The Valley’s concert scene is about to get very busy. Over the next seven days and nights, the fall festival season will really get going, local arts centers will awaken from their summer slumber, and big names and music legends have gigs happening
For proof, check out the following list of the biggest shows happening in the Valley from Friday, September 27, to Thursday, October 3. It includes such extravaganzas as the Goldrush, Sandbox, and Hay Day music festivals, as well as concerts by such notable performers as Jenny Lewis, Charli XCX, Babymetal, Rakim, Flogging Molly, Social Distortion, and others.
Details for each of these shows can also be found below. And for even more live music happening locally over the next week, hit up the Phoenix New Times’ online concert calendar.
Scott H. BiramFriday, September 27
The Rhythm Room
Mr. Scott H. Biram is nothing short of a total and complete badass mofo. First of all, he is the one man in his namesake one-man band, and his many quality releases over two decades or so have proved he doesn't need anyone else to help him get the job
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Whether he's blasting out a fierce and noisy tune or bringing it down a little more low and slow, you know he isn't holding back anything. Another testament to his tenacity: Biram survived a head-on collision with a
Charli XCXFriday, September 27
Marquee Theatre in Tempe
It's been almost five years since Charli XCX’s last proper LP, Sucker, and a full three since she was deemed the future of pop music with the release of her Vroom Vroom EP. Fast-forward to the present, and Charli XCX stands without equal — a pop star in a category of one. She's still the pop star of the future, and the world keeps trying to catch up. Her new LP, Charli, was released earlier this month.
Charli’s Rolodex of players on recent mixtapes No. 1 Angel and Pop 2 speaks to her innate knack for aesthetic and curation. It's a dizzying recipe for a Molotov cocktail that no one else could interpret. Charli brings electronic producers like SOPHIE and A.G. Cook together with rappers like Cupcakke, Jay Park, and Tommy Cash, and comes out with a cohesive and compelling narrative.
She’s scheduled to perform on Friday night at Marquee Theatre in Tempe. Brooke Candy and Dorian Electra will open the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $30 to $60. Gerrit Feenstra
The Glitch MobFriday, September 27
The Van Buren
The Glitch Mob started as a Los Angeles-based DJ collective that pooled their collective talent to make more collaborative music with expanded sonic possibilities. As individual artists, Ooah, edIT, and Boreta have released solo albums of cutting-edge electronic music, but it is as a team that they have put out some of the most interesting remixes being over the last decade. Their most recent album, 2018’s See Without Eyes, got plenty of positive reviews and the trio are currently touring the U.S. They’ll visit The Van Buren on Friday night and Elohim and Sejo will open. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $25 to $30. Tom Murphy
Goldrush Music Festival 2019Friday, September 27, and Saturday, September 28
Rawhide Western Town in Chandler
As with its previous editions, Goldrush Music Festival 2019 will be a weekend-long outdoor dance and hip-hop extravaganza with an enormous lineup of more than 50 artists performing across four different stages. Highlights of this year’s lineup will include sets by Adventure Club, Zomboy, Gareth Emery, Zhu, Sheck Wes, Green Velvet, Trippie Redd, Alison Wonderland, and dozens more. Homegrown EDM superstar Ghastly, who was raised in Buckeye, will make a return to the Valley and NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal will also perform as DJ Diesel. “It’s definitely a big lineup,” says festival co-promoter Thomas Turner.
Beyond the performances, Goldrush will also feature a mix of attractions, ranging from carnival rides to western-themed activities like mechanical bull riding. The festival runs from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. both nights. General admission is $99 per night, $179 for the whole weekend. VIP admission is $149 per night and $399 for the weekend. Benjamin Leatherman
Hay Day Music FestivalSaturday, September 28
Hayden Square Amphitheater in Tempe
For one magical afternoon, the dream of the '90s will be alive on downtown Tempe's Mill Avenue. Local legends Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers are headlining the inaugural Hay Day Music Fest, which will take place on Saturday, September 28, at Hayden Square Amphitheater. Sharing the bill will be The Pistoleros and the cumbia/punk hybrid band Las Calakas. Wise Monkey Orchestra and The Hourglass Cats will be performing inside Ted's Refreshments (you caught that nod to Clyne's old band in the dive bar's name, right?). The drinking establishment, which opened earlier this month, was formerly known as the Balboa Cafe and is adjacent to the outdoor venue.
