Top concerts playing Phoenix in March 2023: Taylor Swift, Eagles, Marc Anthony, Reba

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The big news on the metro Phoenix concert front this month is obviously Taylor Swift's return to State Farm Stadium to launch her Eras Tour with two performances in Glendale, Arizona.

She previously launched 2018's Reputation Tour at what was then called University of Phoenix Stadium, playing to a record-breaking crowd of 59,157 fans.

She's not the only game in town, though, in a month that starts with the Eagles heading back to Footprint Center for a third time on the "Hotel California" tour.

Here's a look at those and other March highlights in metro Phoenix concerts, from Carrie Underwood to M3F Fest.

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The Eagles will perform the 26-times-platinum "Hotel California" album with a 46-piece orchestra and 22-voice choir, followed by a set of greatest hits. Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit will be joined by Vince Gill on this latest round of "Hotel California" dates. The previous two "Hotel California" concerts also featured Deacon Frey, but he checked out and left, despite lyrical warnings to the contrary.

Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Verified resale ticket prices vary. 602-379-7800,

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This Chicago rapper dropped his first mixtape, "Alternative Trap," at 17. His second studio release, 2022's "Flawless Like Me," which features guest appearances from Future and Babyface Ray, hit No. 12 on the Billboard 200, his first appearance on that chart. A reviewer at Lyrical Lemonade said he felt there needs to be a different term than "legend" to describe this artist "because he is just on an entirely different level."

Details: 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 1. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $35 and up. 480-829-0607,

M3F Fest

M3F Fest returns to Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix with Maggie Rogers topping Friday's bill and Jamie xx doing the honors Saturday. An eclectic mix is something of an M3F tradition, dating back to when its name was McDowell Mountain Music Festival, and this year's lineup does not disappoint on that front, ranging from EDM to indie, pop and R&B, including Polo & Pan, Quinn XCII, Toro y Moi, Purple Disco Machine, Ashe, COIN and Chelsea Cutler.

Details: 2 p.m. Friday, March 3; 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1218 N. Second St., Phoenix. $90 and up per day; $155 for a weekend pass.

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Marc Anthony

The four-time Grammy winner holds two Guinness World Records: top-selling tropical salsa artist of all-time and most No. 1 entries on a Billboard year-end Tropical Albums chart. He's also sent more singles to the top of Billboard's Latin Tropical Airplay chart than any other artist, with 32 No. 1 hits. He arrives in Glendale on the Viviendo Tour in continued support of last year's Grammy-winning "Paʼllá Voy."

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Desert Diamond Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. $61 and up. 623-772-3800,


Fresh from a well-paired European tour with M3F star Maggie Rogers, this 20-something singer-songwriter arrives in support of "Honey," an introspective dream that makes the most of the vulnerability she brings to delivering lyrics as likely to grab your attention as "I hope you marry the girl from your hometown and I'll (expletive) kill her." The fact that those lyrics are backed by nothing but a haunting organ track just makes it that much more compelling.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 4. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $25. 602-716-2222,

Glendale Folk & Heritage Festival

The 33rd annual Folk & Heritage Festival will continue the celebration of folk music, its history and culture at historic Sahuaro Ranch Park. This free event is set to feature hundreds of performers from all over the country sharing their talents through music, poetry, art and workshops.

Details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.Saturday, March 4-Sunday, March 5. Sahuaro Ranch Park historic area, 9802 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. Free.

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These industrial-metal veterans went platinum with their first release, "Wisconsin Death Trip," which memorably sampled a scene from "Planet of the Apes" and spawned their highest-charting entry on the mainstream-rock charts, "Push It." Their lead singer-guitarist Wayne Static died in 2014, but the surviving members reunited in 2018. They're joined by Fear Factory, Mushroomhead, Dope and Society 1.

