Improv Comedy Show

Join the theater as two teams of quick-witted comedians compete for your laughter.

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 5, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: National Comedy Theatre,

1111 S. Longmore, Mesa

COST: $12 to $14

INFO: 602-374-5638

 

Billy Cobham

and the Spectrum 40 Band

World-class drummer and jazz pioneer Billy Cobham will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his successful album, “Spectrum.”

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 6, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa

COST: $40 to $45

INFO: 480-644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com

 

Flamework and Lapidary

Come learn how to create

beads, paperweights and other glasswork projects. Lessons, materials and a one-hour lunch break will be provided.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 6, and Sunday, Aug. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa

COST: $170

INFO: 480-644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com

 

Threads: Gathering My Thoughts

Susan Lenz has shared her creative art form with the museum. The exhibit displays yarn fiber art that visually represents the complex human mind.

WHEN: Through Sunday, Aug. 7, various times

WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa

COST: Call for ticket information

INFO: 480-644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com

 

Russ

Rapper and producer Russ Vitale is known for his distinctive voice and memorable melodies.

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m.

WHERE:  Club Red, 1306 W. University Dr., Mesa

COST: $17.50 to $20

INFO: 480-258-2733 or www.clubredrocks.com

 

Thousand Foot Krutch

Formed in 1995, this Christian rock band has released eight albums and sold more than 1 million copies.

WHEN: Thursday, Aug. 11, at 6 p.m.

WHERE:  Club Red, 1306 W. University Dr., Mesa

COST: $23 to $25

INFO: 480-258-2733 or www.clubredrocks.com

 

Gregory Alan Isakov of the Southwest

Born in South Africa, Isakov has traveled all his life. These travels have influenced his music and have helped him create a unique lyrical sound. His songs also have hints of Leonard Cohen and Bruce Springsteen’s musical styles.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa

COST: $27.50 to $35

INFO: 480-644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com

 

Stateline

This Arizona band presents original country music as well as covers of ’80s country music.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, at 8 p.m.

WHERE:  Club Red, 1306 W. University Dr., Mesa

COST: $10

INFO: 480-258-2733 or www.clubredrocks.com

 

Too Short

By age 14, Too Short was the West Coast’s first rap star. In 1996, he decided to retire from the music industry, but now he’s performing again.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 13, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Club Red, 1306 W. University Dr., Mesa

COST: $25 to $30

INFO: 480-258-2733 or www.clubredrocks.com

 

AK Kamuchape

Now with five albums, AK Kamuchape will bring its music to share with Mesa.

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa

COST: $5 to $10

INFO: www.niletheater.com

 

Jackson Browne

Jackson Browne was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007 and continues to share his music. Browne will present some of his greatest works this summer with his longtime band members.

WHEN: Friday, Aug. 19, at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa

COST: $55 to $135

INFO: 480-644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com

 

2016 Acoustic Summer

Get out of the heat and enjoy an intimate night of country music with the Eli Young Band, Granger Smith and Chase Bryant.

WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa

COST: $30 to $65

INFO: 480-644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com

 

Cinematic Pop

Cinematic Pop is helping create a new genre of music that combines the choral and orchestral music you might hear at a symphony with popular rock and pop songs. The performance will feature a 50-piece orchestra, a 100-voice choir, soloists, and new songs and arrangements.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

WHERE: Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa

COST: $20 to $34

INFO: 480-644-6500 or www.mesaartscenter.com

 

Jill Kinsey

Come enjoy drinks and food alongside Kinsey’s country and rock music.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 27, at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Roosters Country, 3731 E. Main St., Mesa

COST: See website for ticket information

INFO: 480-985-4088 or www.jillkinsey.com