Country Music Artist Jacob Morris Performing Live at JOJO Coffeehouse June 27

Live music has officially returned to JOJO Coffeehouse, a locally owned Scottsdale breakfast spot. JOJO announced that it will host country music artist Jacob Morris Saturday, June 27, 2–4pm. Morris has opened for artists such as Scotty McCreery, Billy Currington, Chris Janson, Thompson Square and more. As many live music venues across the Valley remain temporarily closed, JOJO Coffeehouse is giving the community an opportunity to enjoy live music from local artists.

Live music performances take place every weekend. There is no cover to attend, and all ages are welcome. Food and beverage will be available to order.

JOJO Coffeehouse is located at 3712 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 110, Scottsdale. For additional information, call 480.907.6100 or visit jojocoffeehouse.com.

MORE: jacob-morris.com

NVSO Presents ‘Women in Music’ March 14

NVSO Cello Section Performing Christmas Pops; Photo: Pete Schulte

Join North Valley Symphony Orchestra (NVSO) as they recognize the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage by performing music written by women. These talented composers do not receive as much recognition as their male counterparts but are equally talented.

NVSO music director Kevin Kozacek said, “We are delighted to perform three works by woman composers on this concert. The idea to showcase women in music came from the fact that this concert season coincides with the 100th anniversary of woman’s suffrage in America. In 1919 congress passed the 19th Amendment, and the states finished ratification in 1920. NVSO is excited to feature three very successful composers at our March 14 concert.”

Amy Beach’s Symphony in E Minor was written in 1894 and was the first symphony composed and published by a female American composer. The symphony employs numerous English, Irish and Scottish melodies, so Beach subtitled the work the Gaelic Symphony.

“Audience members will enjoy the folk-like feeling evoked by the piece,” said Kozacek.

Cécile Chaminade was a French composer, and NVSO will perform a suite of four movements from her ballet Callirhoë, written in 1888.

Kozacek said, “The piece is rich with playful melodies and motifs, and easy to visualize ballerinas dancing to the music.”

Last, Joan Tower is a current American composer that just this year was awarded the annual Gold Baton award from the League of American Orchestras for her contribution to the field of orchestral music. Other recipients include Bernstein, Copland and John Williams. The featured piece Sixth Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman was written in 2014, the sixth in a series of pieces that Tower has written to celebrate the risk-takers, or uncommon women of today.

“I’m proud of NVSO for dedicating this concert as a celebration of women in music and hope that many community members will attend the unique event,” concluded Kozacek.

The “Women in Music” concert is sponsored by CASCO Financial Group. The concert will be held Saturday, March 14, 7-9pm, at North Canyon High School Performing Arts Center, 1700 East Union Hills Drive in North Phoenix.

NVSO provides affordable concert experiences to the Phoenix North Valley community. Ticket prices are $5 each concert, and children 5 and under are always free. Purchase tickets at the NVSO website, www.northvalleysymphony.org, or by calling 623.980.4628.

IKEA Hosts Spring Break Event March 8–14

Throughout March and April, participating IKEA U.S. stores will host events dedicated to spending time with family and inspiring customers around how to spruce up their homes this season — indoors and out. During the Arizona event, March 8–14 in Tempe, families will have the opportunity to participate in a multitude of workshops and make-and-take activities.

Spring Break Event in-store activities and offers include:

Workshops & Activities

  • Plate & Cushion Cover Decorating
  • Paint Your Own Frame and Watering Can
  • Craft Colorful Bracelets
  • DIY PASKRIS Tree
  • Plant and Pot – Make & Take
  • Spin Art
  • Spring Break Scavenger Hunt throughout the IKEA store

IKEA Family Offers

  • Sign Up Bonus — Customers who sign up for IKEA Family, the free IKEA loyalty program, at Spring Break events will be eligible for a special sign-up bonus, while supplies last.

Activities and offers vary by store. Visit the Tempe store webpage for more information about the specifics of the Spring Break Event.

Chart-Topping Country Music Stars Lee Brice and Craig Morgan to Headline KNIX BBQ & Beer Festival

Valley residents are invited to kick back and enjoy tasty BBQ, hot country music and a day of family fun at the 11th annual KNIX BBQ & Beer Festival. In partnership with iHeart Media and 102.5 KNIX, Lee Brice and Craig Morgan will co-headline the event, Saturday, March 28.

