The best and biggest concerts playing metro Phoenix in February 2023
Two major sporting events — the WM Phoenix Open and Super Bowl 2023 — will have a major impact on the types of entertainment options music fans in Arizona can enjoy as the concert season comes alive in February after a relatively sluggish start to 2023.
The Phoenix Open has the Coors Light Birds Nest concert series raging in the big tent at TPC Scottsdale while the Super Bowl's return to State Farm Stadium in Glendale that same weekend brings an influx of star-studded parties all across metro Phoenix, from Rob Gronkowski's Gronk Beach festival at Talking Stick Resort near Scottsdale to the three-night Bud Light Music Fest in downtown Phoenix.
Here's a look at those and other highlights of the month in Phoenix concerts.
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Next year marks the 30th anniversary of Bush's debut album, "Sixteen Stone," which sent two singles — "Comedown" and "Glycerine" — to No. 1 on Billboard's modern-rock charts on its way to going platinum six times over. They're headed to town in support of "The Art of Survival," but recent sets have found them going heavy on the hits, including all five singles from that first release, "The Chemicals Between Us" and "The Sound of Winter."
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Verified resale ticket prices vary. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
This Memphis rapper, who describes her sound as "crunk and dominant," rose to prominence in 2022 with "F.N.F. (Let's Go)," a song that earned a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Performance. She also cracked the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Tomorrow 2," which features Cardi B.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2. The Nile, 105 W. Main St., Mesa. Sold out. 480-559-5859, eventbrite.com.
Tommy James and the Shondells
Tommy James and the Shondells topped Billboard's Hot 100 twice, with 1969's "Hanky Panky" and 1969's "Crimson and Clover," which became a Top 10 hit for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts in the early '80s. Other Top 10 hits include "I Think We're Alone Now," "Mirage," "Mony Mony," "Sweet Cherry Wine" and "Crystal Blue Persuasion" (a song used to brilliant effect in "Breaking Bad."
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $35-$95. 602-267-1600, celebritytheatre.com.
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JID + Smino
Atlanta rapper JID and Smino are headed to Phoenix on the co-headlining Luv is 4Ever Tour. Signed to J. Cole's Dreamville imprint, JID is touring in support of one of last year's most inspired hip-hop albums, "The Forever Story." It's a brilliant showcase for his technical abilities, vivid storytelling and attention-grabbing turns of phrase. Smino has been hailed as "one of hip-hop’s most refreshing voices” by Pitchfork.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. Verified resale ticket prices vary. 866-468-3399, thevanburenphx.com.
This festival will celebrate the life of Katastro singer Andy Chaves, who died in a car accident in May 2022. His bandmates will be joined by guest vocalists Jared and Duddy from the Dirty Heads, Rome from Sublime with Rome, Micah Pueschel and Micah Brown from Iration, Logan Rex from Artikal Sound System, Colton from Pacific Dub and more in their headlining set. Also playing: Rome & Duddy, Pacific Dub, Bikini Trill, the Irie and Barefoot.
Details: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St. $35-$45. 480-644-2560, mesaamp.com.
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Maroon 5 at the WM Phoenix Open
Maroon 5 will headline this year's Concert in the Coliseum at the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale on the lead-up to WM Phoenix Open week. This is the second year the Thunderbirds have hosted a concert in one of golf's most famous settings. The concert also features Walker Hayes.
Details: 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4. TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road. $200 and up. 800-745-3000, WMPhoenixOpen.com.
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The Compton rapper whose stage name is short for Young Gangsta arrives in support of "I Got Issues." Hits include "Toot It and Boot It," "Who Do You Love?," "Why You Always Hatin?," the quadruple-platinum "My N---a," "Big Bank," "Stop Snitchin" and "Go Loko."
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $39.50 and up. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
She's an old country soul whose first release on Jack White's Third Man Records, "Midwest Farmer's Daughter," was recorded in the Memphis studio where Elvis Presley cut his teeth and took its title from a Beach Boys song. She's updated her sound and sensibilities a bit on this year's model, "Strays," from the '70s rock 'n' roll swagger of "Been to the Mountain" to "Light Me Up" with electric guitar from Tom Petty guitarist Mike Campbell.
