Festival season rages on as we head into spring, with the March Madness Music Festival in downtown Phoenix giving way to Country Thunder 2017 followed by Coachella, for those of you willing to travel for music, and FORM Arcosanti.
There are also some huge concerts rolling through town from March to June that aren’t attached to festivals — Chris Stapleton, Panic! at the Disco, the Weeknd, Kings of Leon, Eric Church and Chris Brown chief among them.
Here’s a look at the main events and the best of the bigger club shows. We’ll be adding smaller critic’s picks as we get deeper into spring.
The Zac Brown Band will bring their Welcome Home tour to Glendale a week before hitting the streets with the album for which the tour was named. Since breaking through in 2008, the Grammy-winning Zac Brown Band have topped the Billboard country charts with no fewer than eight songs — quadruple-platinum “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” “Highway 20 Ride,” “Free,” “As She’s Walking Away,” “Colder Weather,” double-platinum “Knee Deep” and “Keep Me In Mind.”
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 4. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $44-$522. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Formed in 1967 and signed four years later, REO Speedwagon topped the album charts for 15 weeks in 1981 with the nine-times-platinum “Hi Infidelity,” which spawned the platinum chart-topper ”Keep On Loving You” and the Top 5 “Take It On the Run.” Their other hits include “In Your Letter,” “Keep the Fire Burnin’,” “One Lonely Night,” “That Ain’t Love,” “In My Dreams,” “Here With Me” and a second chart-topping smash, “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” Kevin Cronin, who’s been fronting REO since signing on in time to be featured on “R.E.O. T.W.O.,” their second album, is joined by bassist Bruce Hall, keyboardist Neal Doughty, guitarist Dave Amato and drummer Bryan Hitt.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, May 5. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $50-90. www.celebritytheatre.com.
Relentless Beats is partnering with Bassrush to bring Bassrush Massive, with music by Adventure Club, Flux Pavilion, NGHTMRE, Andy C, Herobust and more. Beginning in the ‘90s, the Bassrush brand has evolved from its strictly drum and bass roots to include dubstep and other bass-oriented genres. Bassrush hosts stages at all major Insomniac festivals such as EDC Las Vegas, EDC Orlando and Beyond Wonderland. In 2011, the brand expanded beyond California, hosting multi-date national tours for major artists, including Skrillex, Excision and Datsik. Bassrush Massive is an 18 and over event.
Details: Saturday, May 6. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. $55 general admission; $85 VIP. www.relentlessbeats.com.
This Norwegian pop sensation has the kind of voice that instantly makes every song he sings sound that much more inviting. And the songs themselves are often brilliant. They have been, in fact, since his stunning debut, “Faces Down,” hit the States in 2002. The fact that he was 20 at the time just made it that much more impressive, the wordplay invoking comparisons to Elvis Costello while the sophistication of the music was more suggestive of a young Burt Bacharach hitting his stride. His latest album, “Pleasure,” makes a beeline for the dancefloor on a wave of New Wave synths and electronic drums, and even in that unexpected context, the sophistication that’s defined his most compelling work remains. It’s just more danceable.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 6. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $23; $20 in advance. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
Staking their claim on the artier fringes of the emo spectrum, At the Drive-In were the stuff of bad-ass legends in their prime. And like the Beatles before them, they signed off on a high note with a final album called “Relationship of Command.” They broke up in early 2001, citing “complete mental and physical exhaustion” and reunited 11 years later, playing a handful of dates across Texas and hitting the festival circuit, including Coachella and Lollapalooza. This is their second reunion, and this one includes a new album, “in•ter a•li•a.”
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, May 8. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $29.50-$39.50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
The Grammy-winning electro-pop duo bring the 40-city Memories … Do Not Open Tour, named for their forthcoming full-length debut, to Glendale. Each ticket purchased online will include a copy of that album.The duo spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot with quadruple-platinum “Closer,” last year’s longest run at No. 1. Their other hits include the platinum “#Selfie” and the multi-platinum smashes “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down.” Their latest single, “Something Just Like This,” is their sixth Top 10 appearance on the Hot 100.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 9. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $21.25-$77.25. ticketmaster.com.
