Top 5 Metro Phoenix Concerts This Weekend

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Pinback is scheduled to perfom at CityScape tonight during Viva PHX
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 our choices for the must-see shows this weekend.

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YACHT is scheduled to perform at Crescent Ballroon during Viva PHX.

Viva PHX - Friday, March 7 - Downtown Phoenix

Austin has South by Southwest, San Francisco has Outside Lands, Manchester, Tennessee has Bonnaroo, and locally, now there's Viva Phoenix.

Viva Phoenix: A Downtown Music Festival is the Valley's latest all-encompassing music festival. Last December, there was the disjointed True Music Festival, and the McDowell Mountain Music Festival has been around for years, but Viva PHX offers a refreshing approach. Instead of a one-stage event with a seemingly haphazard smattering of acts, Viva PHX features 75 artists -- half of them local -- cramming into 15 genre-specific venues all within walking distance of each other on a single night in downtown Phoenix.

"The struggle is to figure out who to go check out. That will be a lot of people's biggest problem," jokes Charlie Levy, creator of Viva PHX and Crescent Ballroom and Stateside Presents owner. "But 90 percent of the venues are within one block of each other. You can see one type of music at one venue, then walk one block and see another type of music. You can listen to three songs, then go hear another band. It makes it easy because everything is so close. What's not to love about that?"

Diversity is the key to Viva PHX. With 75 bands, virtually every genre and sub-genre is covered, from alternative country to folk, Latin jazz to funk, stoner rock to garage, indie pop to psychedelic, hip-hop to rap, electronica to dance and, well, you get the idea. -- Glenn BurnSilver

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