October is known as one of the biggest months for concerts in the Valley. The next few weeks feature a ton of big shows happening. The Arizona State Fair’s concert series is now in full swing, and local arts and cultural centers have their mojos working.
But don’t take our word for it. Check out the array of notable concerts taking place from Friday, October 4, to Thursday, October 10, around metro Phoenix.
Highlights include deadmau5 bringing his cubev3 to Comerica Theatre, the Jonas Brothers at Talking Stick Resort Arena, jazz great Chick Corea at Mesa Arts Center, and the costumed punks of Masked Intruder getting rowdy at the Nile Theater in Mesa. There’s even a rock band inspired by Genghis Khan in the mix. No joke.
Details about each of these shows can be found below. For more live music happening this week and later in October, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.
Masked IntruderFriday, October 4
The Nile Theater in Mesa
Pop-punk quartet Masked Intruder
Singer/guitarist Intruder Blue says the band formed in prison because "crime and love songs go together like chocolate and peanut butter." Though Masked Intruder mostly
Son VoltSaturday, October 5
Jay Farrar, the less experimentally minded side of the Uncle Tupelo coin, still lives in a world where guitars are not relics and kill fascists. The St. Louis native has now invested more than two decades into Son Volt, his post-Tupelo band long hailed as one of the finest rock groups under the Americana umbrella in their own right. Farrar’s songs are as Midwestern salt-of-the-earth as they come, often mingling Woody Guthrie-style populism with meat-and-potatoes riffs and drums, just the ticket for those who enjoy their tunes served up with a conscience and a side of feedback. Their latest album, Union, strikes a balance between the current political climate and the eternal themes of love and time. Tickets are $25 to $38. Chris Gray
Jonas BrothersSaturday, October 5
Talking Stick Resort Arena
In October 2013, the Jonas Brothers broke up, citing "a deep rift within the band." In an outfit comprising three siblings — Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas — disagreements are bound to happen. But six years after the trio broke countless young hearts around the world, they reunited and pushed out a brand-new record to celebrate their reconciliation. On tour in support of their fifth studio album, Happiness Begins, the Jonas Brothers will visit Talking Stick Resort Arena on Saturday with support from openers Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $60.20 to $495.20. Matthew Keever
Bad ReligionSaturday, October 5
The Van Buren
The CultSaturday, October 5
Arizona State Fair
Longtime fans of British rockers The Cult, led by Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, and the band’s multiplatinum Sonic Temple album won’t want to miss their current tour. It commemorates the 30th anniversary of the album’s release, which features some of the band’s top songs (“Fire Woman,” “Sun King,” “Edie (Ciao Baby),” and “Sweet Soul Sister”). The setlist will reportedly draw from
Slow MagicSaturday, October 5
Performing in a costume and striking mask, Slow Magic aims to direct the audience's attention to the music and the show's visual art. The mask itself invites the projection of
The mask started as a cardboard construction made by a friend, and though the current incarnation is visually similar, it's primarily made of plastic and includes lights. The mask looks totemic — an abstracted, even mythological, animal. Attached to a human body, it is reminiscent of the sacred imagery of half-human, half-animal creatures in cave paintings and inside pyramids. But in the context of ethereal yet bright electronic-pop music, Slow Magic's otherworldly presence is somehow also inviting and playful. See for yourself at his gig on Saturday night at Shady Park in Tempe, which starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Tom Murphy
Creedence Clearwater RevisitedSaturday, October 5
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler
Okay, so John Fogerty won't be there, but Creedence Clearwater Revival’s original rhythm section will be. And if you weren't around for the original CCR anyway, that doesn’t matter a bit. What will matter is that this revisited Creedence consists of roadworthy veterans who'll be performing some of Americana's greatest hits — "Proud Mary," "Born on the Bayou," and "Suzie Q," to name but a few. In the end, though, it’s all about the music of CCR, which Creedence Clearwater Revisited perform with style and aplomb. If you close your eyes and dig the moment while attending their show at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler this weekend, you just might awaken back to the ways a certain generation learned its legacy. The gig gets going at 8 p.m. Tickets are $69 to $99. John Hood
deadmau5Saturday, October 5
Joel Zimmerman — better known as deadmau5, the EDM DJ as famous for his sick beats and mouse head helmet as he is for being kind of a grump — will bring his latest audiovisual spectacular, the cubeV3, to Comerica Theatre on Saturday night. That’s right, bass cadets: deadmau5. In Phoenix. The stage setup (which our sister publication Miami New Times described as a “massive, three-sided cube [that] will tilt, rotate, and push the boundaries of what a live stage production can be” and feature a “cutting-edge crispness and eye-popping visuals personally designed and rendered by Zimmerman”) will be the centerpiece of his performance. Get ready to rage when the mau5 is in the house. The masked man will be supported by Lights, MSTRKRFT, and
Chick CoreaSunday, October 6
Mesa Arts Center
Since getting his start playing gigs in high school, Chick Corea has gone on to release dozens of outstanding discs under his own name, platters like Now He Sings, Now He Sobs and My Spanish Heart. After playing on Miles Davis's late '60s/early '70s jazz-rock fusion albums In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew, the prodigious and legendary jazz pianist helped propel fusion even more with Return to Forever. Corea is still doing his thing at the age of 78 and is currently touring with renowned bassist Christian McBride and percussionist Brian Blade. The trio won a pair of Grammys for their 2014 album, Trilogy, and
John DigweedSunday, October 6
Shady Park in Tempe
John Digweed has been living the dream for decades; at age 11, all he wanted in life was to be a DJ. Suffice it to say, he reached his goal — and then some. Over the past three decades, Digweed has held down a prestigious residency at influential NYC club Twilo, collaborated with fellow producers Sasha and Nick Muir, appeared as himself in Greg Harrison's 2000 flick Groove, and has been voted as the number one DJ in DJ Mag, among other accolades.