The D.C. rapper topped the Billboard album charts with two consecutive releases – 2013’s “The Gifted” and 2015’s “The Album About Nothing,” a soulful hip-hop gem on which he underscored the Seinfeld reference of the title with actual dialogue samples from the show. “Wale uses Seinfeld’s advice not just as a gimmick but as a jumping-off point,” wrote Rolling Stone. His biggest hits include two platinum singles – “Lotus Flower Bomb,” which topped the R&B charts, and “Bad.”
Details: Thursday, May 11. Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. 480-361-9783, livewireaz.com.
The Grammy-winning Christian-music superstar has topped the Christian album charts with six consecutive releases through “Never Lose Sight,” which the streets last year and sent a track called “Good Good Father” to the top of Billboard’s Christian songs chart. The Worship Night In America Tour also brings Big Daddy Weave, Phil Wickham, Zach Williams, Mosaic MSC and Jason Barton to Phoenix. “It is powerful when all streams of the church come together in an act of unity to worship and pray,” Tomlin says. “That’s the heart behind Worship Night In America. I pray these nights are filled with revival and restoration as we all join together proclaiming one name.”
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, May 12. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. $15-$70. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Led by singer Justin Furstenfeld, the Houston alternative-rockers are touring in support of “Home,” which topped the rock charts and the independent album charts. “’Sway’ was about finding inner peace and learning to live in a healthy way,” says Furstenfeld. “This new album ‘Home’ is about what we do with our time on earth, how we’re going to utilize that time in a positive way and make it the best we possibly can by bettering ourselves.” They’re best known for the modern-rock-radio singles “Hate Me,” “Into the Ocean,” “Dirt Room,” “Say It,” “The Chills” and “Bleed Out.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, May 12. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $14.69-$60. www.celebritytheatre.com.
Chris Brown brings the Party Tour to Talking Stick Resort Arena with 50 Cent, Fabolous, O.T. Genasis and Kap G. In a break with arena tradition, Brown takes the stage at the start of the show and brings his guests out as the party rages on, which means you’d do well not to show up late hoping to blow off the opening acts. The R&B star topped the Hot 100 in 2005 with “Run It!,” his first single, which went on to be his first of several multi-platinum hit, from the chart-topping “Kiss Kiss” to “With You,” “No Air,” “Forever,” “Deuces, “Look at Me Now” and “Loyal.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 15. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. $25.20-$145.20. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Few pop-punk acts have chronicled the youthful angst of getting slightly older with the passion and conviction Real Friends vocalist Dan Lambton brings to the proceedings on “The Home Inside My Head,” despite the fact that nearly every introspective anthem was written by bassist Kyle Fasel. The songs are shrouded in nostalgia for the recent past and delivered in the form of hooks that were clearly intended to be sung along to by an audience that knows exactly how they feel.
Details: 5:15 p.m. Monday, May 15. Nile Theater, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. $20-23. 480-559-5859, niletheater.com.
Train scored a huge hit in 2001 with “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” and went Top 20 two years later with “Calling All Angels.” They’re best known these days for the comeback drive they staged with six-times-platinum, Grammy-winning, ukulele-driven “Hey Soul Sister,” the biggest download of 2010 at iTunes. Two more singles from that album — “If It’s Me” and the platinum “Marry Me” — went Top 40 on the Hot 100. And the hits kept coming in 2012 with triple-platinum “Drive By” and “50 Ways to Say Goodbye.” The Play That Song Tour, which also features O.A.R. and Natasha Bedingfield, shares a name with their latest gold single.
Details: 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 16. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $25-$79.50. 602-254-7200, ticketmaster.com.
