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The 13 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Aurelio Voltaire is scheduled to perform on Friday, February 28, at Club Red in Mesa.
Aurelio Voltaire is scheduled to perform on Friday, February 28, at Club Red in Mesa. 13th Floor Entertainment
There’s no better time to get out and see a show than this week. The weather’s going to be nice, and there are tons of big-name artists scheduled to perform from Monday, February 24, to Sunday, March 1.

A ton will be at Tempe Beach Park for Innings Festival 2020, which will feature sets by Death Cab for Cutie, Weezer, Dave Matthews Band, and ZZ Ward (just to name a few).

If festivals aren’t your thing, notable acts like Aurelio Voltaire, Thrice, Eliza & the Delusionals, PUP, Harry Connick Jr., and Al Jardine have shows scheduled this week. You can also raise a toast in honor of legendary local dance night Panic!, who are celebrating their 20th anniversary.

Details about each of these gigs can be found below. For even more live music happening around the Valley this week, check out Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.


click to enlarge The members of post-hardcore act Thrice. - JONATHAN WEINER
The members of post-hardcore act Thrice.
Jonathan Weiner

Thrice

Monday, February 24
Marquee Theatre in Tempe


Post-hardcore band Thrice are on a national tour celebrating the 15th anniversary of their fourth studio album, Vheissu. When Thrice first came onto the scene in 1998, they were known for their fast-paced rhythms and heavily distorted guitar riffs before incorporating a more experimental and electronic approach in later albums. The album peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard 200 chart and birthed the charting single "Image of the Invisible," which made its way to No. 24 on the publication's Mainstream Rock chart. Thrice’s Monday night show starts at 6:30 p.m. and Mewithoutyou, Drug Church, and Holy Fawn open. Tickets are $25. Diamond Rodrigue

click to enlarge Bluegrass ensemble (and Steve Martin's BFFs) Steep Canyon Rangers. - DAVID SIMCHOCK
Bluegrass ensemble (and Steve Martin's BFFs) Steep Canyon Rangers.
David Simchock

Steep Canyon Rangers

Monday, February 24
Highlands Church in Scottsdale


Bluegrass combo Steep Canyon Rangers formed in the shadow of academia. Banjoist Graham Sharp, bassist Charles Humphrey III, guitarist Woody Platt, fiddler Nicky Sanders, and mandolinist Mike Guggino were students at the University of North Carolina when they first debuted in 2000 and became one of the genre's most high-profile acts. And they became even more prominent the past several years after hooking up with jokester-turned-banjoist Steve Martin in 2009 and won a Grammy for best bluegrass album in 2013 for their solo album, Nobody Knows You.


While the Rangers won't have Martin in tow when they pay a visit to Highlands Church in Scottsdale this week, they will be performing the sort of upbeat down-home sounds that attracted the legendary actor/comedian in the first place. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $26 to $59. Michael Roberts

click to enlarge Toronto-born punk act PUP. - VANESSA HEINS
Toronto-born punk act PUP.
Vanessa Heins

PUP

Tuesday, February 25
The Van Buren


Toronto punk band PUP aren’t named for a small dog. The group’s moniker is an acronym for “Pathetic Use of Potential,” which is how singer/frontman Stefan Babcock’s grandmother described his career choice when the band formed in 2010. Born out of the same thriving scene that produced Fucked Up and Metz, PUP cut their teeth opening for other bands and taking midday slots on the now-defunct Warped Tour. Their most recent album, 2019’s Morbid Stuff, was a breakthrough in many ways. It’s major step up from the band’s previous work, but it’s most notable for the lyrical deep dive Babcock takes into the darkest recesses of his despondency. Screaming Females and Drew Thomson Foundation will open PUP’s Tuesday night gig at The Van Buren, which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22 to $25. James Biagiotti

click to enlarge One-time Beach Boy member Al Jardine. - RANDY STRAKA
One-time Beach Boy member Al Jardine.
Randy Straka

Al Jardine

Tuesday, February 25
Musical Instrument Museum


Al Jardine played stand-up bass on the very first Beach Boys single, "Surfin'." Since then, he's been an integral part of the band's sonic makeup, playing guitar and navigating complexities not often associated with The Beach Boys: environmental concerns ("Don't Go Near the Water," written with Mike Love), transcendence ("All This Is That"), and spoken-word prose (Jardine read Robinson Jeffers' poem "The Breaks of Eagles" as part of the band's stunning "California Saga" from Holland).

Though he left the touring version of the 'Boys in the '90s, Jardine settled a lawsuit with Mike Love and contributed to the 2012 album That's Why God Made the Radio with all surviving original members. He’s also toured and performed with various incarnations of The Beach Boys over the last several years. He’ll make a stop at the Musical Instrument Museum on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. performance. Tickets are $59.50 to $79.50. Jason P. Woodbury

Wishbone Ash

Wednesday, February 26
The Rhythm Room


More influential than most of today's hard-rock fans realize, Wishbone Ash fall in along with UFO, Status Quo, and Humble Pie as groups that have been all but forgotten except by those who remember them all too well. Founded in 1969, the U.K. band featured a relentless dual-lead-guitar attack that soon filtered down to such '70s greats as Lynyrd Skynyrd and Thin Lizzy.

Like many of their era, Wishbone Ash – newcomers should start with their 1970 masterpiece Argus – dabbled in prog-rock and full-tilt boogie. Unlike them, they kept right on going. Now steered by co-founding guitarist Andy Powell, in recent years Wishbone Ash have released critically lauded albums like 2011's Elegant Stealth and 2014's Blue Horizon. Catch them in concert at 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Rhythm Room. Tickets are $30. Chris Gray

click to enlarge Indie rock band Eliza & the Delusionals. - LUKE HENERY
Indie rock band Eliza & the Delusionals.
Luke Henery

Eliza & the Delusionals

Wednesday, February 26
The Lunchbox


Indie rock outfit Eliza & the Delusionals are yet another talented Australian band making modern music business waves. The past few years have been a wild ride for the four-piece act. They went the usual route by gigging hard at home and releasing music onto social media platforms. Last year, the single “Just Exist” took YouTube by storm. Before they knew it, radio stations had worked the track into their rotations, and show offers began pouring in. Besides a run with Silversun Pickups this spring, the band have other key dates circled on the calendar. In March, they’ll release the EP A State of Living In An Objective Reality. They’re headed for SXSW. They’re on the lineup for June's Firefly Music Festival. This week, they’re headed to the Valley for a Wednesday night gig at The Lunchbox. Lifeguard and Danielle Durack open the 8 p.m. show Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. Jesse Sendejas Jr.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.