Best Phoenix Shows This Weekend: Ben Folds, Keshi, Calexico

Want to see a show this weekend? You have plenty of options at your disposal, including acts and entertainers like Ben Folds, Keshi, and Calexico, all of whom have concerts scheduled at Metro Phoenix concert halls for all three nights from Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19. June.

Below are details on each of these concerts. And for even more live music in the Valley this weekend and beyond, check out our Phoenix New Times‘ online concert calendar.

Brit Floyd

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Arizona Federal Theater, 400 West Washington Street

Something about Pink Floyd’s music has long inspired fans to want to add visuals. First it was stoned college kids syncing the band’s haunting album The dark side of the moon with the famous film inspired by Dust Bowl The Wizard of Oz to create “Dark Side of Oz”, a trippy and terrific audiovisual masterpiece. Then there was the Australian Pink Floyd Show, a tribute band that took on a life of its own. APFS guitarist and vocalist Damian Darlington decided to take the Floyd experience a step further with Brit Floyd. Formed in 2011 in Liverpool, England, the tribute act recreates the great band’s gigs and adds great visuals for flair. Prepare to step into another universe with this extraordinarily accurate and comprehensive Floyd experience, set to take place in the Arizona Federal Theater in mid-June. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are $38.50. Liz Tracy

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Calexico’s Joey Burns and John Convertino.

Piper Ferguson


Saturday June 18
The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street

Since 1996, Tucson-born band Calexico have used a wide range of sounds to create their signature indie rock. Influenced by traditional Latin styles of mariachi, conjunto, cumbia, and tejano, Calexico brings additional elements of country, jazz, and post-rock into a microgenre that has been dubbed “black desert.” Throughout the band’s nearly 30-year history, Calexico has revolved around the duo of John Convertino and Joey Burns, but slowly incorporated influences from a host of collaborators such as Neko Case and Iron & Wine. The group has also grown to include multi-instrumentalists to fill the space with horns, woodwinds and various types of percussion. Both Convertino and Burns may have left Arizona, but the state still influences their music. Calexico’s latest album, The Watchtower, mixes Spanish and English throughout its 12 songs, exploring Southwestern landscapes in its music and lyrics. Calexico returns to the Valley later this month for a gig at the Van Buren with opening support from soul-pop singer Molly Parden. Tickets are $32 to $35. David Flecher

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Ben Folds.

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Ben bends

Sunday June 19
Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 North Arizona Avenue

Ben Folds has been writing piano rock oscillating between sardonic humor and commentary on the human condition since his debut with Ben Folds Five. Along the way, he was chosen for many things – a father, a comedian and a producer – but above all, he remained an artist. Later this month, Folds will bring his In Actual Person Live for Real tour, which consists of solo piano and orchestral performances, to the Chandler Center for the Arts. Expect to hear essential songs and deep cuts such as “Jesusland,” “Zak and Sara,” “Landed,” and “Sentimental Guy” during the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are $46 to $76. Melissa Fossum and Benjamin Leatherman

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Keshi is on tour behind his debut album, Gabrielle.

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Sunday June 19
The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street

After a period of self-reflection, R&B/hip-hop artist Keshi returned earlier this year with the release of his debut album, Gabrielle. Critical praise poured in for the record, which strayed from its usual soulful sound. The Houston native began his music career in 2017, releasing self-produced tracks on SoundCloud. His sound was a mix of lo-fi beats and soulful vocals, transporting the listener into a dreamlike yet emotional state. During his short five-year career, the 27-year-old has released a string of EPs, including 2018’s the reaper, which features cuts like “2 Soon” and “Like I Need U” that helped him rack up a billion streams on services like Spotify. But it wasn’t until earlier this year that Keshi finally unleashed Gabrielle, a 12-track offering that combines an array of genres for what the artist defines as “raw” material solidified into a single work. Hear it live when Keshi comes to the Van Buren on June 19. Tickets for the 8 p.m. concert are only available through resellers. Sophia Medina

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