The best and biggest concerts coming to metro Phoenix in September 2022
September is going to be a hot month for concerts in metro Phoenix.
Bad Bunny brings the ambitiously titled World's Hottest Tour to Chase Field and Kendrick Lamar is coming to Footprint Center in support of one of this year's most acclaimed releases, "Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers."
Footprint Center also hosts Gorillaz' first appearance in the Valley since 2010 and Duran Duran's first Phoenix concert as Rock and Roll Hall of Famers.
Here's a look at those and other September concert highlights, from Armand Hammer at Crescent Ballroom to St. Vincent playing her first Valley dates since Innings Festival, where she was easily the best act on the bill.
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The underground hip-hop duo of Billy Woods and Elucid made the rounds of critics' year-end lists in 2021, from Paste to Pitchfork, for "Haram," their provocative collaboration with the Alchemist. Beats Per Minute praised it as an album "built to make you uncomfortable, from its harsh cover art to its incendiary lyrics." They're joined by PSYPIRITUAL, A. Billi Free and the Lasso.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $20. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
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The Colombian chart-topper brings his Dharma World Tour to downtown Phoenix. The singer won New Artist of the Year at the 2018 Latin American Music Awards and Best Latin American Central Act at the MTV Europe Awards in each of the past four years. Seven of his biggest hits have topped the U.S. Latin Pop charts, including "TBT" (with Rauw Alejandro and Manuel Turizo) and "Chica Ideal" (with Guaynaa).
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $23 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
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Kadim al Sahir
The Iraqi singer-songwriter has won a World Music Award for Best Middle Eastern/North African Artist, a Jordan Award for Best Arabic Artist & the Murex d’or for Lifetime Achievement Legend Award. He typically performs with an orchestra of 20 to 30 musicians.
Details: 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $135 and up. 602-267-1600, celebritytheatre.com.
The Grammy-winning superstar is touring in support of "Palaces," a third album that finds him moving into quieter, more introspective moods and features guest appearances by Caroline Polachek, Damon Albarn, Toro y Moi and more. NME responded to the album with a rave said the DJ "can still soundtrack your night out, but on ‘Palaces’ he’ll also gently bring you back down to Earth when morning comes."
Details: 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Phoenix Raceway, 7602 Jimmie Johnson Drive, Avondale. $54 and up. tixr.com.
The Latin music sensation's Isla Divina World Tour kicked off with six sold-out performances at Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional, where she holds the distinction of being the female artist with the most career performances. In a concert that lasts two and a half hours, the award-winning singer will perform more than 25 hits. A press release promises, "The show will take audiences into a catharsis to leave everyday challenges behind and embark on an amazing journey from a paradisiacal beach to submerge in the depths of the sea."
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $23 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
Superstar DJ Steve Aoki closes out the season for RELEASE After Dark by the Pool at Talking Stick Resort. The two-time Grammy nominee has built his brand on word of mouth (and social posts) surrounding his amazing light shows, creative beat drops and, of course, habitual throwing of cake at each performance. If you haven't seen a Steve Aoki cake toss, here's your chance. You'll thank me later.
Details: 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3. Talking Stick Resort, Loop 101 and Pima Road, Salt River Reservation. $50. 480-850-7734, talkingstickresort.com.
There's an otherworldly experimental flavor to the more ambitious treasures to be found on these Australian soul revivalists' most recent effort, 2021's "Mood Valiant." But it goes down easier than that suggests. As PopMatters noted, they've also "crafted something brilliant with 'Mood Valiant' – an album that’s effortlessly likable, commandingly confident, and rich with heart and soul."
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $35-$65. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
This L.A.-based DJ/producer topped the iTunes electronic chart with his 2013 “High Beams" EP. Entertainment Weekly praised his second album, “Nova,” which featured collaborations with Miguel, Julia Michaels, Chief Keef and Ty Dolla Sign. “NOVA fits the dictionary definition of its title," EW's critic wrote. "A bright star packed with vivid, undeniable energy — one that sets the stage for the DJ-producer's consistently evolving sound.”
Details: 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 4. Maya Day & Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. $75. 480-625-0528, mayaclubaz.com.
