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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Keb' Mo' is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, May 22, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.
Keb' Mo' is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, May 22, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Andrea Lucero
This week’s concert calendar features a number of living legends coming to the Valley to perform. That’s because renowned artists and acts like Willie Nelson, Keb’ Mo, Little Feat, New Kids on the Block, Salt N Pepa, and Wisin y Yandel all have shows scheduled around the Phoenix area over the next few nights.

Other highlights of this week’s live music offerings include gigs by Young Nudy, Skeletonwitch, Bright Light Social Hour, Good Charlotte, and Tatsuya Nakatani.

Details about each of these concerts can be found below in our list of the best shows happening in the Valley this week. And for even more live music happening around the Valley, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

click to enlarge Extreme metal band Skeletonwitch - NICO POALILLO
Extreme metal band Skeletonwitch
Nico Poalillo

Skeletonwitch

Monday, May 20
The Rebel Lounge


Skeletonwitch are notable for the deadly serious way they confronted toxic masculinity within their own ranks. When singer Chance Garnette was arrested on domestic violence charges, his brother Nate and the other two members decided to cut him loose. They’ve continued to play and record with a new singer, and 2018’s Devouring Radiant Light was one of their best-reviewed records yet. They play The Rebel Lounge’s fourth-anniversary show with Soft Kill, Wiegedood, and Portrayal of Guilt. Start time is 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door. Douglas Markowitz

click to enlarge The boys of Good Charlotte - COURTESY OF MSO PR
The boys of Good Charlotte
Courtesy of MSO PR

Good Charlotte

Monday, May 20
The Van Buren


There was a time not too long ago when anyone who had a disregard for societal norms could throw on some heavy eye makeup, latch a few safety pins onto their messenger bags, and crank up. Good Charlotte? Yeah. Remember that? Those were the good old days of not wanting to fit in too much but definitely not badass enough to break too many rules. It was a perfect compromise for angsty teens who still enjoyed a catchy chorus or two. The pop-punk quintet will be back in town this week for a show at The Van Buren on Monday night. Post-hardcore band Being As an Ocean will open. The show is at 8 p.m. Tickets are $33 to $36. Diamond Rodrigue

click to enlarge The man, the myth, the legend: Willie Nelson. - DAVID MCCLISTER
The man, the myth, the legend: Willie Nelson.
David McClister

Willie Nelson

Monday, May 20, and Tuesday, May 21
Celebrity Theatre


Outlaw country legend and cool stoner dad Willie Nelson is an American hero. We love Willie in the morning or night. We love him in his home state of Texas, in the country music capital of Nashville, and even when he plays the Valley. When he performs here on May 20 and 21, he’ll surely be wearing his signature look: a bandanna, braids, jeans, and red, white, and blue macrame sash. He’ll be backed by his band, Family, with his actual sister, pianist Bobbie. Nelson might not have the same chops he had in the ’70s, but he has just as much heart and style. He’s one of a kind and forever at the top of his cool game. Liz Tracy

click to enlarge Tatsuya Nakatani plays a gong like a fiddle — literally. - COURTESY OF TATSUYA NAKATANI
Tatsuya Nakatani plays a gong like a fiddle — literally.
Courtesy of Tatsuya Nakatani

Tatsuya Nakatani

Tuesday, May 21
The Trunk Space


Tatsuya Nakatani is a sound artist and master percussionist hailing from New Mexico. Whereas so many new music/avant-garde musicians tend to stay rooted in one place, Nakatani is a veteran road dog. He frequently tours across the country, either doing solo shows or as the ringleader of his Nakatani Gong Orchestra. Ashley Naftule

click to enlarge The members of Bright Light Social Hour - NICOLE FARA SILVER
The members of Bright Light Social Hour
Nicole Fara Silver

Bright Light Social Hour

Wednesday, May 22
Valley Bar


Bright Light Social Hour debuted in late 2010 in Austin, Texas, with an eponymous LP that was all over the place in the best possible way, a sometimes-confounding mashup of styles that nonetheless felt comfortable in its own skin and instantly marked them as a band worth paying attention to. Years later, the five-piece are still at it with a bespoke brand of rock that delights in blurring the boundaries between art-rock adventure and outright jams. They’re currently touring in support of their latest full-length album, Jude Vol. I, which dropped in February. Expect to hear a track or two from the album at the band’s gig at Valley Bar. Chris Gray
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