Our marketing intern, Marcos, has a passion for all the fun events that happen around Phoenix. He put together another great blog post  that features musical events happening in Phoenix. Thanks, Marcos!

Spring is here! Greater Phoenix has a number of indoor and outdoor concerts for all to enjoy, from award-winning musicians to local artists.

4/3/2012

Marcus Foster at the Compound Grill

Marcus Foster is a British unsigned musician, categorizing himself as Folk, Blues and Alternative. Some of his musical influences include Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, The Doors, Jeff Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Van Morrison, and the list goes on. Best known for co-writing the song “Let Me Sign” performed by Robert Pattinson on the Twilight Soundtrack, he is currently recording new music and set to play some dates in America this summer with friends Bobby Long and Sam Bradley.

Details: The Compound Grill, 7000 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix. Admission: $10.00 – $22.00, Tuesday, April 3rd, 8:00 p.m. (480) 585-5483

4/4/2012

Afternoon Concert Series in the Park

The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department is bringing live music to the downtown lunch scene with the Civic Space Lunchtime Concert Series. Every Wednesday on the outside amphitheater stage. The concerts are free to the public and will feature outstanding performing and visual arts.

Details: Civic Space Park in Downtown Phoenix, 424 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Admission: Free, Wednesdays, April 4th, 11th and 18th., 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

4/6/2012

Live Music at Desert Ridge Marketplace

Come out to the Desert Ridge Marketplace and enjoy live performances from local musicians every Friday and Saturday night near the District Stage and AMC Fountain Area. Each week different performers will showcase their music for you to enjoy.

Details: Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Boulevard, Phoenix. Admission: Free, Friday and Saturday, April 6-7th, 13-14th, 20-21st, 27-28th, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

4/6/2012

Live Music Entertainment at Westgate City Center

Live entertainment every Friday and Saturday evening across from AMC Theater, set in a perfect square and made of lush gardens, picturesque Fountain Park provides a serene environment in a true paradise setting. Centered by an interactive fountain (splash pad), families and friends alike can share in laughter and fun as they pop into the streaming shots of water and enjoy a sunny afternoon.

Details: Fountain Park at Westgate City Center, 6770 N. Sunset Boulevard, Glendale. Admission: Free, Friday and Saturday, April 6-7th, 13-14th, 20-21st, 27-28th, 6:30 p.m. — 9:30 p.m. (623) 772-4000

Live Music at the Arizona Center feat. Michael Villanueva Duo

Live Music Series will bring the Michael Villanueva Duo to the Grand Staircase at the Arizona Center. Performances will be every First Friday of the month and every other Thursday from 5-7 pm. The Live Music Series will include classic rock-n-roll, country, contemporary cover music, and jazz. Feel free to stop by and enjoy the live music while also taking advantage of one of the many restaurants’ happy hours.

Details: Grand Staircase at Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix. Admission: Free, Friday, April 6th, 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. (602) 271-4000

4/7/2012

Museum Encounter – BassooNova

As part of the ASU Graduate Series, enjoy a performance by BassooNova, a bassoon quartet consisting of bassoon professor, Dr. Albie Micklich and graduate bassoon students Maxwell Grube, Laura McIntyre, and Mary Stuckemeyer. Their eclectic repertoire includes world music, popular favorites, and more.

Details: MIM – Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix. Admission: Adults – $15 Seniors (65+) – $13 Youths (6-17) – $10 Children (ages 5 and under) — Free, Saturday, April 7th, Shows at 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. (480) 478-6000

4/8/2012

2012 Sun and Song Outdoor Music Series

Enjoy the best of Native music at the Sun and Song Outdoor Music Series. Contemporary Native musical artists will perform at Heard Museum Phoenix. Relax on the courtyards and patios and at the cafés while listening to wonderful performances on Sunday afternoons in April.

Details: Heard Museum Phoenix, 2301 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Admission: Free with Heard admission, Sunday April 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th, 11:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m. (602) 252-8840

4/12/2012 — 4/15/2012

Country Thunder 2012

If you’re a country music fan, this is a must attend event that brings together the most popular artist to the stage for jam packed music event. Headliners include, Dierks Bentley, Big and Rich, Blake Shelton and Alan Jackson and Moonshine Willy’s opens to the public for late night entertainment. Bare back and saddle bronc riding, Harry Luge and his band Dually Stoned.

