With the fifth largest population in the US, Phoenix is a cultural hub and standard performance stop for touring musicians from around the world. Lucky us! From historic Gammage Auditorium to the capacious Talking Stick Arena, from the intimate basement Valley Bar to the world famous Musical Instrument Museum, there are venues big and small that keep Phoenix pulsing with great beats and opportunities for aural indulgence. Like Country? Rap? Opera? Indie Rock? Polka? You’re in luck because we’ve got it all!
Both newbies and veterans to the concert scene should download a gig-finding app like Bandsintown or Songkick, which will quickly learn any music tastes and facilitate efficient searching for favorite and recommended touring artists. Results can be filtered by date or location with convenient links for purchasing tickets, and RSVP’s can be shared to social media to invite friends and spread the word. Planning a musical adventure with friends has never been so easy! Seeking out favorite singers or band on Facebook and liking their pages will also ensure that you will be notified and bombarded with ads whenever they are coming to town, which isn’t all bad.
Hard-core music lovers should also watch for Coachella-esque outdoor festivals popping up, where multiple stages or stellar back-to-back or even multi-day lineups give audiences tremendous variety and bang for their buck. One impressive upcoming lineup will be at the outdoor Lost Lake Festival in Tempe in October. Check it out!
For those who like to do their homework ahead of time, don’t mind spoilers, and want to be able to sing along, websites like setlist.fm can be used to predict which songs will likely be performed based on patterns in recent tour dates, sometimes even down to the encore songs. And there are plenty of resources for researching and analyzing lyrics in an attempt to learn the story behind each song.
Protocol for purchasing tickets has changed from pre-internet times when fans would have to line up at the Dillards box office, or even camp out the night before to ensure a crack at seeing a big headliner. Now, for a given venue, the initial issue of tickets often sells out to secondary vendors who will mark up prices and re-sell on other websites. Look around and check vendor reviews before purchasing to make sure you’re not overpaying or buying counterfeit tickets, and don’t give up too easily if one site says the show is sold out. In that case, try, try again.
Upcoming Valley Concerts: