3 Concerts to Check Out This Week (October 17-23)

Jason KeilOctober 18, 2022
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Lil Nas X | Photo by Aaron Idelson

Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley, and this week features singer-songwriters known for their confessional lyrics.

October 18
Wednesday, Wednesday: A Weekly Songwriter’s Showcase
If you’re looking for an entry point into the vast Phoenix music scene, start with this weekly showcase curated by Jesse Teer of The Senators. 8 p.m., free, Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com

October 21
Lil Nas X
Lil Nas X has driven off the “Old Town Road” and released his debut full-length album last year, titled Montero. The anthemic title track, which frankly discusses issues around identity and sexuality, proved to be just as successful as his debut hit. 8 p.m., $29.95-$54.95, Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-514-2919, livenation.com

October 21
The Smithereens
The “Only A Memory” band has collaborated with several lead vocalists since the death of founding member Pat DiNizio in 2017. And when the New Jersey group performs in Tempe, the singer behind the mic will be hometown hero Robin Wilson of the Gin Blossoms. 7:30 p.m., $25-$60, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0707, luckymanonline.com

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