An evening of electronic dance music and plenty of raging kicks things off at the annual Crush Arizona at Rawhide in Chandler. It’s one of the highlights of our weekly rundown of the best local concerts, which also includes performances by Sarah McLachlan, North Mississippi Allstars, Jonny Lang, and Walk Off the Earth.
You can also attend gigs by a flamboyant tribute to AC/DC, Clockwork Orange-inspired punk legends The Adicts, and weirdo one-man-band That 1 Guy.
Details about each of these shows can be found below. For even more live music happening around the Valley this week, check out Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.
Leo KottkeMonday, February 10
MIM Music Theater
No one's ever accused Leo Kottke of being a pop star. But somehow, he's managed to parlay his awesome aptitude on the acoustic guitar, a knack for instrumental intricacy that's undeniably complex yet somehow warm and inviting, and occasional vocals that amusingly and defiantly stick to the low road into a half-century-long career. He's released a steady stream of material for decades while quietly influencing generations of pickers, as the dozens of online videos showing amateur players trying to master his licks demonstrate.
Over the years, Kottke remains hilariously unaffected by the esteem in which he's held. He seems satisfied to occupy his own particular reality, which is different enough from the one the rest of us occupy to render his commentary both insightful and delightfully bizarre. Step into his world at 7 p.m. on Monday during his gig at the MIM Music Theater. Tickets are $49.50 to $54.50. Michael Roberts
North Mississippi AllstarsTuesday, February 11
The North Mississippi Allstars are actually Tennessee royalty. The Dickinson brothers, drummer Cody and guitarist Luther, are the sons of legendary Memphis producer Jim Dickinson, who recorded The Replacements and Spiritualized, among others. Dad used to take the boys on the road where they learned music at a young age from masters of the craft. After starting out by playing punk rock, the brothers moved on to the blues, and have now evolved into a raw-throated, roots-rock band. The influence of their namesake state comes in the form of bassist Chris Chew and second guitarist Duwayne Burnside, son of the legendary Hill Country bluesman R.L. Burnside. The North Mississippi Allstars amble into Crescent Ballroom on Tuesday night for an 8 p.m. performance. Tickets are $25 to $35. Maggie Margret
The AdictsTuesday, February 11
Marquee Theatre in Tempe
Calling The Adicts “punk stalwarts” is quite an understatement. The British band have been around a staggering 45 years. Their shows are packed with anthemic punk tracks from the band’s vast catalog. Don’t expect a run-of-the-mill grimy show. The Adicts are wildly cinematic, with lead singer Keith “Monkey” Warren dressed in spooky Clockwork Orange-inspired sequined suits and face paint, shooting confetti into the crowd. You can be sure that these old jokers (as they’d want to be called) will still have some tricks up their sleeves when they hit the Marquee Theatre on Tuesday night. Starving Wolves, El Googly Diablo, The Venomous Pinks, and Corky's Leather Jacket open the show, which starts at 7 p.m. Admission is $25 to $45. Ashley Harris
The Hot SardinesTuesday, February 11
Highlands Church in Scottsdale
With an affinity for Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, and Fats Waller, New York's The Hot Sardines clearly know their way around hot jazz and Dixieland. Fronted by pianist-bandleader Evan "Bibs" Palazzo and Paris-born singer Miz Elizabeth, the ensemble serve up some energetic foot-stomping jazz while laying back on some gorgeous ballads found in their discography, including 2019’s Welcome Home, Bon Voyage. The Hot Sardines latest visit to the Valley comes on Tuesday night when they perform at Highlands Church as part of the ongoing Arizona Musicfest. Start time is 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $26 to $69. Tom Murphy
Crush Arizona 2020Friday, February 14
Rawhide Event Center in Chandler
Quick question, y’all. How much do you love electronic dance music? If it’s with all your heart, then you’ll want to head to Rawhide Event Center in Chandler this weekend for Crush Arizona. Ditto for anyone who loves over-the-top music festivals, laser light shows, big beats, and getting rowdy and going hard with thousands of fellow EDM fiends.
Each year, the annual Valentine’s Day-themed dance music festival offers all of these thrills at Rawhide, as well as a lineup of big-name DJs and EDM artists and countless patrons dressed in love-themed costumes. This year’s lineup will include sets by Jauz, 4B, Audien, Habstrakt, Tynan, Carbin, and Dark Mark. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the event goes until 2 a.m. General admission is $69 and VIP tickets are $99. Benjamin Leatherman