10 Favorite Concerts of the Summer

Flamenco por la Vida performing at Los Dias de la Crescent at Crescent Ballroom.
Flamenco por la Vida performing at Los Dias de la Crescent at Crescent Ballroom.
Abraham Karam

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We don't want to jinx it, but a string of cooler nights and balmy afternoons has us feeling comfortable saying "summer's done." The festival season has come to a close, and it's time to unpack that neglected denim jacket and put away your jorts and Coachella Crocs for the season.

Of course, this summer ruled in Phoenix music. It seems an appropriate time to look back fondly on what's gone down in the world of Phoenix music, as we look ahead to more cool shit to come. Here's our 10 Favorite Concerts of Summer 2012.

First name Drake, last name not legally Greatest.
First name Drake, last name not legally Greatest.
Maria Vassett

Drake @ Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion|Thursday, May 10, 2012


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There was a moment Thursday night during Drake's bombastic, flashy performance when I wondered whether Drake was going to review me. It was during an extended (10- or 15-minute-long) audience-appreciation segment, where Drake turned the lights on the crowd and shouted out girls he found sexy, guys he wanted to clown on, and little kids (who'd "better not go home cussin' and shit").

As his razor-sharp band -- a stellar drummer, keyboardist, guitarist, bassist, and DJ -- played an languid, soft jazz groove, Aubrey Drake Graham called out to his fans: the girl in the Sade shirt (he's a big fan), the girls with their hair looking all "Afrocentric and shit," and the dozens of fans wantonly violating the "don't wear a band shirt to said band's show" rule, sporting Young Money, OVOXO, YOLO, and Take Care shirts.

Read the full review by Jason P. Woodbury.

See the full slideshow by Maria Vassett.

Roger Waters, probably yelling about leaving kids alone or something.
Roger Waters, probably yelling about leaving kids alone or something.
Maria Vassett

Roger Waters Presents "The Wall" @ US Airways Center| Tuesday, May 15, 2012


The spectacle that is Roger Waters' The Wall tour deserves more than a cursorily run-through. The concert is as much theater and cutting-edge theatrics as it is a musical production, and each aspect deserves -- requires -- equal respect, as the masterful merging of sound, imagery, and imagination went off without a hitch.

For those not familiar with Pink Floyd's double album The Wall, released in 1979, the story chronicles a fading, troubled rock star dealing with issues of childhood and authority, but with misguided visions of leading a fascist-styled authoritarian society. Pink, as he's known, builds a wall to hold it all in before eventually breaking out in a return to sanity.

Read the full review by Glenn BurnSilver.

See the full slideshow by Maria Vassett.


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