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Drake Is Coming to Phoenix (Waka Flocka Flame, Too)

Bummed out that Drake skipped Phoenix in favor of Tucson earlier this month?

Well, be bummed no more: Everyone's favorite former-Degrassi star/current sexy music maven is returning to Arizona, planning a stop at Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion on Thursday, May 10.

Drake's latest, Take Care, earned him four Grammy nominations. Tracks like "Lord Knows" and The Weeknd-assisted "Crew Love" found him in exploring new pop heights, and confessional numbers like "Marvin's Room" and "Doing It Wrong" (featuring Stevie Wonder) demonstrated his grip on the quiet, bedroom R&B style he had previously hinted at.

It's interesting to note the openers, J. Cole, Waka Flocka Flame, Meek Mill and 2 Chainz, acts that show off the tricky balancing act that Drake has managed, with one foot firmly in the mainstream and another in more ambient territory.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday, March 24th at Livenation.com. Drake is scheduled to perform Thursday, May 10, at Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion.

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Jason P. Woodbury is a music and pop-culture writer based in Phoenix. He is a regular contributor to the music blog Aquarium Drunkard and co-host of the Transmissions podcast.