Known as the largest BBQ event west of Texas and awarded “outstanding event of the year,” the KNIX BBQ & Beer Festival will feature national and locally recognized BBQ pit masters while showcasing over a dozen cocktails and beers to wash it down with.

This family-friendly event offers the ‘For the Love of BBQ’ Lounge, VIP tent, Bourbon Street, BBQ Pit Row, March Madness zone, Live & Local arena, Kid Kick-Back zone, petting zoo, carnival and other interactive experiences. Additionally, a portion of the event’s proceeds will be donated to the Greater Cause Foundation.

A few of the restaurant purveyors that will be dishin’ up the ‘Q: Blazin Bronco BBQ, Bobby-Q BBQ, Can’t Stop Smokin’ Bar-B-Q, The Corndog Company AZ, Drivewood Fired Grill, Famous Dave’s BBQ, FarmBoy Market, Meats & Sandwiches, Honey Bear’s BBQ, Rudy’s BBQ and Tom’s BBQ,

The event’s multiple stages will provide country music lovers uninterrupted live performances throughout the day. In addition to Brice and Morgan, the lineup also includes country music superstars Locash, and Caylee Hammack. Local talent Jim Bachman & the Day Drinkers, Blaine Long, Drew Cooper and Jacob Morris will also perform.

“This is an incredible musical line-up,” said Landon Evans, owner of HDE Agency, the event organizer. “We are thrilled to partner with iHeart and KNIX to be able to bring this star-studded festival to Chandler for one of our largest events of the year.”

The festivities will take place at Tumbleweed Park located at 745 East Germann Road in Chandler with gates opening at noon with the fun lasting until 10pm. For more information about KNIX BBQ & Beer Festival, musical performers, BBQ offerings and tickets visit www.chandlerbbq.com.

Cactus League Baseball Returns in February — Runs Through March 24

Spring Training baseball under the warm Arizona sun has been a tradition for devoted fans since 1947. Scottsdale is home to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and San Francisco Giants.

Spring Training at Scottsdale Stadium. Photo courtesy of Scottsdale Stadium.

The San Francisco Giants play in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale at Scottsdale Stadium. A short drive north, the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks play at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, along Scottsdale’s border with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

Of course, Cactus League play goes far beyond the borders of Scottsdale. In addition to the Diamondbacks, Rockies and Giants, many other Major League Baseball teams visit the Valley during the season — the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners and the Texas Rangers all call Arizona their spring training home. With 10 facilities hosting 15 teams, the Phoenix metropolitan area holds claim to the greatest concentration of professional baseball facilities found anywhere in the United States. 

Cactus League Spring Training season is Feb. 22 – March 24. For general information, including maps and trip planners, visit www.cactusleague.com.

THE AERONAUTS Immersive Fan Experience Comes to Phoenix Nov. 30

Valley residents are invited to join Amazon Prime Video Saturday, Nov. 30, for The Aeronauts’ Incredible Journey.

Prime Video is bringing its immersive fan experience inspired by The Aeronauts film, starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, to Phoenix’s Steele Indian School Park from noon to 8pm Nov. 30. Families, schemers, dreamers and altitude enthusiasts of all ages will be thrilled by a sprawling Victorian fair, period performers and bites and a replica of the “Mammoth” balloon (as featured in the film). Guests will also enjoy a screening of the film at 5:30pm on the world’s first Fly-In Theatre: a breathtaking 20-foot LED screen wrapped 360 degrees around a second hot air balloon.

Steele Indian School Park is located at 300 East Indian School Road in Phoenix. Additional event details can be found at aeronautsjourney.com.

 

Russo and Steele Announces New Venue Location for 20th Anniversary Event

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auctions will return home to Scottsdale at the epicenter of Arizona Car Week. Located just south of the North 101 Freeway and Scottsdale Road, the site will offer an array of dramatic improvements, including high profile visibility, easy access with ample parking, significantly larger display area and improved weather contingency, all strategically located in the northeast sector of the Valley.

