Top 5 Must-See Phoenix Shows This Weekend

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Weezer is scheduled to perform tonight at the Coors Light Birds Nest in Scottsdale.
Hear that? It's the clock counting down the hours until your weekend begins and it's nearing the magic moment known as quitting time. To help the time pass more quickly, you might consider what it is you'll actually be doing during the next couple days and nights of work-free bliss.

Luckily, if you're in the mood to get in a live show or two, there are more than a few options to choose from over the next 72 hours (eyeball our extensive online concert calendar for proof of such). And then there are the must-see shows this weekend, which include an appearance by Weezer tonight at the Coors Light Birds Nest in North Scottsdale, guitar legend Leo Kottke's two-night stint at the MIM, and a tribute to the late Jeff Hanneman of Slayer.

Jeff Moses

Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra - The Sail Inn - Friday, January 31

Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, which describes itself as a musical collective, consists of 14 musicians representing about 20 different bands, including Cherie Cherie, Drunken Immortals, Zero Zero, Playboy Manbaby, Spirit Cave, The Sweet Bleeders, and quite a few more.

"How amazing is it that Afrobeat brings us all together like this?" says bass player Merrick Wright, one of the only members who describes PAO (pronounced "pow") as his main project. Their music is upbeat and easy to "shake a tailfeather" to, which is a direction that lead singer Camille Sledge continually gives their crowds -- and their audiences tend to follow.

But for all the fun and dancing, the members of PAO hope that their music conveys a bigger message than just partying. "It's about humanity and it's about what are the things that are wrong in our society and can we do to fix them," says drummer David Marquez. "It's not just about us it's for the community for the la raza humans. We are all around the world and Afrobeat is a music that can reach out to people. There are things that need to be talked about that are not easy sometimes. But when you're dancing and you hear about it there is a message that sometimes maybe, just maybe, we can make a little difference." -- Jeff Moses

Location Info


Sail Inn - CLOSED

26 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Joe's Grotto

13825 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Coors Light Birds Nest at Waste Management Phoenix Open

17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Musical Instrument Museum Music Theater

4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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