Downtown Digest: video game music and blues


(Stephanie Morse/DD)

It’s your guide to what’s happening downtown, T.J. Triolo! Happy first week of March to all of our readers. Already the weather has started warming up, but it’s not too hot to have fun in Phoenix yet. I’ve got some interesting events for you this week, so without further ado, here’s what’s coming up.

Mayor Greg Stanton’s State of the City Address

  • Tuesday, March 6
  • Speech starts at 11:30 a.m.
  • Sheraton Grand Phoenix
  • 340 N. 3rd St.

Phoenix Mayor, Greg Stanton is stepping down from his position this year to run for governor.  With his swan song State of the City speech, Mayor Stanton will discuss Phoenix’s progress over the last year and its plans for future growth. Attendance is $95 per person.

Loungey Bosses

  • Wednesday, March 7 p.m.
  • Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave.

Okay, so the title of this concert is weird. It’s performed by local band The Minibosses. As the name implies, they play video game music. For this particular concert, the band will be performing video game tunes in a jazz style. If you’ve ever wanted to hear The Legend of Zelda’s main theme played on a saxophone, this is a perfect opportunity for you. Seriously, go see this. It’s free, so you have no excuse not to.

The Burlesque Astronomy Play

  • Friday March 9 at 7p.m. and Saturday March 10 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Phoenix Theatre,  100 E. McDowell Rd.

This one sounds a little out of this world to me. According to Phoenix Theatre’s website, the play celebrates “the vibrant interplay between scientific and artistic exploration with dance, visual art, astronomy and science magic.” It also explores the gender role women have in society while trying to balance their careers against what is expected of them. I admit, this does sound pretty far out, so check it out! Tickets cost $10.

Blues Blast 2018

  • Saturday March 10
  • 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 N. 3rd St.
  • Whether you like traditional blues or more modern takes, if you’re a blues fan this festival is for you. The festival will have a lot of performers playing blues music, including acts both locally and nationally known. Kids are welcome, and they get in free with student IDs. Vendors and food involved too, because what festival is complete without vendors and food? General admission tickets are $25 per person.

Great Bridal Expo

  • Sunday March 11, at 12 p.m.
  • Phoenix Convention Center West Building, 100 N. 3rd St.

Cue the wedding march… It’s the Great Bridal Expo, where you’ll find everything related to weddings! All kinds of products for weddings, honeymoons and even home goods will be featured on display.  Wedding hosts are also available to meet and discuss options. There will be live orchestra and DJ shows to check out before picking the music for your wedding. There’s even a bridal fashion show and free prizes you can win. I’m not planning on getting married any time soon, but for those of you who are, you might find something that can change your wedding for the better. Tickets are $10.

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