Details: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $58 and up. 866-468-3399,

Cradle of Filth

These English extreme metal veterans are on a co-headlining tour with DevilDriver. Their latest album, "Existence Is Futile," is an operatic masterstroke that singer Dani Filth explained in announcing the album's release is "about existential terror, the threat of everything, the end of the world, the end of one's life, existential dread." I'd say you wouldn't know that from the sound of it, but if you've heard their music, you know that's not true.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 8. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $29.50 and up. 480-829-0607,

Jimmy Buffett

The man whose biggest hit inspired the naming of a margarita mix, a jukebox musical, a chain of casual dining restaurants and several Margaritaville casinos arrives in Phoenix on the Flip Side Redux Tour, which takes its name from Buffett's 2020 album, co-produced by long time Coral Reefer Bandmates Michael Utley and Mac McAnally. Other staples you're likely to hear include "A Pirate Looks at Forty," "Fins" and "Cheeseburger in Paradise."

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 9. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $31 and up. 602-379-7800,

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Longtime members Tommy Shaw and James "JY" Young bring the latest edition of Styx to town for two nights on the rotating stage of the historic Celebrity Theatre. Concertgoers can expect to hear such Styx gems as “The Grand Illusion,” “Blue Collar Man,” “Lady,” “Miss America,” “Crystal Ball,” “Come Sail Away” and “Renegade” as well as new material from their upcoming 17th studio album, "Crash of the Crown."

Details: 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 9-10. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $40-$125. 602-267-1600,

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Carrie Underwood

The American Idol most likely to headline arena tours is back in Glendale in continued support of her ninth album, "Denim & Rhinestones." In a press release before the tour, Underwood said, “I’m excited to bring the new music of 'Denim & Rhinestones' to life on tour, as well as put new spins on familiar favorites." Recent setlists have included such familiar favorites as "Before He Cheats," "Last Name" and "Blown Away."

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Desert Diamond Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. $39 and up. 623-772-3800,

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Los Lobos

A lifetime down the road from conquering the mainstream as the guys who covered Ritchie Valens on the soundtrack to "La Bamba," those who took the time to get to know Los Lobos know them as one of America's most ambitious rock 'n' roll bands. But they're still great at doing other people's music justice, as their latest album, "Native Sons," reminds us, from "The War Is a Ghetto" by War to "Sail on Sailor" by the Beach Boys.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. $28-$68. 480-782-2680,

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Marca Registrada

This norteña quartet from Culiacan, Sinaloa, whose band name refers to a registered trademark, has been earning an average of 5 million streams a month across digital platforms and more than 110 million views of their videos on YouTube. Their latest single, "Di Que Si," debuted at No. 16 on Billboard's Hot Latin Songs chart.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 11. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $60-$150. 602-267-1600,


These Mexican pop sensations were assembled as La Onda Vaselina when singer-producer Julissa decided to make her own version of "Grease" ("Vaselina" in Spanish). After breaking through with a cover of Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" ("Que Triste Es El Primer Adios"), they sent 10 singles to the top in Mexico, including "Te Quiero Tanto, Tanto," which also topped the Billboard Latin chart. They're here on a tour celebrating their 30th anniversary.

Details: 7 p.m. Sunday, March 12. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $39-$169. 602-267-1600,

The Beths

"Expert in a Dying Field" earned these New Zealand-based experts in the dying field of indie-pop perfection a spot on year-end lists at Magnet, Pitchfork, Paste and Rolling Stone, to name a few. There's a practically Beatleseque pop sensibility underscoring any number of the album's more inspired moments, from the harmonies that swoop in to support Liz Stokes' ethereal vocal on the title track to the wistful power-pop of "Your Side."

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $25; $22 in advance. 602-716-2222,

Old 97's

Among the more distinctive acts to emerge from the '90s alternative-country boom, Old 97's are fronted by the great Rhett Miller, whose voice was custom-made for heartbreak even if it is more likely to be wrapped around a line as playful as "I saw her sitting at the bar/You know how some girls are/Always making eyes/ Well, she wasn't making eyes." Decades later, Miller hasn't lost one ounce of charm despite all that maturity he flashes on their latest LP.

