25 Must-See Phoenix Concerts in April
Trampled By Turtles - Friday, April 25 - Marquee Theatre
Punk rockers don't die, they just go acoustic. While that's not exactly a great T-shirt slogan (and certainly would elicit some scowls from old-school punkers still plying their trade), it is something of a recent trend within the bluegrass realm, with bands like Split Lip Rayfield, Yonder Mountain String Band, and Trampled by Turtles leaving their punk and rock roots behind for successful forays into the world of twangy acoustic music.
Trampled by Turtles, though 10 years old, is the latest band to stand in the spotlight with its 2012 album, Stars and Satellites, landing on top of the bluegrass charts. But it wasn't always this way for the band from Duluth, Minnesota. When the five-piece first unplugged and got together, it was just to do something different. "There were no real expectations except that we wanted to get together when we had time and play our acoustic instruments in the living room," banjo player Dave Carroll says by phone. "Once we started doing that a few times, we realized we had something more we wanted to work on." -- Glenn BurnSilver
Wet Electric - Saturday, April 26 - Big Surf
Most swim soirées around town take place around a single pool. This combination EDM massive, pool party, and bikini bash will do you one better, however, as it will encompass the entirety of Big Surf.
The waterslides will be running during Wet Electric, while thousands will wade into the wave pool to splash and dance to the electronic sounds produced by more than a dozen DJs -- including Morgan Page, Dash Berlin, Thomas Gold, Manufactured Superstars, Crizzly, The Chainsmokers, and others -- on a nearby stage. Multiple bars will sling adult beverages and VIP cabanas are available. Gates open at noon. Admission is $25-$75. And if you aren't burnt out from the sun and fun, an official after-party is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, at Talking Stick Resort. -- Benjamin Leatherman
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic - Wednesday, April 30 - Marquee Theatre
When it comes to George Clinton and Funkadelic, or Parliament or Parliament Funkadelic or the P-Funk All-Stars -- or whatever his backing ensemble might be called -- you're either all in or you're in for a long evening. Given Clinton's propensity for playing three- to four-hour concerts, this brand of hard-hitting funk can be draining, taxing the mind as well as the body. But for fans of lowdown greasy funk filled with searing guitar riffs, over-the-top horn fills, and that continually popping bass, this is a good thing.
And Clinton, 72, deserves credit for playing such a long show when most artists call it a night at the 90-minute mark. He just goes on and on. Now sporting multi-colored hair, Clinton worked in a salon straightening hair when he formed doo-wop group The Parliaments in the late 1950s. After a brief stint as a Motown songwriter, Clinton forged elements as diverse as James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, The Meters, and Frankie Lymon into a fiery amalgamation that pumps listeners with deep grooves and routinely leaves dance floors slippery with sweat. Bring a towel; you'll need it. A 5-hour Energy couldn't hurt, either -- the Atomic Dog could play that long. -- Glenn BurnSilver
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