The 11 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

Tengger Cavalry is scheduled to perform on Sunday, June 25, at Club Red in Mesa.
Tengger Cavalry is scheduled to perform on Sunday, June 25, at Club Red in Mesa. Courtesy of Adrenaline PR
So watchu got going on this weekend? That is, besides hunkering inside some sort of air-conditioned building while rethinking your choice of living in Phoenix.

If you’re down for seeing a concert, preferably one taking place at night, several memorable shows will take place this weekend. Queen and Adam Lambert will be in town, as will Gordon Lightfoot, Brad Paisley, and folk-metal band Tengger Cavalry.

There’s also a couple of competing goth-industrial dance parties happening on Saturday, a few pool parties, and gigs by several notable DJs.

Full details can be found in the following list of the best concerts and music events taking place in Phoenix this weekend. (And for even more stuff happening, check out our online listings.)

click to enlarge Brian May, left, with Adam Lambert, and they're coming to Glendale. - BY @DIANAKAT1 DIANAKAT (SMUGMUG)/CC BY-SA 3.0, VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Brian May, left, with Adam Lambert, and they're coming to Glendale.
By @DianaKat1 DianaKat (Smugmug)/CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
Queen + Adam Lambert
Friday, June 23
Gila River Arena in Glendale

Freddie Mercury might have been the best rock frontman of all time. On stage, he attracted every eyeball in the house to not just witness his inimitable sense of showmanship, but to watch him use his acrobatic, powerful pipes sing some of the best rock songs ever written. Mercury was so irreplaceable that for more than a decade after his death, Queen didn't even try to find a substitute. Paul Rodgers stepped in for a few concert dates between 2006 and 2009, but it wasn't until 2012 that Queen finally found a voice that could do justice to Mercury's towering vocals. And now, Queen + Adam Lambert are coming to Phoenix. If you have any doubts as to Lambert's ability to do Mercury's vocals justice, just check out some live videos of the collaboration. It's easy to see why Brian May and Rodger Taylor continue to tap him for arena tours. David Accomazzo

click to enlarge The EDM artist known as Etc! Etc! - COURTESY OF CIRCLE TALENT AGENCY
The EDM artist known as Etc! Etc!
Courtesy of Circle Talent Agency
Etc! Etc!
Friday, June 23
Gypsy Bar

Etc! Etc! is an L.A. native who has been gaining notice for his most recent venture: moombahton. The funky Latin-inspired genre is great for club dance, consistently hitting a sweet spot of BPM that’s somewhere between the grind of trap and the jump of electro house. LA Riots, on the other hand, got started in indie house. Now, he mixes drum 'n’ bass, house, and techno to create his own mesh of dance music — a smart way to keep some underground cred while also remixing pop tracks like Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way.” Sarah Purkrabek

click to enlarge Legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot. - COURTESY OF DANNY ZELISKO PRESENTS
Legendary singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot.
Courtesy of Danny Zelisko Presents
Gordon Lightfoot
Saturday, June 24
Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale

There are two kinds of people in this world: Gordon Lightfoot evangelists and people who've never actually bothered to listen to him. His champions include Bob Dylan, Vincent Gallo, and the entire nation of Canada. Even his most recognizable hits, "Sundown" and "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" run rife with darkness. "10 Degrees and Getting Colder" is a tale about what are perhaps the last minutes of a hitchhiking failed country singer. Quit the ironic snickering and head down to your local record store to raid the dollar bin ($10 will grab you most of his catalog) or head to Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale to check out Lightfoot’s gig on Saturday, June 24, in the Showroom. You can thank us later. Nicholas Pell

click to enlarge Local folk-punk artist Andy Warpigs. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
Local folk-punk artist Andy Warpigs.
Benjamin Leatherman
Rock to Cure Cancer
Saturday, June 24
Danelle Plaza in Tempe
Tempe’s Danelle Plaza will transform into a rock and punk festival benefiting the Lymphoma Foundation on Saturday, June 24, that will feature tons of local bands performing at a few different spots at the shopping center. Double Nickels, for instance, will feature sets by Corky's Leather Jacket, The Mental Code, Songs Lacking Talent, Life Size, Welcome to the Midwest, Forming Stories, and The Ganderers. Next door, FiftyoneWest will host Contradiktion, Krovak, Andy Warpigs, We Might Be Wasted, Paco Lipps, Addict3d, Innocent Eyes, and others. And over at Yucca Tap Room, bands like H.B.H., Nomada, Downtown Brown, Terminally Ill, Skull Drug, and Torn At the Seam will do their thing. Everything starts at 4 p.m., and the gigs at Double Nickels and the Yucca are free, while the FiftyoneWest is $5. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Phoenix-born power-pop trio Anarbor. - COURTESY OF ANARBOR
Phoenix-born power-pop trio Anarbor.
Courtesy of Anarbor
Saturday, June 24
Marquee Theatre in Tempe

Emo power-pop trio Anarbor are playing a special hometown show at Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Saturday, June 24, playing alongside fellow locals The Banter, Good Boy Daisy, Justin Reece, Barefoot, and headliners Katastro. This stacked lineup will have an early start, with doors opening at 6 p.m. This show falls almost exactly a year after Anarbor dropped their 2016 self-titled album. It was their first following a short hiatus, and they released it independently after several years of being signed to Hopeless Records. Their previous albums charted on Billboard Heatseekers, with songs like “Let the Games Begin” featured on MLB Network, ESPN’s SportsCenter, and MTV’s The Hills. Anarbor will embark on a July tour with Tempe’s Sundressed, traveling to cities up the West Coast. But that one won’t be stopping in Phoenix — so don’t miss out on your chance to catch them this summer before they hit the road. Ashley Harris

Read on for more "can't miss" concerts and music events this weekend, including Brad Paisley, Tengger Cavalry, and two different goth-industrial dance parties.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.