Top 6 Must-See Phoenix Concerts This Weekend
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.
Fueled By Ramen Panic! At The Disco is scheduled to perform on Friday at the Marquee Theatre.
Luckily, if you're in the mood to get in a live show or two, there is a surfeit of show-going option to choose from over the next 72 hours around the PHX. In fact, so many great concerts are scheduled to transpire from Friday until Sunday that we've expanded our usual list of the top five shows in the Valley to a top six. And if you're looking for even more options, peruse our voluminous concert calendar after checking out the following picks for the weekend.
Courtesy Photo Kid Congo Powers
Kid Congo Powers - Friday, February 14 - Yucca Tap Room
No matter who you are, it's a pretty sure bet guitarist Kid Congo Powers has cooler friends than you do. After all, Powers (real name Brian Tristan) got his start in 1979 playing guitar with legendary punk-blues firebrands the Gun Club, then jumped ship in 1980 to spend a few years with psychobilly pioneers the Cramps. After returning to the Gun Club from 1983 to 1987, he took leave again to work with the mighty Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
After popping up on a few Mark Eitzel albums, Powers is busy these days with his own band for a change. Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds are a four-piece whose music recalls the voodoo-animated roots rock of his best-known work while fusing his sensibilities with garage rock, vintage R&B, and a dash of feedback-driven psychedelia.
While Powers has been playing his own hell-bent variety of roots rock for well over 30 years, his latest album with the Pink Monkey Birds, Haunted Head, sounds as though he doesn't have to worry a bit about keeping up with the times. If anything, given the current wave of bands fusing the inspired slop of garage punk with the throb of the blues, it seems the rest of the world is finally catching up to Kid Congo, and Haunted Head finds him making some of his most exciting music in years. -- Mark Deming