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SAT-SUN | 3.9-3.10

MAN ON THE RUN

Behind two major British rock bands, The Moody Blues and Wings, Denny Laine has helped jumpstart some of music’s most influential sounds. With a career spanning more than 60 years, Laine started performing as a professional musician at the age of 12 with Denny Laine & the Diplomats, and in 1964 he formed The M&B 5, subsequently changed to The Moody Blues. (Though he left the group in 1966, Laine was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 as a member of The Moody Blues.) He would go on to form Wings with ex-Beatle Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney and Danny Seiwell. The band’s first album, Wild Life, was met harshly by critics who largely panned the effort. In an interview with the Tallahassee Democrat, Laine reflected on the response and the band’s subsequent fame. “The reason the critics knocked it was because they were expecting a big production. You have to understand that when a band is just starting you’re not in the mood to go in and do that. We were not trying to follow The Beatles or The Moody Blues, we were just trying to do our own thing,” he said. “So that album really was a result of that band where we were at that time. You know it was a take-it-or-leave-it type of attitude.” This Saturday, catch Laine’s Songs and Stories storyteller show at The Museum Club, 3404 Historic E. Rte. 66, where he’ll bring his acoustic show with unplugged songs from his Moody Blues, Ginger Bakers Air Force, Electric String Band and Wings days, along with a few deep cuts and behind-the-scenes stories. The performance will also feature special guest Ty from the Ty One On Band. $20 general admission, $25 dance floor seating. And for the aspiring songwriters out there, Laine will be hosting Mudshark Recording Studio’s flagship masterclass series on Sunday, March 10. Topics such as songwriting, band dynamics, recording, performing, touring and the music business as well as firsthand accounts of being an industry insider for more 50 years will be discussed. Contact studio manager Sandra Lee at 600-9078 for tickets and details. Extremely limited passes available.

THURSDAY | 3.7

SOUTH BY SOUTH-WHAT?

Each year, bands that have earned coveted spots on the lineup of the annual South by Southwest Music Festival make the pilgrimage to Austin. Flagstaff will be represented with our very own Tow’rs  performing several sets throughout the week, but others still come from farther away, like Seattle-based dream-pop duo Foa. Before they make it to Texas, however, they’ll be stopping by to play a show here at Firecreek Coffee Co., 22 Rte. 66. Take a break from life to get lost in the waves of emotion created by their sound. Doors for the all-ages show open at 7:30 p.m. with music set to start shortly after at 8 p.m. with local support by pl um and Gal Gracious. Tickets are $6.

FRIDAY | 3.8

VOTE WITH YOUR EAR

There are some battles in history the world will not soon forget: the Battle of Waterloo, the Battle of Gettysburg, the Battle of the Bulge and, of course, the Battle of the Bands. Yes, it’s back. Five bands, one winner. KJACK Radio's annual Battle of the Bands returns to the Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave, on Friday, March 8. This year’s competition features the likes of A Band Called Sports, Dead Dudes Get Wild, Glazed Jeans, Heliosheath and Winter Haven. As always, the audience votes on the winner. The winning band will receive a $300 Arizona Music Pro gift card, recording time at Mudshark Recording Studios in Flagstaff and a cash prize. Doors at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5. www.orpheumflagstaff.com

SATURDAY | 3.9

WALK LIKE AN ASTRONAUT

Before venturing into the cold vacuum of space, Apollo astronauts trained at several sites in northern Arizona that were thought to be similar to what they might encounter on the moon. The Cinder Lake crater fields were created specifically for these missions. In the early 1960s, the new Flagstaff-based USGS Astrogeology Branch worked with NASA to blast hundreds of craters in the site to simulate a section of the moon in the Sea of Tranquility, Mare Tranquillitatis. They served as a comparable moon surface to test astronaut skills and instruments in collecting rock samples to bring back for study. Sunset Crater also served as an important landscape to help astronauts understand and identify topographical features on the moon’s volcanic surface. This Saturday, spend the morning at Crater Field 1 and explore the area created in 1967 to help train NASA astronauts. The group will meet at the Flagstaff Ranger Station, 5075 N Highway 89, watch a short film depicting how the craters were made and then depart for the site. High clearance vehicles are not required. It is recommended that you bring sturdy footwear, water and snacks. The hike will last approximately four to five hours over uneven terrain, and a moderate level of fitness is required for the trip. Admission is free, and reservations are required. Make yours by calling Jeanne Stevens at 527-3475 or by email at jeannestevens@fs.fed.us.

SUNDAY | 3.10

A STORY BY ANY OTHER MEDIUM

Names like Bagheera (raise your hand if you’ve ever given your newly adopted black cat this name), Baloo and Mowgli have become commonplace in children’s homes thanks to Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 collection of stories, The Jungle Book. Kipling was inspired to write for children when he and his wife were expecting their first child, but readers of all ages have called the characters he created friends. The book inspired the 1967 Disney film of the same name, and recently got the star treatment with a live-action adaptation featuring Bill Murray, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken in 2016. Now see the familiar story told through the graceful movements of the State Street Ballet. Come witness the complexities of the jungle and the personalities of its creatures through movement, music and the dynamic storytelling of some of life’s greatest moral lessons. Choreographed by State Street Ballet’s Founder and Artistic Director Rodney Gustafson, with an original score by Czech composer and conductor Milan Svoboda, The Jungle Book premiered to enthusiastic audiences, instantly being called a “crowd-pleaser,” “a joy to behold” and “visually stunning.” The performance will be held in the Ardrey Memorial Auditorium, 1115 S. Knoles Dr., beginning at 4 p.m. Tickets range from $5 to $35 and can be purchased online at jan.ucc.nau.edu/cto-p/ and by calling 523-5661. Tickets can also be purchased in person at the NAU Central Ticketing Office in the University Union.

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