The Nine Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

The members of Authority Zero.
The members of Authority Zero.
Bryan Sandell
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What’s on tap in the Valley’s concert scene this weekend? Local icons Authority Zero will be celebrating a pretty big landmark occasion, legends like Melissa Etheridge and Paul Oakenfold have gigs scheduled, and this year's Audio Bend will be happening up at Lake Pleasant.

Elsewhere, acts and artists like synthwave artist Timecop1983, jazz singer Jane Monheit, and rapper DaBaby also have shows scheduled at music venues around town.

Details about each of these shows can be found below in our list of the best concerts happening in the Valley this weekend. For even more live music happening, check out Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

Jane Monheit

Friday, July 12
Musical Instrument Museum

If there’s one thing that the more recent work of jazz/pop vocalist Jane Monheit proves, it’s that maturing doesn’t mean losing freshness and immediacy. Now more than 15 years into a scintillating career, the thrush might not be trying to invoke the nubile mermaid image she once projected, but she’s still performing with verve and impeccable instinct. She has always sung ballads with an understanding beyond her years, and that hasn’t changed one iota: Just when she seems to have lofted the final breathtaking note, she inevitably adds something astonishing. Catch her in concert on Friday night at the MIM starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $43.50 to $53.50. David Finkle

The members of Authority Zero.EXPAND
The members of Authority Zero.
Bryan Sandell

Authority Zero’s 25th Anniversary

Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13
The Rebel Lounge

Mesa's favorite punks Authority Zero have come a long way over the course of the last quarter-century. Since forming in 1994, the band has gone from from intimate (often free) local shows to playing Warped Tour and, eventually, touring the world and releasing a few hit albums. Authority Zero is now a household name in the local scene, and an Arizona trademark like Jimmy Eat World. This weekend, they’ll celebrate their 25th anniversary with shows on Friday and Saturday nights at The Rebel Lounge, both of which will be recorded for an upcoming live album. The gigs get going at 8 p.m. each evening. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Melissa Fossum

The legendary Paul Oakenfold.EXPAND
The legendary Paul Oakenfold.
Scott Ramsay

Paul Oakenfold

Saturday, July 13
The Pool at Talking Stick Resort

Paul Oakenfold’s place in DJ history is secure. Widely considered to be a godfather of electronic dance music, the British-born mixmaster has influenced countless artists and helped shape EDM culture over the past four decades. In that time span, he’s also sold millions of records, topped the charts, been cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful DJ ever, and performed around the world (including atop the Great Wall of China and deep in the rainforests of Argentina).

So what does an internationally known and phenomenally influential DJ do when there are few, if any, worlds left to conquer? Easy, he performs at Mount Everest. No, really. In 2017, Oakenfold worked the decks at the “highest party on Earth” in a base camp on the mountain. And just last year, he followed it up by becoming the first person to DJ at Stonehenge with an epic sunset performance alongside the prehistoric monoliths.

So what’s next for the EDM pioneer? We wouldn’t be surprised if tops himself even further by pulling off a gig aboard the International Space Station. Until then, Oakenfold will pass the time doing what he does best at clubs and parties across the country, including his poolside set on July 13 at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. Tickets are $25. Benjamin Leatherman

The incomparable Melissa Etheridge.
The incomparable Melissa Etheridge.
John Tsiavis

Melissa Etheridge

Saturday, July 13
Chandler Center for the Arts

The Melissa Etheridge live experience in 2019 is both fun and thought-provoking. The rock ‘n’ roll legend is still a musician first, going out night after night with the intention of kicking ass. And kick ass she does. “You can expect to have your mind blown and your rock ’n’ roll dreams come true,” she says. “Just to have a really good time. To leave feeling better than when you came. That’s my goal.” Catch her this weekend at Chandler Center for the Arts when she performs on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $72 to $112. Brett Callwood


Saturday, July 13
The Nile Theater in Mesa

Dutch electronic artist Jordy Leenaerts, a.k.a. Timecop1983, is one of the paramount producers riding the wave of ’80s revivalism that’s washed like a tsunami over recent pop culture from The Goldbergs and G.L.O.W. to Ready Player One and Stranger Things – especially the soundtracks. As the wave continues to wash over producers stationed at computers and hardware synthesizers, retro-futurist synthwave, or “retrowave,” acts keep dropping ’80s-inspired cinematic synth tracks online and in wax, picking up where pioneering German electronic outfit Tangerine Dream and Greek electronic composer Vangelis left off on the soundtracks for Risky Business and Blade Runner, respectively.

