Best Phoenix Concerts This Weekend: Russ, Danzig, Ray LaMontagne

This weekend, local fans of hip-hop artist Russ will finally be able to see his thrice-rescheduled show at the Mesa Amphitheater after waiting more than two years. Speaking of long-awaited events, Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale is bringing back its EDM-friendly RELEASE pool party series, albeit as a late-night event, kicking off with a Saturday night kickoff event headlined by Dutch duo from DJ Showtech.

Other notable music events in the greater Phoenix area over the next 72 hours will include performances by punk band Danzig and singer-songwriters like Ray LaMontagne, Sondre Lerche and Juanes.

Details about each of these shows and music events can be found below. And for more concerts in the Valley this weekend, visit phoenix new times‘ online music listings.

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Latin pop singer-songwriter Juanes.

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Juanes

Friday, May 6
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, 15406 North Maricopa Road, Maricopa, 480-802-5000

Colombian singer-songwriter Juanes makes his much-anticipated return to the United States for the first time in more than two years with his Origen tour, which hits Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa this weekend. The Colombian artist has promised his fans a retrospective journey through some of his greatest hits, in addition to performing cuts from his latest studio album, origins. In particular, his performance will be a streamlined, intimate musical experience meant to be an escape from the screen-centric life his fans have had to lead during the pandemic. Tickets for the 8 pm concert are between $64.50 and $99.50. Olivia MacAuley

Audience

Friday, May 6
Sunbar Tempe, 24 West Fifth Street, Tempe

Appearing on mixes by electronic heavyweights Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell, and Above and Beyond, Audien has brought his trance-inspired music to the world of pop. His remixes of Halsey, Coldplay and Bastille attracted the attention of Lady Antebellum for that act’s collaborative crossover, “Something Better”. Audien blends uplifting pop tendencies and trance-synth riffs into their mixes and tracks, which you’re likely to hear on a Friday night at Sunbar in Tempe. Local DJs Brett Ortiz, Slick Floyd and Human Music open the 9pm concert. Tickets are $26. dylan white

Big Sandy and his Fly-Rite Boys

Friday, May 6
Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School Road, Phoenix

Rockabilly’s perseverance continues to defy those who view the genre’s revival as more of a fashion statement than a musical movement. While you’ll likely see less gingham and grease at local clubs these days, interest in rockabilly’s churning sounds remains strong. Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys are a good example of why this music continues to please: the Southern California ensemble led by the amiable and handsome Big Sandy (born Rusty Williams) tackles it with a dexterity and musicianship that makes make things look easy. . While Sandy’s sound—a kind of retrobilly fused with big-band style, peppered with occasional excursions into country, swing, and even calypso—is certainly rooted in nostalgia, it has a timeless quality. It could be the smooth, near-perfect delivery from the band, or the way the melodies make you want to hit the dance floor. Then again, maybe it’s just Big Sandy’s big grin. The band’s concert on Friday in the Rhythm Room starts at 8 pm and opens with Brea Burns and the Boleros. Admission is $20. laura link

Russian

Friday, May 6
Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 North Center Street

Atlanta-based rapper Russ will head to the Mesa Amphitheater in early May as part of his The Journey is Everything Tour. shake the snow globe, Russ’s 2020 studio album, showcased a more melody-focused direction for the 29-year-old. Last year saw the release of his new album, bite 2and last month, the rapper released an extended version of his smash hit “Handsomer,” which topped the Billboard cards Russ’s Mesa Amphitheater tickets are sold out, but you can still get some through touts. Doors open at 6 pm Olivia McAuley and Benjamin Leatherman

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Wouter and Sjoerd Janssen of Showtek.

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Showtek

Saturday, May 7
The pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale

Brothers Wouter and Sjoerd Janssen, better known as electronic dance music duo Showtek, have worked with Major Lazer, Noisecontrollers, Hardwell and Tiësto to produce a string of hit singles over the past decade. His biggest song to date, “No Money No Love,” was a collaboration with David Guetta that was released in 2014 and charted well in Europe. If you’re into bass house, electro and hard dance, the Janssens are scheduled to headline the first RELEASE pool party in three years on Saturday night at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. Doors open at 5 pm and Israeli DJ/producer Gattüso will also perform. Tickets are $30. Dylan White and Benjamin Leatherman

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Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne.