Throughout his decades-spanning career, Digweed has made sure the music always comes first. "What excites me is new music," he says. "I'm always about throwing forward, not backward." As such, you're guaranteed to hear some fresh cuts coming from the sound system at Shady Park in Tempe on Sunday afternoon when Digweed performs. Rest assured that lovers of progressive trance — and lovers of electronic music, period — will be out in force to hear his tunes. Brando and DJ duo Turner and Heit will open the afternoon, which starts at 3 p.m. Tickets are $35. Amber Taufen
La Santa CeciliaMonday, October 7
If there is one band that represents the multicultural mix of the Southwest, it's La Santa Cecilia. Since their Latin Grammy nomination in 2015, the L.A. group
Their hybrid of Latin, rock, and world music has caught the attention of groups like Cafe Tacuba, Lila Downs, Ozomatli, and Los Lobos, all of whom have had La Santa Cecilia open shows for them. Anyone who has attended their concerts can attest that lead singer Marisol "La Marisoul" Hernandez has one of the most powerful voices in any city, in any genre. The band
Huun-Huur-TuMonday, October 7
MIM Music Theater
Bad Religion have always cast itself What exactly does throat singing sound like? Think of a swarming mass of Africanized bees buzzing inside a long narrow pipe, a deep baritone rumble ebbing and flowing in relation to the opening. That's kinda close. The singing — technically the sound's created by the singer singing both the note (drone) and the drone's overtone(s), producing up to several notes at once — also can sound like a flute, bird, horse, or whistle, though the bee-like hum is most famously recognizable.
Hailing from Tuva, a tiny Russian Federation republic on the Mongolian border, Huun-Huur-Tu formed in 1992, though the tradition of throat singing dates back hundreds of years. Indigenous instruments such as the cello-like igil, khomus (Tuvan jaw harp), dünggür (shaman drum), three-stringed doshpuluur, and others, eventually were added as musical accents to what initially was a vocal-only affair for herders. Western instruments — even electronics — have found a place within this traditional folk music. Huun-Huur-Tu
Bit BrigadeMonday, October 7
Watching most video game speed runs is generally as compelling as counting bumps on a popcorn ceiling. But what if said speed run were in the midst of a badass rock concert? That’s the entire M.O. of Georgia’s Bit Brigade, who jam through entire NES game soundtracks, including Metroid and Contra, as someone ekes out the best speed run score possible. Is this a gaming event with music, or a concert with a dash of gaming? Who cares! It kicks the stuffing out of playing Candy Crush on the bus. The run begins at 8 p.m. on Monday, October 7 at Valley Bar. Also, make sure to chug some Mountain Dew Game Fuel beforehand. Tickets are $15. Double Ferrari and Long Grass open. Chris Coplan
Bettye LaVetteTuesday, October 8
MIM Music Theater
Soul singer Bettye LaVette’s genius lies in her uncanny ability to wring emotional depth from even the most innocuous of pop songs. Her plaintive rasp exposes the lovestruck vulnerability at the heart of “Maybe I’m Amazed,” plumbs the spookiest depths of Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy,” and fills Elton John’s barroom confessional “Talking Old Soldiers” with almost unbearable world-weariness. An R&B ingenue in the 1960s, LaVette’s career never really took off until a boutique French label released her debut album in 2000 — 28 years after she recorded it for Atlantic/Atco Records. Since then, she’s sung “A Change Is Gonna Come” at Obama’s first inaugural celebration, stolen the show at the Kennedy Center Honors with a rendition of “Love, Reign O’er Me” that reduced Pete Townshend to
The HuTuesday, October 8
The members of The Hu are badasses. That much is clear. They combine traditionally Mongolian sounds — throat singing and the two-stringed morin khuur horsehead fiddle — with the bass, beats, and production techniques of modern rock. The four-piece band from Ulaanbaatar
The Hu conquered YouTube with its “Wolf Totem” video, in which the bandmates wore leather, rode motorcycles, and chanted their infectious minor-key melodies over the Central Asian plains. Their guttural tones have stirred up the mosh pits at the U.K.’s Download Festiva, and Germany’s Rock
SabatonThursday, October 10
The Van Buren
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Bring Me the HorizonThursday, October 10
Not every band evolves, but more and more the idea of “selling out” seems to be something that modern artists care about less about than their elders. Bring Me the Horizon’s career trajectory has seen them go from all-aggro to a band with more melody. They’ve made the shift about as gracefully as one can and they still play enough of their older stuff that so you can still feel chills. Their current tour comes to Comerica Theatre on Thursday, October 10. Sleeping With Sirens and Poppy open the 7 p.m. show. Tickets are $39.95 to $49.95. Cory Garcia
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StereolabThursday, October 10
It’s been over a decade since they've toured in the States. Their current tour, which comes to Crescent Ballroom on Thursday, October 10, offers the chance to witness why the band transcend era and genre with an energetic hour-and-a-half set. The show is at 8 p.m. and admission is $30 to $40. Kenneth Pritchard