Large-scale venues like Talking Stick Resort Arena, Comerica Theatre, and Ak-Chin Pavillion have the big gigs, including appearances by Eric Clapton, Mumford & Sons, Iron Maiden, Lenny Kravitz, and Dave Matthews Band.
Meanwhile, The Van Buren is hosting some attention-grabbing shows of its own, including Flying Lotus, Phantogram, and Paula Rubio. Other highlights over the next week include techno goddess Julia Govor, the EDM-centric Burial Grounds Arts & Music Festival, and a raucous performance by masked surf band Daikaiju.
Details about each of these shows can be found below. And for even more live music happening around the Valley, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.
Dave Matthews BandFriday, September 13
Dave Matthews Band released their debut album, Under the Table and Dreaming, 25 years ago. The anniversary of the album also marked the band’s eligibility to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But the institution took a pass on Dave Matthews Band. Despite some affirmations of their talent over the years, they’ve become a band people love to hate. Maybe it’s because some of their albums sound the same. Maybe it’s because their fanbase is perceived to be riddled with frat boys. Either way, they’ll be at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Friday if people want to go sing along to “Crash Into Me,” or simply make fun of the people singing along to “Crash Into Me.” The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $45.50 to $115. Jacob Vaughn
DJ Jazzy JeffFriday, September 13
Salt Tacos y Tequila in Glendale
To casual fans, the name Jazzy Jeff conjures up images of Fresh Prince's bubblegum raps — and it's true, Jeff Townes was the man behind the turntables and the beats on most of Fresh Prince's early work. But Jazzy Jeff is far more than the guy who produced "I Think I Can Beat Mike Tyson."
Making his name in the early '80s, Jazzy Jeff popularized the transform scratch, which emphasized cutting the sound in and out of the mix using the crossfader or line switches of a mixer. This alone is enough to place Jeff in the hip-hop history books, but his impact on the art doesn't stop there. After parting ways with Will Smith, Jeff continued to be a major player on the Philly scene. Since forming his production team, A Touch of Jazz, in 1990, Jeff has produced beats for artists such as City High, Lil' Kim, and his former partner, Will Smith. You can catch him working the wheels of steel along with DJ Scratch on Friday night at Salt Tacos y Tequila in Glendale. The wiki-wiki action gets going at 9 p.m. Admission is $10. Dafydd McKaharay
ManáFriday, September 13
Talking Stick Resort Arena
In some ancient Polynesian traditions, "mana" represents supernatural power. For fans of the Spanish rock gods of Maná, their influence may not be mystical, but it's magical. Since its inception in 1986, Maná
Combining a sound that is passionate and rousing old-school rock 'n' roll with the occasional sentimental ballad, Maná
Julia GovorFriday, September 13
The One One Bar in Tempe
Russian-born electronic dance music DJ and producer Julia Govor creates forward-looking techno using ambrosial grooves, ambient beats, and plenty of emotion. And she’s spread it to all corners of creation, having performed in countless cities in her homeland and across four different continents.
DJ QuikSaturday, September 14
Stratus Event Center
It’s hard to find a more well-connected musician than DJ Quik. The Compton rapper has worked with 2Pac, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Janet Jackson, Talib Kweli, Whitney Houston, Adina Howard, E-40, Jay-Z, Kurupt, Ludacris, Xzibit, Chingy, and a whole bunch more. With equal skills on the mic and behind the scenes, it’s easy to hear why. As an emcee, Quik commands attention with gritty rhymes and a smooth flow. His first two records, 1991’s Quik is the Name and 1992’s Way 2 Fonky, showed the world that the CPT wasn’t a one-trick pony ridden by N.W.A. But it’s his clean production techniques that separate the man born David Blake from other rhyme slingers. He’s scheduled to perform on Saturday night at Stratus Event Center. MC Eiht, Spice 1, C-Bo, and RBL Posse will open the show, which kicks off at 7 p.m. General admission is $25 and VIP is $100-$500. Ryan Ritchie
Eric ClaptonSaturday, September 14.
Talking Stick Resort Arena
Eric Clapton is one of the greatest guitarists alive. The man, currently touring with blues-rock axman Jimmie Vaughan, earned his place as a guitar god long ago. Clapton began his career in the early ’60s playing with British blues-rock pioneers The Yardbirds. Later, his guitar work shaped Cream, one of the most venerated rock outfits of the late ’60s, and Derek and the Dominos in the early ’70s spawned some of his most memorable work. Tracks like “Sunshine of Your Love,” “White Room,” “Crossroads,” and of course, “Layla,” are all legendary hits. And although “My Father’s Eyes” sure isn’t the high-strutting, blues-rock homage to nose candy that “Cocaine” was, much of his
Paulina RubioSaturday, September 14
The Van Buren
Following in the footsteps of Latina crossover artists like Shakira and Aterciopelados, this Mexican pop singer takes her music into directions from pop-flavored rancheras and rock to reggaeton-inspired moments. Critics may dislike this lack of focus, but that is precisely the point. Though born in Mexico, Rubio was raised in Spain and the U.S., following her mother — acclaimed film and TV actress Susana Dosamantes — wherever she was filming. Such diverse surroundings allowed her to absorb different cultures, which is reflected in the music she makes. Rubio has plenty of energy in her live shows, and the language barrier fades away as she also occasionally inserts English-language versions of her tunes. Her concert at The Van Buren on Saturday starts at 8 p.m.Tickets are $42-$45. Ernest Barteldes