Monthly Archives: July 2014

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Horn-driven rockers Chicago hit the mainstream in the ’70s on the strength of such smashes as “25 or 6 to 4,” “Saturday in the Park,” “Just You ‘n’ Me,” “Old Days,” “If You Leave Me Now” and “Baby, What a Big Surprise.” And the hits kept coming through the ’80s. Reo Speedwagon topped the album charts in 1980 with the nine-times-platinum “Hi Infidelity,” which spawned the Top 10 singles “Keep On Loving You” and “Take It on the Run.”

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Slash

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The top-hatted ax-man from Guns N’ Roses returns with his band the Conspirators, featuring singer Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge). Known for such hits as “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Welcome to the Jungle,” Slash has kept busy since his days with GnR, fronting Slash’s Snakepit and performing with former Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland in Velvet Revolver.

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There aren’t many artists alive who do high-concept pop-music spectacle better than Gaga. Among the more successful pop stars of the past few decades, Gaga’s hits include the multiplatinum smashes “Just Dance,” “Poker Face,” “Paparazzi,” “Bad Romance,” “Born This Way” and “You and I.” ArtRAVE – The ARTPOP Ball is Gaga’s fourth headlining tour, in support of last year’s “ARTPOP” album.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30. US Airways Center, Second and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. $35-$200. 800-745-3000, livenation.com.

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This local-country-boy-made-good found success after moving to Nashville in the ’90s. Five of Bentley’s seven studio releases have debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart, including this year’s model, “Riser,” which spawned the Top 5 country hit “I Hold On.” Bentley calls this tour “the culmination of everything I’ve been working on for the past two years, both out on the road and in the studio.” And he intends to give the people what he knows they want, he says – “a kick-ass show, an affordable ticket and a good parking-lot scene to get the pre-game going.”
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $29.25-$54. 800-745-3000, livenation.com.

 

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Star of the Showtime comedy special “Crazy, Sexy, Dirty,” comedian Bill Bellamy has also appeared on TBS’ “Meet the Browns,” “Castle” and “Royal Pains.” The former host of “Last Comic Standing” performed on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Entertainment Tonight” and “Chelsea Lately.” Ages 18 and older. Two drink minimum required.
 
Details: July 24-27. 8 p.m. Thursday; 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday; 7 and 10 p.m. Saturday; 7 p.m. Sunday. Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre, 930 E. University Drive. $22-$25. 480-921-9877, tempeimprov.com.

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A whole new brand of country outlaw, Lovett has recorded 13 albums, consistently pushing the boundaries of country with the sort of airplay that approach would tend to generate (“Cowboy Man,” his highest entry on the country charts, hit No. 10) . He’s won four Grammys, though, including best male country vocal performance and best country album.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 24. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $48-$78. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.

 

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Returning for an encore run at ASU Gammage, Broadway’s 2006 Tony Award winner for best musical tells the true story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, complete with mob connections and macho power struggles. Featuring the falsetto energy of such hits as “Sherry,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” it also reveals exactly what was so great about “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night).”

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A four-time Grammy winner, Benatar broke through on the eve of the ’80s with “Heartbreaker,” following through with hits as big as “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” “Treat Me Right,” “Shadows of the Nights,” “Love Is a Battlefield” and “We Belong.” Rick Springfield, a pop-rocking soap star whose “Working Class Dog” also featured guitar by Giraldo, opens.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $35-$75, 800-745-3000, livenation.com.

 

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Stock your cooler with Oktoberfest brew for some scary fun on the river – and we’re not talking about strange substances in the water. Don your favorite waterproof costume, and enjoy the Sonoran scenery and a day of tubing the Salt River with a bunch of vampires and goblins. KUPD 97.9 FM will be broadcasting live from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Details: 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Salt River Tubing, 9200 N. Bush Highway, Mesa. $17 tube rental, includes shuttle ride; $14 shuttle without rental. Cash only. 480-984-3305, Saltrivertubing.com.

 

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Enjoy samples from some of the finest craft breweries and wineries from across the state and Southwest in air-conditioned comfort. Local food and live entertainment will be spotlighted. Ticket includes 10 beer and 10 wine samples, and proceeds benefit the International Athletic Sportsmanship Accord.
Details: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, July 19. Arizona Event Center, 1300 S. Country Club Road, Mesa. $30. 480-779-7716, arizonaeventcenter.com.

 

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