It looks like there is going to be an absence of April showers this year. Which means weather is no excuse not to catch these classic rock artists that are coming to the Phoenix area in April.
April 1, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. ARLO GUTHRIE at the Ikeda Theatre at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa. No guarantee that you can get anything you want at Arlo’s favorite restaurant, but you will get an evening of some songs with protest as a theme, both from Arlo’s vault and his dad, Woody’s. Tickets run from $25 to $55 plus fees.
April 1, 2016 at 8 p.m. BELINDA CARLISLE at the Wild Horse Pass Casino Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. No fooling, the lead singer of the Go’Go’s will show you that heaven is a place on earth. I get weak thinking about it. What else might she sing? My lips are sealed. Tickets are priced from $36 to $87 plus fees.
April 2, 2016 at 8 p.m. STEVE HACKETT at The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. As the guitarist for Genesis from 1970-1977 he was a front runner of prog rock guitar work. He’s kept that going with a successful solo career as well. Just a few tickets remain, but original prices went from $25 to $65 per ticket plus fees.
April 2, 2016 at 8 p.m. ROGER CLYNE and the PEACEMAKERS at The Pool at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. If Dolan Ellis can be Arizona’s official balladeer, then Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers should be Arizona’s official band. And he’s got great tequila too. Tickets are $30 for standing room only tickets and $100 if you want the VIP treatment, plus fees.
April 6, 2016 at 9 p.m. JOAN JETT and the BLACKHEARTS in the RockYard at WestWorld in Scottsdale as part of day one of Arizona Bike Week. If you like rock and roll, call your fake friends and ride over to the festivities at Arizona Bike Week. Tickets are $25 for the whole day’s events, including the concert.
April 7, 2016 at 7 p.m. WARRANT and at 9 p.m., BLUES TRAVELER in the RockYard at WestWorld in Scottsdale as part of day two of Arizona Bike Week. It’s where the down boys go, especially if you like cherry pie. Just don’t get the run around. Tickets are $25 for the whole day’s events, including the concert.
April 8, 2016 at 7 p.m. THE REVEREND HORTON HEAT and at 9 p.m., SOCIAL DISTORTION in the RockYard at WestWorld in Scottsdale as part of day three of Arizona Bike Week. The good reverend’s music is defined as psychobilly. Social Distortion has been playing punk music since the late 1970’s. A night of bikers, alcohol and rebellious music. What can go wrong? Tickets are $30 for the whole day’s events, including the concert.
April 8, 2016 at 8 p.m. ELVIS COSTELLO at the Ikeda Theatre at the Mesa Arts Center in Mesa. Pump it up. Although accidents will happen, keep your eye on your red shoes. The angels may want to wear them. This one is close to sold out but tickets run from $49.50 to $89.50 plus fees.
April 9, 2016 at 7 p.m. RATT and at 9 p.m., BUCKCHERRY in the RockYard at WestWorld in Scottsdale as part of day four of Arizona Bike Week. Shame, shame, shame if you aren’t willing to go round and round and get lit up with these crazy bitches. You’ll be sorry if you miss it. Tickets are $30 for the whole day’s events, including the concert.
April 9, 2016 at 8 p.m. AIR SUPPLY at the Wild Horse Pass Casino Ovations LIVE! Showroom in Chandler. Does this Australian duo specialize in love songs? With hits such as “All Out of Love,” “The One That You Love,” “Lost in Love” and “Making Love Out of Nothing at All,” I’d say it’s a fair bet. Tickets are priced from $43 to $99 plus fees
April 11, 2016 at 8 p.m., CINDERELLA’S TOM KEIFER at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe. The lead vocalist and guitarist for 1980’s hair band Cinderella may have lost his glam look, but that doesn’t mean he still can’t rock. He nobody’s fool, so no need to shake him. The Marquee is not on Gypsy Road, but rather Mill Avenue. Tickets are $25 plus any fees that might be tacked on.
April 16, 2016 at 6 p.m. HEART at The Good Life Festival at Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley. A festival that features food, wine tasting and the Wilson sisters? It will be magic, man. Go straight on to the show, but don’t go alone. After all, these dreams are all about love. Tickets range from $25 to $100 plus fees.
April 22, 2016 at 8 p.m. HOLY HOLY at The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. The group members may not be household names, but some of the members of this band backed up someone who was, the late David Bowie. They’ll perform Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World,” album in its entirety, plus play several early Bowie classics, including a few from “Ziggy Stardust.” Tickets are priced from $20 to $60, plus fees.
April 23, 2016 at 8 p.m. GRAHAM NASH at The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. The second member of CSN to come to Talking Stick this spring. His new album, “This Path Tonight,” will be available starting April 15. Expect a song or two from that, plus those from CSN and even the Hollies. Teach your children what classic rock is all about. A few tickets remain, but original prices went from $40 to $85 per ticket unless you want to spring for the VIP tickets, which are much, much more. They tack fees onto that as well.
April 30, 2016 at 8 p.m. NITTY GRITTY DIRT BAND at The Showroom at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. If you know a man Bojangles, you might know that past members of this group included Jackson Browne and the Eagles’ Bernie Leadon, You might also know they won a CMA award for album of the year. Not many tickets remain, but original prices went from $30 to $100 per ticket plus fees.
Tickets for those shows can be purchased at the following locations:
Talking Stick Resort: Tickets for shows at Talking Stick Resort can be purchased online through ticketmaster.com, in person at the Talking Stick Resort box office and by phone at (480)-850-7734.
Wild Horse Pass Casino: Tickets for shows at the Wild Horse Pass Casino can be purchased online through the Wild Horse Pass Casino website, by phone at 1-800-WIN-GILA Ext. 7370, or in person at the box office. Players Club Card discounts are sometimes available when purchasing in person at the box office.
Marquee Theatre: Tickets for shows at the Marquee Theater are available online through Lucky Man concerts.
Mesa Arts Center: Tickets for shows at the Mesa Arts Center are available through the Mesa Arts Center Box Office, either in person, by phone at 480-664-6500 , or online at boxoffice.mesaartscenter.com.
Arizona Bike Week: Tickets for events at WestWorld for Arizona Bike Week are available online at azbikeweek.com or in person at WestWorld, the days of the events.
The Good Life Festival at Encentarra Country Club: Tickets for the shows at the Good Life Festival can be purchased online at www.thegoodlifefest.com.
Enjoy classic rock tribute bands? Here is the lineup for April:
April 1 and 2 : House of Floyd-The Music of Pink Floyd
April 15 and 16: LedZepAgain-Tribute to Led Zeppelin
April 22 and 23: Wanted-The Ultimate Tribute to Bon Jovi
April 29 and 30: Mistress of Reality-Black Sabbath Tribute Band
Mesa Arts Center:
April 12, 2016 Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
Gila River Casino Wild Horse Pass :
April 15, 2016 Piano Men, Generations (Billy Joel and Elton John tribute)