TOKiMONSTA is scheduled to perform on Friday, May 11, at Shady Park in Tempe.
TOKiMONSTA is scheduled to perform on Friday, May 11, at Shady Park in Tempe. Nikko Lamere
It's going to be a busy weekend for live music in the Phoenix area. No joke.

Famous names from a variety of genres have concerts scheduled for this weekend at Valley music venues, including TOKiMONSTA, Khalid, Andrew McMahon, Franz Ferdinand, and King Lil G, just to name a few.

Other highlights of this weekend’s concert calendar include the Phoenix '90s Block Party taking over Comerica Theatre on Saturday and classical crossover act Apocalyptica covering the hits of Metallica, Pantera, and other metal acts in symphonic fashion.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Valley residents will travel an hour north of the Valley to attend this year’s FORM Arcosanti. As with its first two editions, the event promises three straight days and nights of unique performances and art, not to mention an enormous lineup.

Details about each of these shows can be found below. And for even more music events happening around town this week, check out Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

click to enlarge Khalid cruises into town this weekend. - KACIE TOMITA
Khalid cruises into town this weekend.
Kacie Tomita
Khalid
Friday, May 11
Rawhide Event Center

At 20 years old, not a lot of folks are necessarily having thriving careers. But R&B singer-songwriter Khalid certainly does. In fact, the Texas native started his at age 17 and has collaborated with Logic and Calvin Harris, among others. It's a feat that he certainly can be proud about.

Khalid’s singles, "Location" and "Young Dumb & Broke,” both off his 2017 album American Teen, have gotten a combined 649 million views on YouTube and earned him the spots on the Billboard Hot 100. That sure beats trying to figure out the whole paying for college thing. Diamond Victoria

click to enlarge Peruvian-born vocalist Eva Ayllon. - VALERIA FIGALLO
Peruvian-born vocalist Eva Ayllon.
Valeria Figallo
Eva Ayllon
Friday, May 11
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts


If you hear similarities between the Afro-Peruvian music performed by New Jersey resident Eva Ayllon and the rhythms brought from Cuba by the late Celia Cruz and Tito Puente, you’re definitely on the right track. Peruvians have borrowed a lot from Africans taken to South America as slaves during the 17th century, and many tunes from the country made their way to the Caribbean. For instance, Cruz had an enormous hit with "El Toro Mata," a composition by Peruvian-born Chabuca Granda that Ayllon also regularly performs during her live sets.

The 62-year-old Ayllon began singing early on. At age 14 she was already pursuing a professional career, and by the mid-'70s she became lead singer of Los Kipus, a local vocal group that would give Ayllon her first big break in the business. At the dawn of the '80s, she embarked on her much-acclaimed solo career. In her many decades as a performer, Ayllon has reached superstar status in her native Peru, where she routinely plays to sold-out stadiums. But her work was not fully recognized in the States until 2004, when she released Leyenda Peruana, and began her first major U.S. tour.

Ayllon's voice is passionate and firm, not unlike a younger Mercedes Sosa. Her live show features a tight backing band and several dancers who help bring to life the lovely melodies of her homeland. Experience it for yourself when Ayllon visits the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts on Friday night. Ernest Barteldes

click to enlarge Joey DeFrancesco: have organ, will travel. - JAY GILBERT
Joey DeFrancesco: have organ, will travel.
Jay Gilbert
Joey DeFrancesco
Friday, May 11
The Nash

The jazz organ? It wasn’t very popular until Joey DeFrancesco began pumping the keys of his vintage B3 Hammond a few decades back. The 47-year-old got his first record contract at age 16 and has been performing and recording ever since. DeFrancesco and his backing act The People will play two shows at The Nash on Friday, May 11, featuring songs from his Grammy-nominated CD release Project Freedom.

The four-time Grammy nominee has toured or recorded with artists like Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Diana Krall, and George Benson. The shows start at 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m. General admission starts at $30-$40, students can get in for $20-$25, and VIP tickets are $75-$90. More info can be found on The Nash’s website. Stuart Warner

click to enlarge The boys of Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand are touring behind their latest release, Always Ascending. - COURTESY OF FRANZ FERDINAND
The boys of Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand are touring behind their latest release, Always Ascending.
Courtesy of Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand
Friday, May 11
The Van Buren


It's been close to 15 years since Scottish rock group Franz Ferdinand hit the big time with their infectious single "Take Me Out." Alongside Modest Mouse's "Float On" and Arcade Fire's "Wake Up," the song was ubiquitous that year, popping up on radio dials, at house parties and even in commercials during your parents' favorite network sitcoms.

