Big names and major concerts are on tap this weekend in metro Phoenix. To wit: Cypress Hill is bringing its tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of its self-titled debut album to Mesa Amphitheatre, Cheap Trick will rock out at Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, and DJ superstar Flosstradamus will hold it down at Tempe’s Sunbar.
A pair of prominent music venues will also resume concerts on Friday night when Footprint Center in downtown Phoenix hosts popular Latin ensemble Grupo Firme while death metal fiends Deicide take over The Nile Theatre in Mesa.
Details about each of these events can be found below. And for even more live music happening around the Valley, hit up Phoenix New Times‘ online concert calendar.
Keep in mind, though, that the Delta variant of COVID-19 is a growing danger right now and venues will be crowded with people at many events. If you’re going to attend, we encourage you to take precautions like wearing masks or maintaining social distancing.
Deicide at The Nile Theater
Deicide is death metal at its goriest. From lead singer/bassist Glen Benton’s burning upside-down crosses into his forehead to the band’s receiving death threats from animal-rights activists because Benton once shot a squirrel during an interview, the Tampa troublemakers have been a contentious presence for disciples of the genre.
Love them or hate them, the band delivers a metal stew of amphetamine-fast shredding, guttural bass and vocals, thundering drums, and, when the band is feeling theatrical, blood and meat (no joke). So many bands of the same style merely dissolve into an indecipherable mess, and Deicide’s avoidance of such has made them one of the bestselling death-metal acts of all time. The band will bring the blasphemy to The Nile Theatre, 105 West Main Street in Mesa, on Friday, August 13, to welcome live music back to the venue. Kataklysm, Internal Bleeding, and Begat the Nephilim round out the unholy bill. The show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are $25. Erica K. Landau
Grupo Firme at Footprint Center
Fresh off of a week-long stint of sold-out shows at the Staples Center in L.A., Latin ensemble Grupo Firme will perform the first concert at Footprint Center, 201 East Jefferson Street, in more than a year – and it should be just as crowded as their SoCal gigs. Credit that to the popularity of their sound (a mix of banda and norteño), youthful verve (every member is under 30), and covers of regional classics (including Calibre 50’s “El Amor No Fue Pa´Mí”).
Grupo Firme’s songs have gotten hundreds of millions of YouTube views, major radio airplay, and appearances on Billboard’s Latin charts. Tickets to their Footprint Center concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 13, are almost sold out, though, so move fast if you plan to attend. They’re available for $190 to $3,000 via Ticketmaster. Benjamin Leatherman
Flosstradamus at Sunbar
For more than 10 years, Chicago electronic-music project Flosstradamus was a duo comprising Curt Cameruci and Josh Young. Together the pair rose up to be one of America’s most popular and celebrated bass-music acts. But in 2017, Young quit. He stopped flossing, as it were. Cameruci, meanwhile, has been striding gallantly forward, keeping the Flosstradamus name alive through a potent combination of refined talent and undeniable stubbornness. But then, why should he stop?
Cameruci’s heart is in Flosstradamus, and it has been since he and Young were creating mashups. These days, the name is associated with trap, hip-hop, and anything else from the wider world of EDM. Cameruci will bring the act to Sunbar, 24 West Fifth Street in Tempe, on Friday, August 15. R3LL, Rate, and Sozo will open the 9 p.m. show. Tickets are $32. Brett Callwood
Cheap Trick at Talking Stick Resort
Nearly 50 years since its inception and five years after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cheap Trick has returned with a new album. The group’s 20th, In Another World, has received mixed reviews from critics, but that won’t stop fans from showing up in droves to hear the Illinois rockers perform the likes of “I Want You To Want Me,” “Surrender,” and “Mighty Wings” live. The iconic outfit will perform at Scottsdale’s Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Talking Stick Way, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 14. Tickets are $35 to $149. Matthew Keever
Los Chicos Del 512 at Chandler Center for the Arts
Los Chicos del 512 will bring their renowned tribute to the late Tejano star to Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue, on Saturday, August 14, offering up a performance that gives the audience a chance to remember the legacy of both a musical and cultural icon. It’s the closest thing audiences can find to a live Selena performance, right down to the smallest detail. This isn’t a cover band playing dress-up. It’s a step back in time that honors the Mexican Madonna’s legendary body of work and her ability to put on one hell of a live show. Performances are at 3 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $40. Michael Palladino
Cypress Hill at Mesa Amphitheatre
Cypress Hill will light up Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 North Center Street, on Sunday, August 15, with opening support from Atmosphere and Z-Trip. The concert is part of their national tour celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the group’s debut, self-titled album. “I never thought we’d do 30 years,” Cypress Hill’s Sen Dog told our sister publication Dallas Observer. “I thought we would do like a five-, six-year, maybe a seven-year run and do two or three albums. Now, like, we’re going to be like those guys, you know? Like The Rolling Stones.”
Cypress Hill came out in 1991, and “How I Could Just Kill a Man” began circulating on urban and college radio stations alike. Not even the group’s members could believe they would have stumbled upon the perfect recipe for crossover success. “I think the whole rhythm of recording albums, putting them out and then touring them a year and a half or two got us on a roll,” he explains. “We did five or six albums in a row with that mentality. Before we knew it, 20 years had passed. It’s all a blessing to us that our band has stood the test of time.” Tickets for the 2 p.m. gig are $49.50 in advance, $55 at the door. David Fletcher
Exmortus at The Underground
Exmortus’ sound is a blistering blend of European-influenced, neo-classical thrash metal. Magnificent guitar solo centerpieces by frontman Jadran “Conan” Gonzalez tie songs together and evoke memories of ’80s shred guitar greats like Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. The band’s current lineup includes guitarist Chase Becker, Phillip Nunez on bass and backing vocals, and drummer Adrian Aguilar
David Rivera on second guitar and Jovanni Perez on bass. Exmortus is currently touring with fellow thrash metal act Lich King and comes to The Underground, 105 West Main Street in Mesa, on Sunday, August 15. Black Phantom will open the 7 p.m. concert. Tickets are $15 in advance, $17 at the door. Jason Roche