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The 11 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Andrew Marshall
Tool is scheduled to perform on Saturday, January 18, at Gila River Arena.
Tool fans of the Valley, rejoice. Maynard James Keenan and company are returning to the Valley this week to slake your thirst for their warped brand of prog metal. They'll take over Gila River Arena in Glendale, the site of their sold-out October gig, on Saturday in support of last year's Fear Inoculum.

The show is the highlight of a busy slate of concerts taking place from Monday, January 13, to Sunday, January 19, that will also include gigs by rockabilly king Reverend Horton Heat, influential bassist Stanley Clarke, and legendary Motown acts The Temptations and The Four Tops.

Renowned thrash metal band Machine Head will also bring their 25th-anniversary tour to town, influential dance music DJ/producer Jody Wisternoff will keep the dance floor moving at Bar Smith, and Civil Twilight frontman Steven Dayvid McKellar will go solo at Valley Bar.

Details about each of these shows can be found below. And for even more live music and DJ action happening around the Valley, check out Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.


click to enlarge Steven Dayvid McKellar of Civil Twilight. - STATESIDE PRESENTS
Steven Dayvid McKellar of Civil Twilight.
Stateside Presents

Steven Dayvid McKellar

Monday, January 13
Valley Bar


After 10 years and four albums with popular rock band Civil Twilight, singer-songwriter Steven Dayvid McKellar embarked on a solo career. Hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, his solo work is sure to please longtime fans while offering less alt-rock-oriented listeners an opportunity to appreciate his vocals. He stops by Valley Bar on Monday night to perform in the venue’s music hall. Stevie Kin opens the show, which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Matthew Keever

click to enlarge Juan de Marcos with the current lineup of the Afro-Cuban All Stars. - MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM
Juan de Marcos with the current lineup of the Afro-Cuban All Stars.
Musical Instrument Museum

Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars

Tuesday, January 14, and Wednesday, January 15
MIM Music Theater


Even if you're neither Cuban nor into Cuban music, you've no doubt heard of the Buena Vista Social Club. They were originally a members' club where musicians would meet in Cuba during the ’40s, but are better known for the rediscovery in the ’90s, championed in large part by American guitarist/producer Ry Cooder.


But while the names Buena Vista Social Club and perhaps even Ry Cooder may ring a bell, you might be less acquainted with the name of one individual who made it all possible – Juan de Marcos. He’s a Cuban bandleader who helped Cooder round up the talented roster that made up the BVSC. De Marcos is also responsible for the Afro-Cuban All Stars, a collective of Cuban musicians known for launching into spirited descargas containing all the best elements of Cuban music and seamlessly shifting from bolero to chachacha, salsa to timba, danzon to son montuno, some rumba, of course, and even guajira.

The All Stars is a justifiable name, as the group have boasted some of the best talent Cuba has to offer over the years, including Ruben Gonzalez, "Cachaito" Lopez, Ibrahim Ferrer, Raul Planas, "Puntillita" Licea, Caridad Hierrezuelo and Pedro Calvo. The Afro-Cuban All Stars will visit the MIM Music Theater for four performances across two nights that will feature de Marcos leading the ensemble. He will also participate in a discussion about the All-Stars and Cuban music’s influence as a part of the show. Performances are at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday night. Tickets are $33.50 to $54.50 for each. Christopher Lopez

click to enlarge The good reverend. - VICTORY RECORDS
The good reverend.
Victory Records

Reverend Horton Heat

Thursday, January 16
Marquee Theatre in Tempe


You would be hard-pressed to find a traveling musician who plays as many shows and as many towns these days as Jim Heath, of Reverend Horton Heat. If there is a town with fans of the man’s unique take on Gretsch guitar-laden psychobilly licks, chances are Heath has played on their stages. Across the globe, RHH has shared stages with some great acts at some of the top festivals in the world. The band’s catalog has variety from high-energy head-boppin’ songs like “Wiggle Stick” or “Psychobilly Freakout” to the more tongue-in-cheek numbers like the double-entendre risqué of “Let Me Teach You How to Eat” or ridiculously fun countrified “Please Don’t’ Take the Baby to the Liquor Store.” And as much as RHH has accumulated a fan base that is spread out the world from the U.S. to the Ukraine, it is the serious craftsmanship of ever-evolving passion for perfecting this sound that has allowed him and band to endure.

Catch them in concert on Thursday night at the Marquee. The 7:30 p.m. show will feature opening sets by The Buttertones and The Paladins. Tickets are $15-$55. Mark C. Horn

click to enlarge Machine Head brings its 25th-anniversary tour to town this week. - ATOM SPLITTER PR
Machine Head brings its 25th-anniversary tour to town this week.
Atom Splitter PR

Machine Head

Thursday, January 16
The Van Buren


If you're a Machine Head fan, you definitely can't miss this show. After all, it's not only the first time the heavy metal heroes have been in the Valley in years, but also their 25th anniversary tour. Expect two hours of full-blown metal with no other bands or openers on the bill as Machine Head power through more than 25 songs. The first half of the show will include a variety of their biggest hits and singles – including “Take My Scars,” “Locust,” “Catharsis,” and “Darkness Within” – followed a performance of every song from their debut album Burn My Eyes. They’ll also unleash a medley of covers, ranging from Tenacious D’s “Fuck Her Gently” and White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” to Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” and White Zombie’s “Thunder Kiss ’65.” Catch some killer solos from shredder Phil Demmel, and hope that glowering frontman Robb Flynn is in a positive mood. The metal madness commences at 8 p.m. Tickets are $31 to $35. Lauren Wise and Benjamin Leatherman

Devin Copeland, a.k.a. underground rapper Devin the Dude. - MARCO TORRES
Devin Copeland, a.k.a. underground rapper Devin the Dude.
Marco Torres

Devin the Dude

Friday, January 17
The AV in Avondale


Despite being a critically acclaimed rapper, Devin the Dude has not experienced much mainstream success. His peculiar flow has landed him guest appearances alongside the likes of Ice Cube, Too $hort, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, and Jay-Z, but the respect of his peers just hasn't resulted in album sales. That's unfortunate for the Michigan-born transplant, but the silver lining – for fans, anyway – is that Devin remains an approachable figure in the hip-hop world. He’ll perform at The AV bar and music venue in Avondale on Friday night. Fans of lyrically driven hip-hop should celebrate the opportunity to see and hear this oddball up close and personal. The gig gets going at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Matthew Keever

click to enlarge Renowned bassist and film composer Stanley Clarke. - RAJ NAIK
Renowned bassist and film composer Stanley Clarke.
Raj Naik

Stanley Clarke Trio

Friday, January 17
Mesa Arts Center


Bass guitarist Stanley Clarke is probably best known for his work with the legendary jazz-fusion group Return to Forever, but he might have saved his top material for his 1974 self-titled solo album or 1975's Journey to Love. On those efforts (and many since then), Clarke's technique was beyond agile. His style and technique have influenced several generations of bassists. He’s scheduled to bring his namesake trio, which features keyboard player Cameron Graves and Sadar Nader on tablas, to the Mesa Arts Center’s Piper Repertory Theater on Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Tickets are $50. Darryl Smyers