Details: 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $25. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
Dustin Lynch, Lainey Wilson and Chris Lane at the Birds Nest
Opening night of the Coors Light Birds Nest concert series at the WM Phoenix Open in Scottsdale marks the first time the series has features a trio of headlining artists on the same night. Lynch has topped the country airplay charts with eight songs, from "Where It's At" to triple-platinum "Small Town Boy" and "Thinking 'Bout You." Wilson won New Artist of the Year and Female Vocalist of the year at last year's CMA Awards. Lane brings three No. 1 hits on the country airplay charts to the party.
Details: 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road. $75 and up. 800-745-3000, coorslightbirdsnest.com.
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Rick Ross at Suits & Sneakers
W Scottsdale kicks off Super Week with Suits & Sneakers, a celebration of tailored suits and the latest in sneaker culture produced by Phoenix Fashion Week. It features celebrity athletes from the NFL, MLB and NHL as runway models and a live performance by hip-hop star Rick Ross, whose hits include "Hustlin'" and "Aston Martin Music."
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. W Scottsdale, 7277 E Camelback Road. 602-405-0099, www.cottontaillounge.com.
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Singer-guitarist Chris Spencer is touring the States with an all-new edition of the noise-rock pioneers who staked their claim on the cutting edge of alternative music in the '90s while following through on the violence of their sound with gruesome album art. Their self-titled debut featured a photo of a man apparently decapitated by a New York City subway train. Their second album depicted the blood-stained grill of a car. But their music is harsher.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8. Yucca Tap Room, 29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe. $20; $15 in advance. 480-967-4777, yuccatap.com.
Rick Ross at the Big Game Fiesta
This is the Teflon Don's second appearance in two days at a Super Bowl party. This one is part of the High Street entertainment district's three-night concert series. Ross has topped the Billboard album charts with five releases, exploding on impact with a platinum debut titled "Port of Miami."
Details: 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. High Street entertainment district, 54th Street and Deer Valley Road just north of Loop 101 at the 56th Street exit, Phoenix. $130 and up. 602-244-8444, BigGameFiesta.com.
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Jason Aldean at the Birds Nest
This is the second concert in the Coors Light Birds Nest concert series. Aldean’s fourth album, “My Kinda Party,” established him at the forefront of the modern-country vanguard. The biggest-selling country album of 2011, “Party” sent three singles, led by the quadruple-platinum “Dirt Road Anthem,” to the top of Billboard’s country charts and took home album of the year at that year’s CMAs. He's joined by Mackenzie Porter.
Details: 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road. Sold out. 800-745-3000, coorslightbirdsnest.com.
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Paramore at Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest
This is the opening night of the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest with special guests Bleachers. The emo sensations play Phoenix the night before releasing their first album since 2017, having come back strong from hiatus last year with buzzed-about appearances at Austin City Limits and When We Were Young. The self-titled album is said to be a bit of a return to the form of their earliest records, when songs as contagious as "Misery Business" were making them famous.
Details: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $39.50 and up. 602-379-7800, ticketmaster.com.
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G-Eazy at Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Week celebration
Pepsi Zero Sugar presents G-Eazy performing live at W Scottsdale’s Super Week party at Cottontail Lounge. Guests can enjoy the Pepsi Zero Sugar cocktail mixology experience while G-Eazy dusts the hits, which likely will include the multiplatinum smashes "Me, Myself & I," "I Mean It" and "No Limit."
Details: 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. W Scottsdale 7277 E Camelback Road. 602-405-0099, www.cottontaillounge.com.
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The hometown heroes whose biggest hit, "The Middle," has been lip-synced to by Taylor Swift and covered live by Prince headline the opening night of the Super Bowl Experience, a free concert at Margaret T. Hance Park. This is their first local show since October, when they co-headlined a local-music power summit with the Maine at Arizona Financial Theatre.
Details: 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1218 N. Second St., Phoenix. Free. azsuperbowl.com.
