Best Phoenix Gigs This Week: Maxo Kream, The English Beat, Mayhem
This week’s list of notable shows taking place at Valley concert halls couldn’t be more diverse if it tried. You have esteemed folksinger Judy Collins, infamous death metal band Mayhem, two-tone ska legends The English Beat and introspective rapper Maxo Kream set to perform over the next few nights.
Read on for a rundown of other great concerts happening Monday, March 7 through Thursday, March 10, across the city. Or click to Phoenix New Times‘ Online concert listings for more live music options.
Keep in mind that COVID-19 and its ultra-contagious variant Omicron are still an issue (even with declining case numbers) and all places mentioned will require proof of vaccination or a recent negative test result to attend. .
The English Rhythm at the Marquee Theater
Any fan of the ’80s ska revival worthy of their checkered rags remembers the English Beat’s cheerful manner with a politically charged song – whether it calls for peace, love, unity or ousting of Margaret Thatcher. Birmingham’s top roughriders even managed to make Andy Williams look cool, covering his creepy ‘Can’t Get Used to Losing You’. But three albums later, the Beat has sadly scattered: co-leaders Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger have pursued soul-tinged horizons with mainstream audiences, while reed ace Saxa, first wave of Prince Buster and Desmond Dekker, formed International Beat with rocksteady. drummer Everett Moreton and the rest of the guys formed Fine Young Cannibals. Barely reunited, they have operated as two separate and distinct bands since the early 2000s: a UK-based version with Ranking Roger and another performing in the US run by Wakeling. The latter comes to the Marquee Theater, 730 North Mill Avenue in Tempe, on Monday, March 7. Doors are at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are between $23 and $53. Jean LaBriola
Pigeons playing ping pong at the Marquee Theater
Greg Ormont likes to get funky – and so does his band. The curly-haired guitarist and lead singer of Pigeons Playing Ping Pong says his jam-centric band have focused on fun since their debut in 2009. Pigeons, who describe their music as high-energy psychedelic funk, released their fifth album studio, Presto, Last year. True to their established ethos, the band aren’t afraid to let their musical monster flag fly and have been frequent visitors to the Valley over the past decade. They are scheduled to perform at Tempe’s Marquee Theater, 730 North Mill Avenue, on Tuesday, March 8. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets cost between $23 and $58. Nick Hutchinson
Mayhem at the Nile Theater
Mayhem from Norway needs no introduction; formed in 1984, they are considered one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene, with a career that has not only been controversial – think bloody stage performances, animal blood and a tumultuous history full of two members different from the band being murdered – but an incredible raw sound that paved the way for hundreds of black metal musicians. Their current tour, which supports their 2021 album, Atavistic Black Trouble / Kommando, which comes to the Nile Theater, 105 West Main Street in Mesa, on Wednesday, March 9. The show is at 7 p.m. and the Midnight speed metal act will open. Tickets cost between $30 and $37.50. Lauren Wise and Benjamin Leatherman
Hot sardines at the Museum of Musical Instruments
With an affinity for Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt and Fats Waller, The Hot Sardines of New York clearly know their way around hot jazz and Dixieland. Led by pianist-bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and Parisian singer Miz Elizabeth, the ensemble serves up energetic jazz while resting on beautiful ballads found in their discography, including those from 2019. Welcome home, have a nice trip. The Hot Sardines’ final show in Valley will be on Wednesday, March 9 at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 East Mayo Boulevard. Shows are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets cost between $33.50 and $54.50. Tom Murphy
Judy Collins at the Celebrity Theater
After scoring her first paid gig as a musician at 19, Judy Collins decided to hit the road and barely stopped performing in the 60 years that followed. Her latest tour takes her to the Celebrity Theater, 440 North 32nd Street, on Thursday, March 10, where she promises to perform hits like “Both Sides Now” and “Send In the Clowns,” but she’s also exceptionally proud of play some new songs from his new album, Bewitched, which was released last month. she recorded Bewitched over two years, starting in 2019 and working throughout the pandemic. The album is the 29th of his career, but it is the first on which Collins has written every song. His performance starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets cost between $24 and $54. David Roland
Maxo Kream at Crescent Ballroom
Houston-born rapper Maxo Kream began his career just over a decade ago releasing a string of mixtapes and catching the attention of other young upstarts like Playboi Carti and ASAP Mob. As his style progressed, his introspection increased, attracting a number of fans with his straightforward attitude and openness to his own life. His latest album, last year’s weight of the world, sees Kream serve so honestly on tracks like “Big Persona” and “FRFR,” which see him rapping about his efforts to get his family out of the projects. While shows on his latest tour, which will take place at the Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Street, on Thursday, March 10, will feature many hits from his previous albums. Punken and Brandon Banksas well as mixtape classics like Fetti, expect to hear a lot of material from Weight of the World. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. and Peso Peso and Lul Bob open. Tickets are $25. DeVaughn Douglas and Benjamin Leatherman
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