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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

Michael Franti and Spearhead are scheduled to perform on Friday, June 14, at Mesa Amphitheatre.
Michael Franti and Spearhead are scheduled to perform on Friday, June 14, at Mesa Amphitheatre. Anthony Thoen
Yeah, yeah, we know — it’s hot out. Really hot. Excruciatingly hot, even. If you’d like something to do besides suffer through the summertime swelter, consider checking out a concert this weekend. There are plenty of good shows taking place in the Valley from Friday, June 14, to Sunday, June 16.

J-Lo will be in town with her latest tour, a summer-long celebration of her 50th birthday. Plus, Michael Franti and Spearhead will perform their first Valley show in years, country music icon Charley Pride will be at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, and Shaun Fleming will bring his alter ego Diane Coffee to Valley Bar.

For those in the mood to headbang, local thrash legends Flotsam and Jetsam have a hometown show this weekend, while the annual Annefest will feature more than 12 hours worth of metal.

Details about each of these shows (and a few others) can be found below in our list of the best concerts happening in the Valley this weekend. And for even more live music happening, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

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Country music legend Charley Pride.
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Charley Pride

Friday, June 14
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino in Chandler

Country Music Hall of Famer and legendary voice of the ’70s Charley Pride is swinging through Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino this weekend. Soulful and warm, Pride’s crooning and effortless pop inclinations helped to define the way we think of country music today. As with much of the genre’s music, spiritual and romantic themes are a constant in Pride’s songs, but the artist’s rare knack for empathetic storytelling imbues his tracks with a poignancy unmatched by his contemporaries. Throughout his career, Pride has been exhaustively prolific, and at 85 his hunger for delivering memorable ballads in unforgettable ways is as steadfast as ever, as evidenced by the superb quality of his performances. His show at Wild Horse Pass on Friday night starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $59 to $109. Jonathan Patrick

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Bay Area-born rapper Andre Nickatina.
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Andre Nickatina

Friday, June 14
Marquee Theatre in Tempe

On his grind for more than 25 years, Andre Nickatina — who at one time went by Dre Dog — has released 18 different albums, mostly through his own imprints. Still on the road in support of his most recent album, Pisces, the cocaine rapper and movie producer is due in the Valley this weekend for a Friday night show at the Marquee Theatre in Tempe with support from J Lately, Stoner Jordan, OG Music, AK, Kill.Rxdical, and Skruff Zona. Becoming a living legend in his hometown of San Francisco while touring relentlessly to spread the Bay Area word, Nickatina has also collaborated with many of his peers, including a 2008 album, A Tale of Two Andres, which acted as both a joint effort and a tribute to the late Mac Dre. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the performances begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $55. Bree Davies

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Michael Franti makes a long-awaited return to the Valley this weekend.
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Michael Franti and Spearhead

Friday, June 14
Mesa Amphitheatre

With his band, Spearhead, Michael Franti has spent the past quarter-century throwing big dance parties overflowing with peace 'n' love, the scent of reefer on the wind, and, of course, “The Sound of Sunshine.” These parties have been known to occur during major protests and in war zones, because fighting darkness with light is Franti's life philosophy. And he's doubling down: Despite our nation's seemingly unbridgeable gaps between races and genders and political parties, he says the real battle is the personal tug-of-war between cynicism and optimism.

Franti's new full-length documentary, Stay Human, follows his search for humanity in the face of trauma and loss. It focuses particularly on how people around the world cope with harsh everyday realities and thrive during challenging times. It also becomes clear that Franti has spent his career making hopeful music with positive messages because he personally battles depression and anxiety. Franti says he made the Stay Human film and the corresponding album of the same title because he wants them "to be part of people's medical arsenal they can go to when they need that extra inspiration." Howard Hardee

Flotsam and Jetsam

Saturday, June 15
Club Red in Mesa

For our money, Flotsam and Jetsam kick out some of the best metal around, and that’s not just because they are a bunch of hometown dudes who have made good. In fact, the glory days of “Flots” might be upon us right now. Eric “AK” Knutson, vocals, and Michael Gilbert, guitar, have been with the band the longest, but the current lineup, which also features guitarist Steve Conley, bassist Michael Spencer, and drummer Ken Mary, is nothing short of formidable.

The band have been touring in support of their new album, The End of Chaos, so they should be firing on all cylinders as they return to the Valley for a hometown show. So pull on your knee-high moccasins, bust out your tightest jeans and your favorite Maiden shirt, and get ready to rock: Flotsam and Jetsam are coming home. The show is at 6 p.m. and Footer, Condemned Till Dawn, Black Phantom, and Empire of Dezire will open. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Tom Reardon
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