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Luke Combs at SiriusXM party
SiriusXM is bringing CMA Entertainer of the Year Luke Combs to Arizona Financial Theatre to kick off football’s biggest weekend with an exclusive concert for SiriusXM and Pandora. The event is open to SiriusXM subscribers and Pandora listeners but you have to RSVP in advance.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. 800-745-3000, siriusxmpandoralukecombs.splashthat.com.
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The EDM superstar most likely to hurl a sheet cake in your general direction is headlining a Superzona Kickoff Party at 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, the throwing of a sheet cake during each performance.
Details: 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 9. Talking Stick Resort, Loop 101 and Pima Road, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation. $49. 480-850-7734, talkingstickresort.com.
Tyga Big Game Weekend bash at Maya Dayclub
The Compton rapper whose multiplatinum hits include "Rack City," "Ayo" (with Chris Brown) and "Taste" (with Offset) was the subject and star of his own reality show. "Kingin' with Tyga" premiered on MTV2 in 2015, returning the following year for a second season on MTV proper. He's playing a Big Game Weekend bash in Scottsdale. Dress code is strictly enforced.
Details: 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Maya Day & Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. $75. 480-625-0528, mayaclubaz.com/sb2023.
DJ Pauly D
The first "Jersey Shore" cast member to get his own spin-off show ("The Pauly D Project") inked a deal with 50 Cent's G-Unit Records in 2011, the same year he won Choice Reality Star: Male at the Teen Choice Award. He's hosting a Super Bowl weekend bash in Glendale.
When: 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Salt Tacos y Tequila, 6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. $65. salttacosytequila.com.
Dillon Francis Big Game Week party at Cake
A festival favorite known for his often hilarious music videos, superstar DJ Dillon Francis is playing a Big Game Week party in Scottsdale. His best-known tracks include "Get Low" (with DJ Snake), "Coming Over" (with Kygo) and "Don't Let Me Go" (with Illenium and Evan Giia), his latest hit to go Top 20 on the Billboard dance charts.
Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9. Cake Nightclub, 4405 N. Saddlebag Trail, Scottsdale. 480-708-3507, cakenightclub.com/upcoming-events.
Machine Gun Kelly at the Birds Nest
This is the third installment in the Coors Light Birds Nest concert series. "Mainstream Sellout" is this Cleveland's rapper second album to debut at No. 1 in Billboard. His biggest hits include the breakthrough single "Wild Boy," "Bad Things" and "My Ex's Best Friend." By the end of last year, he'd place 45 tracks on Billboard's Hot Rock & Alternative Songs chart, the most of any solo artist. He's joined by Jxdn.
Details: 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road. General admission sold out; $150 VIP tickets remain. 800-745-3000, coorslightbirdsnest.com.
Cardi B at W Scottsdale Super Week event
The hip-hop superstar is performing live as part of W Scottsdale’s lineup of pregame Super Week events. The award-winning rapper appeared as a cast member on the VH1 reality series "Love & Hip Hop: New York" before topping the charts in 2018 with "Invasion of Privacy," a studio debut that sent two singles — "Bodak Yellow" and "I Like It" — to the top of Billboard's Hot 100.
Details: 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, Feb. 10. W Scottsdale, 7277 E Camelback Road. 602-405-0099, www.cottontaillounge.com.
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Flo Rida at Big Game Fiesta
This multiplatinum rapper hit the mainstream in 2008 when his first single "Low" topped Billboard's Hot 100 for a 10-week run unmatched by any single since Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable.” "Low" went on to be the biggest single of 2008, and he was back at No. 1 in 2009 with “Right Round” and again in 2012 with “Whistle.” This is part of the High Street entertainment district's three-night concert series.
Details: 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. High Street entertainment district, 54th Street and Deer Valley Road just north of Loop 101 at the 56th Street exit, Phoenix. $130 and up. 602-244-8444, BigGameFiesta.com.