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Ray La Montagne

Sunday, May 8
Arizona Federal Theater, 400 West Washington Street

This weekend, raspy-voiced New England troubadour Ray LaMontagne brings his considerable talent and current tour to downtown Phoenix. Although his recorded work sometimes falls into messy and confusing messes, LaMontagne’s live shows have a magical quality. His most recent album, 2020’s monovisionShe came out of the closet within months of the pandemic and has been praised for the craftsmanship of her songs. American composer called LaMontagne’s performance “comfort food for established fans who should welcome this more organic return to their roots.” Nothing more could be asked of an artist whose body of work is enriched with each release. Local attendees can witness something truly special at the Arizona Federal Theater on Sunday night during the concert, which begins at 7:30 pm with an opening by Sierra Ferrell. Tickets start at $25. Angel Melendez and Benjamin Leatherman

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Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche.

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Sondre Lerche

Sunday, May 8
Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue

Had he come of age in the ’70s during the singer-songwriter’s heyday, Sondre Lerche (pronounced “Sonder Lerkay”) would likely be an international star rather than a Norwegian phenomenon/cult favorite. Lerche soon turned to music and recorded his acclaimed debut face down at 18. He displayed versatility and pop sophistication far beyond his years, exploring Beatles-esque melodies, heightening elegance of Brill Building, Harry Nilsson’s soulful soft rock, and even Brazilian bossa nova. His willowy tenor has the magical air of a cool autumn breeze, suggesting at times a less theatrical Rufus Wainwright. Indeed, Lerche’s easy manners and canny lyrical wit tend to imbue his songs with an unassuming, everyman charm. His debut made him a star in Norway and he found critical support in America, though somewhat diminished by Lerche’s mixed tastes; subsequent albums explored jazz and shocking new wave rock and film soundtracks. His latest release is the ambitious art-pop double album avatars of love, which came out last month to rave reviews from Brooklyn Vegan and NPR. Lerche’s current tour in support of the records hits Valley Bar on Sunday night. Indie-pop duo mmeadows opens the 7:30 pm show. Tickets are $18. Chris Parker

crystal gayle

Sunday, May 8
Celebrity Theater, 440 North 32nd Street

As kids in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Crystal Gayle was many things to us. On the one hand, she was a style icon. Oh how we wanted ankle length hair. So bright, so beautiful, so long. She was also the first of many artists whose song lyrics were completely lost to us. Singing along with “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue,” we just couldn’t figure out how whatever Crystal Gayle was singing was making her brown eyes blue, and our brown eyes, no matter how much we wanted them to, would always turn. they kept it that way. path. Soul crush. Hear Gayle sing her classics when she comes to the Celebrity Theater this weekend. Old-school country music pals the Gatlin brothers share the account. The concert is at 7:30 pm and tickets are between $35 and $65. round reinhart

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Danzig comes to the Valley this month.

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Danzig

Sunday, May 8
Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 North Center Street

New Jersey-born vocalist Glenn Danzig originally gained popularity fronting the horror-punk bands Misfits and Samhain. The first got going in the late ’70s, and their releases (featuring hits like “Astro Zombies” and “Night of the Living Dead”) are staples in old-school punk record collections. In 1987, the veteran rocker formed Danzig, which he currently fronts, trading those hooks that made the Misfits’ melodies catchy for a turn to the heavier side. Later, the style became a bit more industrial and experimental. No matter the style, the music cuts it with her bellowing voice and affinity for dark themes. Danzig takes over the Mesa Amphitheater on May 8 along with Tiger Army, Cradle of Filth, and Crobot. Doors open at 4 pm and tickets are $50 in advance, $55 at the venue box office. amy young

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