“We are at the picture-perfect location for everything that has to do with Arizona Car Week,” said Drew Alcazar, auction president and CEO. “Our team has put together an incredible layout that gives sellers and buyers the best platform to experience an unforgettable year.”

The location also continues a long-standing partnership between Russo and Steele, the City of Scottsdale and the Arizona State Land Department.

“Our partnerships are important to us,” said Alcazar. “We are local and family-owned. Arizona is where Josephine and I have raised our family. Coming home to Scottsdale for our 20th Anniversary just feels right.”

Running Jan. 15–19, the dramatically larger site offers unsurpassed visibility from the main freeway servicing all of North Scottsdale. Further enhanced with easy access off the Scottsdale Road exit, acres of contiguous and close proximity parking will greet attendees along with valet parking directly at the main entrance. In addition, the centralized location in north Scottsdale assures easy access between all Arizona Car week events.

“I’ve never been more excited to have that microphone in my hand and feel the crowd’s energy from our unique ‘Auction In The Round’ format,” Alcazar said. “This will be our chance to say ‘thank you’ to the many close friends, clients, sponsors and vendors who have been rabidly loyal to Russo and Steele for two decades. We have been fortunate to enjoy an exciting journey these last 20 years, and we cannot be more enthusiastic to celebrate our important milestone this coming January in Scottsdale!”

For more information about Russo and Steele, visit www.russoandsteele.com.

Midtown Celebrates Seventh Annual Urban Living Tour Nov. 2

The seventh Annual Midtown Urban Living Tour is coming to town Nov. 2 to showcase some of the city’s longest-standing residences. The self-guided tour will provide participants with exclusive access to explore unique buildings across Midtown Phoenix. Included in the list of stops are the award-winning Artisan Lofts on Central, the historic Villa Del Coronado, Tapestry, 1 Lexington, Beadle View and Chateau de Ville, built-in classic New Orleans style.

By offering a glimpse into Central Phoenix’s most unique high-rise condominiums and more, The Midtown Neighborhood Association hopes that more residents and tourists will view the district as a prime place to live alongside incredible cultural centers and businesses.

“The Midtown Urban Living Tour allows thousands of attendees to see what urban living in Phoenix truly is about.” said Susan Thompson, president of Midtown Neighborhood Association. “One of the few dense areas in Phoenix that is surrounded by historic neighborhoods, impeccable restaurants and outstanding community, we are so excited to show off what makes this neighborhood truly special.”

Free trolleys will run from 11am to 5pm to give tour-goers easy access to each of the buildings. All day tickets are $20/ day. Tickets are available online at bit.ly/mult2019tix.

Each building is within walking distance of a light rail station. The Midtown Neighborhood Association also encourages participants to use Grid Bike Share and ride-share apps like Lyft and Uber.

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: Around Town — November 2019

A lot of excellent music and theater performances will be gracing Valley stages both big and small in November here are just a few of them. —CST

Photo: Tim Trumble

Nov. 1–24

Chato’s Kitchen
Childsplay
www.childsplayaz.org; 480.921.5700

Photo: Axel Dupeux

Nov. 2

Patti LuPone
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org; 480.499.8587

Nov. 5

Penny and Sparrow
Musical Instrument Museum
www.mim.org; 480.478.6000

Nov. 6

David Cook
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 8

Kinobe
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 8

Vanessa Williams
Arizona Musicfest Festival
http://www.azmusicfest.org; 480.422.8449

Nov. 8–10

Fellow Travelers
Arizona Opera
www.azopera.org; 602.266.7464

Nov. 9

A Tuba to Cuba: Preservation Hall Jazz Band with Yusa and Special Guests
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 9

Jesse Cook 
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 11

Sleater-Kinney
The Van Buren
www.thevanburenphx.com

Nov. 13

Jidenna
The Van Buren

Nov. 13

Charles Lewis Quintet
ASU Kerr
www.asukerr.com; 480.596.2660

Nov. 13 – Dec. 29

The Sound of Music
The Phoenix Theatre Company
www.phoenixtheatre.com; 602.254.2151