These Grammy-winning Texas brothers – including a drummer named Ringo! – may be best remembered for their breakthrough single, “Heaven,” which made it all the way to No. 1 on Billboard’s adult contemporary charts in 2004. All Music Guide responded to their latest album, “Revelation,” with “Its freshness proves that ten years after their 2004 breakthrough, the band is as lively as ever and, in some sly subtle ways, better than ever too.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $32-$45. 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com.
Revolver magazine responded to 2012’s “Dark Roots of Earth” with a 4 out of 5, saying Testament had yet again maintained “their hard-won reputation as the only one of the major ’80s thrash bands who still haven’t released a crappy record.” And that reputation was secure once more with the release in 2016 of their 11th album, the excellent “Brotherhood of the Snake.” Classic Rock Magazine said it was “one of the best metal albums of 2016–one that proves Testament can match anyone.”
Details: Wednesday, May 17. Livewire, 7320 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. 480-361-9783, livewireaz.com.
The All-American Road Show finds Stapleteon joined by Brothers Osborne and Lucie Silvas. The country star is planning to release new music on May 5 — exactly two years to the day since the release of “Traveller,” his double-platinum breakthrough. He won Best Male Vocalist, New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year (for the chart-topping “Traveller”) at the Country Music Association Awards in late 2015, and received four Grammy nominations, winning two (Best Country Album and Best Country Solo Performance). Then, he added five more trophies to his mantel at the 2016 Academy of Country Music Awards. How does he do it? By being really good. His album effortlessly stands out from the Nashville herd mentality while still bringing the hits.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, May 19. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $30.75-$70.75. 602-254-7200, ticketmaster.com.
If you like your hip-hop served with righteous indignation and an old-school soul vibe, this Minnesota rapper’s “Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color” could be just your speed. He sets the tone with “Letter to My Countrymen,” on which he memorably rhymes, “We don’t really like to talk about this race thing” with “the whole grandparents used to own slaves thing.” Okayplayer loved it, writing, “Ali touches on every heavy topic under the sun but it’s the more personal anecdotes, like flying home from Europe to attend his Dad’s funeral or coming off tour to find his son neglected and injured, that hit hardest and make ‘Mourning in America’ worth copping.” By the time he gets here, he’ll have dropped the long-awaited followup, “All the Beauty in This Whole Life.”
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, May 19. Club Red, 1306 W. University Dr., Mesa. $18-$65. 480-258-2733, clubredrocks.com.
This EDM event brings Berg, Code Black, Jordan Suckley, Jvst Say Yes, Dubloadz, the Prototypes and Squnto to Rawhide Events Center. Berg is a 25-year-old Israeli DJ who’s played Brazil’s Tribe Festival and Experience Festival, Mexico’s Equinox Festival, Denmark’s Tam Tam Festival, Israel’s Unity Festival and France’s Inox Festival. Australian hardstyle DJ Code Black has played at Defqon.1, Qlimax, Mysteryland, Tomorrowland, HardBass and Decibel. Suckley is a Liverpool-based DJ whose work has been championed by Armin van Buuren.
Details: 6 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Rd., Chandler. $35-$60. www.relentlessbeats.com.
“Ol’ Glory” is the sound of the Souther soul revival getting all the details right, Grey effortlessly channeling the raspy essence of those classic Otis Redding records he appears to have been studying his whole damn life just to get to this moment, while the horns complete the picture. Even when they turn it down on the slide-guitar-fueled country blues of “The Island,” it comes on like a spiritual cousin of where “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.” As PopMatters summed it up, “JJ Grey and Mofro provide a connection to the past and a time when talent and tenacity moved the music forward. Hallelujah for ‘Ol’ Glory.’ It’s a prime example of what genuine Americana ought to emulate.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, May 20. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $25. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
Their debut was the U.K.’s first punk album, preceded by “New Rose,” the U.K.’s first punk single. But it’s not the history that reaches out and grabs you by the collar, it’s the music, a glorious racket effectively underproduced by the great Nick Lowe. The opening track, “Neat Neat Neat,” is as raucous as anything on that first Pistols album, Captain Sensible leading the charge with one of punk-rock’s most propulsive basslines before the whole thing explodes with an animalistic howl and the trashiest Chuck Berry licks this side of Johnny Thunders (courtesy of Brian James, who also wrote 10 of the 12 songs and co-wrote another). It’s a brilliant introduction to a flawless album that offsets moments as adrenalized as “I Fall,” “Born to Kill” and “Stab Your Back” with change-ups as inspired as the brooding “Fan Club.” And they followed through with several other punk classics, from “Music for Pleasure” and “Machine Gun Etiquette” to “Strawberries.”