Sammy Hagar and the Circle
The man who simply can't drive 55 is touring with a group that features fellow Van Halen veteran Michael Anthony on bass, John Bonham's son Jason, who's been known to sit in with his dad's band, on drums and guitarist Vic Johnson. The Crazy Times Tour also features the man who makes every room feel like a bar (with the broken-bottle fistfights or the random drunk dials to old lovers) the undeniable George Thorogood & The Destroyers.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $25 and up. 602-254-7200, livenation.com.
The New Wave veterans are touring the States in support of "Future Past," their 15th studio release, with special guests Nile Rodgers and Chic. This their first Valley concert since taking their rightful place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in their first year on the ballot. They last played Phoenix in 2016, also with Rodgers, a concert that managed to sidestep nostalgia while also dusting off hits. What more could you want?
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $24.50 and up. 602-379-7800, ticketmaster.com.
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
This is the final night of a co-headlining tour with Dashboard Confessional, which New Noise Magazine says "is a must-see if you are looking for a nostalgic gut punch and a fun time." The once and (I’m assuming) future leader of Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate is touring the United States in continued support of his third album as the leader of Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, "Upside Down Flowers."
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 7. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $39.50 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
The four-time Grammy winner's first world tour in four years takes its name from an album he released last year, "The Speed of Now Part 1." In a press release, Urban said, “Every night is the first time we’ve played these songs for that audience, in that moment. It’s why every show is different — spontaneous and unpredictable — even for us.” He's joined by Ingrid Andress and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $24.50 and up. 602-379-7800, ticketmaster.com.
The name Banda MS is short for Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga. The regional Mexican outfit was formed in 2003 by brothers Sergio and Alberto Lizárraga in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, (hence the MS in their name) and features more than a dozen musicians. Their biggest stateside hit, "Sin Evidencias," reached the Hot Latin Tracks chart in 2009.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $59 and up. 602-379-7800, ticketmaster.com.
The Kid LAROI
The Australian rapper was supposed to launch his first headlining global tour in downtown Phoenix early last year. But like many things there were supposed to happen early last year, the entire sold-out tour got pushed back. The multiplatinum rapper's U.S. hits include "Without You," which features Miley Cyrus on the remix, and "Stay" with Justin Bieber. A recent review in the Guardian said, "At the first of two headline shows at Brixton Academy, he sweats out his setlist like a fever, tearing through two-minute tracks titled like confessions of teen rage."
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Sold out. Resale ticket prices vary. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com. \
The rapper least likely to leave you guessing what state he calls home started off 2008 at No. 1 with “Low,” which held on for a 10-week run unmatched by any single since Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable” — the biggest difference being that Beyonce was a superstar by then, while “Low” was this guy's first official single (and the biggest single of 2008). He was back at No. 1 in 2009 with “Right Round” and again in 2012 with “Whistle.”
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $55-$85. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
These thrash-metal veterans exploded on impact with "The Legacy," a fast and furious debut that hit the streets in 1987 and went on to earn them a spot in the Decibel Magazine Hall of Fame, which said the album "hit the metal world with the impact of a close-range thunderclap upon its release." Their latest album, 2020's "Titans of Creation," was praised in Kerrang! as being "packed tight with the precision and power that they’ve made their own for more than 30 years." They're joined by Exodus and Death Angel.
Details: 6:50 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $35; $30 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
Last year marked the 10th anniversary of the beloved self-titled debut that introduced the world to the spellbinding magic of Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, making good on the shimmering pop transcendence of their breakthrough single "Go Outside." And they're still going strong, as evidenced by the timeless appeal of 2020's "Host," an album that finds them expanding the scope of their sound while retaining the charms of their debut and welcoming Follin into the songwriting process.
Details: 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Sold out. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
The L.A.-based EDM duo are launching a tour in support of an album called "Thrive" that finds them expanding the scope of their sound, venturing into techno on “Before Dawn.” Slander issued a statement saying, “When we sat down to make the album one of the things that was most important to us was having the space to actually try something new." They're joined by Svdden Death, HOL!, A Hundred Drums and Redline.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept 10. Phoenix Raceway, 7602 Jimmie Johnson Drive, Avondale. $50 and up. tixr.com.
Alice in Chains and Breaking Benjamin
Seattle grunge legends Alice in Chains and Pennsylvania post-grunge veterans Breaking Benjamin are on a co-headlining tour with the U.K. branch of the '90s grunge explosion, Bush. This is the first time those two headliners have toured together and the first time either act has been through Phoenix since the summer of 2019.