Details: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 16. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Sold out. 602-296-7013,

Grupo Arriesgado

After a highly successful inaugural tour in 2022 that found them selling out Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles in less than an hour, RL Music and Grupo Arriesgado will launch the much-anticipated Risky Tour 2023 at Footprint Center. The young musicians from Sinaloa have taken Mexico’s regional music scene by storm with their narcocorrido ballads.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday, March 17. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $54.50 and up. 602-379-7800,

Tanya Tucker

Her latest album, "While I'm Livin'," won Best Country Album and Best Country Song (for "Bring My Flowers Now") at the 2020 Grammys, a well-deserved late-career triumph for the country star whose early years were spent primarily in Willcox, Arizona. Tucker famously launched her career at 13 with the breakthrough single "Delta Dawn." That she's still adding to that legacy with a record as strong as "While I'm Livin'" in her 60s is cause for celebration.

Details: 8 p.m. Friday, March 17. Talking Stick Resort, Loop 101 and Pima Road, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Reservation. $45. 480-850-7734,

Taylor Swift

She's released four albums — "Lover," "Folklore," "Evermore" and "Midnights" — since 2018, when she launched the record-breaking "Reputations" tour at State Farm Stadium. Or six if you include those "Taylor's Version" rerecordings of "Fearless" and "Red." And really, why would any fan not count those? We're assuming we'll be hearing songs from all six albums at the first two concerts of the Eras Tour, which Swift calls a "journey through all of my musical eras," in Glendale, with special guests Paramore and Gayle.

Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 17-18. State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Way, Glendale. Sold out. 800-745-3000,

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Train at the Chandler Ostrich Festival

The San Francisco rockers whose hits include "Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)" and the 10-times-platinum "Hey Soul Sister" are headlining the Chandler Ostrich Festival in continued support of last year's "AM Gold," their album-length tribute to the sound and spirit of '70s pop songs of the sort you may have purchased on a K-Tel Records compilation if you had your ear to the radio in the days of polyester disco suits and Farrah hair.

Details: Friday, March 17. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. $35 and up.

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Whiskey Myers

When Whiskey Myers rocked McDowell Music Fest a few years back, I called them the Southern rock revivalists to beat in 2017. "They were truly amazing," I added, "from lead singer Cody Cannon's raspy vocals — just imagine if a young Rod Stewart sounded more like he could kick your ass — to a staggering number of breathtaking dual-guitar harmonies. They also looked the part, which always helps more than a fool would think it should."

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 17. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $49.50 and up. 800-745-3000,

Vance Joy

This Australian exploded on impact with a quadruple-platinum smash called “Riptide" that topped both the rock and alternative radio charts in 2013, driving U.S. sales of his first album, "Dream Your Life Away." A decade later, he's touring the States in support of "In Your Own Sweet Time," an excellent third album written during the pandemic that spawned his latest rock radio hit, "Missing Piece."

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 18. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $45 and up. 800-745-3000,

Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey

Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey were major players on the folk revival of the early '60s, when Peter, Paul & Mary's self-titled debut shot to the top of Billboard's album chart, spending more than a month at No. 1 while spinning off two of the trio's career-defining singles, "If I Had a Hammer" and "Lemon Tree." Mary Travers died in 2009, but Yarrow and Stookey still perform together on occasion, keeping those old folk traditions alive.

Details: 7 p.m. Saturday, March 18. Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. $50-$70. 480-644-6500,

The Commodores

The Commodores are a Grammy-winning R&B/funk band who topped the Billboard Hot 100 twice in their '70s prime — "Three Times a Lady," and "Still." Other hits you can expect to hear when they perform at the Ostrich Festival include singles as timeless as "Lady (You Bring Me Up)," "Brick House" and "Easy." One thing you should not expect to hear is Lionel Richie, who left the fold in 1982, three years before their last chart-topping entry on the R&B charts, "Nightshift."