Details: Country Thunder West, 20585 E. Price (Station) Road, Florence. Admission: $90.00 per day at the gate, Tuesday — Sunday, April 12th — 15th, 10:00 a.m. — 11:00 p.m. (866) 802-6418

4/12/2012

Live Music at the Arizona Center featuring  Southwest Surfers

Live Music Series will bring Southwest Surfers to the Grand Staircase at the Arizona Center. Performances will be every First Friday of the month and every other Thursday from 5-7 pm. The Live Music series will include classic rock-n-roll, country, contemporary cover music, and Jazz. Feel free to stop by and enjoy the live music while also taking advantage of one of the many restaurants happy hours.

Details: Grand Staircase at Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix. Admission: Free, Friday, April 12th, 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. (602) 271-4000

4/13/2012

Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series – Dennis Rowland

The Desert Botanical Garden is proud to bring another season of stellar talent to the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series. Enjoy the music of beloved favorites and new performers in the most breathtaking venue in town. There’s no bad luck on Friday the 13th but rather timeless classics performed by one of the most established entertainers in the Valley. Be delighted by the powerful vocals and contagious charm of Dennis Rowland

Details: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Admission: Members: $15.00; General Public: $21.00, Friday, April 13, Hours: 7:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m., (480) 481-8188

4/14/2012-4/15/2012

Glendale Jazz and Blues Festival

This year’s festival will feature a tremendous lineup of local, regional and national entertainment in Historic Downtown Glendale. Glendale’s longest-running festival will feature an eclectic mix of artisans representing a myriad of art forms. Two artists will work on-site, giving event attendees an interactive, one-of-a-kind experience to add to the musical performances. The event will also feature craft artisans and delicious food and beverages, including wine tasting by Kokopelli Winery.

Details: Historic Downtown Glendale, 58th and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. Admission: Free, April 14th and 15th, Saturday 12:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. — 6:00 p.m. (623) 930-2299

4/14/2012

Music on Main in Buckeye

Enjoy free musical performances on Verrado’s Village Green, just east of Verrado Way on Main Street, Buckeye. The grassy lawn is open for seating also listen to the music from the patio at Grazie Pizzeria Winebar. The line-up includes cool jazz, world beat, R and B and calypso/island rhythms performer David Marq. He is described as a mesmerizing jazz saxophonist, David Marq delights with his smooth and sultry renditions of legendary jazz and blues favorites.

Details: Verrado Assembly and Community Association, 21029 W. Main Street, Buckeye. Admission: Free, Saturday, April 14th, 3:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. (623) 251-6000

4/15/2012

Virginia G. Piper Piano Series: Bryan Wallick

A gold medalist at the 1997 Vladimir Horowitz International Competition for Young Pianists, Bryan Wallick is gaining recognition as one of the great American virtuoso pianists of his generation. The performance also includes the Center’s Keyboard in the Sky video display, which enables the audience to see the pianist’s hands moving across the keyboard in real time from any seat in the house.

Details: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale. Admission: $26.00, Sunday April 15th, 7:30 p.m. (480) 499-8587

4/15/2012

Museum Encounter: Katherine Palmer

Enjoy selections performed by Katherine Palmer, clarinetist, as part of the ASU Graduate Series. Her research and academic work on traditional and contemporary Latin American music will inspire her performance.

Details: MIM – Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix. Admission: Adults – $15 Seniors (65+) – $13 Youths (6-17) – $10 Children (ages 5 and under) — Free, Sunday, April 15th, Performances at 12:00 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., (480) 478-6000

4/15/2012

Dominic Amato Live Music at El Pedregal

Carefree Sunday with live music at El Pedregal, blessed with pristine natural beauty, pleasant temperatures, and golden sunshine, Arizona is tailor-made for outdoor events, festivals and celebrations. Performance featuring Dominic Amato electronic wind instrument. Dominic’s musical affinity emerged at a very early age, it was not until the summer of 2001 that he had ever attended any private music lessons.

Details: El Pedregal at the Boulders Resort, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Admission: Free, Sunday, April 15th, 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. (480) 488-1072

4/16/2012

CrossTalk and the World Music Gang

MIM Musical Interludes, featuring UA School of Music: CrossTalk and the World Music Gang. CrossTalk is the world’s first totally electronic percussion group performing music that is both contemporary and original. The World Music Gang focuses on indigenous instruments and the music of Brazil, Ghana, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and other cultures in the Afro-Brazilian tradition. Together, these two groups combine ancient and modern drumming to create an innovative force of nature.

