5 Concerts to Check Out This Week (April 18-24)

Jason KeilApril 18, 2022
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Girl Talk | Photo by Joey Kennedy

Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week, we’re taking a look at musicians with side-hustles.

April 19
David Foster
The Canadian songwriter may be better known for his appearances on reality shows than his storied music career. But his creativity will be front and center as he gives fans a tour through his decades of hits, including Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing” and “Because You Loved Me,” made famous by Celine Dion. 7:30 p.m., $36-$86, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com

April 20
Girl Talk
The Pittsburgh DJ (and former engineer), who can combine Ice Cube and Devo and make it sound brand new, hasn’t released a full-length mashup in over a decade, making his return behind the laptop all the more exciting. 8 p.m., $27-$30, The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, 480-659-1641, thevanburenphx.com

April 20
Billy Bob Thornton and the Boxmasters
It might be inaccurate to call ’60s-style rock group the Boxmasters a vanity side-project of Academy Award-winner Billy Bob Thornton. Their skill and mettle have led them to play with legends like ZZ Top and venues such as The Grand Ole Opry. 8 p.m., $50, Rhythm Room, 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, 602-265-4842, rhythmroom.com

April 20
Viagra Boys
With their abrasive lyrics and dirty punk guitars, it can be difficult for listeners to tell if this Stockholm band is just trolling them. But when the show is over, they’re quick to say it’s one of the best shows they’ve seen. 8 p.m., $18-$20, Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave. Phoenix, 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com

April 20
Freddie Gibbs
The Grammy-nominated rapper was a former college football player for Ball State University. Now it seems he is best known for beefing with collaborators than the intense yet vulnerable flow that got him the nomination. 8:30 p.m., $25-$125, Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, 602-267-0186, celebritytheatre.com


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