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, May 21. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $29.50-$39.50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
The legendary Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys has extended the final performance run of his Pet Sounds 50th Anniversary World Tour, including a return to Phoenix for a Celebrity Theatre concert on May 22. Wilson is joined on this tour by former bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, with whom he performed 99 shows in 2016 in sold-out venues all over the world. In addition to playing “Pet Sounds” in its entirety, the concerts feature an entire second set of hits and deep cuts.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 22. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $60-130. www.celebritytheatre.com.
Van McCann, a lead singer’s lead singer, has cited the Strokes and Oasis as primary influences (and you can definitely hear that) while saying his ultimate goal is to be bigger them the both of them. So he already has the “talking like a proper British rock star” thing down to a science. But he also puts his music where his mouth is. Last year brought “The Ride,” a second album packed with worthy new additions to the 21st Century Britpop box sets of the future, at times suggesting where the Arctic Monkeys could have gone if they hadn’t decided they’d rather be Queens of the Stone Age (not that there’s anything wrong with that). And they did win British Breakthrough Act at last year’s Brit Awards.
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, May 22. Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St., Phoenix. $21; $18 in advance. 602-396-7136, thepressroomaz.com.
John Legend is bringing the Darkness and Light tour with Gallant to Comerica Theatre. The multi-platinum singer-songwriter has won 10 Grammys in addition to an Oscar and a Golden Globe. The tour is named for Legend’s fifth studio album, which was met with much acclaim. USA TODAY hailed it as Legend’s “most personal record,” Time Magazine called it “unflappably classy,” and the New York Times said Legend “treats love as something far more complex than a panacea and a fount of perpetual reassurance, with music to match.” The R&B sensation topped the Billboard Hot 100 with his biggest-selling, highest-charting hit to date, the eight-times-platinum “All of Me.” His other hits include the breakthrough single, “Ordinary People;” “Green Light,” which featured a guest rap from Andre 3000; and last year’s “Love Me Now.”
These Grammy-nominated Massachusetts rockers arrived at an intriguing cocktail of radio-ready alternative-rock and headbanging classic-rock echoes on last year’s “The Boy Who Died Wolf,” which Mojo wrongfully dismissed with “may alarm those who recall grunge and nu metal.” That doesn’t account for the post-punk revival moves of the exhilarating “Look Alive, Stay Alive,” where Johnny Stevens sneers the lyrics an attitude closer in spirit to punk than nu-metal or most post-Nirvana grunge on the inflammatory anti-racist politics of “Viper Strike” (“Guns don’t kill people / White people kill black people with guns”). And what about the tender side Stevens explores on tracks like “Little One?” It’s a really good radio album and the world needs those, too.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 24, and Thursday, May 25. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. SOLD OUT. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
New Kids on the Block will bring the Total Package Tour to Phoenix with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men. Assembled in 1984 by Maurice Starr, this Boston-based boy band was able to sell more than 70 million albums worldwide before their breakup, a total the New Kids are adding to now that they’re back on the reunion trail. In 1990, New Kids topped the Forbes list of highest paid entertainers.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, May 26. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. $25.20-95.20. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
This horrorcore duo from the Detroit suburbs was discovered and groomed by Insane Clown Posse – which could explain the evil clown makeup they wear onstage. They’re bringing the Psychomania Tour to town in support of “The Continuous Evilution of Life’s ?’s,” their fifth consecutive release to go Top 40 on the Billboard album charts, with G-Mo Skee, Young Wicked, Gorilla Voltage, Poizonous Logik, Dienasty the Mexican Thuggalo, $T James and Mental Cases opening.
