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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

A night out at the Van Buren.
A night out at the Van Buren. Benjamin Leatherman
The Valley’s concert offerings this week cover a variety of genres, ranging from folk and country to rock, punk, and hip-hop.

And the artists and acts that will be performing said shows include Jose Gonzalez, Flordia Georgia Line, Anti-Flag, Flo Rida, and even Al Jardine of the Beach Boys.

Details about each of these shows can be found below in our list of the best concerts in the Valley this week. And for even more options, check out Phoenix New Times' concert calendar.

Trinidad Cardona's coming home. - NEIL BAILEY
Trinidad Cardona's coming home.
Neil Bailey
Trinidad Cardona
Monday, January 29
Crescent Ballroom


Trinidad Cardona was big in Brazil before gaining traction in the United States.

The artist, born and raised in Phoenix, has talent, hard work, and the internet to thank for his success in the South American country. Things started to blow up for the teenager when a video of him singing an a cappella rendition of the hook to his song “Jennifer” was uploaded to YouTube in late 2016. It went viral, with numerous requests pouring in for Cardona to finish the track.

Cardona gave the people what they wanted. In summer 2017, he released a full-length video for the song, which, at press time, had nearly 19 million views on YouTube. The song is an apology to its titular subject, who finds out her boyfriend cheated on her. Cardona is hesitant to get specific about the origins of the song, but he says it is based on personal events.

The success of “Jennifer” led to props from Ludacris and Gucci Mane. Soon, Cardona was signing a deal with Run-It-Up Records and Island Records. He has moved to Los Angeles and is excited to share his new material with his fans. Until then, he is touring with Alex Aiono, another artist who grew up in Phoenix. And Cardona’s eager to let his hometown crowd in on what Brazil has known for months.

“I’m always excited to come home,” he says. “That hometown love, there isn’t anything like it.” Jason Keil

click to enlarge Trip out to DJ Green Lantern at Valley Bar on Monday night. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
Trip out to DJ Green Lantern at Valley Bar on Monday night.
Benjamin Leatherman
Motown on Mondays x The Blunt Club
Monday, January 29
Valley Bar

Collaborations are a major hallmark of both the DJ and hip-hop worlds, not to mention one of the coolest. Whenever artists or acts join forces on a particular project or track, it typically results in something unique, interesting, and (ultimately) better than the sum of its parts.

The same could be said about the upcoming collab between Motown on Mondays and The Blunt Club. The two long-running local nightlife events, both of which feature DJs rocking the decks, will team up on Monday, January 29, for a special pop-up party at Valley Bar.

The affair will feature turntablists from both MoM and Blunt Club — including Pickster One, Tricky T, and M2 — as well as sets by Green Lantern (Nas’ current DJ) and DJ Neil Armstrong, who used to spin for Jay-Z. Benjamin Leatherman

Jose Gonzalez
Monday, January 29
The Van Buren


Adding cover songs to his repertoire has served indie-folk singer-songwriter and classical guitarist Jose Gonzalez well. Gonzalez’s soft and sweet sound, these days, is far from the hardcore punk bands that he played in early on in his career. His acoustic version of The Knife’s song “Heartbeats” has been used to enhance significant moments of several TV shows, from House to teen dramas like One Tree Hill and 90210. He lends his tender style to other diverse covers, like Springsteen’s “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” and “Teardrop” by Massive Attack.

Opening act Bedouine will set the tone for a night of gentle sounds, with country-tinged folk that starts at 8 p.m. on Monday, January 29, at The Van Buren. Amy Young


Al Jardine
Monday, January 29, and Tuesday, January 30
Musical Instrument Museum


Al Jardine played standup bass on the very first Beach Boys single, "Surfin'," and since then he's been an integral part of the band's sonic makeup, playing guitar and navigating complexities not often associated with The Beach Boys: environmental concerns ("Don't Go Near the Water," written with Mike Love), transcendence ("All This Is That"), and spoken-word prose (Jardine read Robinson Jeffers's poem "The Breaks of Eagles" as part of the band's stunning "California Saga" from Holland).

Though he left the touring version of the 'Boys in the '90s, Jardine settled a lawsuit with Mike Love and contributed to the 2012 album That's Why God Made the Radio with all surviving original members. He’s also toured and performed with various incarnations of The Beach Boys over the last several years. This week, he’ll make a stop at the Musical Instrument Museum for a two-night stint along with his son, Matt Jardine. Jason P. Woodbury

Anti-Flag
Wednesday, January 31
Club Red in Mesa


Anti-Flag didn't start decrying injustice because Donald Trump's an asshole, says singer/bassist Chris Barker, whose left-wing pop-punk band will visit Club Red in Mesa this week. The group, which has been around for more than two decades, has been protesting American imperialism, police violence, racism, and other odious issues all along.

Sometimes that's been in style in broader U.S. culture, and the band has drawn huge crowds; other times, Anti-Flag has found its popularity with liberals dwindling. "I think what I've come to learn and accept is that politics is fashion, and because we are a part of that subculture of commenting on that culture of politics, we come in and out of fashion, too," Barker says.

In 2017, Anti-Flag dropped its 10th album, American Fall, a followup to 2015's American Spring. While other bands, trying to strike out against the right in the United States, have written explicit anti-Trump songs and waxed about their love of Hillary Clinton, Anti-Flag's recent lyrics tend to take broader swipes at U.S. political culture, capitalism, and militarism. As you’d guess, Anti-Flag's activist brand is once again in style among the left. Kyle Harris

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