Julian Wright, the founder
India.ArieSaturday, September 28
Chandler Center for the Arts
Titus AndronicusSaturday, September 28
The Rebel Lounge
Since the mid-2000s, the band of punk troubadours led by Patrick Stickles
Sandbox Music FestivalSunday, September 29
Scarizona Scaregrounds in Mesa
Update: The show goes on, but Lil Nas X has canceled. Details are here.
Flogging Molly & Social DistortionSunday, September 29
Eight years removed from the release of their last proper record, Social Distortion
Blue Öyster CultSunday, September 29
The Van Buren
Blue Öyster Cult
Their sound is unique and not easily categorized. Many songs are downright strange and weird, in a good way. Founding members lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and lead vocalist Eric Bloom just keep on trucking after numerous lineup changes. In a just world, BÖC would be playing sold-out arenas and record an album of new material as their musical peers Black Sabbath did before retirement. Then again, it is nice for BÖC fans to see the band play venues like The Van Buren, where they’re scheduled to stop on Sunday night, on their current tour and not have to pay an arm and a leg for the pleasure. Michael Nitro will open the evening, which gets going at 7 p.m. Tickets are $42 to $82. David Rozycki
Jenny LewisMonday, September 30
The Van Buren
More than two decades into her groundbreaking music career, Jenny Lewis has become one of the leading voices of her generation. From Rilo Kiley, The Postal Service, Jenny and Johnny, and Nice as Fuck to her solo work, every iteration of her music has been a vital soundtrack in our tangled headphones and influenced independent artists who've come after her. The critically acclaimed singer-songwriter is touring in support of her latest solo release, On the Line, and she'll play a show at The Van Buren in downtown Phoenix on Monday, September 30. Erin Rae opens. Tickets are $30 to $34. Jessica Gibbs
Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience
Tuesday, October 1
If there’s anything that brings emotion to a TV show, it’s the music. The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience is returning to Phoenix to give fans the chance to experience one of the highest-rated TV shows in a completely different way. A live orchestra and choir perform as footage from the show
StarsetTuesday, October 1
Symphonic metal and space rock
The band, which formed in 2013 and released their debut album, Transmissions, the following year, are fronted by a bona fide doctor in electrical engineering. Dustin Bates also completed research for the U.S. Air Force and taught at International Space University (yep, it’s a real institution of learning). So it’s no wonder he wanted his music to have astronomic themes.
BabymetalTuesday, October 1
Marquee Theatre in Tempe
For those of you still without YouTube access, Babymetal
In May, after Rob Zombie posted a photo with the band on his Facebook page, his fans weren't pleased and left comments the like of: “Babymetal is a shameful embarrassment to anything metal. Their (alleged) music make [sic]
You can (and probably will) argue over their bona fide metal-ness for hours, but one thing is clear: Babymetal
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Babymetal will be at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe on Tuesday, October 1. Avatar will open the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are $49 to $300 and grumpy old fucks need not attend. Mike Brooks
RakimThursday, October 3
Rakim is among the most universally revered MCs. Growing up in Long Island, the self-described microphone fiend teamed up with Eric Barrier to form Eric B & Rakim, one of the most formidable duos in hip-hop history. In 1987, the group dropped the timeless Paid in Full. Rakim's flow demanded respect as he showed that he could rock the party and tell a captivating story. His lyrics revealed a writer developing his craft. After Paid in Full — an essential record for any hip-hop fan — Eric B & Rakim created some classic tracks, but eventually, the relationship went south, and Rakim went off on his own. His current tour brings him to the Valley for a show on at 8 p.m. on Thursday, October 3, at The Pressroom. Tickets are $20. James Mayo