagemarket.com, 5 p.m., $8-$65.
Rockin’ Taco Street Festival
No one needs an excuse to binge on tacos but it sure is nice to have one! From its humble beginnings in a parking lot, this all-day festival has grown into a full-on food fiesta. The occasion brings together tacos from 20 local vendors along with margaritas, salsa, eating competitions, low riders and lucha wrestling. Kids 12 and younger get in free.
Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Avenue, Chandler, 480.782.2727, rockintacoaz.com, noon, $10-$100.
Heather Land: I Ain’t Doin’ It
This Nashville mom forged her brand online with her viral videos and blog built around her signature catch phrase, “I ain’t doin’ it.” She will share her Southern brand of humor and love with audiences alongside music and video. VIP tickets include a meet and greet and special gift.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, 480.644.6500, mesaartscenter.com, 7 p.m., $39-$99.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé
The king and queen of hip-hop leave the kids at home for this one, taking turns performing their biggest hits accompanied by a ginormous production. Look for favorites like, “99 Problems” and “Crazy in Love,” as well as samplings from their latest foray, Everything is Love.
University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 Cardinals Drive, Glendale, 623.433.7101, universityofphoenixstadium.com, 7:30 p.m., $49.50-$320.
You might recognize these hip Australians by their tunes like “Joker and the Thief,” “Woman” or “Vagabond,” the latter of which was prominently featured in (500) Days of Summer. Whether you’re more Zeppelin or Sabbath, you’ll enjoy this heavy rock, neo-psychedelic group as it returns to touring after a brief hiatus.
Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Avenue, Tempe, 480.829.0607, luckymanonline.com, 6:30 p.m., $27-$47.
Mike Super Magic and Illusion
With an America’s Got Talent finalist title and a NBC’s Phenomenon win under his belt, it’s no surprise Mike Super earned the title of America’s favorite mystifier. He uses his skillset in magic and illusion to create a show that simultaneously stuns and shocks anyone brave enough to watch.
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480.782.2680, chandlercenter.org, 7 p.m., $36.
Summer’s End Margarita Mojito Festival
It’s all about the booze at this salute to the season, which will feature 20 craft house-inspired margaritas and mojitos, as well as spirits suited to other tastes. Food trucks, live entertainment and vendors will be sprinkled through the park like salt on the brim. Whether you want a shot, a drink to nurse or a taco, this festival has you covered.
Sloan Park, 2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa, 480.668.0500, margaritamojitofestival.com, 4 p.m., $20-$125.
Jurassic Fight Night
Just because they’re prehistoric it doesn’t mean they’re friends! The Land of the Dinosaurs at OdySea in the Desert presents this wrestling-styled fight night between different dinos. Watch as Rex the Tyrannosaurus squares off against Steve “The Spine Crusher” Spinosaurus for real in the ring, in what’s sure to be a memorable and visually stunning experience for adults and children alike.
OdySea in the Desert, 9500 E. Via de Ventura, Scottsdale, 480.362.3466, pangaelandofthedinosaurs.com, 6:30 p.m., $9.95-$39.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Anaheim Ducks
Fans are eager to see how the Coyotes will continue to fare in another season without No. 19, Shane Doan, their former captain. This preseason showdown against Anaheim —one of two games the Coyotes will play against them — will serve as a worthwhile and exciting precursor.
Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Avenue, Glendale, 623.772.3800, gilariverarena.com, 6 p.m., $21-$36.
Brazilian Day Festival
Celebrate a “Carnaval of Culture” with a head-on immersion into Brazil in honor of Brazilian Independence Day. This award-winning festival features live dance, DJs, capoeira, jiu jitsu, movies, education workshops, shopping and of course food and drink. You might want to grab some coxinhas for the road.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale, 480.499.8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org, 2 to 9 p.m., $15 adult and $5 kids under 11.
It’s easy to recognize a Macy Gray song by the Grammy winner’s signature raspy voice and honest lyrics. Since her massive hit, “I Try,” Gray has continued to take the R&B and soul genres to new heights. She shares old favorites along with new cuts, like “Sugar Daddy” from the intimate stage at the Chandler Center for the Arts.
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Avenue, Chandler, 480.782.2680, chandlercenter.org, 7 p.m., $38-$58.
Movies by Moonlight
This Glendale movies series wants you to take to the field— inch by inch, as it cools down— for a free evening of family camaraderie. With a screening of Rio 2, food trucks, a kids’ dance party, pop-up shops, character visits and free chair massages, you’ll hope the sun never goes down. The fun will continue with screenings on October 5 and October 12.
Glendale Heroes Park, 83 W. Bethany Home Road, Glendale, 623.930.2820, bit.ly/2M7MeMC, 5 p.m., free.
SEPTEMBER 28 TO OCTOBER 14
Arizona’s Black Theater Troupe puts its touch on the classic musical that combines the story The Wizard of Oz with a rock, gospel and soul essence. The musical, which won a Tony in 1975, was recently revived in 2015 for NBC’s The Wiz Live!, starring Common, Shanice Williams, Ne-Yo and Mary J. Blige.
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, 480.350.2822, bit.ly/2OxggX9, 7:30 p.m., $35.
Proud former Arizonan Dierks Bentley never forgets his hometown when he tours, and this summer is no exception. The skillful country rocker behind tracks like “What Was I Thinkin’,” “Sideways” and “Different for Girls,” Bentley will revisit hits and new material from The Mountain. Brothers Osbourne and LANCO open the show.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, 602.254.7200, livenation.com, 7 p.m., $39.25-$69.
SEPTEMBER 29 AND SEPTEMBER 30
As autumn mosies on down, flock to Rawhide and celebrate with the biggest fall EDM festival in Arizona. This year’s Goldrush packs a lineup that blows last year’s fest out of the water. Acts like Deadmau5, Illenium, Steve Aoki, Louis the Child and Vince Staples are set to take the stage.
Rawhide Western Town and Event Center, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, 323.908.0607, goldrushfestaz.com, 4 p.m., $159-$699.
Boy George, The B-52s and Tom Bailey
If the oldies station isn’t cutting it for you, take it to the source with this tour-de-force of ’80s legends. Boy George hits the road with The Culture Club, bringing the B-52’s for the ride. Whether you’re looking for some “Karma Chameleon” or to revisit the “Love Shack,” you’re sure to enjoy yourself at the throwback of the year, which will open with a set by Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins.
The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480.850.7777, talkingstickresort.com, 6:30 p.m., $40-$90.
Serenity in the Desert: Dr. Horrible Screening
The Arizona Browncoats — a local cohort of Joss Whedon fanatics — host an annual charity screening to benefit local charities like Kids Need to Read and Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona. Their Phoenix outreach event is a screening of the hilarious Neil Patrick Harris and Nathan Fillion-led musical, Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Watch or sing along as Harris plots the world’s demise as an evil super villain — in training.
Studio Movie Grill, 15515 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, 480.712.9183, azbrowncoats.org, 4 p.m., $15-$20.