Arizona – 50 States of Music


Music Industry Contribution to State GDP

Economists Inc.


Jobs Supported

Economists Inc.


Music Establishments

A2IM/Economists Inc./NIVA


Royalty Recipients





There's something about Arizona's desert landscape and rebellious culture that produces an innovative music scene

and devoted fans who will brave intense heat and even desert storms for a good show. Arizona's vibrant underground has produced genre-defining artists in modern rock music, including Alice Cooper, The Meat Puppets, Gin Blossoms, Jimmy Eat World, and Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers. The 21st Century has brought a resurgence in Phoenix's DIY scene, leading to an explosion of local acts and local music festivals of record-breaking size that also attract top-tier headliners.


  • Alice Cooper
  • Linda Ronstadt
  • Gin Blossoms
  • Jimmy Eat World

    Music Venues & Festivals

    • 191 Toole
    • Ak-Chin Pavilion
    • Apache Lake Music Festival
    • Arizona Roots
    • ASU Kerr
    • Backwoods Music Festival
    • Cactus Jack’s
    • Celebrity Theatre
    • Chase Field
    • Chicago Bar
    • Chopper John’s
    • Club Congress
    • Club Red
    • Comerica Theatre
    • Country Thunder Arizona Festival
    • Crescent Ballroom
    • Crush AZ
    • Decadence Arizona Festival
    • Del E Webb Center For Performing Arts
    • Desert Financial Arena
    • Dusk
    • Form Arcosanti Festival
    • Fox Theatre
    • Friends of the Orpheum Theatre
    • Gila Arena
    • Goldrush
    • Groundworks
    • Hillberry Festival
    • Last Exit Live
    • Marquee Theatre
    • Main Stage
    • Mcdowell Mountain Music Festival
    • Nile Theater
    • Old Town Center For The Arts
    • Philip England Center For the Performing Arts
    • Phoenix Lights Festival
    • Phoenix Suns Arena
    • Pot Of Gold Festival
    • Pub Rock
    • Relentless Beats
    • Rockbar
    • Sad Summer Fest
    • Spirit Room
    • The Den Music Hall
    • The Lunchbox
    • The Lost Leaf
    • The Nash
    • The Orpheum Theatre
    • The Pressroom
    • The Rebel Lounge
    • The Rhythm Room
    • The Rialto Theatre
    • The Rock
    • The Trunk Space
    • The Van Buren
    • Tucson Jazz Festival
    • Valley Bar
    • Westside Blues & Jazz
    • Wet Electric
    • Yucca Tap Room

    Major Music Conferences

    • Arizona Music Educators Association Conference
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