Drake at the h.wood Homecoming pop-up
The h.wood Group and Uncommon Entertainment bring the second annual Cash App & Visa Present h.wood Homecoming pop-up experience in a luxury private jet complex. The invitation-only Super Bowl bash will end with a performance by one of the most successful hip-hop stars in history, Drake.
Details: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Scottsdale Hangar One, 15220 N. 78th Way. 480-624-9000, The h.wood Group.
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Details: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Maya Day & Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. $200.. 480-625-0528, mayaclubaz.com.
Dave Matthews Band at Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest
The headliners of the second Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest concert 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 headlining what was then Ak-Chin Pavilion in September. The action starts with a DJ set from Anderson .Paak as DJ Pee .Wee.
Details: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $49.50 and up. 602-379-7800, ticketmaster.com.
The R&B veterans are touring the States on a 25th anniversary tour that features founding members SisQo, Nokio and Jazz alongside more recent additions and returning former members. Their hits include R&B-chart-toppers "Never Make a Promise," "How Deep Is Your Love" and "In My Bed," the latter of which earned Dru Hill a Best R&B/Soul Single at the Soul Train Music Awards.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. $68-$180. 480-782-2680, chandlercenter.org.
Nelly at Planters Brand Legends Party
Hip-hop hit machine Nelly is set to perform at a party hosted by former University of Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski and fellow Super Bowl champion Vernon Davis. Nelly's hits include the double-platinum "Hot in Herre" and the triple-platinum "Just a Dream." His breakthrough album, "Country Grammar," is among the biggest-selling hip-hop albums ever made.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, 5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Gila River Reservation. $250 and up. 800-946-4452, playatgila.com.
Lee Brice at the Super Bowl Experience
Country singer Lee Brice, who attended Clemson University on a football scholarship and decided to focus on music after injuring his arm, will headline Day 2 of the Super Bowl Experience, a free concert at Margaret T. Hance Park. Brice has sent eight singles to the top of Billboard's country airplay chart, including the quadruple-platinum smashes "Hard to Love" and "Rumor."
Details: 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1218 N. Second St., Phoenix. Free. azsuperbowl.com.
Diplo and Snoop Dogg at Shaq's Fun House
Part music festival, part carnival, all Shaq, this party features live performances by Diplo, Snoop Dogg, Diesel (former Phoenix Sun Shaquille O'Neal in DJ mode) and Myles O'Neal. There's also an oversize carnival for your entertainment.
Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. Talking Stick Resort, Loop 101 and Pima Road, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation. $349.99. talkingstickresort.com.
The Chainsmokers at the Birds Nest
This is the fourth and final concert in the Coors Light Birds Nest series. This EDM duo spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100 with 14-times-platinum "Closer," the longest run at No. 1 of any single in 2016. Their other hits include the multiplatinum smashes “Roses," "Don't Let Me Down" (which won Best Dance Recording at the Grammys), "Paris" and "Something Just Like This." They're joined by Gryffin.
Details: 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road. Sold out. 800-745-3000, coorslightbirdsnest.com.
Imagine Dragons and Kane Brown at Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest
The third and final night of the Bud Light Super Bowl Music Fest features the unlikely pairing of Imagine Dragons' emotionally supersize stadium pop and mainstream country star Kane Brown. Imagine Dragons are among the most successful rock acts of the century. According to Billboard, "Believer", "Thunder" and "Radioactive" were the three best performing rock songs of the 2010s.
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $150 and up. 602-379-7800, ticketmaster.com.
Tim McGraw at BetMGM West Fest
McGraw has been a force on country radio since topping Billboard's country airplay chart with the double-platinum "Don't Take the Girl" in 1994. The country legend takes the stage with Bailey Zimmerman at this inaugural event at Westgate Entertainment District near State Farm Stadium.
Details: 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Westgate Entertainment District, 6770 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale. $50 and up. 480-387-5678, westgateaz.com/westfest.
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Zedd at Tao X Maxim Big Game Party: Catch Me If You Can
Maxim, unKommon events and Tao Group Hospitality have lined up Zedd, Loud Luxury, Plastik Funk, DJ unKommon and more to perform at this year’s Tao X Maxim Big Game Party: Catch Me if You Can, a VIP event at the Southwest Jet Center.
