6 Best Concerts to See in Phoenix This Week, 8/25 to 8/28
Keep going, y'all -- the end of summer is almost here. And by that, we mean that the officially recognized transition into the season known as the fall will take place in less than a month's time. Anyone who's lived in the Valley longer than five minutes, however, knows that the heat and whatnot is sticking around until probably late October.
Courtesy Photo Whitey Morgan & The 78′s are scheduled to perform on Wednesday, August 27, at Yucca Tap Room in Tempe.
At any rate, once the calendar changes over to September and summer officially ceases, that's when the live music calendar really tends to heat up with fantastic acts and gigs. That's not to say there's nothing to see in the interim, however, as there are plenty of performances worthy of your money and time between now and then, including the seven shows we've included in our Monday rundown of great concerts to catch this week.
And if you're still looking for something over the next four nights, there's both La Cerca's show at Crescent Ballroom later this evening and a gig by Travis James at Trunk Space, as well as the return of Nickel Creek to the Valley on Thursday. Plus, everything else that's contained within our expansive online concert calendar.
Any rapper with a hard-luck background can use AutoTune to turn life's maladies into melodies, but few are able to genuinely sing about struggling to survive like 21-year-old New Orleans native August Alsina. Listening to his lyrics, the Louisiana singer sounds less like Bruno Mars and more like the notorious trap-rappers of his state, such as Baton Rouge's Lil Boosie. But his hustler's resolve and immense vocal talents have helped him to avoid becoming another inner-city statistic.
After only a few years of pursuing music seriously, Alsina has toured with successful Def Jam peers 2 Chainz and Pusha T and released his major-label debut, Testimony, earlier this year. Alsina hopes it delivers his message of motivation and inspiration while giving a part of who he is to his audience. As one of the label's biggest prospects, Alsina continues to tour, all the while holding onto his mantra: "You live every day to grow," he says, "and that's what it's about to me." -- Patrick Montes