Cut Throat Freak Show, the Valley's answer to Jim Rose's touring outfit, may be the most interesting of the acts -- Cut Throat Jeremy eats glass, breathes fire, sticks six-inch nails up his nose, sets himself on fire, Tasers himself . . . and he's just one-fourth of the Freak Show. "There's a contortionist, too," Lopez says. "And another guy plays with scorpions, puts them in his mouth and stuff."
Free concerts pipe up
In terms of free summer music, the Valley has horns aplenty. The Summer Concert Series at Steele Indian School Park, Third Street and Indian School, continues at 8 p.m. Saturday, July 12, when Carmela Ramirez and Susan Phelan of The Diva Band sing the blues. Call 602-495-0739 for details. At noon on Tuesday, July 15, Nosotros' Latin American rhythms heat up ASU's Memorial Union Concert Series on the Tempe campus. See www.asu.edu.
Must-flee TV? Glendale Summer Band performances provide a Thursday-evening alternative through July 24. Showtime is 8 p.m. at the Glendale Amphitheater, 59th Avenue and Glendale; call 623-930-2820.
The Free Concert Series at McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park, 7301 East Indian Bend in Scottsdale, winds down Sunday, July 13, with a 7:30 p.m. performance by Shining Star. See www.therailroadpark.com.- Jill Koch