Pop, hip-hop, and rock stars will be making their way through the Valley this summer.
See who will be playing in town this weekend.
And check our local music guide to see what the Valley’s finest are up to this week.
If you’re more the type to stay in and listen to music, here’s a playlist of best April singles, best May singles and 10 Songs You Need to Hear Right Now.
7/14: Anthony Hamilton
It’s been 13 years since a slow-burning ballad called “Charlene” hit the pop charts, positioning North Carolina-born Hamilton as a major player in the soul revival a year after singing the hook on the Nappy Roots’ rap track “Po’ Folks” earned the singer his first Grammy nomination. And although he hasn’t had much luck crossing over to the pop charts, Hamilton’s still making good on the artistic promise of those early records on his latest album, last year’s “What I’m Feelin’.” Other song of note include “Can’t Let Go,” which topped the Adult R&B charts, and “You Got the Love I Need,” a collaboration with Al Green for which he won a Grammy.
Details: 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 14. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., Phoenix. $41-$61. 602-267-1600, ext. 1; www.celebritytheatre.com.
7/15: Shawn Mendes
The Canadian pop star peaked at No. 24 on Billboard’s Hot 100 with a platinum breakthrough called “Life of the Party” in 2014 but things really took off last year in 2015 with the quadruple-platinum success of “Stitches,” which hit No. 4. Both songs are featured on “Handwritten,” a debut that established Mendes as the youngest artist in five years to top the Billboard album chart. He’s 18 now and touring in support of a second chart-topping release, “Illuminate.” He’s also added three more major pop hits to his total, the platinum “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” double-platinum “Mercy” and triple-platinum “Treat You Better.”
Details: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 15. Gila River Arena, Loop 101 and Glendale Avenue, Glendale. $42.75-62.75. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com.
7/16: Goo Goo Dolls and Phillip Phillips
The Goo Goo Dolls have been on the road consistently since the release of their 11th studio album, “Boxes,” which features the hit “So Alive.” Formed in Buffalo, the Dolls were scrappy post-Replacements rockers before their mainstream breakthrough with the wistful, acoustic-guitar-driven “Name.” Now, they’re best-known for their ballads and mid-tempo rockers, from “Iris” to “Slide.” Since winning “American Idol” in 2012, Phillips has released a platinum debut, “The World from the Side of the Moon,” and a less successful followup, “Behind the Lights.” The sales of that first album were driven in part by the quadruple-platinum breakthrough of his “Idol” coronation single, “Home,” although a second single, “Gone, Gone, Gone,” also went platinum.
Details: 8 p.m. Sunday, July 16. Comerica Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix. $48.50-$89.50. 800-745-3000, livenation.com, ticketmaster.com.
7/16: Dirty Heads & Soja
Hailing from Huntington Beach, Calif., the Dirty Heads blend elements of reggae, ska, hip-hop and punk. “Any Port in a Storm,” their 2008 debut, included guest appearances by Billy Preston, Slash, Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows and Rome Ramirez of Sublime with Rome. It was the track with Ramirez, “Lay Me Down,” that gave these guys their breakthrough, topping the rock and alternative-songs charts. Subsequent hits include “Spread Too Thin,” “My Sweet Summer” and “That’s All I Need.”
Details: 5:45 p.m. Sunday, July 16. Mesa Amphitheatre, 263 N. Center St., Mesa. $30. luckymanonline.com, mesaamp.com.
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