Scottsdale summer concert series showcases Arizona talent

Brian Chartrand  (photo by Carl Schultz)

Brian Chartrand (photo by Carl Schultz)

Back by popular demand, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Live & Local Fridays summer concert series will open on July 8 with a musical tribute to The Beatles by Marmalade Skies.

A total of eight Arizona groups spanning Americana, blues, flamenco, jazz, pop and more will be showcased on Friday nights during July and August in the cool comfort of the Center’s Virginia G. Piper Theater.

In addition to Marmalade Skies, the Live & Local Fridays lineup will feature performances by Muskellunge on July 15, Brian Chartrand & The Voce Project on July 22, Sistahs Too on July 29, The Sugar Thieves on Aug. 5, Robby Roberson Band on Aug. 12, Jay Allan & The Uncommon Good on Aug. 19, and Inspiracion Flamenca on Aug. 26.

Audiences are encouraged to arrive early at 6 p.m. to enjoy happy-hour drink specials and tasty bites in the Center’s Dayton Fowler Grafman Atrium, and browse the Center’s award-winning store, which is offering 10 percent off purchases during Live & Local Fridays, according to a press release.

All performances begin at 8 p.m.

Advance tickets are available for $12 through or 480-499-8587. Tickets are $15 on the day of the event. Seating is general admission.

The Thieves (submitted photo)

The Thieves (photo by Chadwick Fowler)

The 2016 Live & Local Fridays Schedule:

July 8 – Marmalade Skies
A labor of LOVE, this 7-piece band pays tribute to the most influential rock act of the 1960s – The Beatles!

July 15 – Muskellunge
This Flagstaff-based band performs contemporary acoustic Americana, tinged with bluegrass and laden with lyrics about the places and people of Arizona.

July 22 – Brian Chartrand & The Voce Project
Steely Dan meets James Taylor in this night of all-original songs by Phoenix local Brian Chartrand and his band of world-class musicians.

July 29 – Sistahs Too
Rochelle Raya’s and Lila Sherman’s newest blues project features sultry vocals, soulful harmonica and slide guitar.

Aug. 5 – The Sugar Thieves
Moving between blues, country, gospel, rock and elements of jazz, The Sugar Thieves celebrate the traditions that make American music so brilliant.

Aug. 12 – Robby Roberson Band
Influenced by music from John Lennon to Phillip Glass, Robby Roberson’s songwriting and vocals have an urban acoustic flavor.

Aug. 19 – Jay Allan & The Uncommon Good
Jay Allan’s funky-folk, blues rock combines heartfelt and memorable lyrics with genre-bending styles and melodies.

Aug. 26 – Inspiracion Flamenca
Dancer Julia Chacon provides an authentic, powerful flamenco experience with beautiful costumes, fiery footwork, intricate guitar and soul-stirring vocals

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