Live music is a part of life in the city of Scottsdale all year round, and it’s a constantly changing scene as well. Visit Scottsdale during July or August and you’ll have lots of chances to sample live music offerings in a Southwestern setting. The music isn’t the only thing that varies, either. Each venue offers a different atmosphere, a different vibe, and different options for those that might enjoy some food and drink with their tunes.

Live Music at Desert Ridge Marketplace. Every Friday and Saturday, the Desert Ridge Marketplace brings in different local musicians to showcase their music from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is always free, and the musicians are always changing. Check the website for the latest lineups. The venue is right next door to an AMC movie theater if the family feels like a big-screen outing after the show.

Kierland Summer Concert Series. Phoenix music radio station 99.9 KEZ-FM’s last free concert of the summer in the Kierland Commons will take place on Saturday, July 28. The Raun Alosi Band & The Knock Outs do everything from 50’s music to modern pop. They’ll hit the stage at 7:00 and go on until 9:00. The Kierland Summer Concert series is a summertime staple in the city of Scottsdale, and this is the last chance to experience it in 2012.

Live at Lamar. A win-win for both husbands and wives, Spa Lamar offers a chance to enjoy live music, food and two-for-one spa salon services. The spa offers this package on the first Wednesday of each month. Admission to simply enjoy the live, local Scottsdale music is free, but the two-for-one spa prices do have limited availability. The next Live at Lamar night takes place Wednesday, August 1.

Here in the city of Scottsdale, it’s not just golf, casinos and spectacular hiking all the time. You’ll need some music, and sometimes the best vacations need a touch of the familiar as well. So chase your concert with a movie like you do back East. Hang out at live radio-station events, as you’re known (for some reason) to do. Or maybe what floats your boat is getting his-and-hers pedicures while the musicians do their thing. You can’t even find that one back home. But it really doesn’t matter what you do. You’ll have a great time, because when you visit Scottsdale, your live music needs are totally covered.