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The Nine Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

Yacht Rock Revue set sail for The Van Buren on Sunday, May 19.
Yacht Rock Revue set sail for The Van Buren on Sunday, May 19. Will Byington
This weekend, you can catch Johnny Depp playing rock star, party with EDM mainstay Fedde Le Grand, or set sail on the seas of soft rock.

What else is on tap for the concert scene over the next few nights? Gigs by blues kings Coco Montoya and Johnny Rawls, the latest Full Moon Festival, a visit from metal legends Death Angel, and more

Details about each of these concerts and music events can be found in the following list. And for even more live music happening around town, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

click to enlarge EDM superstar Fedde Le Grand. - BEN HOUDIJK
EDM superstar Fedde Le Grand.
Ben Houdijk

Fedde Le Grand

Friday, May 17
Maya Day & Nightclub in Scottsdale

In 2006, "Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit" catapulted Dutch house producer Fedde Le Grand into the spotlight. Beyond that, it helped revive a flagging industry and is commonly regarded as one of the crucial tracks of the rebirth of dance music.

Like EDM itself, Le Grand has thrived over the last decade. Much of his success is thanks to the launching pad that was "Hands Up 4 Detroit." He acknowledges he was merely a part of the whole movement that re-energized dance music. That movement included Eric Prydz's "Call On Me" and Mason's "Exceeder."

"I'm just thankful to be a part of that whole thing," Le Grand says. You can thank him personally for helping fuel EDM revival over the last decade when he hits Maya in Scottsdale on Friday night. Doors are at 10 p.m. and tickets are $10. Angel Melendez

click to enlarge Death Angel - COURTESY OF NUCLEAR BLAST
Death Angel
Courtesy of Nuclear Blast

Death Angel

Friday, May 17
Club Red in Mesa

From 1982 to 1991, there probably wasn't a more interesting metal act than California's Death Angel. Not only did the band consist of five Filipinos, but they didn't stick to any standard metal blueprint either. Despite the serious moniker, Death Angel displayed a musical variety and sense of humor missing from most bands in the genre. Sadly, a horrific auto accident sowed the seeds for the band's dissolution. But after a decade-long hiatus, Death Angel was reborn in 2001. Since then, albeit with a slightly different lineup, Death Angel hasn't looked back. And on Friday night, the band stop in the Valley for a show at Club Red in Mesa. Striker, Warhead, Sectas, and Archenaut will open and the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door. Darryl Smyers

Brett Dennen

Friday, May 17
Musical Instrument Museum

With six studio albums under his belt, Brett Dennen has fully established himself as a troubadour interested in spreading the love – and, quite specifically, not the dour. Look, there's no getting around it: The 39-year-old folk-funkster is a glass-half-full kind of guy. Nothing wrong with that.

What's interesting, though, is how Dennen can effortlessly take sad or somber subjects and make them sound downright peppy. His songs thrive on that duality: What may seem like a breezy, bare-footed summertime mixtape selection is often detailing something deeper, something more socially conscious than the way the wet, gritty sand tickles his toes.

Go ahead: Paint him with the same guitar-slingin' pretty-boy brush as John Mayer and Jason Mraz, if you must. On the surface, it seems to be an easy match. But under the surface lies substance that undermines any real attempt to label him as an empty-headed California space-case. See for yourself at his show at the MIM on Friday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $33.50 to $43.50. Kelly Dearmore

click to enlarge Hollywood Vampires - JIM LOUVAU
Hollywood Vampires
Jim Louvau

Hollywood Vampires

Friday, May 17
The Pool at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale

Formed at L.A.’s legendary Rainbow Bar & Grill in the early '70s, the original Hollywood Vampires – a drinking club, not a band – held court in the upstairs bar at the famed location. Many of the biggest names in rock were part of the unofficial club, including John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Keith Moon, Mickey Dolenz, Ringo Starr, and Vampires president Alice Cooper. Jim Morrison and Jimi Hendrix, previous Cooper drinking buddies, were posthumous "honorary" members.

Though many of the original Vampires died years ago, Cooper and his pal Johnny Depp floated around the idea for years of recording an album that paid tribute to Cooper's old drinking pals. In 2015, the Hollywood Vampires rose from the dead and became a rock supergroup.

A few months later, the ensemble, which now includes Cooper, Depp, and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry as members, released their self-titled album, which features covers of songs made famous by their fallen Vampire brethren. They’re back on the road again and are scheduled to perform at Talking Stick Resort on Friday. Daniel Kohn
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