Details: MIM – Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix. Admission: Free, Monday, April 16th, 1:00 p.m. (480) 478-6000

4/20/2012

Third Friday Concert at Civic Space Park

Bring your friends along with a chair or blanket and enjoy the sights and sounds of a local band in the Downtown Civic Space Park. The concert is part of the Third Friday Concert in the Park series.

Details: Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Avenue, Phoenix. Admission: Free, Friday, April 20th, 7:30 p.m. (602) 262-4734

Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series – Nature, Sounds, Silence: John Cage

The Desert Botanical Garden is proud to bring another season of stellar talent to the Music in the Garden Spring Concert Series. Enjoy the music of beloved favorites and new performers in the most breathtaking venue in town. In honor of John Cage’s centennial year, the Desert Botanical Garden is proud to collaborate with the ASU School of Music to bring a truly unique performance to Music in the Garden. Enjoy this special two part concert that begins in the gorgeous Ottosen Entry Garden with special percussion and narration pieces and then progress up to Ullman Terrace for a performance of John Cage’s “Branches” performed on cacti and other amplified plants.

Details: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix. Admission: Members: $15.00; General Public: $21.00, Friday, April 20th, Hours: 7:00 p.m – 9:00 p.m., (480) 481-8188

4/22/2012

Mosaico and Dancers – Flamenco Show Live at El Pedregal

Carefree Sunday with Live Music at El Pedregal, blessed with pristine natural beauty, pleasant temperatures, and golden sunshine, Arizona is tailor-made for outdoor events, festivals and celebrations. Featuring: Mosaico and Dancers – Flamenco Show, Mosaico is one of the most innovative and inspiring new acoustic flamenco groups in the USA.

Details: El Pedregal at the Boulders Resort, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Admission: Free, Sunday, April 22nd, 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. (480) 488-1072

4/26/2012

Live Music at the Arizona Center featuring Bryne Donaldson

The Live Music series will include classic rock-n-roll, country, contemporary cover music, and jazz. Feel free to stop by and enjoy the live music while also taking advantage of one of the many restaurant happy hours. Featuring: Bryne Donaldson.

Details: Grand Staircase at Arizona Center, 400 E. Van Buren Street, Phoenix. Admission: Free, Thursday, April 26th, 5:00 p.m. — 7:00 p.m. (602) 271-4000

4/28/2012

Music on Main in Buckeye

Enjoy free musical performances on Verrado’s Village Green, just east of Verrado Way on Main Street in Buckeye. The grassy lawn is open for seating or also listen to the music from the patio at Grazie Pizzeria Winebar. Performing: Cold Shott and The Hurricane Horns –  A mainstay in the Arizona R and B, Blues, Funk and Soul music circuits. Cold Shott and The Hurricane Horns boasts a rocking rhythm section, powerful vocals and a horn section that is sure to make you get up and dance.

Details: Verrado Assembly and Community Association, 21029 W. Main Street, Buckeye. Admission: Free, Saturday, April 28th, 3:00 p.m. — 5:00 p.m. (623) 215-6000

4/29/2012

Affinity Live Music at El Pedregal

Carefree Sunday with Live Music at El Pedregal, blessed with pristine natural beauty, pleasant temperatures, and golden sunshine, Arizona is tailor-made for outdoor events, festivals and celebrations. Affinity has been a musical mainstay in the Valley of the Sun for over 30 years. The band was founded in 1973 by Les Koel, Jim May and Dave Grale.

Details: El Pedregal at the Boulders Resort, 34505 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. Admission: Free, Sunday, April 29th, 1:00 p.m. — 4:00 p.m. (480) 488-1072

4/30/2012

Picture Rachmaninoff : Stephen Cook

MIM Musical Interludes, featuring ASU School of Music: “Picture Rachmaninoff” :Stephen Cook.. Based on a multimedia project by pianist and ASU doctoral candidate Stephen Cook, this production of Paul Harvey Jr.’s new play combines the thrilling piano music of Sergei Rachmaninoff with beautiful paintings and evocative poetry. Cook performs Rachmaninoff’s complete tudes-Tableaux, op. 39, accompanied by dramatic visual projections and readings, including masterworks by Kandinsky, Pushkin, Vrubel, Lermontov, and others.

Details: MIM – Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard, Phoenix. Admission: Free, Monday, April 30th, 1:00 p.m. (480) 478-6000