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Southwest Jet Center, 14988. N. 78th Way Suite 112, Scottsdale. $696 and up. 480-374, 4970, tickpick.com.
Kaskade Big Game Weekend bash at Maya Dayclub
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Details: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Maya Day & Nightclub, 7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale. $200. 480-625-0528, mayaclubaz.com/sb2023.
21 Savage and Diplo at Gronk Beach
Super Bowl champion Rob Gronkowski brings his Gronk Beach music festival to Talking Stick Resort with live performances by hip-hop stars 21 Savage and Lil Jon as well as EDM superstar Diplo. There's also a celebrity volleyball game in the pool. The ticket prices includes a six-hour open bar with snacks.
Details: Noon Saturday, Feb. 11. Talking Stick Resort, Loop 101 and Pima Road, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation. $199 and up. 480-850-7734, gronkbeach.com.
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The Chainsmokers and Machine Gun Kelly at SI The Party
Sports Illustrated tapped The Chainsmokers and Machine Gun Kelly, two acts that were already playing the Birds Nest, to headline the magazine's Super Bowl weekend music bash at Talking Stick Resort. Baller move, right? Chantel Jefferies and Irie will also perform.
Details: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Talking Stick Resort, Loop 101 and Pima Road, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation. $799.99 and up. 480-850-7734, sitheparty.com.
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Tyga at the Big Game Fiesta
The Compton rapper teamed with Chris Brown on an album-length collaboration called "Fan of a Fan: The Album" in 2015 and went seven-times-platinum with his biggest-selling single, "Taste" (featuring Offset). This performance is part of the High Street entertainment district's three-night concert series.
Details: 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. High Street entertainment district, 54th Street and Deer Valley Road just north of Loop 101 at the 56th Street exit, Phoenix. $130 and up. 602-244-8444, BigGameFiesta.com.
Michelob ULTRA x Netflix 'Full Swing' Premiere
Michelob ULTRA and Netflix present a Full Swing Premiere & Super Bowl Party hosted by Serena Williams and Brian Cox (of "Succession") with live performances by Dj Khaled, Offset, DJ Pee Wee (Anderson .Paak All Vinyl Set) and additional musical guests to be announced. This is an invitation-only party at a golf-themed sports bar renamed Bushwood Country Club for the occasion in honor of "Caddyshack."
Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. TopGolf, 9500 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale. Invitation-only. 480-291-6371, topgolf.com/us/riverwalk.
This speed-rapping legend was declared the fastest English-speaking rapper in the world by Guinness World Records when he launched his career with the aptly titled “Runnin’ Off at Da Mouth” for being able to pronounce 598 syllables in 55 seconds (although at the time he was still known as Tung Twista. He’s in town to perform at the Great Arizona Smokeout, a cannabis-themed tailgate party boasting “open-air consumption.”
Details: 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $35-$95. 602-267-1600, celebritytheatre.com.
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Tempe's Marquee Theatre is promising "the ultimate R&B day party experience" with performances by Lyfe Jennings and Next and appearance by NFL and NBA stars. Since launching his carreer with "Lyfe 268-192," Jennings has sent two albums to the top of Billboard's R&B charts, "The Phoenix" (2006) and "Lyfe Change" (2008). His biggest single, "S.E.X.," topped the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary charts.
Details: 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 11. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $75. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
International Anime Music Festival
The inaugural International Anime Music Festival tour is a DJ-led multimedia concert rave. It stars Kizuna AI Original Singeroid “#kzn,” vocal duo HIMEHINA, vocal trio MaRiNaSu, the North American debut of fan favorite GUMI, and pop twins LiLYPSE.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $45 and up. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
Fit For a King
The metalcore veterans are headed to Tempe in support of "The Hell We Create," an album singer Ryan Kirby wrote while reeling in the aftermath of his wife having suffered a stroke that nearly killed her. The result is what Kerrang! declared their "most personal album to date." They're joined by Northlane and Alphawolf.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $25-$55. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
Valentines Super Love Jam
Keith Sweat, Ginuwine and Blackstreet combine for the ultimate Valentine romance. Sweat topped the R&B charts with his first release, "I Want Her," returning to the top with "Make You Sweat," "I'll Give All My Love to You," "Keep It Comin'," "Twisted" and "Nobody." Ginuwine's hits include "Pony," which enjoyed a bit of a revival in 2012 when Channing Tatum stripped to it in "Magic Mike." Blackstreet's hits included the Hot 100-topping smash "No Diggity."
