Incoming: Brian Wilson, Roger Waters, Smokey Robinson, George Benson

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​What draws better these days than older, more beloved musicians from bands such as The Beach Boys and Pink Floyd? Not much, outside of an act like Lady Gaga or Justin Beiber -- that is why both Brian Wilson and Roger Waters lead the pack for an impressively fruitful week of show announcements.

Let's face it -- a lot of people retire to Arizona. If this fact escapes you about the state, then I don't know what to really tell you. These retirees also grew up listening to bands such as The Beach Boys and Pink Floyd, so why not book concerts for this demographic? 

Such is the case this week, although both Wilson and Waters' fan bases aren't solely constricted to the baby boomer crowd. However, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson and George Benson also have upcoming shows in the Valley, so baby boomers aren't doing too bad this week. Whatever the case may be, all these shows are sure to be something memorable and they help bolster the Arizona live music scene in a rather tumultuous time for the state.

This week's show announcements:

Roger Waters: Saturday, Nov. 27, 8 p.m., $55-$199. US Airways Center,
201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-2000.

Brian Wilson: Saturday, May 29, 8 p.m., $47.50-$82.50. Talking Stick
Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, 480-850-7734.

50 Cent: Monday, June 7, 7:30 p.m., $50-$100. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N.
32nd St., Phoenix, 602-267-1600.

Pearl Aday: Friday, May 7, 7 p.m., $10. Clubhouse Music Venue, 1320 E.
Broadway Rd., Tempe, 480-968-3238.

Erykah Badu: Wednesday, June 23, 6:30 p.m., $45. Marquee Theatre, 730 N.
Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.

Barenaked Ladies: With Kris Allen, & Angel Taylor, Sunday, July 25, 7:30
p.m., $35-$75. Dodge Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix,
602-379-2800.

Tony Bennett: Sunday, June 6, 8 p.m., $43-$123. Dodge Theatre, 400 W.
Washington St., Phoenix, 602-379-2800.

George Benson: Saturday, June 12, 8 p.m., $45-$85. Talking Stick Resort,
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, 480-850-7734.

Clint Black: Friday, June 11, 8 p.m., $32.50-$75. Talking Stick Resort,
9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, 480-850-7734.

Boyce Avenue: Saturday, June 26, 5 p.m., $10-$12. Rhythm Room, 1019 E.
Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Cheap Girls: With The Menzingers, Saturday, June 12, 9 p.m. The Rogue
Bar, 423 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, 480-947-3580.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic: Sunday, May 30, 8 p.m.,
$25-$50. Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale,
480-850-7734.

The Cool Tour: With As I Lay Dying, Underoath, Between the Buried and
Me, Blessthefall, The Acacia Strain, Architects, Cancer Bats, & War of
Ages., Friday, July 30, 2 p.m., $29-$33. Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N.
Center St., Mesa, 480-644-2560.

Every Avenue: With Sing It Loud, Secret Handshake, & There for Tomorrow,
Tuesday, June 22, 7 p.m., $13-$15. Martini Ranch & Shaker Room, 7295 E.
Stetson Dr., Scottsdale, 480-970-0500.

Everybody Was in the French Resistance...Now: Wednesday, May 26, 8 p.m.,
$10. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

The Gaslight Anthem: With Chamberlain, & Tim Barry, Tuesday, July 20,
6:30 p.m., $16-$17. Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe,
480-829-0607.

Good Old War: With Yukon Blonde, & Audra Mae, Saturday, June 12, 7 p.m.,
$10-$12. Martini Ranch & Shaker Room, 7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale,
480-970-0500.

Brendan James: With Chase Coy, Wednesday, June 16, 8 p.m., $12-$14.
Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Lookbook: Friday, June 11, 9 p.m. The Rogue Bar, 423 N. Scottsdale Rd.,
Scottsdale, 480-947-3580.

MC Chris: With MC Lars, & Math the Band, Sunday, June 13, 8 p.m., $13.
Clubhouse Music Venue, 1320 E. Broadway Rd., Tempe, 480-968-3238.

Mewithoutyou: With David Bazan, & Rubik, Sunday, June 13, 6 p.m.,
$13-$15. Martini Ranch & Shaker Room, 7295 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale,
480-970-0500.

Moving Mountains: With The City Speaks, Thursday, June 24, 7 p.m. The
Underground, 105 W. Main St., Mesa, 480-559-5859.

Pitbull: Monday, May 31, 8 p.m., $37.50-$225. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N.
32nd St., Phoenix, 602-267-1600.

Radar Brothers: Monday, June 7, 8:30 p.m., free. Yucca Tap Room, 29 W.
Southern Ave., Tempe, 480-967-4777.

Smokey Robinson: Saturday, June 19, 8 p.m., $47.50-$85. Talking Stick
Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd., Scottsdale, 480-850-7734.

Tomorrows Bad Seeds: Friday, June 11, 6:30 p.m., $10-$12. Marquee
Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0607.

Carrie Underwood: Sunday, Oct. 3, 7:30 p.m., $30.20-$50.20. Jobing.com
Arena, 9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200.

Useless Keys: Thursday, May 27, 8 p.m., $8. Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian
School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

Waking Ashland: Sunday, Aug. 15, 8 p.m., $12. Rhythm Room, 1019 E.
Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842.

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