5 Concerts to Check Out This Week (May 9-May 15)

Jason KeilMay 9, 2022
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Pearl Jam | Photo by Danny Clinch

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 cinematic music.

May 9
Pearl Jam
The Seattle grunge group behind the hits “Jeremy” and “Evenflow” were among the first bands to stop touring as the pandemic shut everything down. Two years later, they’re ready to make the arenas shake with their massive array of hits and selections from their latest album, Gigaton.  7:30 p.m. $103-$650. Gila River Arena, 29400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200, gilariverarena.com

May 12
Colin Hay
The leader of the popular ’80s Australian group Men at Work will come to the Valley to perform the band’s hits and his award-winning solo work, which was memorably featured on the soundtrack to Garden State. 8 p.m., $45-$65, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second St., Scottsdale, 480-499-8587, scottsdaleperformingarts.org

May 12 
Coldplay released the first single from Music of the Spheres from the International Space Station. And if that weren’t ambitious enough, the album features a collaboration with South Korean boy band BTS, and their shows will be powered entirely by renewable energy. But bandleader Chris Martin says that after 2025, the band plans to go “back to basics,” so you better catch the quartet before they tone things down. $93-$425, State Farm Stadium, 1 Cardinals Dr., Glendale, statefarmstadium.com

May 13-15
Jurassic Park In Concert
This space is typically reserved for rock shows, so when we have the opportunity to share that the Phoenix Symphony, conducted by Tito Muñoz, is performing the iconic John Williams score as 1993’s Jurassic Park plays behind them, we’re happy to make some room. Fr-Sa, 7:30 p.m.; Su, 2 p.m., $34-$102, check website for times, 75 N. 2nd St. Phoenix, 602-495-1999, phoenixsymphony.org

May 14
Eric Church
The country singer known for the single “Smoke A Little Smoke” came into his own with sweeping epics tracks like “Springsteen” and “Hell of a View.” But like fellow user Willie Nelson, he’s not putting down that joint anytime soon. 8 p.m. $187-$585. Gila River Arena, 29400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200, gilariverarena.com