5 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Weekend, 8/22 to 8/24

Categories: This Weekend

Phenomenauts - Friday, August 21 - Yucca Tap Room

There's nothing deceptive about Phenomenauts -- what you say is what you get. And what you get is a shtick-filled, hard-rocking punk band that dresses in retro-futuristic space gear, writes songs called "Rocket Roll," "Giant Asteroid," "All Go For Launch," and calls its fans "cadets." Not only do Phenomenauts shows have a rep for high entertainment value, the music backs up the band's image -- they're a tight, groove-happy punk rock 'n' roll machine, and this show should be entertaining as they come. --David Accomazzo

Tony Bennett - Mesa Arts Center - Saturday, August 22

No, Lady Gaga will not perform with Tony Bennett at Mesa Arts Center. There's long been talk of a collaboration CD between the two, and it seems that come September, the two finally will release Cheek to Cheek, an album that finds the unlikely collaborators crooning jazz standards, backed by consummate jazz professionals. If the two singles that have trickled into the world so far, "Anything Goes" and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love," reveal anything, it's that Gaga is a fantastic jazz singer, and Bennett, at 88 years young, still has some powerful vocal performances left in him. Bennett is of a dying breed, the pure jazz singer, a relic of jazz's golden age. The New York native has a treasure trove of memories and experiences, the friend of greats like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Frank Sinatra. The prime of his career included a series of recordings with legendary pianist Bill Evans, and in the twilight years of his career, Bennett has steadily released a series of duet albums, on which he collaborated with modern music's stars, from Amy Winehouse to John Mayer to Sheryl Crow. When a singer as celebrated and accomplished as Bennett continues at his age, there can only be one motivation: burning, unquenchable passion for performance. --David Accomazzo

Location Info

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Yucca Tap Room

29 W. Southern Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center

1 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: General

Club Red

1308 W. University Dr., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

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Rick Fowler

Dimefest is at Joes Grotto. Sub-Headline has a venue error.

Kurt Kreiger
Kurt Kreiger

You know you're out of the Phoenix New Times primary demo when every music act they promote is someone you never heard of. I am officially too old for the New Times!

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