The bass is thumping, the guitars are red-hot, and your favorite vocalist is hitting all the high notes. Can you picture a better way to spend your evenings when you visit Scottsdale? Your stay in one of our Phoenix vacation homes won’t be complete without a taste of the local music scene. There are some intriguing jazz, blues and rock acts headed towards the Scottsdale area in the next few weeks, so get ready to groove.

Boatman’s Latin Jazz All-Stars (Saturday, July 27). Fountain Hills is worth a side trip when you visit Scottsdale – it’s home to the Fountain Hills Theater, which hosts a regular assortment of local groups as part of the Jazz in the Hills series. This time around, the percolating rhythms and fiery solos of Armand Boatman’s Latin Jazz All-Stars will transport you straight to Havana. Enjoy fine dining at the Alchemy Restaurant as you take in the set, or just grab a mojito and lose yourself in the music.visit Scottsdale blues

The Flagstaff Rock & Roll Blues Festival (Saturday, August 3). Some festivals are light on big-name draws, but you’d be hard-pressed to talk smack about the lineup for this one. Guitarists Rick Derringer and Pat Travers will each play a set of bruising blues-rock, but the Flagstaff Rock & Roll Blues Festival manages to top even that with performances from three bands that played at the original Woodstock festival: Canned Heat, Ten Years After and the Edgar Winter Band. Heavy!

The Monkees (Friday, August 9). After founding member Davy Jones passed away in 2012, the three surviving members of the Monkees announced a special tour to honor their friend. It was so well received by fans that the group decided to take another pass, and this time they’re coming to Mesa for “A Midsummer’s Night With the Monkees.” Expect to hear a sing-along version of “Daydream Believer,” along with some more psychedelic fare.

Don’t visit Scottsdale without checking out one of these big concerts – whether you’re a fan of sweet pop sounds or funky jazz, there’s a gig for you to enjoy. Hey, the whole family could probably use a night out anyway, right? And when you’re looking for a place to stay on your trip, don’t kick out the jams before you’ve checked our Phoenix vacation homes.