Scottsdale's Live Music Scene

By local contributor
Katarina Kovacevic

Looking for a way to amp up your Scottsdale travel itinerary? Add any one of these concert or entertainment series to your set list. Local, national, and even international acts are taking the stage at concert venues and outdoor amphitheaters around the city.


Year-Round Jams


Center Stage Bar

Set amongst romantic, cascading waterfalls and glowing fireplaces, Center Stage Bar at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch showcases nightly live musical performances spanning an array of styles, from soulful vocals to edgy folk music.

Talking Stick Resort

Talking Stick Resort hosts big-name headliners in the 650-seat Showroom and in the 1,600-seat Salt River Grand Ballroom. Plus, the resort features live DJs and summer concerts at its outdoor, poolside stage. Past headliners have included Moody Blues, Whitesnake, Nils Lofgren and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Livewire

The newest live music venue in downtown Scottsdale’s Entertainment District has hosted the likes of Snoop Dogg, Chromeo and Jeff Bridges. See national touring acts and select up-and-coming local bands in this sleek, swanky space.

Kazimierz World Wine Bar

At Kazimierz World Wine Bar, choose from the lounge’s 2,000-plus wine list all while listening to live music acts every night of the week. Sample red table wines from Portugal and rare blends from Lebanon as you watch performances from local acts like Obadiah Parker.

Musical Instrument Museum

In the Musical Instrument Museum’s state-of-the-art, acoustically superb 300-seat theater, experience talented musicians from all over the globe. The museum hosts more than 200 artists each year, including jazz musicians, classical performers and international singer-songwriters.

Handlebar J Restaurant & Saloon

Prefer two-steppin’ to head-banging? Then mosey on over to Handlebar J Restaurant & Saloon for some dancing and live performances from country music’s The Herndon Brothers and other popular local bands every evening Tuesday through Sunday.

 


 

Seasonal Grooves


Kierland Commons

Kierland Commons hosts its free, family-friendly Summer Concert Series in the Center Plaza every Saturday night in June from 7 to 9 p.m. Tunes range from Beatles cover songs to jazz, rock and blues.

McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park

After enjoying a day of carousel and train rides at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, prop up on the grass and enjoy the sounds of top local bands during the park’s free summer concert series. Concerts take place from 7:30 to 9 p.m. every Sunday from May through July.

Desert Botanical Garden

On Friday evenings from February through June, take in the stunning atmosphere of the Desert Botanical Garden while listening to a musical performance. Artists in the Music in the Garden series run the gamut, giving you the chance to hear everything from Brazilian, to Latin, to blues, swing and jazz.

Hotel Valley Ho

Summer happenings at Hotel Valley Ho’s OH Pool Bar + Cabanas are the hottest ticket in town with live entertainment from local bands and DJs on Happy Hour Fridays (open to the public) and Session Saturdays (resort guests only).