5 Concerts to Check Out This Week (May 30-June 5)

Jason KeilMay 31, 2022
Share This

Amos Lee | Photo by Shervin Lainez

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 bands influenced by blues and jazz.

May 31
Steely Dan
When Walter Becker died in 2017, many wondered if his songwriting partner Donald Fagen would let the jazz-rock collective carry on. Obviously, Steely Dan isn’t standing still. Fagen is still going strong with a summer tour and a new live album that arrived last year. $29.50-$399.50, Ak-Chin Pavilion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-7200, livenation.com

May 31
Stanley Clarke
Bass players Paul McCartney and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers wouldn’t have found their rhythm if it wasn’t for jazz-fusion pioneer Stanley Clarke. The multiple Grammy-winner has collaborated with both, and his solo work is, for lack of a better word, mind-blowing. 7 and 9 p.m., $38.50-$54.50, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 480-478-6000, mim.org

May 31
Sorry X Online Rockstar Release Show
Ever since Lil Nas X made crossover songs cool again, everyone seems to be getting in on the act. Local artist Sorry X often mixes late ’90s alternative with Southern-fried hip-hop and creates catchy results, with powerful vocals to match. 7:30 p.m., $12-$15, The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, therebellounge.com

June 4
We would’ve had Spoon’s blues-influenced Lucifer on the Sofa much sooner if it wasn’t for the pandemic. But waiting for the rollicking back-to-basics album from the band behind the indie hit “The Underdog” was worth the wait, and they’re not to be missed live. 8 p.m., $35-$38, The Van Buren, 401 W. Van Buren St., Phoenix, 480-659-1641, thevanburenphx.com

June 5
Amos Lee
The folk/blues singer, who has worked with everyone from Allison Krauss to Tucson’s Calexico, is typically light on his feet. But his latest album, titled Dreamland, deals with some heavy subject matter, specifically Lee’s battles with anxiety and depression. Many critics have called it one of the best albums of his career. 7:30 p.m., $35-$99.50, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644.6500, mesaartscenter.com


For more than 50 years, PHOENIX magazine's experienced writers, editors, and designers have captured all sides of the Valley with award-winning and insightful writing, and groundbreaking report and design. Our expository features, narratives, profiles, and investigative features keep our 385,000 readers in touch with the Valley's latest trends, events, personalities and places.