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $45 and up. 602-379-7800, ticketmaster.com.
These Louisville rockers are touring the States in support of “Asking for a Ride,” a scuffed-up throwback to the days when long-haired boys with loud guitars could retire on a racket this contagious. After crashing the gate with the reckless abandon and speaker-shredding skuzz-guitar epiphany of "Asking for a Ride," they rock through such obvious highlights as the even more electrifying “Bozo” and the pop transcendence of the album-closing “Pages.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $23. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
It's been 45 years since two brothers — Adolfo and Gustavo Angel — formed the group that would become Los Temerarios with their cousin Fernando Angel, who's no longer involved in the project. All Music Guide describes their sound as "bubblegum ranchera" and goes on to say it "was the romantic soundtrack of millions of Mexican and Mexican-American youths' lives during the '90s."
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. Verified resale ticket prices vary. 800-745-300, ticketmaster.com.
The great Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss arrive within days of releasing their first album in 10 years. And "Breaking the Balls of History" finds the duo effortless playing to the psychedelic strengths that made them such beloved indie icons in the first place, stirring up a proper racket as they honor the 30th anniversary of their self-titled cassette debut by adding to their legacy.
Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $20; $18 in advance. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
A mesmerizing psychedelic flashback immersed in a chiming cathedral of fuzz, the Sadies' latest album, "Colder Streams," is their final recording with singer-guitarist Dallas Good, who died in February 2022. The surviving trio of guitarist Travis Good, bassist Sean Dean and drummer Mike Belitsky are playing Phoenix in support of that acclaimed release, perhaps their finest hour and a suitably haunting reminder of how brilliant Dallas Good could be.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24. MIM Music Theater, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix. $38.50-$44.50. 480-478-6000, mim.org.
He rose to fame in the ‘90s as the guitarist for Alice in Chains, among the more successful leaders of a movement that got saddled with the label grunge because it’s easier to market music when you come up with a goofy label. He's here in continued support of an album called “Brighten,” his first solo effort in nearly 20 years, which plays to all the strengths that made his day gig such a hit with the brooding alternative rockers in the days of “Dirt.”
Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $50. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
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Details: 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 25-26. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $112 and up for one-day ticket; $209 and up for weekend pass. inningsfestival.com.
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The Wonder Years
Dan Campbell’s earnest rasp is just the vehicle to underscore the urgency and passion at the deeply wounded heart of the Wonder Years’ most satisfying moments, from the pop-punk triumph of “Suburbia I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing” to “The Hum Goes On Forever,” the emo veterans’ latest effort. They're joined by special guests Hot Mulligan and Carly Cosgrove.
Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $29 and up. 480-829-0607, luckymanonline.com.
By the time he gets to Phoenix, Andy Shauf will have released the much-anticipated followup to "Wilds," an album whose lo-fi but lived-in production lent an almost demo-life feel to the proceedings, which put the focus squarely on the brilliance of his lyrics. The new release, "Norm," is a character-driven concept album inspired by his browser crashing in the middle of a David Lynch film and Shauf mistakenly admiring how long Lynch held a single shot.
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $25. 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com.
Lorelle Meets the Obsolete
This Mexican duo earned raves in 2019 when they welcomed the members of their touring bands into the studio to join them on “De Facto,” an experimental masterstroke of cinematic psychedelic rock that makes its avant-garde intentions clear with the ominous pulse of opening track before settling into the speaker-shredding shimmer of dreampop on the gorgeous if noisy "Lineas En Hojas."
Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $13. 602-296-7013, therebellounge.com.
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