5 Concerts to Check Out this Week (September 27-October 3)

Niki D'AndreaSeptember 27, 2021
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Chaka Kahn | Photo courtesy John Mathew Smith/celebrity-photos.com


Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week is all about woman power, as a slew of female superstars including Chaka Kahn and Alanis Morissette come to town.

I Am Kawehi
Friday, October 1 at Valley Bar
Hawaiian pop/electronic loop artist I Am Kawehi was deemed “The Genius One-Woman Band” by Elle Magazine. She creates multi-layered soundscapes by utilizing technology. Her Valley stop is part of her two-month “Quarantine Sessions on Tour” itinerary. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 1 at Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, valleybarphx.com. Tickets cost $16 plus fees.

Chaka Kahn
Friday, October 1 at Celebrity Theatre
For more than four decades, Chaka Kahn has brought soul, funk and pop to her performances. Audiences can expect to hear such hits as “I Feel for You,” “I’m Every Woman” and “Tell Me Something Good.” 8 p.m. Saturday, October 1 at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, celebritytheatre.com. Tickets cost $60-$85.

Banana Gun
Saturday, October 2 at Last Exit Live
Alternative rockers Banana Gun bring their high-energy show to Phoenix, performing songs from their latest release, the EP Rules. Chrome Rhino opens the show. 9 p.m. Sunday. October 2 at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, lastexitlive.com. Tickets cost $10-$15.

Alanis Morissette
Sunday, October 3 at Ak-Chin Pavilion
Alanis Morissette’s discography comes to life in concert, with renditions of hits like “You Oughta Know,” “Hand in My Pocket” and “Ironic.” With special guests Garbage and Cat Power. 7 p.m. Sunday, October 3 at Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, livenation.com. Tickets cost $30-$995.

Francine Reed
Sunday, October 3 at The Nash
Iconic local singer Francine Reed, who has toured with Lyle Lovett’s Large Band since the mid-1980s, performs a matinee jazz and blues show full of high-energy tunes. 3 p.m. Sunday, October 3 at The Nash, 110 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, thenash.org. Tickets cost $42-$50.