From outdoor festivals to local honkytonks, Scottsdale has something for everyone when it comes to enjoying live music. From blues-y piano bars to country music throw downs, here are some of our favorite options for local music in Scottsdale.
Center Stage Bar
Located in the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort, Center Stage Bar provides the perfect romantic setting for a live music experience. Set amongst rippling fountains and outdoor fire pits, Center Stage has a variety of nightly entertainment ranging from acoustic musicians to soulful jazz.
Musical Instrument Museum
Not only can you view over 6,800 instruments collected from around the world, the Musical Instrument Museum in North Phoenix is just a short drive from Downtown Scottsdale and boasts live music several times a month. From classical music to world-renowned global artists, the intimate 300-person theatre is great for a variety of performances.
Talking Stick Resort
If you’re looking for more national headlines, check out the Talking Stick Resort. With a 650-person Showroom, and 1,600-seat Salt River Grand Ballroom, the Talking Stick has featured major national acts like Lynyrd Skynyrd and Whitesnake.
Handlebar J Restaurant and Saloon
Looking for something a little more country? The Handlebar J Restaurant and Saloon located in Sundown Plaza feels like an old-timey saloon with cowboy hats and nightly country music. Founded in the 1960’s, this local watering hole used to have patrons like Waylon Jennings show up on horseback. Featuring an enormous dancefloor, make sure to bring your dancing shoes if you attend a show at Handlebar J.
Located off of Route 51, Rhythm Room provides a soulful escape featuring roots, blues and other various concerts. It’s been around since the early 90’s, and hosts local and national acts on a nightly basis. From jazzy quartets to alternative rock bands, Rhythm Room has the feel of a jazz club with a dive-bar twist.
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