Up for an adventure and a little bit of a road trip? This year’s Country Thunder Arizona music festival is taking place over the next few days and it's one of the biggest concerts happening in the Valley this weekend. If you’re hoping to stay closer to home, however, there are plenty of other worthwhile shows and music events happening from Friday, April 12, to Sunday, April 14.
Infamous grindcore act Graf Orlock will be performing at The Lunchbox, Railroad Earth will stage their first Valley show since the untimely passing of their co-founding member Andy Goessling died last year, and local indie band Troubled Minds will celebrate the release of its new EP.
There will also be pool parties and EDM events aplenty, including the latest Bubble Bobble foam party.
Details about each of these shows and events can be found below in our list of the best concerts happening in the Valley this weekend. And for even more live music around town, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.
Friday, April 12
Shady Park in Tempe
Guy Gerber might appear to be just another suave-looking European DJ. But the world-traveling techno spinner from Tel Aviv has been a badass in the EDM world for more than a decade. He's also the founder of his own EDM label, Supplement Facts. However, much of the mainstream learned Gerber’s name after his unlikely collaboration with Diddy on their ballyhooed 2014 album, 11:11. Over the past several years, Gerber has been a man of the people, spinning his high-energy melodic mixes of tech house, deep house, and progressive house at a multitude of club gigs and festivals. He hits Shady Park in Tempe this weekend for a Friday night gig that kicks off at 9 p.m. Tickets are $30. Nate Jackson
Friday, April 12
Graf Orlock play grindcore inspired by their favorite action movies. On their 2012 Los Angeles EP, for instance, the group focused on Michael Mann's 1995 cops-and-robbers masterpiece, Heat. Dialogue and samples from the film are twisted into a vicious commentary on how fucked up Los Angeles can be. The chaos is almost as brutal as that film's pivotal shootout scene. Other releases feature snippets from such action flicks as The Terminator, Aliens, and RoboCop. Despite the shtick, Graf Orlock’s rock is hard, fast, and fierce, which leaves their listeners and audiences breathless. Frontman Karl
Troubled Minds (EP Release Show)
Friday, April 12
The Rebel Lounge
Country Thunder 2019
Friday, April 12, to Sunday, April 14
Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence
The big names of contemporary and throwback country music are once again rounding up at Canyon Moon Ranch in Florence for the annual Country Thunder music festival. Over 100,000 country and western fans are expected to the festival grounds from Friday, April 12, to Sunday, April 14, for 10-gallon headliners such as Tim McGraw, Clay Walker, Chris Stapleton, and homegrown star Dierks Bentley. In addition to country stars taking the main stage, Country Thunder 2019 also offers retail vendors, partner activities, on-site bars, a food court, and additional entertainers and a side stage featuring local country bands. Lauren Cusimano
Bubble Bobble 11
Saturday, April 13
Club Red in Mesa
Typically, there are three things your average EDM aficionado wants out of a dance party experience: top-shelf DJs; music that’s loud, fast, and hard; and sufficient room for shaking their booty. This weekend’s Bubble Bobble 11 will offer all those things in abundance, plus a super-sized sea of soapy foam. The long-running foam party has been taking place almost annually since the mid-aughts and is inspired by the famous video game series of the same name.
Millions of tiny bubbles will rain down from the ceiling of Club Red in Mesa on Saturday, April 13, covering electronic dance music fans with an overwhelming amount of suds. Meanwhile, headlining DJs like Scott Brown, Hixxy, and Mitomoro will be dispensing beats to keep the dance floor moving as they serve up beats and bass. A cadre of local DJs and EDM artists will also perform, including Dark Mark,
Saturday, April 13
The Van Buren
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Even in the midst of palpable grief, though, Railroad Earth's five remaining members are carrying on. Healing and going forward since Goessling's death after a battle with cancer have been difficult, not just for the band as a group but for the individual members, bassist Andrew Altman says. "It's very complicated, how losing a fellow band member changes you," says Altman, a member of RRE since 2010. "I know it sounds cliché, but clichés exist for a reason. You really do realize what matters and what doesn't."
Their healing process has been more of an unspoken thing, Altman says, but it's happening, in a lot of small ways. For example, earlier this year, Railroad Earth recorded a new album at The Parlor Recording Studio in New Orleans. Meanwhile, just like a well-written song that inspires the listener to acknowledge an ugly truth but find a way to celebrate anyway, Railroad Earth will continue as a living example of the resilience that has been part of their sound since 2001.
"The energy these past several months has been different and uplifting, as far as it being a new chapter,” Altman says. “It’s not a chapter we would choose, of course, but given that we were forced into this situation, we’re making the most of it.” Kristal Kuykendall
DUB Show Tour
Saturday, April 13
Phoenix Convention Center
The M.O. of the annual DUB Show Tour is simple: showcasing hot custom cars and even hotter hip-hop talents. You’ll get both on Saturday, April 13, when this year’s tour hits downtown Phoenix. Hundreds of customized, modified, and exotic cars and motorcycles of the imported and domestic variety — including plenty of lowriders, cherry rides, and amazing-looking whips — will be on display inside the south building of the Phoenix Convention Center. Meanwhile, a lineup of burgeoning rap stars and hip-hop artists like Trippie Redd, Lil Xan, OT Genasis, Mellow Man Ace, Coca Vango, and Dani Leigh will perform. The show goes from 4 to 9 p.m. General Admission is $20 in advance, $25 day of. A speed pass (which includes express entry and a free T-shirt) is $35 and VIP tickets (which offer front-row seating and other perks) are $75. Benjamin Leatherman
Sunday, April 13
Maya Day & Nightclub in Scottsdale
Borgeous weaves together mixes of big room house, four-on-the-floor beats and electro in hit signature tracks like “Tsunami” (his 2013 collaboration with DVBBS that scorched the charts) and "Feel So Good." He’ll likely weave both tracks blasting from the sound system at Maya in Scottsdale during his set during the latest Soundwave pool party on Sunday. The afternoon-long event will also feature sessions by local DJs, as well as the usual poolside shenanigans. Gates open at noon and tickets are $10. Benjamin Leatherman
Sunday, April 14
BLK Live in Scottsdale
The chainsaw was immortalized by Leatherface in movies about Texas massacres. But credit for sinking its teeth into music belongs solely to the members of Jackyl – or, more specifically, their power-tool-wielding frontman, onetime Playgirl centerfold Jesse James Dupree. These good
Jackyl's self-titled 1992 debut, which featured Dupree's innovative chain-saw solo on "The Lumberjack," spliced traditional metal with Southern-fried boogie, old-school blues
Sunday, April 13
Brooklyn-based Space Jesus has landed on Earth to deliver EDM from the edges of the solar system. Being able to effortlessly move from high tempo and phaser-heavy electro to his preferred bass-heavy music in a single set, Space Jesus delivers psychedelic trances wherever he performs. If feeling your body rattle to bass-heavy, midtempo EDM is your way of preparing for the work week ahead, Sunday’s set with Space Jesus and Pittsburgh dubstep hero Buku will have you feeling refreshed. Julian Hernandez
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