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. Past headliners have included Moody Blues, Whitesnake, Nils Lofgren and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Plus, you’ll find live music every night from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the resort’s Shadows Lounge, an intimate cigar and cocktail bar.

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.

Hotel Valley Ho

You don’t have to wander far past the main doors at Hotel Valley Ho to find ZuZu, a retro restaurant and lounge that packs a one-two punch with locally-sourced food and live music (Thursdays - Sundays, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m).  Tuck into a plate of Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs with a side of charred jumbo asparagus at the restaurant before moving over to the lounge to listen to local favorites like Fosterson.


Seasonal Grooves

Kierland Commons

Kierland Commons hosts its free, family-friendly Summer Concert Series in the Center Plaza on select Saturdays in the Spring from 2 to 5 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 June.

Desert Botanical Garden

On Friday evenings from October through November and Sunday afternoons 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.

Taking Stick Resort

Summer happenings at Talking Stick Resort are the hottest ticket in town, with live entertainment from local bands and DJs at the Release Pool Parties from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, May to October.