10 High Country Concerts To Attend To Beat the Heat This Summer

Tres Ikner and Jen Juniper of Dutch Holly.
Tres Ikner and Jen Juniper of Dutch Holly.
Chad Castigliano

It's summertime in the Valley, so it's about to get disrespectfully hot outside. It's as if Mother Nature herself is telling you to move, so with triple digits on the horizon it seems like a great time to find some cool shows in the Arizona high country and beyond. 

There are hundreds of shows going on all over the state and into some of our neighboring states, so we thought we'd narrow down some of the choices for you. Here are 10 concerts within driving distance that will help you beat the heat and keep your brain from melting this summer.

Ziggy Marley will be at Pepsi Amphitheater on June 5.EXPAND
Ziggy Marley will be at Pepsi Amphitheater on June 5.
Malia James

Ziggy Marley — Pepsi Amphitheater, Flagstaff  June 5 

It’s unfortunate that Bob Marley died so young, but fortunately his kids do a damn good job of paying homage to him, and to be honest, they are no slouches as songwriters themselves. Ziggy Marley is going to be rocking the Pepsi Amphitheater in Flagstaff with his band on June 5, and I can’t think of a better way to spend a summer's day than driving up to Flag and swaying in the pines to a reggae pioneer’s offspring who is becoming a reggae legend in his own right.

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.EXPAND
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
Mathew Tucciarone

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros — Orpheum Theater, Flagstaff  June 8 

The flag-bearers of modern-day hippie positivity are always worth catching, even though the band no longer counts singer Jade Castrinos as a member. Still, the band has a vast catalog of hits that make even the most jaded music fans smile, and seeing them in an environment likely to be 30 degrees cooler than Phoenix will only make the songs sweeter. 

Pro Teens and friends.EXPAND
Pro Teens and friends.
Credit: Greg Arias

Pro Teens — Firecreek Coffee Company, Flagstaff  June 9

Phoenix's own surf-pop heartthrobs Pro Teens are going on a big summer tour this year, and to kick things off they are making a stop at Flagstaff’s Firecreek Coffee Company on June 9. Joining them will be Flagstaff’s own posi-rockers Dragons, as well as Coffee Pot and the Valley’s Sun Hex. Pro Teens make some cool music; mix that with the cooler climate of Flag, and what you’ve got is a chilled-out evening in the mountains with some amazing up-and-coming Arizona music.

Parker Smith — The Spirit Room, Jerome  June 17
The Spirit Room in Jerome is such a neat place that it’s worth going to just to check out on any random night. But when an authentic folkster like Prescott’s Parker Smith is on the guitar and vocals, it makes for an evening when can make your mind travel back to a time when Jerome was one of the biggest cities in Arizona. The entire town and definitely the venue already have an old-timey quality to them, but add in a musician who walks the walk as well as he talks the talk, and it becomes the sort of evening that is more than worth driving up from the Valley for on June 17.

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