5 Concerts to Check Out This Week (June 20-26)

Jason KeilJune 21, 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 focusing on folk rock.

June 23
Aldous Harding
If the words “female folk singer” conjure up visions of a woman quietly playing an acoustic guitar, then allow New Zealander Aldous Harding to shatter your expectations. Her performances have a flair for the dramatic, and her fourth album, titled Warm Chris, has been described by critics as “psychedelic” and “surreal.” $22-$25, 8 p.m., Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave. Phoenix, 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com

June 24
10,000 Maniacs featuring Mary Ramsey
Mary Ramsey’s effervescent vocals and viola backed Natalie Merchant for her farewell concert with the alt-folk band’s MTV Unplugged show. And now, for 25 years, she’s served as their lead singer, starting with their hit cover of Roxy Music’s “More Than This.” She’ll take on old hits and new ones when the group takes the stage for two shows. $44.50-$74.50, 7 and 9 p.m., Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 480-478-6000, mim.org

June 25
Dom Flemons
Known as “The American Songster,” this award-winning actor, scholar, producer, banjo player, and Valley native will draw upon more than a century of American history and music to put on an unforgettable performance. 8 p.m., $11, Piper Repertory Theater, 1 E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644.6500, mesaartscenter.com

June 26
Howard Jones with Midge Ure
Sorry, metalcore fans. The Killswitch Engage lead singer isn’t going solo. This co-headlining tour features the British Jones, the ’80’s hitmaker behind “No One Is to Blame” and “Things Can Only Get Better,” and Ure, the leader of the influential new wave band Ultravox. 7:30 p.m., $27-$180, The Venue at Farnsworth Hall, 6159 E. University Dr., Mesa, 877-526-0069, mesaconcerts.com

June 26
And now for something completely different: Critics were pleasantly surprised when the chart-topping pop star’s latest album, titled If I Cant Have Love, I Want Power, veered toward the dark with the help of producers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, the duo best known for their work as the industrial band Nine Inch Nails. 7 p.m., $29.50-$129.50, Ak-Chin Pavillion, 2121 N. 83rd Ave., Phoenix, 602-254-7200, livenation.com


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