Details: Saturday, March 18. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. $35 and up.

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Banda Cuisillos

Formed in 1987 by a teenage clarinetist named Arturo Macías, Banda Cuisillos are a Mexican banda group from the Tala, Jalisco. They're well-known for wearing Indigenous costumes in their stage show and their album art in tribute to their ethnic heritage. Unlike most brass bandas, they incorporate piano and electric guitar into some of their songs.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 18. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $40-$120. 602-267-1600,

Sublime with Rome

Best remembered for the single "What I Got," Sublime broke up in 1996 after the heroin overdose of singer Bradley Nowell, returning in 2010 with Rome Ramirez in for Nowell and a longer name. "Yours Truly," their first album together, was produced by Paul Leary of the Butthole Surfers, inspiring Entertainment Weekly to note, "The Long Beach ska punks have a new singer, a more melodic mellow bounce — and a lot less edge."

Details: Sunday, March 19. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. $35 and up.


These soulful post-punk revolutionaries are headed to Phoenix in support of "Shook," a head-on collision of musical genres. The opening track grooves like INXS channeling Prince after easing you in with a texture that's closer in spirit to the haunting side of Nine Inch Nails. But that's all just a backdrop to advancing their political agenda with real urgency. There's a reason they're joined on one track by Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine.

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, March 19. Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. $16. 602-296-7013,


This Canadian rapper began his career on the opposite side of the studio glass as a producer whose credits included co-producing "Back to Back" for fellow Canadian rapper Drake. NAV arrives in support of an album called "Demons Protected By Angels," his third consecutive release to top the rap and R&B charts. His biggest U.S. hits include "Some Way" (featuring the Weeknd), "Myself" and "Turks" with Gunna (featuring Travis Scott).

Details: 8 p.m. Monday, March 20. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $98 and up. 866-468-3399,

Skillet and Theory of a Deadman

Fronted by a married couple, John and Korey Cooper, Memphis post-grunge veterans Skillet sent four consecutive albums to the top of Billboard's Christian charts, including 2009's triple-platinum "Awake." They're co-headlining a Rock Resurrection Tour with post-grunge veterans Theory of a Deadman, the first act signed to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger's label.

Details: 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 22. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $39.50 and up. 800-745-3000,


This is the first of three local stops on Maná's México Lindo Y Querido tour, a celebration of the rockers' love and admiration for México and the Latino community. In a press release, they said fans can expect "a brand new production and all our hits," adding, "This isn’t just a concert tour, it’s a celebration of life.”

Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 24. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $255 and up. 602-379-7800,

Arizona Jazz Festival

As often happens in these situations, the headliners are R&B, not jazz. Friday's bill is topped by Anthony Hamilton, with Eric Darius, Rebecca Jade, LaVelle and Vincent Ingala. Saturday, Morris Day and the Time will headline over Jonathan Butler, Wendy Moten, Michael Lington, Julian Vaughn, Marcus Anderson and more. Sunday, it's Stephanie Mills and Musiq Soulchild with Richard Elliott, Rick Braun, Sheila E., Brian Simpson, Kim Waters, Maysa and more.

Details: 4 p.m. Friday, March 24; noon Saturday and Sunday, March 25-26. High Street, 5415 E. High St., Phoenix. $95 and up for single day; $285 and up for weekend pass. 602-244-8444,


A night after rocking the fans in downtown Phoenix, Maná's México Lindo Y Querido tour heads north to Glendale for the second of three Valley dates in 2023. In 2016, the Mexican rockers were hailed in Billboard as “the most widely sold and heard Latin band in the world." And the fact that it takes three performances to satisfy demand in metro Phoenix would suggest that they're as popular as ever.

