The 9 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

Kimya Dawson, is scheduled to perform on Saturday, May 6, at the Trunk Space during the Indie 500.
Kimya Dawson, is scheduled to perform on Saturday, May 6, at the Trunk Space during the Indie 500. Jason Saul/CC BY-ND 2.0/via Flickr Creative Commons

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click to enlarge Olle Corneer (left) and Stefan Engblom of Dada Life. - MARTIN ADOLFSSON
Olle Corneer (left) and Stefan Engblom of Dada Life.
Martin Adolfsson
Dada Life
Saturday, May 6
The Pool at Talking Stick Resort

Dada Life has successfully built an EDM kingdom of their own, which could only be called Dada World, where the beats are massive and the preferred currency is bananas. As such, the nominally Swedish duo supplies a hefty dose of whimsy within a scene forever on the verge of taking itself too seriously, for which their fans have rewarded them handsomely. But all the ape masks, banana costumes and oversize champagne bottles would all be so much mush if Dada didn’t deliver where it counts, namely with plush electro jams tricked out to the gills with billowing synths and their patented “sausage fat” bass. Dada Life enjoys nothing more than partying like it’s the end of the world, hence their visit to Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale on Saturday, May 6, for its latest Release pool party. Chris Gray

Indie 500
Saturday, May 6, to Sunday, May 7
Trunk Space

How long does it take to play 500 consecutive songs? Turns out, just under two full days. That’s been the case at past editions of the Indie 500: A Race Through 500 Songs music event. Trunk Space, a downtown Phoenix multi-arts space, hosts the fourth annual Indie 500, which also serves to celebrate T-Space’s 13th birthday. The fun starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday and concludes when the 500th song comes crashing to an end. That’s usually somewhere around 8 p.m. on Sunday evening. Don’t worry, one performer or band isn’t taking on the 500-song task. The schedule is loaded with local and touring solo acts and bands, each performing five songs. The stage is set up so acts can transition quickly, and the tunes can flow steadily. This year, some of the performers include area faves Stephen Steinbrink, Dadadoh, Terminal 11, Treasure Mammal, Drunk and Horny, Andy Warpigs, Diners, and Sugar Skull Explosion, who rock out with one of the best 10-year-old drummers ever. Longtime Trunk Space supporter and singer/songwriter Kimya Dawson of Moldy Peaches fame is coming to town to take on a double slot of songs — 181 through 190. (We’ll leave it to you to figure out the time.) For those who don’t see bands ’cause of the often-late-night time slots, it’s your chance to get your rock on at the crack of dawn. Amy Young

Electronic dance music DJ/producer Zedd. - PHOTO BY NICK WALKER
Electronic dance music DJ/producer Zedd.
Photo by Nick Walker
Sunday, May 7
Maya Day & Nightclub in Scottsdale
Anton Zaslavski isn't what you'd call an ordinary DJ. Far from it. Yes, the Russian-German beatsmith is a gifted producer and maestro of the mixers who has rocked unforgettable sets inside numerous nightclubs and at many of the world's top festivals (including Ultra, Nocturnal, and Electric Zoo). But during his musical career, the artist known as Zedd has followed a somewhat curious journey. Zaslavski was classically trained on both the piano and drums as a lad, spent time as a percussionist in a post-hardcore/metal band, and has drawn inspiration from everything from electronic acts like Justice to chamber music when creating his punchy EDM soundscapes. This weekend, his journey brings him to Maya Day & Nightclub in Scottsdale, where he'll headline the latest Soundwave Pool Party during Cinco de Mayo weekend. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge War will headline this year's Cinco de Mayo Festival in downtown Phoenix. - COURTESY OF ARVIZU
War will headline this year's Cinco de Mayo Festival in downtown Phoenix.
Courtesy of Arvizu
Cinco de Mayo Phoenix Festival
Sunday, May 7
Washington Street & First Avenue in Downtown Phoenix

Legendary funk band War, R&B act Tierra, and soulful singer Brenton Wood will headline this annual block party and mega-fiesta in downtown Phoenix on Sunday, May 7, which will also include live entertainment from local bands, mariachi groups, traditional musicians, and folklorico dancers. Food and drink vendors, arts and crafts demonstrations, boxing exhibitions, lucha libre wrestling, and a variety of games and distractions are also planned. The festival runs from noon until 10 p.m. General admission is $5 and VIP seating for the concerts is $25-$35. Kids 12 and under get in free. Benjamin Leatherman
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