Nothing says “springtime in Gilbert, Arizona” quite like the Downtown Concert Series! Warm nights under the iconic 1927 water tower, local bands, children playing at the nearby splash pad, and—new this year—food trucks nearby providing yummy drinks and snacks to the masses.
Plus, there’s no ticket charge! All you need to do is show up and enjoy yourself. (But do bring a blanket or folding chair if standing for two hours isn’t your idea of a good time!)
If you skipped Traveler and their awesome world fusion—an eclectic blend of Celtic, middle eastern, Transylvanian, and more—our condolences on missing an awesome show!
Fortunately, there’s a ton more on the calendar for you to enjoy. Scheduled every other Thursday night through May, from 6:30 to 8:30, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.
While we’re primarily concerned with the health of your feet and ankles, we also think of ourselves as cultural ambassadors of all things fun and cool in our fair city. So do something nice for yourself and take an upcoming Thursday night on the town!
April 12: Vinyl Nova
This 5-piece retro roots rock ensemble is especially known for their tasty guitar hooks and tight and rich 3-part vocal harmonies. Their expansive catalogue includes original compositions, alongside covers from a truly staggering away of popular artists.
At a show, you might hear music from classic masters (The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan, Buddy Holly), rock legends (Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles), contemporary country and folk (Avett Brothers, Neko Case, Keith Urban), and who knows … maybe even a Miley Cyrus tune! It’s a lot of surprise, nostalgia, and fun for just about anyone.
April 26: The Hoodoo Casters
Self-described as “the blues your mam warned you about,” the Hoodoo Casters are mainstays of the Arizona music scene. They’re blues generalists, playing Chicago, boogie, Delta, and Mississippi Hill Country blues—alongside a little bit of blues rock and Americana.
Blues fans will recognize classic tunes from masters like Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, ZZ Top, and The Band, as well as enjoy the original compositions.
May 10: Vintage Wednesday
They may only be in their 20s, but Gilbert’s own Vintage Wednesday have already established a strong regional reputation for high caliber musicianship and energetic live performances.
Two-time finalists (in 2013 and 2014) of Alice Cooper’s Proof Is in the Pudding talent competition for aspiring teenage musicians, Vintage Wednesday isn’t your average young indie band. Drawing inspiration largely from 60s and 70s rock, their sound is one of the few things parents and kids can agree on when it comes to music!
May 24: The Dickensons
The Dickensons have one mission, and one mission only—to have a good time! A self-described “party band,” they specialize in the category of “songs you sing at the top of your lungs when you’re in your car alone.”
Covers draw particularly from the 1980s to now, with a focus on rock and roll, pop, R&B, and country—everything from Tom Petty, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen to Maroon 5, Gnarls Barkley, Mark Ronson, Big & Rich, The Killers, and more. Singing along is going to be irresistible at this show!
May 31: 74th Street Band
With dueling lead guitars, four-part harmonies and high-octane performances, the four-piece 74th Street Band can rock with the best.
Specializing in Southern rock from the 60s to now, 74th Street Band keeps up a grueling schedule of more than 100 shows per year throughout the southwest. They’ve headlined festivals and benefit events, and played direct support gigs for the likes of Paul Rodgers, Eddie Money, Leon Russell, Molly Hatchet, and Jimmie Van Zant. What a way to close another great concert series!
So, What Sounds Good?
All of it, probably!
But as foot and ankle specialists, we’d be derelict in our duty if we didn’t at least spend a little time talking about lower extremity pain.
Concerts, festivals, and other great outdoor activities are a whole lot less fun with foot pain. Sure, you can set up a chair or blanket, but you still have to walk from the car, carry your stuff, wait in line at the food truck … you get the idea.
If you’re finding the day-to-day of your life a struggle due to any kind of foot or ankle discomfort, be sure to give us a call for a checkup. You can schedule with us in either Gilbert or Chandler by dialing (480) 963-9000.