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday, March 25. Desert Diamond Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale. Verified resale ticket prices vary. 623-772-3800,


The L.A. rap sensation sent two records to the Top 10 on the Billboard album charts in 2022 — "2 Alive" and an EP titled "Lyfe" Vulture named him one of last year's biggest breakouts, and he was part of a viral mainstream moment with "Rich Minion," a single featured in the trailer to "Minions: The Rise of Gru." And he just dropped a full-length follow-up to "Lyfe," the aptly titled "Afterlyfe."

Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, March 26. Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $49.50 and up. 800-745-3000,

Rosanne Cash

The Grammy-winning country star returns to Arizona MusicFest for the first time in almost 10 years. It was 1981 when Cash emerged from the imposing shadow of her father with "Seven Year Ache," the first of 10 chart-topping country singles in the '80s. Her latest album, "She Remembers Everything," didn't have that kind of luck at radio, but it's a great addition to her legacy, one that speaks to her continued relevance as one of country's smartest voices.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 27. Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Road, Scottsdale. $62-$102. 480-422-8449,

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Weyes Blood

Weyes Blood is Natalie Mering, who borrowed the name of Flannery O’Connor's "Wise Blood" shortly after reading it at 15. She arrives in support of the breathtaking "And in the Darkness, Hearts Aglow," which made the rounds of critics' year-end lists, from Paste to Spin, which hailed it as "an album of our times" while choosing Mering as its Album of the Year and Artist of the Year for being "the most interesting, passionate and exciting musician of 2022."

Details: 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28. The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix. $24. 866-468-3399,

Texas Hippie Coalition

AI technology will never be advanced enough to come up with a better fit for Arizona Bike Week than these red dirt metalheads from Grayson County, Texas, (unless maybe it came up with Buckcherry Jr.). Consider how they hype themselves in press materials that credit singer Big Dad Ritch with captaining "this pirate ship of bikers, outlaws, troubadours and hellraisers, welcoming all comers to the THC party with gregarious charisma and Southern charm."

Details: 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. The RockYard at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. $29 and up single-day admission; $150 four-day pass.

Alter Bridge

These hard-rock hitmakers rose from the ashes of Creed when singer-guitarist Myles Kennedy joined former Creed members Mark Tremonti, Brian Marshall and Scott Phillips. Their biggest single, "Isolation," topped the active rock radio charts in 2011. Other hits include the Top 10 rock hits "Open Your Eyes," "Find the Real," "Rise Today," "Ghost of Days Gone By" and "Addicted to Pain."

Details: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe. $45 and up. 480-829-0607,

Reba McEntire

This tour with Terri Clark and the Isaacs includes the country legend's first headlining show at New York City's Madison Square Garden, which seems practically unfathomable. In a press release, McEntire called playing the Garden "just the extra icing on an already triple-layered, stuffed and filled, iced and frosted cake!" Given setlists on the first leg of this tour, fans can expect to hear such favorites as "Can't Even Get the Blues," "And Still" and "Little Rock."

Details: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30. Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $74.75 and up. 602-379-7800,

Billy Idol

The most important question here is obviously "Is Steve Stevens in the band?" He is, so that's a "buy your ticket now" for anyone who loved his music in the '80s. This is his first show of the year. At Arizona Bike Week. He's been dressing for a gig like this for decades. And for those may be wondering if you'll hear "White Wedding," "Rebel Yell" and "Dancing with Myself?" Those were all among his most-played songs on last year's setlists.

Details: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30. The RockYard at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. $58 and up single-day admission; $150 four-day pass.

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Dave Mustaine formed Megadeth in 1983, shortly after his dismissal from Metallica. The thrash-metal pioneers are considered one of the genre's "big four," alongside Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer. Their brilliantly titled debut, "Killing is My Business... And Business is Good" failed to chart, but second album "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?" began a string of platinum releases. They're at Arizona Bike Week.

Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday, March 31. The RockYard at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. $54 and up single-day admission; $150 four-day pass.

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