5 Concerts to Check Out This Week: April 25-May 1

Jason KeilApril 24, 2022
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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 some musicians who’ve been popularized by movies. 


HAIM / Photo courtesy Chuff Media
HAIM / Photo courtesy Chuff Media


April 25 


Much of this sister trio’s music has been compared to the singer-songwriters of the ’70s, so when youngest sister Alana Haim was cast in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Licorice Pizza, many critics remarked that the musician seemed right at home during her onscreen debut. $39.50-$65, 8 p.m., Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-514-2919, azfederaltheatre.com 



April 30 

Scottsdale Jazz Festival 

Rick Braun, the jazz trumpet player, composer and producer who shares top billing of this musical celebration with Richard Elliot, appeared in the 1985 cult film Tuff Turf (which stars a young James Spader). He played a member of the very real band Jack Mack and the Heart Attack, which continues to perform. $25-$150, 3 p.m., Scottsdale Civic Center Northeast Lawn, 3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, scottsdalejazzfest.org; scottsdaleperformingarts.org


April 30 

Jon Spencer & the HITmakers 

One year after the garage rocker dissolved his previous band, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, they reached new heights of popularity thanks to the inclusion of the single Bellbottoms” in the opening scene of the hit movie Baby Driver. His new band picks up where the old one left off, so expect a riotous show with wall-to-wall guitars playing grimy riffs. $20, 8 p.m., Valley Bar, 130 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-368-3121, valleybarphx.com 



April 30 

Dani Cutler’s 50th Birthday Bash 

It’s a year full of milestones for 93.9 FM KWSS DJ Dani Cutler. In addition to her half-century on the Earth, she’s marking her 15th year volunteering for the local station. She’s celebrating reaching these benchmarks by championing local music. The evening’s lineup features performances by Fire By Night, Turn Zero, The Woodworks and Let Alone. $12-$15, Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, 602-271-7000, lastexitlive.com 



May 1 

Judith Hill 

Michael Jackson chose soul singer Hill to perform with him for his 2009 comeback shows, but she sadly never got the chance to show audiences her talent. Since then, she’s been a contestant on The Voice and starred in the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom, which tells the story of the greatest backup singers in music history. $33.50-$49.50, 7 p.m., Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 480-478-6000, mim.org