Best Phoenix Concerts This Weekend: Wiz Khalifa, Daddy Yankee, Santa Fe Klan

Rappers rule the Valley’s concert schedule this weekend, as the next three nights will see genre artists like Wiz Khalifa, Logic, 24kGoldn and Santa Fe Khan performing in town. Reggaeton/hip-hop legend Daddy Yankee will also bring his La Última Vuelta farewell tour to downtown Phoenix on Sunday night. Other notable shows taking place from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31 include post-hardcore band Dance Gavin Dance, indie act Beach Bums, and Icelandic blues rock band Kaleo.

Read on for more details on these concerts and others in the Valley from Friday, July 29 through Sunday, July 31. For even more live music in town, visit phoenix new times‘ concert listings.

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Spanish-language rapper Santa Fe Klan.


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Friday, July 29
Arizona Financial Theater, 400 West Washington Street

When the music gurus of the Marvel Cinematic Universe released the Wakanda Forever Prologue EP at the end of July, the sampler of songs from the soundtrack of the next Black Panther The sequel featured “Soy” by the Spanish-language rapper Santa Fe Klan. It is the latest in a series of great achievements in recent years for the Mexican-born rapper, who released his latest album, Santa Cumbia, in January and was featured on Run The Jewels’ 2020 single “Ooh La La.” In the years since their debut, the Santa Fe Klan have released more than 150 songs, incorporating elements of cumbia and alternate between hard-hitting rap tracks and slower-paced ballads. He has over 8 million listeners on Spotify and even more subscribers on YouTube, so expect this concert to be packed. With Screw; 8 p.m., $35-$129 via Benjamin Leatherman

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Dance Gavin Dance’s post-hardcore heroes.

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Dance Gavin Dance

Friday, July 29
Nile Theater, 105 West Main Street, Mesa

Since 2006, post-hardcore band Dance Gavin Dance has provided angsty music that lives on in the playlists of misunderstood high school students. Over the course of 10 albums, we’ve heard the evolution of the band’s distinctive style. The oddly timed riffs come off more groovy than heavy with a hardcore growl. Sing along when Dance Gavin Dance hits the Nile Theater in Mesa this weekend in support of their latest album, canister squeezer, with the support of opening acts Royal Coda and Body Thief. The show is officially sold out, but tickets are available on the secondary market if you’re dying to go and have plenty of cash. 6:30 pm Lindsay Roberts

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Jökull Júlíusson from Kaleo.

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Friday, July 29
The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street

Fourth time’s the charm for Icelandic blues-rock band Kaleo, who will finally play their thrice-postponed local date on Friday night. They are still touring behind their 2021 release, surface soundswhich garnered rave reviews and charted in both Europe and the US still pales in comparison to the astounding success of A/B, Kaleo’s breakout 2016 album that went gold and spawned a trio of hit singles: “All the Pretty Girls,” the Grammy-nominated “No Good,” and the smash hit “Way Down We Go.” All three feature the haunting voice of frontman Jökull Júlíusson and a radio-friendly roots sound in the same vein as The Black Keys. Expect to hear these hits as well as selections from surface sounds during the show. (Note: All entries for the above dates will be accepted.) Country artist Myron Elkins opens. 7 p.m., $72.50 via Benjamin Leatherman

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Djentrification in the mix.

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Recordbar Radio Live #002

Friday, July 29
Crescent Room, 308 North Second Avenue

Over the last three years, local independent music and arts project Recordbar Radio has featured a wide range of DJs, selectors, turntables and producers from the Valley scene on its YouTube channel and other platforms. This weekend, they’ll do the same at the Crescent Ballroom during the latest edition of Recordbar Radio Live on Friday night. The monthly “live recording event” features ensembles of local talent performing tunes from a wide range of genres in front of an audience. Friday’s lineup will include sessions from Djentrification, Apetight, Kareem Ali, Jules Quimby, DJ Court and Sueño. DJ Mitch Freedom will host. 7 p.m., $17 via Benjamin Leatherman

Wiz Khalifa and logic

Saturday, July 30
Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 North 83rd Avenue

Logic and Wiz Khalifa fans are in luck. The superstar rappers, who have recent albums, will hit the Valley this weekend with their Vinyl Verse tour, which fuses the titles of their respective releases (vinyl days Y multiverse). In the latest, which came out earlier this month, Khalifa creates what Consequence of Sound calls “a world of his own making” across 14 different tracks, including hits like “Big Daddy Wiz,” “MVP” and “Homies.” “. Meanwhile, Logic’s release is a sprawling 30-song LP that is his first release since he announced (and reneged) on his retirement from rap in 2020. It features his typically giddy flows and deft rhymes. Rappers 24kGoldn, DJ Drama, Fedd The God and C Dot Castro join the pair on their tour, which offers enough hip-hop heavyweights to justify spending a sweltering night at an outdoor show. 6:30 p.m., $29.50-$119.50 via Benjamin Leatherman

beach bums

Sunday, July 31
The Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road

One of the dubious pleasures of writing and thinking about music is creating ridiculous sub-genres. Seapunk, Chillwave, Mystery Guy Hardcore – evocative and silly names that sometimes tell you all or nothing about the music they’re attached to. Like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden after eating the apple, the urge to name everything we hear is irresistible. That’s why those rare bands that make their own musical taxonomy are the smartest in the game: if you say your own music is thrillwave or cottoncandycore, who’s going to argue? The LA Beach Bums gang is one of those bands. Self-describing their unnerving style as “MYCORE”, this young group mixes indie rock, metal and hip-hop in a seductive mix of autotune, 808 and percussion. MYCORE is an apt name for their style – they sound like a social media feed. A chaotic jumble of vibes and styles that co-exist seamlessly in the same space. It’s a lot to take in but exciting nonetheless. With Loverboyrando and Compadre; 8 p.m., $14-$16 through Ashley Naftule

daddy yankee

Sunday, July 31
Footprint Center, 201 East Jefferson Street

In Puerto Rico, “yankee” is slang for “big fish.” It takes a lot of balls to get past Ron Burgundy and make “I’m Big Trouble” your real name, but Daddy Yankee is up for the challenge. Crowned the king of reggaeton by his fans, the reggaetonero has been riding the Latin and pop airwaves with the confidence of a bronco buster since the turn of the millennium. With a huge crossover hit in 2010 with the immortal “Gasolina,” the Puerto Rican rapper, singer, and songwriter has earned his place on Mount Rushmore of contemporary Latin music. While he has yet to wrestle The Miz at WrestleMania as fellow Rushmore boss Bad Bunny, he still has the beats, flow and swagger of a champion. With 67 entries in Billboardof the Latin charts (with six of them reaching number one) throughout his career, Daddy Yankee has been an indomitable presence on the scene. After 22 years of decades of performing and recording, he calls it a career with a farewell album (Legendary) and world tour. 7 p.m., $61-$201 through Ashley Naftule

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