Details: 6 p.m. Saturday, May 27. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $25. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
Dead & Company play Phoenix on a tour that kicks off one day earlier in Las Vegas. Formed last year, the lineup reunites three members of the Grateful Dead – guitarist Bob Weir and drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart. They’re joined by singer/guitarist John Mayer; Allman Brothers’ bassist Oteil Burbridge; and RatDog keyboardist Jeff Chimenti. They’ll perform two sets of music drawing from the Dead’s historic catalog of songs.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $39-$149.50. 602-254-7200, ticketmaster.com.
Segall’s latest leaves no corner of the psychedelic universe unharvested, setting the tone with the lumbering stoner-rock swagger of “Break a Guitar” to the whimsical freak folk of “Talkin’” to the rollicking “Thank You Mr. K,” which rocks like early Pink Floyd gone garage-punk. I’ll add my voice to the growing consensus of critics saying this could be the best thing Segall’s ever done.
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, May 29. The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St., Phoenix. $25; $20 in advance. 602-396-7136, thepressroomaz.com.
These Kentucky hard-rockers are touring a very heavy album called “Kentucky” that earned from several metal magazines. Kerrang! called it “BSC’s dirtiest, heaviest outing yet” The thick fuzz of guitars is at the metal end of grunge, impact and volume kept almost oppressively in the red. But once you settle into Kentucky’s MO, the band’s songwriting strengths and musical reach are still here.” There’s also an ill-advised cover of the Edwin Starr song “War,” but maybe they won’t play that live.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 30. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $27-$30. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
These San Diego rockers earned raves in 2010 for an album called “King of the Beach,” and the title of which did a brilliant of capturing the essence of their charm. Six years later, they’re touring a great fifth album, aptly titled “V,” which finds them still rocking the surf beats and reverb-drenched Ramones guitar vibe as they make their way from one contagious pop hook to another. The reviewer at DIY Magazine responded with a perfect score and the following words of praise: ”Contagious and sarcastic, in-your-face and self-aware yet ultimately all about cutting loose, Wavves have offered up an album that proves themselves as leaders in the punk pack.
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, May 29. The Pressroom, 441 W. Madison St., Phoenix. $20-$23. 602-396-7136, thepressroomaz.com.
They’re reportedly working on an album Isaac Brock has said is like part two of “Strangers to Ourselves,” the album that featured an aerial image of Mesa’s Venture Out RV Resort on its cover. Entertainment Weekly awarded that album an A, declaring in a throwback “to the squirrelly experimental roots that produced their 1997 cult classic ‘The Lonesome Crowded West.’” The AV Club said: “Like 2007’s ‘We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank,’ it’s a comfortably familiar return to the less-than-comfortable mix of weighty lyrics and jittery, crazy-eyed indie rock that’s sustained Modest Mouse’s illustrious career.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 31. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. SOLD OUT. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
The country trio’s second album, “Need You Now,” went four-times platinum, spent four weeks at No. 1, became the second-biggest album of 2010 and earned five Grammys, not the least of which were song and record of the year. Third album “Own the Night” is closing in on double platinum, having topped the charts its first week out. That album also spawned the double-platinum “Just a Kiss,” one of six chart-topping country hits for Lady Antebellum. In 2013, “Golden” topped the album chart, their third consecutive release to do so, spinning off the platinum single, “Downtown.” And their latest album, “747,” added to their string of hits with platinum “Bartender.” Their tour hits town six days before the arrival of “Heart Break,” an album that’s already spawned another hit in “You Look Good.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $33-$206. 602-254-7200, ticketmaster.com.
