25 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix in August

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The Summer Nationals Tour - Friday, August 29 - Mesa Amphitheatre

If you spent middle-school carving "EPITAPH4EVA" into desks or arms, this tour -- featuring punk legends The Offspring, Bad Religion, Pennywise, & Stiff Little Fingers -just might be in your wheelhouse. The Offspring's jacked-up antipathy fueled fluke 1994 smash Smash, and the Orange County quartet never ceased dining out on variations on that theme. Whether you consider Bad Religion the thinking punker's choice or the soundtrack to undergraduate societal discontent, it's impossible to fault the band for encouraging considered dissent, sponsoring an annual college scholarship, or giving "21st Century Digital Boy" to a crumbling world that's emphatically tuned it's three-chord broadsides out (and there have been so, so many) since Day One. Along for the ride because, why not: pre-millennial punk weed carriers-equivalents Pennywise and three-chord throwbacks Stiff Little Fingers. -- Raymond Cummings


Asleep at the Wheel - Friday, August 29 - Talking Stick Resort

Ray Benson's Wheel has been rolling for more than 40 years now, quietly becoming quite a finishing school for many of the Texas' top country and swing musicians. Meanwhile, their impossibly tall front man has developed into the leading ambassador of Lone Star culture around the globe. Earlier this year Benson actually stepped outside the Wheel and released a rare solo album, A Little Piece, a reminder that underneath the raconteur, TV personality, businessman and unofficial mayor of Austin, he's still a musician at heart, and one who's a worthy heir to Bob Wills and Count Basie to boot. Really, really big boots. -- Chris Gray


Ed Sheeran - Sunday, August 31 - Jobing.com

When he's not touring with pop-country giant Taylor Swift, writing songs for One Direction, or singing with Elton John at the Grammys, Ed Sheeran has been building his name as an earnest and sweet singer-songwriter on his own. Of course, it isn't like all those other things didn't aid him in selling out dates during his current solo tour, where the English-born musician is headlining for the first time in his career, but much credit to Sheeran is due when it comes to the sheer volume of talent he displayed on his debut album + and this year's follow-up x. -- Brittany Spanos

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Maya Day and Nightclub

7333 E. Indian Plaza, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Icehouse Arts and Entertainment

429 W. Jackson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Gila River Arena (formerly Jobing.com Arena)

9400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: Music

Nile Theater

105 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

Grand Ballroom at Talking Stick Resort

9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Pub Rock

8005 E. Roosevelt St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Rhythm Room

1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Ak-Chin Pavilion

2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Comerica Theatre

400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Underground

105 W. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music

Marquee Theatre

730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ

Category: Music

Ovations Live! Showroom at Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino

5040 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler, AZ

Category: General

Last Exit Live

717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center

1 E. Main St., Mesa, AZ

Category: General

Mesa Amphitheatre

263 N. Center St., Mesa, AZ

Category: Music


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