Silence! The Musical
What happens when The Silence of the Lamb’s creepy Hannibal Lector opens up his mouth… to sing? This goofy musical puts a dark comedic twist on the horror film with an award-winning, albeit R-rated, soundtrack of songs like “Are You About a Size 14” and “Put the Effing Lotion in the Basket.”
Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, tempecenterforthearts.com, times vary, Thursday, May 17, to Saturday, May 19, $30-$40.
Spark! After Dark: Are We Humans, Or Are We Dancers?
The Killers offered this age-old question in 2008 and this monthly dance party at Mesa Arts Center is as close as we can get to an answer. Each month, Mesa Arts Center is taken over by a different artist who helps curate a unique and crazy selection of live music, live art, bites and brews.
Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main Street, Mesa, mesaartscenter.com/sparkafterdark, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 19, free.
One More Time: A Tribute to Daft Punk
Is there ever a bad time to listen to “Get Lucky”? This 21-and-up night dedicates itself to one of electronic pop’s most unique groups. The evening opens with performances by Nk-Riot and Apache Grosse and finishes with One More Time, the Daft Punk tribute group that’s authentic to the max. With Phoenix temperatures already hitting triple digits, you may want to leave the motorcycle helmets at home, though.
The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren Street, Phoenix, thevanburenphx.com, 8 p.m. Friday, May 25, $15.
It may be hard to believe, but this prolific joker is as funny in person as he is on screen. You’ll recognize Dane from comedies like Good Luck Chuck and My Best Friend’s Girl, as well as his chart-topping comedy album, Retaliation. He brings his guy-next-door raunchiness to Scottsdale for one night, but you won’t want to wait on tickets – his evening show is almost completely sold out.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, talkingstickresort.com, 8 p.m. Friday, June 1, $30-$60.
An Evening for Avicii
The EDM community remembers the legendary Swedish DJ, Avicii, with a night of music, good vibes and love. Featuring glow sticks, bubble machines and scrumptious carbonated concoctions by the Sodalicious truck, the night will be filled with nonstop hits and house music, alongside tributes to the dreamer behind tracks like “Wake Me Up” and “Hey Brother.”
12 West Main, 12 W. Main Street, Mesa, bit.ly/2KTvzrV, 8 p.m. Friday, June 1, $10 cash and $15 card.
Market on the Move
Whether you’re looking to eat healthier this summer or are a sucker for a good deal on watermelon, this monthly market in Glendale is for you. While each month differs in produce, visitors can expect offerings like lettuce, grapes and peppers each month – and at a smoking price.
Foothills Christian Church, 3951 W. Happy Valley Road, Glendale, bit.ly/2IxZoQz, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, $10 for up to 60 pounds of produce.
The Adventures of Kesha and Macklemore
It sounds like an unlikely duo – glitter pop queen Kesha and nice guy rapper Macklemore – but after collaborating on “Good Old Days,” the two musicians are heading out for a summer of adventure. Their joint tour kicks off with their Phoenix stop, so expect as much surprise as you do sweat.
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Avenue, Phoenix, ak-chinpavilion.com, 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, $26-$299.
It’s been 16 years since Maroon 5 dropped Songs About Jane, a little album with big hits like “She Will Be Loved” and “Harder to Breathe.” Adam Levine and the boys are still rolling strong with their latest album, Red Pill Blues, which features poppier and funkier cuts, as well as a duet with tour opener Julia Michaels.
Talking Stick Resort Arena, 201 E. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, talkingstickresortarena.com, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 7, $44.75-$1,000.
Phoenix Bachata Festival
Get your dance fix with three days and nights of workshops, pool parties, performances and socials, all in the name of bachata! Musical guests include Henry Santos and Toby Live, as well as Jr. Whether you’re looking to tap a toe or watch the pros, there will be nothing short of the best at this first-of-its-kind celebration.
The Wigwam, 300 E. Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park, bit.ly/2wvSshR, times vary, Thursday, June 14, to Monday, June 18, $32-$175.