There’s no denying that it’s hot in the middle of July in Arizona. Fortunately, our picks for the best concerts taking place in the Phoenix area during this time take place mostly indoors where there’s cool air conditioning, and the other takes place poolside! Here’s where you can find the action.
July 15 The Two Tens Yucca Tap Room, Tempe
This Los Angeles-based duo consisting of guitarist and singer Adam Bones and drummer Rikki Styxx is drawing rave reviews for their blending of garage rock and ’70s-style punk and Arizona fans can hear what all the fuss is about at this show, which happens to be the very first on the duo’s summer tour. And if you’re wondering if they’ll play loud or not, take a hint from the title of their brand new album which is called Volume. Local acts the Love Me Nots, the Rebel Set, and Action Jets open the show.
July 16 Trapfest The Pressroom, Phoenix
Billed as one of the nation’s premier trap and bass events and presented by Relentless Beats, this event will be headlined by GTA and also include main stage performances from TroyBoi, Stooki Sound and teenage prodigy Oshi. There’ll be a party on the Pressroom patio too; the Just Blaze House Party will feature DJ Craze, Four Color Zack and the party’s namesake, New York’s Just Blaze.
July 18 ON AN ON The Valley Bar, Phoenix
If you’re a big or even casual fan of ON AN ON you better get out and see this show; the band is on what they’re calling a farewell tour and they’ll be going on indefinite hiatus when it’s over. You might say that when the tour ends, they’ll be ghosts. Not coincidentally, the band has just released a new music video for their song “Ghosts,” a favorite from their 2013 debut album Give In. Sego and Flight of Ryan are also on the bill.
July 21 John King Band Cowboys Saloon, Phoenix
Country star King had his first #1 hit earlier this year with “We Went” and his song “Tonight Tonight” spent some serious time in the Top 40 too. Rest assured you’ll hear both songs and a lot more from this rising star this evening. And all you cowboys should make a note that the cowgirls will be getting in free all night and there will also be $1 drinks for the ladies.
July 23 Adventure Club Talking Stick Resort & Casino, Scottsdale
The electronic duo Adventure Club --- Christian Srigley and Leighton James --- hail from French-speaking Montreal, Canada but the only French you’ll need to know on this day is “oui,” so just say “yes” to the duo’s concert that’ll take place poolside. Expect to hear new music from the band’s forthcoming album that’s scheduled to drop in the fall.
July 29 All Hail the Yeti Joe’s Grotto, Phoenix
Touring behind their recently-released Screams from a Black Wilderness album, this L.A.-based metal band begins their nationwide “Haunted and Damaged” tour with this show in Phoenix’s Paradise Valley area. Yeti fans probably know too that bass player Nicholas Diltz is also a member of Day of Errors, the new band that features former Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward.