Best Phoenix Shows This Week: Black Joe Lewis, D Smoke, Mother Mother


As you probably know by now, the highly contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19 has surged into Arizona in recent weeks. (This would be the dominant strain of the virus for now.) As a result, several concerts and other local musical events have been postponed or canceled outright.

However, there are still many shows taking place. If you’re vaccinated, boosted, masked, and think attending a gig is a manageable risk, we’ve put together a list of some interesting gigs that are taking place in the Phoenix subway from Monday January 10 through Thursday January 13. your vax cards handy, as most local venues will need them to get through the door. (Check the ticketing pages for each event for more information.)

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Canadian indie rock band Mother Mother.

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Mother Mother at Van Buren

It’s not often that you hear a musician proclaim that he wants to found a “vocal-oriented pop group”, but it was the case with guitarist and frontman of Mother Mother Ryan Guldemond. But why aim for such a mundane pop rate? Because it’s the kind of music that the generally oblivious musical population loves – it doesn’t require any thought to subconsciously tap your foot or nod – and they buy a lot of it. The Canadian group, which also includes vocalists / keyboardists Molly Guldemond and Jasmin Parkin, and drummer Ali Siadat, got off to a great start to success when New Pornographers producer Howard Redekopp signed on to work his pop magic. So, for Mother Mother, the concept worked quite well, signified by the release of electronic albums, nominations for various awards (mostly Canadian) and a few hit tracks (including “Bright Idea”, which was featured in a series of Kraft food advertisements). They are scheduled to perform on Tuesday January 11 at Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street. Singer-songwriter DYLYN opens the show at 8 p.m. The concert is officially sold out, but you can get tickets from various resellers. Glenn Burn Silver

D Smoking at the Valley Bar

The world of music is filled with many fortune tales, but none are as gripping as D Smoke’s rise to stardom. The Inglewood, Calif.-Based rapper (born Daniel Anthony Farris) had a rough childhood where his mother, a backing singer for Michael Jackson and other artists, struggled with drug addiction while his father spent time in prison. While working as a teacher and parallel rapping, D Smoke was propelled into the hip-hop spotlight in 2019 when he won the inaugural season of the Netflix reality show. Rhythm + Flow. The following year, he released the critically acclaimed LP, Black habits, which earned him Grammy nominations for Best Rap Album and Best New Artist. Since then he has released another studio album (last year War & Wonders) and collaborated with Snoop Dogg and Ty Dolla $ ign. D Smoke is scheduled to take the stage at Valley Bar, 130 North Central Avenue, on Wednesday, January 12. Angelina Sherie, Domani and Tiffany Gouché share the poster for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets cost $ 25. Benjamin Cuirman

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Guitarist and blues musician Cedric Burnside.

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Black Joe Lewis and Cedric Burnside at the Crescent Ballroom

Blues, funk, soul, country – why choose one when you can have them all? This is the philosophy of Austin, Texas, a native of Black Joe Lewis, who made so many comparisons with so many different artists, it’s hard to name a few (but we’ll try: James Brown, Howlin ‘Wolf, The Gun Club, Sam Cooke, Stax Records lineup, etc.). He’s like a compendium of American musical history, shattering all the great genres of the 20th century into a loaded assortment of guitars on his various albums. You might learn something when he comes to Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue on Wednesday, January 12, with blues musician and guitarist Cedric Burnside, grandson of legendary RL Burnside. Their concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $ 25 to $ 35. Douglas markowitz

Supersuckers at the rhythm room

The Supersuckers started when, as a kid in Tucson, singer and bassist Eddie Spaghetti heard “My Sharona” by The Knack, which got him hooked on rock and roll. He formed The Supersuckers with a group of friends in the late 1980s. This motley team moved to Seattle just as the grunge movement exploded into national attention. They signed to Sub Pop (on the same label as Nirvana) but were not easy to transpose into the super serious and unfortunate scene that America has come to associate with Seattle. The Supersuckers were lighter in tone and embraced the ridiculous, right down to the Spaghetti-branded cowboy hat. The group would eventually find their voice and build a career spanning two decades touring the country. They are scheduled to perform on Wednesday January 12 at The Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School Road. American artist Scott H. Biram opens the 8pm show. Tickets are $ 15 to $ 20. David Rolland

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Jazz-fusion guitarist Lee Ritenour.

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Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin at the Musical Instrument Museum

Lee Ritenour’s nickname is “Captain Fingers,” and if that sounds a bit cheesy, think back to when he got it. The classically trained pop and jazz-fusion guitarist won the title in the mid-1970s while recording many studio hours in his early 20s as one of Los Angeles’ most sought-after session players.
He was a founding member of contemporary jazz group Fourplay and has performed on albums for everyone from Barbra Streisand to Pink Floyd. Since the days of Ritenour’s sideman, he has released 34 solo albums, the last of which is from 2020 Dream Catcher. He is currently on tour and in concert with his longtime collaborator Dave Grusin, the Oscar-winning composer and pianist who has composed over 60 films, including The graduation, On the golden pond, Tootsie, and event The Goonies. The two will perform a two-night stint at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 East Mayo Boulevard, starting Thursday, January 13. Performances take place at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $ 33.50 to $ 49.50. John Ferri and Benjamin Leatherman

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