Doors open at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at The Venue of Scottsdale, 7117 East Third Avenue; the show starts at 7. Advance stage-side tickets are $20; general admission is $10, or $15 at the door. Call 480-970-7710. -- Joe Watson
The hills are alive . . .
Longtime Valley musician Walt Richardson's got a beat on what the state's music scene really needs: a well-supported music festival that Arizona can call its own. "It's high time that Arizona has this kind of an event," Richardson says of his brain child, the McDowell Mountain Music Festival. "We need something like this to turn this place into a meeting grounds for people all over the country to come and enjoy music in Arizona."
The McDowell Mountain Music Festival, which runs Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24, at WestWorld in Scottsdale, features David Crosby and his new band CPR as headliners, as well as Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Little Feat, local band the Elliots, and Richardson. Tickets are $28 to $38, with proceeds going to local charities for children. WestWorld is located at the 101 Freeway north of Frank Lloyd Wright Boulevard. For tickets, call 480-840-0457 or see www.ticketforce.com. -- Joe Watson
The Zoobrew celebration is uncorked
Lions and rock stars and beers -- oh my! In addition to the Bornean orangutans, Phoenix Zoo's annual fund raiser, Zoobrew, will feature Lit, the former Orange County garage band responsible for "My Own Worst Enemy" from its 1999 debut A Place in the Sun. Also on the bill is local singer Vanessa Florez on the second stage. And since nothing goes better with wildlife and alternative rock than a little potent potable, a plethora of libations, including specialty beers, will be available. Zoobrew is Sunday, April 25, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway. Tickets are $60 per person, 21 and over. Call 602-914-4333 or visit www.phoenixzoo.org. -- Quetta Carpenter