Scottsdale's Live Music Scene

By local contributor
Kelly Triplett

Live music has always been synonymous with Scottsdale, especially when the weather starts cooling down. From local dive bars to spacious patios, here’s where you can find live music in Scottsdale during Fall 2020. 


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


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: Wednesday - Saturday evenings 


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: Saturday evenings


Kierland Commons

This outdoor shopping center is home to dozens of specialty retailers, including Alex and Ani, Sundance and White House|Black Market. Make a day of it by dining at one of more than a dozen restaurants before stopping at the Plaza for live music.

When: Every Saturday evening in October 2020


Marcellino Ristorante

Seasonal ingredients and handmade pastas are the foundation of favorites like the Gnocchi Sorrentina in creamy gorgonzola sauce and Scialatielli alle Vongole with Manila clams and garlic.  Starting in October, a roster of local artists will be performing Smooth Jazz, Adult R&B, Contemporary Pop, and Big Band sounds.

When: Thursday evenings, starting Oct. 1, 2020


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 of both the course and the nearby McDowell Mountains, Quill Creek Cafe boasts an expansive patio and Southwestern-inspired dishes. Local band Vinyl Station will take the stage every week, while appetizer and drink specials start at $5.50.  

When: Wednesday evenings through Nov. 25, 2020


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: Nightly


Scottsdale Quarter

Standout stores here include Elan Style, Forever 21, Kendra Scott, Lululemon, Athletica and West Elm. And when you’re ready to take a break from shopping, the Quarter boasts a wide range of dining and entertainment options, including local favorite Sol Cocina and live music.

When: Every Saturday evening in October 2020