Outdoors Arizona Musicfest offers concerts through May 1

Posted 3/31/21

The concerts series that runs through May 1 has a line-up of national acts and performances scheduled for ‘Musicfest Outdoors.’

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Outdoors Arizona Musicfest offers concerts through May 1


The concerts series that runs through May 1 has a line-up of national acts and performances scheduled for ‘Musicfest Outdoors.’

Happening in north Scottsdale, the annual Arizona Musicfest, according to a press release, produces a major indoor concert series between November and April but due to COVID-19, Arizona Musicfest canceled its previously-announced 2020-21 indoor concert season

Tickets are on sale for Arizona Musicfest’s special ‘Musicfest Outdoors’ concert series while planning to celebrate this year’s 30th anniversary season with 30 indoor concert performances as the organization has pivoted to a new outdoor performance format, the release said.

“With our reimagined outdoor series, we’re excited to safely reunite our audiences as we celebrate the return of live music to the Musicfest stage,” said Allan Naplan, Arizona Musicfest’s executive and producing director, in a prepared statement.

“We’re grateful for the extraordinary and steadfast support of our generous donors which has allowed Musicfest to move forward with this season’s exciting alternative plans. Through these concerts, Musicfest will continue its important efforts to ‘Bring the Joy of Music to All.’”

Musicfest concerts will run from March 27 to May 1, with a departure from its usual seven-month season, the release noted.

Performances in March and April take place at the newly-created Musicfest Performance Pavilion on the campus of Highlands Church in north Scottsdale with a capacity of 320 socially-distanced seats per performance.

The special 2021 Musicfest Outdoors series features a line-up of artists, some making their Musicfest debuts, while others return due to popular demand, stated the release.

Arizona Musicfest 2021 Outdoor Concert Listings:

The Black Market Trust
2 and 5:30 p.m., Monday, Apr 12 at Musicfest Performance Pavilion at Highlands Church. Cost: $45-$30
Self-described as a “Smithsonian of American music,” The Black Market Trust ensemble performs an eclectic and familiar mix of jazz, swing, rock, and blues standards, all infused with a fresh European gypsy sound. Featuring acoustic instruments, intricate five-part vocal harmonies and some Rat Pack-style comedy, the group is an innovative and entertaining musical throwback to a bygone era

The Kingston Trio
2 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Apr 17 at Musicfest Performance Pavilion at Highlands Church. Cost: $45-$30
From popular hits “Tom Dooley” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” to “Five Hundred Miles” and “MTA,” join the legendary trio for an entertaining afternoon of nostalgia and beloved favorites.

Current members, Mike Marvin, Tim Gorelangton and Don Marovich, have intrinsic links to and experience with the original ensemble. Their personal memories recall the iconic trio’s performances and journey as folk music made its extraordinary ascent to the pinnacle of popular culture – and the top of the music charts.

Ann Hampton Callaway
2 and 5:30 p.m. Tues, Apr 20 at Musicfest Performance Pavilion at Highlands Church. Cost: $45-$30
Celebrated cabaret star Ann Hampton Callaway is joined by her quartet for a special performance featuring hits by some of the great female divas of all time.

A Musicfest audience favorite, she is one of the leading champions of the Great American Songbook, having made her mark as a singer, pianist, songwriter, lyricist, arranger, actress, educator, TV host and producer. The award winning composer and Tony award nominee is best known for writing and singing the theme song to the hit TV series “The Nanny” and for composing multiple songs made popular by Barbra Streisand.

Tony Desare
2 and 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Apr 24 at Musicfest Performance Pavilion at Highlands Church. Cost: $45-$30
Contemporary crooner and pianist extraordinaire Tony DeSare performs in concert featuring music of the American Songbook, rock and roll, Tin Pan Alley and more.

Festival Orchestra Chamber Players
2 and 5:30 p.m., Saturday, May 1 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Patio. Cost: $45
Maestro Robert Moody leads the Festival Orchestra Chamber Players, a select group of the nation’s finest orchestral musicians, in a special concert.

Featured works include Elgar’s virtuosic Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Aaron Copland’s beloved Appalachian Spring and Beethoven’s elegant and heroic Piano Concerto No. 3, in a chamber setting featuring acclaimed soloist Cathal Breslin.

For Tickets: call 480-422-8449; or see azmusicfest.org.