Scottsdale's Live Music Scene

By local contributor
Kelly Triplett

Live music has always been synonymous with Scottsdale, especially this time of year when the weather is pristine. From local dive bars to spacious patios, here’s where you can find live music in Scottsdale during Spring 2021. 


Center Stage Bar

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

When: Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.


Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row

Located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale's Entertainment District, Dierks Bentley's Whiskey Row is an icon for live music. Every Thursday evening, enjoy upbeat jams from local DJ's and every Friday evening, chill out with legendary acoustic bands. On Fridays, take advantage of happy hour specials! 

When: Thursdays from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. and Fridays from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Handlebar J Restaurant & Saloon

The legendary Herndon Brothers Band and other local talents take the stage to play all your favorite country tunes. While the dance floor is currently closed, you won’t be disappointed by the signature BBQ ribs or flame-grilled burgers.

When: Tuesday - Saturday evenings; Select times


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.  Choose from casual bites like crispy calamari and jalapenos, or opt for entrees like the grilled spiced Scottish salmon, with fire-roasted quinoa, local kale, asparagus, pearl onions and a paprika-lime vinaigrette.

When: Friday and Saturday evenings from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.


Marcellino Ristorante

Seasonal ingredients and handmade pastas are the foundation of favorites like the Gnocchi Sorrentina in rich, homemade tomato sauce and Scialatielli alle Vongole with Manila clams and garlic.  From old-time classics to contemporary hits, Thursday evenings remain on a high note with rotations between the funky R&B sounds of Sima and All-Star Trio and the smooth sounds of local Jazz artists.

When: Thursday evenings


Quill Creek Cafe at Grayhawk Golf Club

Enjoy live music, along with drink and appetizer specials at Quill Creek Cafe, located at the award-winning Grayhawk Golf Club in northern Scottsdale. Featuring stunning views of both the course and the nearby McDowell Mountains, Quill Creek Cafe boasts an expansive patio and Southwestern-inspired dishes. Local bands will take the stage every week, while appetizer and drink specials start at $5.50.  

When: Starting in February 2021


Royal Palms Resort and Spa

Tucked into the base of Camelback Mountain, the Royal Palms is a boutique hotel reminiscent of the Mediterranean. Enjoy live music and movies on alternating Friday nights in the historic Vernadero Lawn. Socially-distanced seating pods are set under a canopy of string lights. Enjoy a variety of seating options and gourmet snack boxes starting at $25.

When: Select Friday evenings at 6:00 p.m. through March 19, 2021


Rusty Spur Saloon

Housed in a former 1920s bank, Rusty Spur Saloon is a true Western gem where cowgirls can join local cowboys and celebrities (Clint Eastwood, Vince Vaugh and Jennifer Aniston are said to be fans) to knock back some suds and listen to live music.

When: Daily