Hot summer evenings mix well with dinner out, shopping and, of course, music (not to mention cocktails). So, when the unforgiving sun begins to set and talk of dinner ensues, remember this season provides a unique opportunity to catch live music in a variety of unique venues. Behold the local concert series list:
Civic Space Park: Enjoy yoga and live music for free every Thursday through August. Yoga for all ages takes place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and live music from 7:30 to 9 p.m. June dates feature reggae, jazz and R&B.
Desert Ridge Marketplace: Artists perform Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m. on the District Stage or from 7 to 9 p.m. at the AMC Fountain. With genres ranging from Irish celtic to alternative (and instruments including the accordion and keyboard) the variety here will suit even the most eclectic tastes.
Tempe Marketplace: Artists perform Fridays and Saturdays from 7 to 10 p.m. on the District Stage or from 7 to 9 p.m. at the B&N Fountain. Whether it’s jazz, funk or acoustic guitar you’re after, you will find it here (and possibly discover a new favorite).
Desert Botanical Gardens: Take in live music along with the garden landscape from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Friday in June. The cost for admission is $15 for members and $21 for nonmembers. Doors open at 6 p.m. Must be 21 or older.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park: Bring a picnic dinner or purchase food at the park and enjoy a free concert every Sunday from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Featured musicians bring country, classic rock, and hits from the 50s to today to the stage.
Kierland Commons: This free summer concert series presents a new band each Saturday in June and July from 7 to 9 p.m. in the center plaza. This lineup is filled musicians who bring hits and classics to life.
Superstition Springs Center summer concert series: This free summer concert series presents a new band each Saturday in June and July from 7 to 9 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater where you’re invited to ”sing and dance along to music from some of our favorite local bands.”
Glendale Summer Band concert series: In the 46th season, the Glendale Summer Band’s free concert series takes place at 8 p.m. each Thursday through July 26 at the Murphy Park Amphitheater.