Top 5 Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend
If it seems like everyone you know is hitting the pavement this weekend for some big festival, it's only because that's exactly what's happening. There's the first weekend of Coachella out in Cali, of course, as well as Country Thunder down in Florence and KUPD's UFest over in the East Valley.
Whitney Lee Peelander-Z is scheduled to perform on Saturday, April 12, at Last Exit Live.
If you can't make it to any of these supersized music showcases, don't fret. First of all, we'll have coverage of each of the aforementioned events over the next few days. And, second, there are a slew of killer concerts around worth checking out that don't require a tank of gas to attend, including the following five picks.
Long considered the flagship band of traditional Scottish music, Battlefield Band (named for a Glasgow suburb) began as mavericks in 1969, keeping the music vibrant by mixing ancient and modern elements. Decades later, through numerous personnel changes (making 2005 addition Sean O'Donnell the quartet's senior member), Battlefield Band retains its fervent splendor, igniting a fine array of jigs, reels, strathspeys with their fiery fiddles, Highland bagpipes, bouzoukis, and whistles.
Room Enough for All, the ensemble's latest, as usual, deftly blurs the centuries. Ewen Henderson sings a 19th-century sailor's song in Gaelic, while O'Donnell, in English, sings a seemingly silly 1930s poem with a subtle contemporary point about eroding culture. There are odes to remote lochs, a reference to a hairy fish, and even an unlikely swirling quickstep -- "Tynes in Overtime!" -- in tribute to Scottish-born former New York Giants placekicker Lawrence Tynes. -- Rick Mason