Details: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $25 and up. 602-254-7200, livenation.com.
This is the hip-hop legend's first performance in the Valley since May 2018, when he brought TDE: The Championship Tour to Ak-Chin Pavilion. This tour, which also features Baby Keem, is in support of one of this year's most acclaimed releases, the brilliant "Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers." Lamar's first album since the triple-platinum, Grammy-winning triumph "Damn," it hit Billboard's album chart at No. 1, his third consecutive release to do so.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Sold out; resale ticket prices vary. 602-379-7800, ticketmaster.com.
After three months of a sold-out European arena tour, the 15-time Grammy winner returns to the States with a concept inspired by her longtime friend and mentor, Prince, to perform intimate concerts on The Alicia + Keys World Tour. In a press release after the tour launched with sold-out show in Charlotte, North Carolina, Keys said, “What an amazing night and what an amazing connection we shared. My spirit has been calling me to bring us all closer together. Tonight is exactly what touring should feel like after we’ve all been disconnected for so long."
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Sold out. Resale ticket prices vary. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
The Artist Formerly Known as Young Jeezy arrives in support of "The Recession 2." He topped the rap and R&B charts in 2005 with "Soul Survivor," the breakthrough single from his platinum debut, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101." His biggest hits include "And Then What," "I Luv It," "Go Getta," the double-platinum "Put On" (which featured Kanye West and put Jeezy back at the top of the rap charts), "My President" (featuring Nas), "Lose My Mind" (featuring Plies), "Leave You Alone" (with Ne-Yo) and "R.I.P."
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $40-$125. 602-267-1600, celebritytheatre.com.
'Weird Al' Yankovic
Drawing from his catalog of 14 studio albums, the accordion player most likely to rewrite the lyrics to a Knack song promises a different set list every night on the Unfortunate Return of the Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour. The tour marks Yankovic's return to the stage after his hugely successful Strings Attached Tour in 2019 where he performed each night alongside a full symphony orchestra.
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Sold out. 480-782-2680, chandlercenter.org.
The pride of Moscow, Idaho, Ritter was named to a list of the 100 greatest living songwriters by Paste in 2006, alongside such obvious heroes as Bob Dylan and Steve Earle. Joan Baez and Bob Weir have covered his songs. His latest album was produced by kindred spirit Jason Isbell and features contributions from Amanda Shires and members of Isbell's the 400 Unit.
Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $44.50-$54.50. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
The singer-songwriter is touring in support of "All 4 Nothing," a sophomore effort the Line of Best Fit hailed as "both brutally honest and beautifully cathartic as well as "a stunning collection of close to home confessionals that cements his status as an extraordinary storyteller." His best-known song remains his breakthrough hit, 2017's "I Like Me Better."
Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $29.50 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
The R&B star rose to fame in 2020 on the strength of two hit singles — Drake's "Chicago Freestyle" and his own quadruple-platinum "Heartbreak Anniversary," for which he earned a Grammy nomination (one of seven). He may be best known in the mainstream for his feature on the Justin Bieber single "Peaches," a triple-platinum smash that topped the Hot 100 and the Billboard global charts.
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
The Grammy-nominated rapper peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Hot 100 with a breakthrough single called "Whats Poppin," a success he topped this year with a feature on "Industry Baby," a multiplatinum chart-topper by Lil Nas X, and current single, "First Class," Harlow's second No. 1 of 2022. He arrives in support of "Come Home the Kids Miss You," which hit the Billboard album charts at No. 3.
Details: 7:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Sold out. Resale ticket prices vary. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
The indie-pop legends from Athens, Georgia, led by the great Kevin Barnes, are returning to Phoenix in support of “Freewave Lucifer,” a gem of an album whose title gets increasingly unprintable from that point out. It’s a deeply psychedelic trip inspired by the isolation caused by the pandemic. Highlights range from the shape-shifting avant-pop splendor of “Marijuana’s a Working Woman” to “Ofrenda-Flanger-Ego-a Gogo,” a twisted lullaby that ends with Barnes “humming ‘If I only had a brain, Dorothy/If I only had a brain.” As previously noted, it’s a trip.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $25. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
Dave Matthews Band
Dave Matthews Band have sold more than 25 million tickets since their inception. With the release of 2018's "Come Tomorrow," they became the first group in history to have seven consecutive studio albums debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. This is their first Valley concert since 2020, when they headlined Innings Festival, topping an eclectic bill that managed to bring fans of Jason Isbell, Portugal. the Man and DMB's huge fan base together as one nation under a groove.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $25 and up. 602-254-7200, livenation.com.