These South African rockers have gone Top 10 on Billboard‘s mainstream-rock charts 19 times, with five of those songs hitting No. 1 (“Remedy,” “Fake It,” “Country Song,” “Tonight” and 2014’s “Words As Weapons”). Their earliest singles placed them squarely in the gloomy post-grunge camp. And as much as they haven’t exactly abandoned the blueprint that made 2004’s “Disclaimer II” a platinum hit here in the States, they have incorporated several new approaches through the years. The expanding of their sonic palette continued on 2014’s ”Isolate and Medicate,” with Brendan O’Brien producing.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $32.50-$195. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
Acclaimed blues veterans Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ share the stage with an all-star band performing songs from their long-anticipated collaborative album due May 5 on Concord Records. Mahal repped the blues at the Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus in 1968, the same year he dropped his self-titled debut, which found him covering “Dust My Broom” and “Statesboro Blues” with Ry Cooder and Jesse Ed Davis. He took home his first of two Grammy Awards for the 1997 album “Senor Blues,” and his latest album, “2008’s “Maestro,” was another strong addition to the catalog. Three-time Grammy winner Mo’ got his start in the early ’70s working with Papa John Creach of the Jefferson Airplane.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $47-$105. 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
You know when it’s March and you’re pretty certain you just heard your favorite album of the year without necessarily feeling the need to modify that statement with the words “so far?” That’s how I felt before I’d even finished my first listen to “The Navigator.” Had this album been released after Patti Smith’s “Horses” and before that first Rickie Lee Jones album, Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra would have been plastered all over the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, back when that could make or break an artist. If Bruce Springsteen doesn’t love this album, it’s because he hasn’t heard it. It’s singer-songwriter music for people with a taste for classic punk as filtered through street-corner doo wop, the Brill Building, early Van Morrison, Patti Smith, the Velvet Underground and everything that ever made you fall in love with rock and roll — a concept album that follows a “wandering soul named Navita at a crossroads of identity and ancestral weight.” A masterpiece that feels like it was meant to be one, it finds Seggara more than living up to the lyrical hook of “Hungry Ghost” – “I’m ready for the world.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $20. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
Among the biggest-selling rock releases of the ’70s, Boston’s self-titled debut went 17-times-platinum while spinning off “More Than a Feeling,” “Foreplay/Long Time” and “Peace of Mind.” The hits kept coming two years later with a second, remarkably similar-sounding effort, the seven-times-platinum “Don’t Look Back.” Then, after spending eight years on the followup, they topped the charts again with the quadruple-platinum “Third Stage,” which spawned their biggest, most annoying hit, “Amanda.” Those early songs are great. “Amanda?” Not so much.
The classically trained violin virtuoso and respected jazz composer is bringing a tour called The Atlantic Years tour to Scottsdale. As Ponty says, “We’re calling it ‘The Atlantic Years’ tour since I am touring with my band from the late ’70s-’80s with whom I recorded several albums for Atlantic Records.” Those musicians include Wally Minko on keyboards, Jamie Glaser on guitar, Rayford Griffin on drums and Baron Browne on bass. Two of Ponty’s albums for the label topped the Billboard jazz charts — “Enigmatic Ocean” and “Mystical Adventures.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, June 9. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St. $35-$75. 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org.
