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The 11 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

Juice WRLD is scheduled to perform on Saturday, May 4, at Mesa Amphitheatre.
Juice WRLD is scheduled to perform on Saturday, May 4, at Mesa Amphitheatre. Courtesy of MN2S
Cinco de Mayo weekend is here, which means parties aplenty. The next few days and nights don’t necessarily have to be spent tipping back the tequila and making regrettable life choices, however. Instead, you could attend one of the many non-Cinco shows happening from Friday, May 3, to Sunday, May 5.

Soundcloud rapper and rising hip-hop star Juice WRLD will be at Mesa Ampitheatre in Mesa on Saturday and it’s bound to be a packed show. Meanwhile, indie rock band Broncho will perform at Valley Bar while Panda Funk DJ/producer Deorro will headline the first Release pool party of the year at Talking Stick Resort.

Other concert highlights of Cinco weekend include the KWSS Spring Fundraiser at Last Exit Live, Thank You Scientist at The Rebel Lounge, Hayes Carll at Crescent Ballroom, and Chromeo doing a DJ set during Maya Day & Nightclub’s sixth anniversary.

Details about each of these shows can be found below in our list of the best shows and music events happening in the Valley this weekend. And for even more live music around town, head over to Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

click to enlarge Indie rock band Beach Fossils. - KOHEI KAWASHIMA
Indie rock band Beach Fossils.
Kohei Kawashima

Beach Fossils

Friday, May 3
Crescent Ballroom

It’s been a couple of years since the Brooklyn indie pop band Beach Fossils released their album Somersault, but that hasn’t kept them off the road. With three tours under their belt in 2018, including a three-week tour across Asia, the band looks set to continue their residency on the road with a stop at Crescent Ballroom. Electronic experimenter George Clanton, also known for his vaporwave project ESPRIT, will open for the band. Fans are likely to love his mood-setting soundscapes, full of samples and melodies that ooze with nostalgia for the early days of the internet. Why Bonnie will also open Beach Fossils' Friday night show at Crescent, which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25-$40. Julian Hernandez

click to enlarge Jane N' The Jungle - JIM LOUVAU
Jane N' The Jungle
Jim Louvau

KWSS Spring Fundraiser

Friday, May 3
Last Exit Live

Local nonprofit radio station KWSS is ultimately a DIY endeavor. As such, the folks blasting out tunes at 93.9 on your FM dial need to dig up some cash now and again to help keep their broadcast on the air. Hence this weekend’s “Plus One” fundraiser at Last Exit Live, which will offer a selection of local bands and musicians (many of whom are played on the station regularly). The main stage inside the venue will host performances from Ben Anderson, Jane ‘n’ the Jungle, and Scattered Melodies, while the patio will feature acoustic sets by Frequency Principle, Mill’s End, Sophie Dorsten, and JAM. A raffle will be conducted for such prizes as gift cards from local businesses, items autographed by bands like KONGOS and The Black Moods, and even swag from local record label 80/20. The music starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Benjamin Leatherman

Juice WRLD

Saturday, May 4
Mesa Amphitheatre

Los Angeles rapper Jarad Higgins, better known as Juice WRLD, is starting 2019 on a high. His sophomore studio album, Death Race for Love, debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart in early March and continues to hover near the top. Dropping at a time when sad rap seems to have reached mainstream acceptance, Death Race for Love further blurs the lines between emo, trap, and the rest of hip-hop. Joining him at Mesa Amphitheatre on Saturday for his album tour are fellow hype rappers Ski Mask the Slump God and Blueface. Doors open 5:30 p.m. and admission is $49.95. Julian Hernandez

Broncho cruises into the Valley on Saturday. - POONEH GHANA
Broncho cruises into the Valley on Saturday.
Pooneh Ghana


Saturday, May 4
Valley Bar

The garage-rock renaissance may have had its day, but Broncho is still riding the wave. The Oklahoma band has proven to be more than just a jangly throwback, though, adding the dissonance of post-punk into its noisy mix. Singer and guitarist Ryan Lindsey’s nasally growl tops off the band’s unique sound.

The group has been around since 2010 and has released two records, gaining some traction after the song “It’s On” appeared at the end of an episode of HBO’s Girls in 2014. As for the name? Broncho is the moniker of a fictional character in one of the band’s songs — a piece of a musical puzzle that is still being put together as the Western punk outfit’s star rises. Catch them at Valley Bar on Saturday night. Gus D. Wynns and the Breakers will open. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Bree Davies

click to enlarge Deorro headlines the first Release pool party of the year. - COURTESY OF TICKETMASTER
Deorro headlines the first Release pool party of the year.
Courtesy of Ticketmaster


Saturday, May 4
Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale

Learning music production and DJing was an obsession for Erick Orrosquieta, better known as Deorro. As a teenager growing up in Southern California, Deorro took the bus four days a week down to Guitar Center, where the employees let him experiment with a display DJ mixer. He was still crossfading from one track to the next until a stranger showed him how to mix tracks and beat-match.

Parties led to club nights, and Deorro cultivated a following among house-music enthusiasts. He worked for promoters handing out flyers, and worked his connections until he was booked to play various high-profile gigs. As he carefully built a team around him, it became apparent that the prudent choice would be to give up his onetime dreams of being a trauma surgeon and go with Plan B: Making music.

Seven years later, Deorro is an international success story. He’s a regular at EDM’s biggest festivals, and his original productions — many released through his own label, Panda Funk — are staples in his peers' set lists. He may not be saving lives in a hospital, but he’s still safeguarding people in his role as a mentor to the DJ community. This weekend, you can see him perform during Talking Stick Resort’s first Release pool party of the summer on Saturday. Gates open at noon. Tickets are $30-$60. Patrick Shannon
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