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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

Shakira is scheduled to perform on Sunday, August 26, at Talking Stick Resort Arena.
Shakira is scheduled to perform on Sunday, August 26, at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Kayt Jones/RCA Records
Heads up Phoenix, it’s going to be a weekend of big names and big concerts. Legends like Shakira, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, and Rod Stewart will invade arenas and other enormous music venues over the next three nights, each likely to provide a memorable experience.

They aren’t the only notable names performing in the Valley this weekend as artists like Yelawolf, Flynt Flossy, and David Lowery (of Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven fame) will also be in town.

Meanwhile, the fall music festival season will kick off (more or less) down in Chandler on Saturday night during the latest Bassrush Massive Arizona.

Details about each of these gigs can be found below. And for even more live music happening around the Valley this weekend, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

click to enlarge Cyndi Lauper visits the Valley this weekend. - AMBER STERLING
Cyndi Lauper visits the Valley this weekend.
Amber Sterling
Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper
Friday, August 24
Talking Stick Resort Arena

Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper are household names. Collectively, they’ve spent nearly a century in the music industry, touring, writing, and recording a slew of songs that have stuck with fans ever since. But unlike some shows that bring back icons of old to belt their hits as best they can, Lauper and Stewart have hardly lost an ounce of their characteristic styles and grace upon the stage. Even at 73, Stewart performs like he’s forever young, from his voluminous hair to his bedazzled jackets.

Rod the Mod has kept his show fresh by performing a successful Las Vegas act for the last eight years. Performing with a full band and several costume changes, Stewart begins strong before settling into a more tuned-down acoustic set later into the night. Lauper seems like she might be overshadowed by Stewart’s sheer production value, but she still hits all the songs you know by heart with relatively few tracks off her most recent country album, Detour. Nicholas Bostick

click to enlarge Flynt Flossy in concert. - DAVE LICHTERMAN/FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONS
Flynt Flossy in concert.
Dave Lichterman/Flickr Creative Commons

Flynt Flossy and Turquoise Jeep
Friday, August 24
Valley Bar

Fast fashion YouTube video rap crew Turquoise Jeep exist in the same universe as Pee Wee's Playhouse, Paper Rad, and Yo Gabba Gabba!; like the aforementioned productions, they're colorful, control freaked, and hands-on. Lead MC Flynt Flossy has a refreshingly lighthearted persona along the lines of Shock G, Sir Mix A Lot, and DJ Lance Rock, lyrically rife with double entendres and goosey figures of speech. Compared to the great big world of hip-hop and its endless procession of yachts, slabs, and brand-name everything, a turquoise jeep provides an apt description of their hands-on, arts-and-crafts-forever aesthetic. Tex Kerschen

Los Tigres del Norte
Friday, August 24
Celebrity Theatre

In the vast galaxy that is Latin music, regional Mexican music is a solar system unto itself. Of the many styles further grouped into this umbrella, one of the biggest is norteño – a high-energy, highly dramatic, Spanish-language polka, perhaps. It's driven by vocal harmonies and a relentless oompah-oompah beat that can sound carnivalesque to the unfamiliar but that often masks more serious lyrical content. Norteño is the musical home of songs known as corridos, which are like the gangster rap of Mexican music – tales of drug-running across the border and the ensuing violence. It's also the home of heartbreaking, cross-border tales of love lost and families separated by politics and economics.

Among the biggest of these acts is Los Tigres del Norte, or "the tigers of the north." The group is like The Beatles of Mexican music – if The Beatles had kept it together for more than 40 years. Los Tigres have been going continuously since 1968, when Jorge Hernandez formed the group in Sinaloa, Mexico, with his brothers and some cousins. These days, the group is based in San Jose, California. Hernandez is still in the game as musical director, lead vocalist, and accordion player, with various descendants now rounding out the five-man lineup.

To date, Los Tigres have scored five Latin Grammys, sold more than 32 million records worldwide, and released a staggering 45 albums – that's not even counting various singles, EPs, and compilations. English speakers with little familiarity of Spanish-language music may have no idea who this group is, but Los Tigres' album were a special MTV Unplugged session in 2011, and the group has even been sent abroad to entertain U.S. troops in Japan and South Korea. Arielle Castillo

click to enlarge Glowver - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
Benjamin Leatherman
Lingerieve 12
Friday, August 24
Club Red

When it comes to rave scene fashion, the name of the game has always been about being as colorful and over-the-top as possible. Hence the reason why you’ll typically witness ravers and kandi kids dressed in day-glo everything or sporting kooky costumes, furry accessories, and other colorfully eye-catching gear at pretty much every underground dance party. So the idea of a lingerie-themed EDM event like Lingerieve doesn’t seem like that strange of a concept. As a matter of fact, local promoter 1 Vibe Events has been putting on the annual dance party almost every single year since 2006, and will be putting on its 11th edition this weekend at Club Red in Mesa. Hard dance artist Lady Faith and dubstep duo Dodge & Fuski will headline the event, which will also feature sets by local DJs like Blakeland, Butters, Dark Mark, Glowver, and Mangled. Start time is 8 p.m. Admission is $20 to $50. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Camper Van Beethoven - JASON THRASHER
Camper Van Beethoven
Jason Thrasher
Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven
Saturday, August 25
Crescent Ballroom

David Lowery will work double duty as frontman of both Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven on Saturday. It’s nothing new, considering the Texas-born rock musician has toured the world with both of his bands for decades. Camper was a college rock staple in the 1980s, and Cracker had mainstream success in the ’90s thanks to singles such as "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)" and "Low." Think of this show as killing two birds with one stone. Some people prefer one band over the other — and there are plenty of others who like both — so this should make longtime fans quite happy while attending this show at Crescent on Saturday night. Eric Grubbs
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