Nov. 14

Pedro Giraudo Tango Quartet
Arizona Musicfest Festival

Nov. 14

Portland Cello Project
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 14 – Dec. 1

Silent Sky
Arizona Theatre Company
www.arizonatheatre.org; 602.256.6995

Nov. 15

The Four Italian Tenors
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 15

Union32
Musical Instrument Museum

Photo: Joan Marcus

Nov. 15–17

Blue Man Group
ASU Gammage
www.asugammage.com; 480.965.3434

Nov. 16

Sara Evans
Arizona Musicfest Festival

Nov. 16

Carlene Carter
Mesa Arts Center
www.mesaartscenter.com; 480.644.6500

Nov. 16

The Black Keys
Talking Stick Resort Arena
www.livenation.com

Nov. 16

ERTH’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
The Mystery of the Dinosaurs of the Deep
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 17

MIM and Arizona Musicfest Present the Young Musicians Fall Concert
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 17

Live & Local: Sugar Thieves
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 19

Bruce Cockburn
Musical Instrument Museum

Gabby Moreno

Nov. 20

Roots Rising! Featuring Matt Andersen, Gaby Moreno and Liz Vice
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Photo: Joel Sartore

Nov. 20

National Geographic Live: Building the Photo Ark
Mesa Arts Center

Nov. 22

Over the Rhine
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 22

Cedric Watson and The Bijou Creole Band
ASU Kerr

Nov. 22 – Dec. 15

The Trip to Bountiful
Theatre Artists Studio
www.thestudiophx.org; 602.765.0120

Nov. 22 – Dec. 29

Elf the Musical
Arizona Broadway Theatre
www.azbroadway.org; 623.776.8400

Nov. 22

DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 22

Trevor Noah: Loud & Clear
Talking Stick Resort Arena
www.livenation.com

Nov. 23

Teneia
Musical Instrument Museum

Nov. 23

Cher
Gila River Arena
www.livenation.com

Nov. 23 [Show rescheduled to FEB. 16]

Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery: Two Lost Souls
Featuring the Tony Guerrero Quartet
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 23

Lindsey Stirling
Comerica Theatre
www.livenation.com

Nov. 25

ASU Big Band Night 
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Nov. 27

Musical Interludes Series: ASU Jazz Faculty Recital
Musical Instrument Museum

Dec. 3

The Jacob Jolliff Band
Musical Instrument Museum

Carefree Hosts Great Pumpkin Commonwealth Weigh-Off During Enchanted Pumpkin Garden Event

This weekend, Carefree’ s Enchanted Pumpkin Garden becomes even more exciting with the addition of an official Great Pumpkin Commonwealth weigh-off. Several of the best giant gourd growers in the Southwest are bringing their obscenely large, fascinating, ginormous orange orbs to town Saturday, Oct. 19, 11am, at the Community Stage outside of Historic Spanish Village, 7211 East Ho Road in Carefree. Admission for the weigh-off event is free and is open to the public.

This event is in partnership with the Arizona Giant Pumpkin Growers Association with prize money awarded to the heaviest pumpkins attending. Winning pumpkins will be turned into fantastic Halloween creations by master carver Ray Villafane and the carving team at Villafane Studios during the festival.

The Town of Carefree Fifth Annual Enchanted Pumpkin Garden is a one-of-a-kind fall festival celebrating the magic of the Halloween season. The 2019 event takes place Oct. 18–27, with the incredible artistry of Ray Villafane and Villafane Studios’ carvers on display live each day, and their carvings found throughout the four-acre Carefree Desert Gardens. On weekends, this annual event boasts magical Halloween activities for both kids and adults, plus culinary delights and autumnal refreshments including a beer garden, a harvest market and live music.

There is no cost to attend the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off. Entry to the Gardens and Haunted Happenings attractions will require an event wristband at an additional charge. Admission to the Enchanted Pumpkin Garden is $15 Friday–Sunday; $10 Monday–Thursday. Children 2 and under enter for free. Free parking is available in and around the Gardens, and throughout the downtown area. For additional information, visit www.enchantedpumpkingarden.com/giant-pumpkin-weigh-off.


Cover photo: Desert Hearts Photography-Tiffany Copeland

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