This week's show announcements have a little of everything, including two of the finest purveyors of good ol' boy drinking music you'll find: George Thorogood and the Destroyers are set to play Celebrity at the end of July, Toby Keith comes to town in August. Surprisingly, even considering the desparity in venue size, Keith's show, is a much better bargain: $25 for lawn seats compared to $55 for the cheapest tickets to Thorogood.
Thorogood has always seemed like Delaware's harder-partying answer to Jersey's Springsteen to me, ("One Burbon, One Scotch, One Beer," "I Drink Alone") but I'm sure that comparison would offend lots of die-hard Bruce fans. Keith, who is ventuiring in to Jimmy Buffet territory with his new Mesa restaurant "I Love This Bar & Grill," wrote the definitive drinking song of the decade (see above).
Who else is incoming? Check the jump.
Baptized in Beer Tour: Bison BC, Epicrean, Lazarus AD, Woe of Tyrants, Tuesday, July 28, 6:30 p.m., $10-$12. Club 910, 910 N. McClintock Dr., Tempe.
Pat Benatar, & Blondie: With The Donnas, Tuesday, July 28,
$42-$57. Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.
En Vogue, & Bel Biv DeVoe: Saturday, Aug. 8, 8:30 p.m., $43-$53. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-267-1600.
Toby Keith: With Trace Adkins, Friday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m., $25-$63.75. Cricket Wireless Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-7200.
Latino Vibe-Ration 2009: With R.K.M. & Ken-Y, Gloria Trevi, DJ Flex, Optimo, & more, Saturday, May 23, 8 p.m., $35-$125. Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.
Kevin Nealon: Friday, Sept. 25, 8 & 10 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 26, 8 & 10 p.m., $25. Tempe Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-921-9877.
Joan Sebastian: With Gran Jaripeo, & Jenni Rivera, Saturday, June 20, 7 p.m., $50.75-$90.75. US Airways Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-2000.
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George Thorogood and the Destroyers: With Jonny Lang, Wednesday, July 29, 6 p.m., $58-$88. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-267-1600.
VNV Nation: With War Tapes, & SAM, Thursday, July 30, 6:30 p.m., $20-$22. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.
Harland Williams: Thursday, Oct. 8, 8 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 9, 8 & 10 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 10, 8 & 10 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m., $20. Tempe Improv Comedy Club & Dinner Theatre, 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, 480-921-9877.
Yes: With Asia, Thursday, July 9, 7:30 p.m., $59.50-$69.50. Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.