I’ve really missed these guys, who broke up in 2004 after raising the stakes for emo songcraft with a richly texture second album called “Your Majesty.” I just re-listened to see if it could possibly live up to my fond yet admittedly hazy memories of what made me love it in the first place and it’s possible I like it even better now. “Your Majesty” may be one of the decade’s most enduring power-pop revival moves in part because I’m pretty sure that isn’t what it’s meant to be. They’re just bringing the hooks and making that endeavor seem more effortless than it actually is with some actual power – the secret sauce that’s missing in most power-pop releases.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, June 9. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $20; $17 in advance. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
Superstar siblings Julianne & Derek Hough will bring Move – Beyond — Live on Tour to Comerica Theatre on Saturday, June 10. The Houghs are promising their biggest and best show yet, with brand-new stage production inspired by the elements – earth, wind, fire, and water – which the duo have infused into fresh, high impact choreography. The pair will be joined by the Move Company Dancers for group performances in styles ranging from ballroom and tap to salsa and hip-hop. “There is nothing like performing onstage in front of a live audience and this show is going to be like nothing we’ve done before,” says Julianne. “For those that have been before or will be experiencing the show for the first time, it will transport them beyond their wildest imaginations and expectations.”
Having taking their place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year, the members of Chicago are hitting the road with another veteran act that ruled the airwaves in the ‘70s – the Doobie Brothers. Their double-platinum debut, “Chicago Transit Authority,” was inducted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2014, the same year they made their first appearance as Grammy performers. No fewer than 25 of their 36 albums have gone platinum. The Doobies’ latest album, “Southbound,” features new recordings of their biggest hits with country music’s biggest stars, from Blake Shelton to Zac Brown Band, Brad Paisley and Toby Keith.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 11. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $25-$125. 602-254-7200, ticketmaster.com.
Waters bring his Us + Them Tour to Glendale, promising a mix of Pink Floyd classics and solo material, including new songs. “We are going to take a new show on the road, the content is very secret,” Waters says. “It’ll be a mixture of stuff from my long career, stuff from my years with Pink Floyd, some new things. Probably 75 percent of it will be old material and 25 percent will be new, but it will be all connected by a general theme. It will be a cool show, I promise you. It’ll be spectacular like all my shows have been.”
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 14. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $50.25-$194.75. ticketmaster.com.
The son of Latin pop sensation Julio Iglesias has sold more than 100 million records worldwide and been declared the King of Latin Pop by Billboard magazine. He holds the record for most No. 1 appearances on the magazine’s hot Latin Tracks chart. Miami rapper Pitbull hit the mainstream in 2004 when “Culo,” his first single, went Top 40 on the Hot 100. He went on to greater success with the Top 5 smash “I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)” in 2009. The duo last played Phoenix in early 2014.
Details: 7:30 p.m .Wednesday, June 14. Talking Stick Resort Arena, Second and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. Tickets TBA. 602-745-3000, livenation.com.
The Rebelution Good Vibes Summer Tour brings Nahko and Medicine for the People, Collie Buddz, Hirie and DJ Mackle to Mesa Amphitheatre. When Rebelution topped the Billboard reggae charts with last year’s “Falling Into Place,” that put them in a three-way tie with Beenie Man and UB40 for the third-most No. 1 appearances on that chart, following (of course) Bob Marley (17) and Matisyahu (seven). That album also brought in their first Grammy nomination.
Billed as the World’s Greatest Pink Floyd Show (by which one would assume “not counting Pink Floyd” is implied), they’re bringing their Immersion World Tour to Comerica Theatre. The spectacle of a Pink Floyd concert experience is recaptured in high-definition sound, with a million-dollar light show and state-of-the-art video design. In addition to playing the crowd-pleasing highlights of “The Dark Side of the Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “The Wall” and “The Division Bell,” Brit Floyd will pay special tribute to the “Animals” album to honor its 40th anniversary, with a show-stopping “Dogs” as well as a host of other Pink Floyd musical gems.
“Before the World was Big” is the perfect title for an unassuming twee-pop masterpiece that makes such brilliant work of capturing the growing pains of youth and young adulthood. That’s what I wrote when Girlpool landed on my albums of the year list in 2015. By the time they get to Phoenix, they’ll have given us a long-awaited followup called “Powerplant.” And judging by the only track I’ve heard so far, a lead track titled “123,” they may have toughened up their sound a bit without abandoning the qualities that made that album such an unassuming masterpiece.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 20. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $14; $12 in advance. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
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