This weekend offers a few unique live music experiences. There’s a DIY punk picnic, for example, as well as a massive metal fest, a gig at off-the-radar spot The Lunchbox, and the chance to see punk act Fathers Day on Father’s Day.
Of course, there also a variety of more traditional concert-type concerts, like Black Lips at Crescent Ballroom, Brit Floyd’s laser-filled tribute to Pink Floyd at Comerica, shows by Americana act BoDeans and jazz singer Diane Schurr’s at the Musical Instrument Museum, and former Misfits member Doyle shredding it up at Club Red in Mesa.
Read on for full details about each of these shows or check out our extensive online music listings for even more concerts happening in Phoenix this weekend.
Friday, June 16
Musical Instrument Museum
They may not have invented Americana music or even redefined it, for that matter, but the BoDeans were responsible for one of the genre’s rare mainstream hits, courtesy of the driving anthem called “Closer to Free.” Thrust into the top 10 after being tapped as the theme song for the television show Party of Five, they spawned several respectably selling albums, a tour with U2, and a “Best New Band” designation from Rolling Stone. Over the years, a number of theories have been floated as to how the band chose its name. Even when asked about its origins, singer/songwriter/chief mainstay Kurt Neumann concedes that there’s been a lot of conjecture about the source from which it was derived. “Sam [Llamas, the band’s cofounder] said it came from The Beverly Hillbillies,” he recalls, referencing the show’s dimwitted character Jethro Bodine. “But for me, it…
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