With Timecop1983 (and his darker project, Division), Leenaerts draws inspiration from ’80s movies, video games, television shows, and, most evidently, the movie Drive’s soundtrack. (In interviews, Leenaerts says the 2011 American film moved him to create what he calls “dreamwave.”) Nearly every Timecop1983 track conjures neon-filled visions of driving through rain-soaked city streets. The tracks also play well at dance clubs, sweaty gyms or just chillin’ on the couch — reminiscent of Survive, Com Truise, and Chromatics. Pittsburgh-based dreamwave/synthpop act Arcade High aptly support Timecop1983 as openers when they visit The Nile in Mesa on Saturday. Start time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $20 to $25. Daniel Rodrigue

Spicy Rico


Saturday, July 13
The Pressroom

For those having trouble keeping up with the ever-shifting hip-hop landscape, DaBaby is definitely one to know. The rapper from Charlotte, North Carolina, has been making major waves this year and already boasts a rabid fan base that will undoubtedly be lit at his July 13 performance at The Pressroom. The 27-year-old gained initial fame with his breakout hit “Baby on Baby,” filled with energetic rhymes and creative lyricism. He has been on the map for a few years, linking up with South Coast label CEO Arnold Taylor in 2016, who connected him with Interscope executives this year. DaBaby inked a deal with the major label in January and quickly has become a force to be reckoned with. His debut album, named for his first major hit, was released this past March to critical acclaim. It earned an impressive 7.7 on Pitchfork’s notorious album review chart, and its 13 tracks reveal an ascendant raw talent. Anna Hopkins

Yellow Payges

Saturday, July 13
The Rhythm Room

The Yellow Payges were hard-rocking, psych-pop originators from the circa-’66 “Riot-on-Sunset Strip” scene, and far more than just a Hollywood sensation. They toured for a solid year with Eric Burdon and the Animals in ’68, and were the first rock band ever to record a Jimmy Webb song, the penetrating Vietnam-era classic “Our Time Is Running Out,” which Webb personally brought them. After management signed a 1970 deal with AT&T to promote telephone books, the kids perceived ’em as squares, and it all went south. Resurrected by original singer Daniel Hortter and ferocious drummer Danny Gorman, and ably augmented by brilliant guitar-slingers Dave Provost and Mike Livingston, they’ve played venues across the country on a handful of tours since reforming in 2013, but each delivers scads of high rock 'n' roll adventure. See for yourself at Rhythm Room on Saturday. The show is at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10. Jonny Whiteside

Attendees of last year's Audio Bend.EXPAND
Attendees of last year's Audio Bend.
Benjamin Leatherman

Audio Bend 2019

Saturday, July 13, to Sunday, July 14
Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant in Peoria

If you’re down to dance and up for a little adventure, we’ve got a proposition for y’all. Grab the squad, gas up your ride, and chart a course for Lake Pleasant in Peoria. Your destination is Audio Bend, the annual music festival that focuses on future music and out-there sounds.

This year’s festival is happening at Pleasant Harbor at Lake Pleasant, 8708 West Harbor Boulevard in Peoria, from Saturday, July 13, to Sunday, July 14, and will feature a mix of DJs, producers, hip-hop artists, and bands. Five different stages will be set up around the festival with more than 30 different acts and artists performing.

Headliners include DMC champion turntablist DJ Brace, Colorado-born dub/future trap producer Droplitz, dirty house artist Sina Matix, and Mateo Haze (a.k.a. Matt the Saxy Rapper). The lineup will also feature local reggae band Rastafarmers, live electronica artist Substation, renowned turntablist DJ Akshen, glitch hop duo Louis Da Sloth, broken beat producer Prismshank, and many more.

Meanwhile, there will also be vendors and workshops at the event, as well as fire performances, visual effects, live art displays, and a massive floating water slide. Audio Bend 2019 kicks off at noon on Saturday and goes until noon on Sunday. Admission is $25 before 5 p.m., $30 thereafter. Overnight camping spots are available for $40. Benjamin Leatherman

The Appleseed Cast

Sunday, July 14
The Rebel Lounge

The story of Kansas' Appleseed Cast is not lacking in complexity or dramatic shifts. Over 22 years and several lineup changes, the band's sound today hardly resembles the emo-tinged one that put the group on the map. But through it all, founding member Christopher Crisci has retained a singular hold of the project, and his sensibilities have been the grounding element that has allowed the Appleseed Cast to weather the storm. Their ninth studio album, The Fleeting Light of Impermanence, was released last month and they’re scheduled to perform at The Rebel Lounge on Sunday night. Young Jesus and Celebration Guns will open. The show is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door. David Bennett

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