Ready to officially say buh-bye to spring? We bet you are, and there’s no nicer way to welcome the Arizona heat than with some tunes. Treat your ears this summer. Here are the best concerts and shows in the Phoenix area.
Elevate Music Festival (June 22-24)
The annual Elevate Music Festival is back! Held at the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix, AZ, this weekend concert is set to bring the noise (in the best way possible). Acts like Tenth Avenue North, Phil Wickham, and For King & Country are just three of the nineteen bands taking the stage throughout the first weekend of summer. Bring a spare set of eardrums if you attempt to enjoy all 72 hours of tunes. Or spend just $22 buckaroos for a single evening. Either way, snag your tickets to the 2018 Elevate Music Fest right here.
Kenny Chesney (June 23)
With more than 40 singles hitting the “Top 10” chart, over a dozen Country Music awards, and numerous certified Gold albums, Kenny Chesney is king of the country scene. He also happens to be bringing his cut-off V-neck to Phoenix on the first official weekend of summer. The entirety of Phoenix’s No Shoes Nation will be at Chase Field on June 23. Will you? Tickets start at $18, but why not live a little? Shoot for the sun and grab front-row seats to witness Mr. Hillbilly Rockstar/Uncle Kenny/Bubba do his thing.
Vans Warped Tour (June 28)
The Warped Tour has gone through significant changes over the years, but it’s still The Warped Tour. Hosted at Phoenix’s Ak-Chin Pavilion in June, this perennial summer concert will feature the biggest bands on the radio both today and a decade ago, such as Reel Big Fish, Senses Fail, Simple Plan, and many others. “Doors” open at 11:00 AM, and ticket prices begin at $23.
Wyclef Jean (July 10)
Presented by 104.3 and hosted at BLK LIVE, Wyclef Jean’s “The Carnival Tour” finds its way through Scottsdale on July 10. He’ll light up the stage with a mix of his solo songs and Fugees-era hits, including “Killing Me Softly” and “Gone Till November.” Just $50 gets you into BLK LIVE for an entire night amidst of one of R&B’s most influential hit-makers.
Happy Together Tour 2018 (July 13)
The sixties and seventies were all about love and peace—and those sentiments return to the cultural forefront at this year’s Happy Together Tour. Hippie-style artists like The Turtles, The Cowsills, and Chuck Negron will pull off their own Woodstock® when they visit the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. Tickets can be purchased for $45 online.
Tim McGraw & Faith Hill (July 20)
If you’ve ever tried to get tickets to a Tim McGraw-Faith Hill show, you know there’s a 50-50 chance that their 2018 concert in Phoenix is already sold out. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try! Visit www.talkingstickresortarena.com for more details or to purchase $45 tickets—which are still available as of May!
Thirty Seconds to Mars & Walk the Moon (July 22)
Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto leads his rock trio, Thirty Seconds to Mars, on the last leg of their Monolith Tour. Luckily for his Phoenix fans, that means a final stop at none other than the Ak-Chin Pavilion. Tickets cost only $22(!) and can be bought on thirtysecondstomars.com.
Lisa Loeb (August 4)
Donning her famous pair of specs, nineties darling Lisa Loeb returns to the limelight this summer. Her irresistible pop songs have found their way onto many mixtapes throughout the years, and as a reclassified children’s author and musician, Loeb is making a pitstop at the Phoenix Musical Instrument Museum on August 4. Bring the entire family for an afternoon of new and old hits. Buy group tickets directly from the MIM website.
Weezer & The Pixies (August 12)
Ak-Chin Pavilion is where to be this summer, apparently, as both Weezer and The Pixies are set to deliver their crunchy reverb to thousands of Phoenix fans. GA Lawn seats may be a bit of a stretch for your eyes, but you can’t beat $25 to see two future Hall of Famers. Visit the Ak-Chin site to purchase tickets.
Jack White (August 22)
Jack White’s windblown mop-top will be on full display when he lays down the licks at the Comerica Theater this summer. We’re sure there’ll be more than a few “Seven Nation Army” chants from the audience. Watching this modern-day musical genius work is an experience you won’t soon forget. Circle “August 22” on your calendar, order tickets online, and wait (im)patiently for that Wednesday to come.
Peter Frampton (September 4)
If Jack White is a genius on the guitar, what does that make Peter Frampton—a god? Load up your playlist with his greatest hits, hit the road in your Honda, and catch Mr. Frampton on September 4 at the Mesa Arts Center. With numerous Grammy® Awards under his belt, Frampton is one of very few musicians to be deemed a legend. Ticket prices begin at just over $50, which is a mere pittance to witness musical perfection in action.
Game of Thrones Live (September 12)
The award-winning HBO series has been transplanted from the small screen to the stage! Orchestral arrangements of Westeros’s most beloved songs are in store for those who visit the Gila River Arena this September. Immerse yourself in The Seven Kingdoms before the final season premiers. Purchase Game of Thrones Live tickets for under $35 at www.gilariverarena.com.
Get Summer-Ready with a New Honda Ridgeline
Of course, concerts aren’t everyone’s jam. If you’d rather spend time outside or camping somewhere near Tempe, you’ll find no better companion than the new 2019 Ridgeline. With all the features that made the 2018 Ridgeline such a formidable truck, the new model is made even better. Visit one of our Phoenix Honda dealerships to take the new Ridgeline for a test drive and see what it’s capable of!
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