The Oakland-based R&B singer rose to fame as a member of Poplyfe, a teen pop group that finished fourth on "America's Got Talent," a humble beginning that barely hinted at the artistry Kehlani flashed a debut called "SweetSexySavage." This tour is in support of the singer's third album, "Blue Water Road," with special guests Rico Nasty and Destin Conrad.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $49.50. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
Led by onetime Panic! at the Disco member Dallon Weekes with drums by Ryan Seaman, iDKHow (short for I Dont Know How But They Found Me) are a good bit quirkier — and more intriguing — than their singer's former band. There are moments on "Razzmatazz," their latest album, that echo the loopier moments of Queen or Sparks while other highlights groove like David Bowie in his Thin White Duke phase. This is a co-headlining tour with Joywave.
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $33; $29 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
The Isle of Wight indie-rock duo's self-titled debut is all but guaranteed to make the rounds of critics' year-end best-of lists. And for obvious reasons. It's one of those perfect debuts that arrives at exactly the moment we all need it, like the Strokes' "Is This It." A reviewer at musicOMH.com said they're "firmly on track to become the biggest band in the country" with an album that's "here to shake the post pandemic culture out of its slumber."
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $30; $25 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
Twenty One Pilots
The title of the Icy Tour refers to "Scaled and Icy," an album that became their third consecutive release to debut in the Top 5 of the Billboard album chart when it arrived in 2021. This is the duo's first Valley performance since November 2018, when the Bandito Tour led us to rave, "For all the showmanship and spectacle that goes into the staging of their shows, the dedication of those fans may have a little more to do with the emotional connection they've managed to make with their music."
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $74.50 and up. 602-379-7800, ticketmaster.com.
Flashback Party Jam
This is a stellar flashback to 21st Century hip-hop with performances by Treach of Naughty By Nature (who topped the rap charts with their breakthrough single, "O.P.P."), Sir Mix-A-Lot (who topped the Hot 100 with "Baby Got Back"), Sugarhill Gang (whose "Rapper's Delight" was hip-hop's first top 40 hit), 112, Hi-Five, Kid N Play, Digital Underground, Tag Team and 60 Boyz.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $35.50 and up. 602-379-7800, ticketmaster.com.
A powerful leading voice in the urban corrido movement and a popular live act with more than 8.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify, the Mexican singer brings his much-anticipated, 21-date U.S. tour, the $ad Boyz 4 Life Tour, to Phoenix. Released in February, Junior H's latest album, “Mi Vida En Un Cigarro Vol.2,” has surpassed 100 million streams on Spotify.
Details: 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $29.50 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
Boots in the Park with Tim McGraw
Boots in the Park returns to Tempe Beach Park with Tim McGraw topping a bill that also features Dustin Lynch, Ryan Hurd, Tenille Arts, Frank Ray and Joe Peters. McGraw has been a force on country radio since topping Billboard's country airplay chart with the double-platinum "Don't Take the Girl" back in 1994. His biggest hits include "It's Your Love", "Just to See You Smile" and "Live Like You Were Dying," the top country songs of 1997, 1998 and 2004 respectively.
Details: 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $99. seetickets.us.
Mr. Worldwide is back in the Valley with special guests Iggy Azalea and Sean Paul on the Can’t Stop Us Now Tour, which shares a name with one of Pitbull's recent singles, a collaboration with country singer Zac Brown. Azalea also joined him on the I Feel Good Tour, which also played Ak-Chin Pavilion last summer and finished fourth on Billboard's list of last year's biggest Latin tours.
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $29.95 and up. 602-254-7200, livenation.com.
The Gaslight Anthem
In March, the Jersey punks most likely to have their stage crashed by the Boss (it's happened more than once) announced on Instagram that they were reuniting and beginning work on songs for their first album since 2014. "Returning to full time status," as singer guitarist Brian Fallon put it, adding, "We’re very much looking forward to the future and seeing you all again. We want to thank you for staying with us. Stay tuned!"
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $35-$55. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
There's a playful brand of willful eccentricity at work on "Juno," from the breezy funk of a song that hangs its wistful chorus hook on the surreal proclamation, "I love my family intrinsically like Anthony Kiedis," to several highlights recalling the avant-pop genius of M.I.A.'s masterful "Arular." It's not for everyone, of course. But if you like a side of fun with your inventiveness, then you could more than likely use a little Remi Wolf in your life.
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $35; $30 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
An Evening with Michael Buble
The Canadian crooner hit the mainstream with "It's Time," a triple-platinum smash that topped the Billboard year-end jazz charts for 2005 and 2006 while spinning off his breakthrough single, "Home." He's also quite the showman. As the Sydney Morning Herald says, “This is a man who holds the audience in the palm of his hand. His soaring vocals absolutely knock it out of the park.”
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $65 and up. 602-379-7800, ticketmaster.com.
These psychedelic rockers from Tokyo are touring the States in support of their fifth and final studio release before taking what they say is an indefinite hiatus. And if "Kumoyo Island" does, in fact, turn out to be the swan song they intended, they'll have gone out on a high. "Kumoyo Island" is an atmospheric daydream of a headphone record that draws you in and then signs off with a final track that sort of drifts into the ether, a fitting farewell.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. Sold out. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
Hailed by Slate as "rock 'n' roll rebels whose rebellion, for once, wasn't just metaphorical," these Tuareg musicians from northern Mali who got together while exiled in Algeria earned a best-world-music-album Grammy in 2011 for "Tassili." They're touring the States in continued support of 2019's breathtaking "Amadjar."
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. Sold out. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
Hearts on Fire
Relentless Beats and Psyko Steve Presents are joining forces on the Hearts on Fire Festival. The emo-stacked inaugural event will feature the All-American Rejects, Boys Like Girls, Mayday Parade, Set It Off and Cray, with more to be announced. The event will also feature experiences the promoters are saying will "quicken the pulse of pop-punk music lovers everywhere," as though their pulses need quickening.
Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Phoenix Raceway, 7602 Jimmie Johnson Drive, Avondale. $50 and up. tixr.com.
The country star is touring in support of "Humble Quest," an album Pitchfork celebrated as "11 lithe songs about love, work and family, some great, some good, with a coherence and clarity that make it feel matter-of-factly masterful." "Circles Around This Town,” one of two singles shared in advance, broke Amazon Music’s record for most streams for a country song debut by a female artist.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $39.75 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
The violinist most likely to whistle arrives in support of "Inside Problems," an introspective journey that makes it easy for the listener to tag along. As Pitchfork hears it, "These 11 songs may be meant to chronicle a pointedly personal inner voyage, yet he’s wound up with a warm, collaborative record that feels like a balm for fear and loneliness." This is a co-headlining tour with Iron & Wine.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $50.50-$56. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
VortiFest returns to Sedona for a two-day celebration in the vortex of red rock country with alternative hip-hop legends Arrested Development and G. Love & Special Sauce topping the bill. This marks the third Sedona VortiFest since it was founded in 2021. Yes, that means three events in two years. The Yawpers, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Banana Gun, Adam Bruce, Damiyr and Sedona's own decker. round out the lineup.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23; 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Sedona Red Rock High, 995 Upper Red Rock High Loop Road. $25 Friday; $66 Saturday; $90 two-day pass. vortifest.ticketleap.com/vortifest2022/
There's no shortage of hits to go around on this one. Stevie B, Lisa Lisa, Taylor Dayne, Expose, Tiffany, Jody Watley, All 4 One, Berlin Connie, JJ Fad, Nice &Wild, the Cover Girls, Shannon, Trinere, Timmy T., George Lamond, Pretty Poison, Noel, Sweet Sensation, Cynthia,Lime, the Flirts, Sugar Hill Gang, Melle Mel & Scorpio From Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5 are all scheduled to perform.
Details: 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $59 and up. ticketstripe.com.
The Swedish metal veterans bring the Tour to End All Tours - North America 2022 to Phoenix with support from Dutch symphonic metal legends Epica. The tour takes its name from Sabaton's latest release, "The War to End All Wars," which topped the Billboard Current Rock Albums and Current Hard Music Albums charts.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $32.50 and up. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
The Scottish synth-pop trio made our year-end album list with 2021's "Screen Violence," on which they turned to slasher films as an unlikely source of inspiration for an album that shimmers its way through an endless string of effervescent pop hooks. The violence is in the lyrics, a juxtaposition that works because of course it does. Robert Smith of the Cure lends his voice to the drama of "How Not to Drown," which opens on Lauren Mayberry singing, "I'm writin' a book on how to stay conscious when you drown."
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $42. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
Girl in Red
Marie Ulven picked up a Best New Alternative Artist nomination at this year's iHeartRadio Music Awards on the strength of a full-length debut titled "If I Could Make It Go Quiet," the Norwegian bedroom-pop songwriter's first full-length studio effort. DIY Magazine said the album "has all the qualities of a blockbuster pop record — incessant hooks, A-list producer credits — but hone in on each track and you’ll find intimate vignettes that are fully formed in themselves."
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $25-$28. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
The world’s most successful virtual act will once again be brought to life by Damon Albarn and the 14-piece Gorillaz live band — aided and abetted by a varying cast of guest performers — for Life Is Beautiful, a series of 21 unique arena dates across the U.S. and Canada. This is the British group's first U.S. tour since 2018 and first Phoenix date since 2010, when Albarn's backing band included the Clash's Mick Jones and Paul Simonon. It was a brilliant performance and there's no reason to believe this won't be just as entertaining.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $55 and up. 602-379-7800, ticketmaster.com.
World's Hottest Tour? That's how Bad Bunny's biggest tour to date is being billed, and there's no reason to believe he'll fail to live up to the hype. He is, after all, the most listened-to artist in the world for two straight years on Spotify. The opening night of the tour at Camping World Stadium in Orlando holds the record as that venue’s highest-grossing show. By the time the tour launched, 16 of 21 dates on the first U.S. leg were reportedly sold out. He's joined by Deorro.
Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28. Chase Field, 401 E. Jefferson, Phoenix. Sold out; resale prices vary. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Wu-Tang Clan and Nas
Hip-hop icons Wu-Tang Clan and Nas are on a co-headlining NY State of Mind Tour. Considered by many to be the greatest hip-hop group of all time, Wu-Tang Clan have been touring as a unit since their debut record, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," hit the streets in 1993. In addition to each member of the crew representing their lyrical contributions to the Wu-Tang Clan's eight albums, they'll feature notable cuts from the solo discography.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix. $29.50 and up. 602-254-7200, livenation.com.
This performance is part of the Last Call: One More for the Road Tour, a farewell tour for Jackson, who's hitting the road for the first time since revealing a health diagnosis that's made it difficult to tour. In a press release, Jackson said, “I’ve always admired my heroes like George Jones, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride who just played as much as they wanted to, as long as they could. I’ve always thought I’d like to do that, and I’d like to as long as my health will allow."
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. Gila River Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. $59.50 and up. 623-772-3800, ticketmaster.com.
The singer-guitarist returns to the road in support of "Just Like That," her first release since 2016, which topped the Billboard folk and blues charts. In a press release, Raitt said, "I’m so excited to reunite with one of my favorite soulful artists and dear friends, Marc Cohn, for our fall tour."
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. ASU Gammage, Mill Avenue and Apache Boulevard, Tempe. Sold out. Resale ticket prices vary. 480-965-3434, asugammage.com.
St. Vincent topped our year-end album list for 2021 with "Daddy's Home." Annie Clark has never sounded funkier, channeling Prince and David Bowie's art-funk years, complete with gospel-tinged backup singers, on an album inspired by her recently incarcerated father's old records. Hence electric sitar turning up on seven of the album's 14 tracks and one song drifting into Pink Floyd's corner of the galaxy. And yet, she sounds surprisingly contemporary on tracks she co-produced, like her previous effort, with Jack Antonoff of the band fun. She also topped our ranking of the best performances at this year's Innings Festival.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $42. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
Lake Street Dive
You could easily pin a yacht-rock label on the more sophisticated moments, of which there are many, on "Obviously," an album that features elements of cocktail funk and smooth-jazz balladry for a soulful sound that would've fit right in at adult contemporary stations in the '70s. American Songwriter suggests, "Think Steely Dan minus Becker and Fagen’s wry, occasionally sneering lyrics, and you’re getting warm to Lake Street Dive’s approach."
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $35; $30 in advance. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
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