In the years since, Franz Ferdinand has remained busy. The band have released four albums' worth of tunes that mine the same dance-rock formula that initially brought success. It's a signature sound that has attracted airplay and given the group a nearly permanent spot on festival itineraries worldwide. The band are touring behind their latest release, Always Ascending, from which they will likely draw much of the setlist. Don't worry, though — the night will surely end with a rousing rendition of their biggest hit. Jeff Strowe

click to enlarge Legendary guitarist Sonny Landreth. - LUCIUS FONTENOT
Legendary guitarist Sonny Landreth.
Lucius Fontenot
Sonny Landreth
Friday, May 11
Musical Instrument Museum


Look in the most rarified air in the world of electric guitar, and Sonny Landreth will be right there alongside better-known names like Mark Knopfler, Mike Henderson, and Richard Thompson. While his own albums, like 1995's R.S. Field-produced South of I-10, are searing testaments to his intensity and virtuosity, it's Landreth's pedigree as a sideman that (like one of his blistering slide solos) usually causes jaws to drop.

Landreth's early career was guided by no less a Jedi than Clifton Chenier, and his style has been informed by that apprenticeship in the world's hottest zydeco band ever since. After parting with Chenier, Landreth went on to be a key link in prolific songsmith John Hiatt's comeback when he backed him on 1988's Slow Turning, an album that helped return Hiatt to the music industry's good graces and remains a popular cover source.

After several years with Hiatt, Landreth moved to even higher heights as a regular in Knopfler's traveling band, which also paired him with country guitar great Richard Bennett. Landreth's latest release is 2017's Recorded Live in Lafayette, a two-disc live album that features the guitarist's monumental licks as he performs many of his hit songs from the past four decades. But if you'd rather experience his talents live, he's scheduled to perform at the Musical Instrument Museum this weekend. William Michael Smith

click to enlarge Joel Williams of TV Girl. - COURTESY OF TV GIRL
Joel Williams of TV Girl.
Courtesy of TV Girl
TV Girl
Friday, May 11
Valley Bar

If The Jetsons were reality, it’d be easy to picture some space-age teen trying to wow Judy Jetson with a mixtape full of TV Girl songs. A Los Angeles-based trio, TV Girl makes music that sounds simultaneously futuristic and retro. They blend ’60s-style pop melodies with electro-dance vibes and samples, creating a weird kind of introspective indie dance music. Imagine Belle & Sebastian trying to follow in the footsteps of indie dance-rock acts like St. Etienne and Screamadelica-era Primal Scream.

TV Girl’s music sounds so playful and disorienting because of their deft sampling skills. Disembodied voices from yesteryear bob in and out of the mix, creating an anything-goes atmosphere that recalls classic sample-heavy albums like Paul’s Boutique and 3 Feet High and Rising.

On the band’s latest album, Who Really Cares, TV Girl use their blissful sound to subversive effect. They sing songs about safe words, lovers who fake orgasms, and heaven as a bedroom, while backed by music that sounds like it could soundtrack a kids’ TV show. Ashley Naftule

TOKiMONSTA
Friday, May 11
Shady Park in Tempe

Every DJ/producer in the electronic dance music game has had to overcome challenges during their careers, be they personal, professional, or even both. Some can prove to be rather daunting or even dangerous, like the situation faced by Jennifer Lee, better known as EDM superstar TOKiMONSTA.

After spending years surviving and thriving in the extremely competitive and largely male-dominated DJ scene of L.A., Lee became ensnared in a fight for both her life and her artistic soul. In 2015, Lee discovered she was afflicted with Moyamoya disease, a vascular condition that constricted the arterial blood flow in her brain. Forced to put her promising career as one of EDM’s rising stars on hold, she endured a pair of surgeries to correct the issue.

Afterwards, Lee was temporarily unable to speak or comprehend music. Slowly but surely, however, she battled back and began creating music once more, which eventually resulted in 2017’s Lune Rouge.

The 11-song album, which has earned good reviews from Pitchfork and other outlets, is both a deeply personal and cathartic work in which Lee channels her angst and pent up emotions into dreamy and ambient tracks filled with electro and R&B elements. You’re like to hear many of ’em when Lee performs as TOKiMONSTA at Shady Park in Tempe, on Friday. Repose, Stoneypie, and Koz will open. Benjamin Leatherman
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.
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Stuart Warner was the editor of New Times from 2017 to 2019. He has been a journalist since the stoned ages of 1969, playing a major role on teams that won three Pulitzer Prizes. He is also the author of the biography JOCK: A Coach's Story.