Phoenix Concerts Fourth of July Weekend: Santana, Broloaf, Steel Panther – Arizona News

Phoenix Concerts Fourth of July Weekend: Santana, Broloaf, Steel Panther – Arizona News

There’s simply no shortage of things to do this weekend.

When it comes to concerts and other music events, there’s going to be plenty of those happening as well.

If you’re a hip-hop fan, you can attend the star-studded Sound Splash at the Pressroom or the more locally focused 18th anniversary party for the Avenue of the Arts crew a few miles away at Last Exit Live.

Meanwhile, rock ‘n’ roll will fill the air at outdoor venues on either side of the Valley this weekend. Living legend Carlos Santana will be at Ak-Chin Pavilion on Friday night, and KUPD’s first-ever Mesa Meltdown will bring Powerman 5000 and Stone Sour to Mesa Amphitheatre.

Want to know what else is on tap this weekend? Check out our online listings or peep the following list of the best concerts and music events happening in Phoenix over the next several nights.


Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana.

Ruben Martin

Friday, June 30
Ak-Chin Pavilion

Carlos Santana is a man at peace with his place in the musical universe. The guitarist and band leader has been performing for nearly 50 years — since the mid-1960s — including a legendary breakout performance at Woodstock. During this time, Santana, has crossed musical idioms from jazz to blues, Latin rock to Indian ragas, soul to funk. Tracks such as “Evil Ways,” “Oye Como Va,” and “Black Magic Woman” have become classic rock radio hits, while later-period songs “Smooth” featuring Matchbox Twenty’s Rob Thomas on vocals and “Maria, Maria” (both from 1999’s Supernatural) serve to cement Santana’s long-standing appeal and legacy. Having performed with a who’s who of musical masters, including Miles Davis, Alice Coltrane, Tito Puente, B.B….

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