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Over the Weekend: Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Califone, Justin Moody, and more

The combination of Califone's Tim Rutili, Wooden Indian, and violinist Megyn Neff perform at the Icehouse on Friday, March 22.
The combination of Califone's Tim Rutili, Wooden Indian, and violinist Megyn Neff perform at the Icehouse on Friday, March 22.
Jeff Moses

So, how was your weekend? Perhaps you got all up in the club, got in as much revelry as possible, or got yourself into one of the big concerts going on around town.

Meanwhile, the Up on the Sun staff spent the past several nights hitting up shows like Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings' epic show under the stars at Heritage Square, gigs by folk artists Old Hours and Justin Moody at Axiom in Peoria, and a rip-roaring show by country superstars Lady Antebellum. Plus, we also witnessed a profoundly unique night of sounds offered by the merging of Califone with Wooden Indian, as well Destruction Unit and North Brother Island at the Icehouse.

In case you missed any of these must-see gigs, here's a look back at each.

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at Heritage Square on Friday, March 21. See more photos from the show.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings at Heritage Square on Friday, March 21. See more photos from the show.
Melissa Fossum

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings - Heritage Square - 3/21/14

Whatever it was that you did yesterday that left you feeling awesome -- no matter how cool it was -- then good for you. But Sharon Jones still kicked your ass. Hell, like one of her Dap-Kings said when he was introducing the force of nature that is Ms. Jones, she kicked cancer's ass. In fact, I don't know what, if anything, you could've thrown in front of soulful songstress as she dominated downtown Phoenix's Heritage Square that she wouldn't have decimated with her overall badass-ness.

Her team of horn players and drummers came out first, followed by guitarists to back the Dapettes -- Saundra Williams and Starr Duncan, who also do the background vocals for Jones -- as they did a handful of tunes from their own upcoming record...Read More  

Califone, Wooden Indian, Destruction Unit, North Brother Island - The Icehouse - 3/21/14

Wooden Indian didn't merely put on a concert Friday night at the Icehouse -- they created an experience, transforming the cavernous downtown Phoenix arts venue into an otherworldly sonic happening. And the evening was every bit as epic as Wooden Indian lead singer Wally Boudway and his psychedelic indie-folk crew promised it would be.

The collaboration of Rutili, Wooden Indian, and a violinist created some rather extraordinary sounds in their set, some of which I had literally never heard before. Their music, mixed with the puppet show taking place in one corner and the projections on the wall helped make the already mysterious venue seem all the more otherwordly...Read More

Singer-songwriter Justin Moody at Axiom on Saturday, March 22.
Singer-songwriter Justin Moody at Axiom on Saturday, March 22.
K.C. Libman

Justin Moody, Corey R-J, A Cloud For Climbing and Old Hours - Axiom - 3/22/14

Peoria is not the first suburb that comes to mind when Phoenicians think live music -- hell, it's not even likely to be the fourth or fifth suburb for that matter. However, nestled behind a string of fluorescent-lit dealerships just off of Bell Road and the 101 hides Axiom, a less-than-likely venue that played host last night to Valley folk darlings Justin Moody and Old Hours, electronic solo act A Cloud For Climbing and Massachusetts' Corey R-J.

While the lineup felt thematic in terms of genre, it ended up being an eclectic mix whose small attendance was more a reflection of the locale than the talent. ...Read More

Lady Antebellum onstage at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Saturday, March 22.
Lady Antebellum onstage at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Saturday, March 22.
Chelsea Hough

Lady Antebellum - Ak-Chin Pavilion - 3/22/14

The weather was perfect Saturday night for Lady Antebellum's first outdoor concert of the year at Ak-Chin Pavilion as they provided a fun and energetic performance the crowd will not soon forget. And it also included a few surprises.

Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott and Dave Haywood started the night with their latest hit, "Compass," immediately getting the crowd pumped and bouncing around...Read More

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