Best Phoenix Shows This Weekend: Atmosphere, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Bob Log III

Watchu have planned this weekend? There will be live music and club nights at venues across the valley, including shows featuring rap legends Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, hip-hop duo Atmosphere and desert-based solo/oddity band. Tucson Bob Log III. Crescent Ballroom will also host a benefit event featuring women’s front groups to raise awareness for reproductive rights and funds for the cause.

Below are details on each of these concerts. And for even more musical events in the valley from Friday July 8th to Sunday July 10th, check out Phoenix New Times‘ online concert calendar.

Delta Heavy

Friday July 8
Sun Bar, 24 West Fifth Street, Tempe

If you prefer your loud, grimy, blazingly fast bass music, Delta Heavy’s Friday night concert at Sunbar should be on your to-do list. The UK-based DJ/producer duo of Ben Hall and Simon James have been creating mellow drum ‘n’ bass and dubstep tracks since 2009. This weekend they’ll be shaking subs and foundations at the Tempe’s Sunbar. Bensley, Lavander and Dirty Mind Tricks open the evening. 9 p.m., $24 via Benjamin Leatherman

Bob Log III

Friday July 8
Chopper John’s, 2547 East Indian School Road

At the Bob Log III show, he probably won’t get shot by a cannon. Rest assured, though, if the occasion arises, he’ll be dressed for it. The one-man band set is completed with a headset fitted with a telephone receiver microphone. While that headgear is certainly a focal point, once Log digs into his blues-punk tunes, your eyes are mesmerized by all the other happenings. There’s the slide guitar work with intricate fingering, the drum section — actuated by each of Log’s feet hitting corresponding pedals, and the raspy vocals that drip with sass and twang. Tracks like “Shake a Little, Wiggle it and Jiggle it Too”, “Boob Scotch” and “Manipulate Your Figments” kick off this blues-tinged rock ‘n’ roll dance party in 50s style. With The Hardways, 8 p.m., $10. Amy Young

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

Friday July 8
Marquee Theater, 730 North Mill Avenue, Tempe

What a bargain: you’ll get five Bones for the price of one when Bizzy Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Krayzie Bone and Flesh-n-Bone take the stage in Tempe this weekend. Although the legendary hip-hop collective hasn’t released an album since New Waves in 2017, they have a catalog deep enough to fill a show at the Marquee with beloved tracks from the early 1990s. Maniacal Militants, Caine Oth and Unconventional Kings are also on the bill. 7:30 p.m., $42 to $70 via Jennifer Goldberg

stranger things 80s night

Friday July 8
The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street

Yeah, the last season of stranger things may have sniffed the ending, but don’t let it distract from the fact that its soundtrack absolutely slams. As well as introducing Kate Bush’s 1986 song “Running Up That Hill” to a new generation of music fans, it was loaded with hits such as Falco’s “Rock Me Amadeus”, Baltimora’s “Tarzan Boy” and (well course) “Master” from Metallica. of puppets. You’ll probably hear these classic tracks (or other songs by the same artists) DJed during The Van Buren’s stranger things 80s Friday Night. There will also be an outfit contest, photo booth and giveaways. 8:30 p.m., $18 via Benjamin Leatherman

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Local rock band Bite the Hand.

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Breaking the patriarchy: a benefit for reproductive rights

Saturday July 9
Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue

Local musician Echo Breen is one of many exasperated by the Supreme Court’s June 24 decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to abortion. The singer turns anger into action with Smash the Patriarchy: A Benefit for Reproductive Rights on Saturday at the Crescent Ballroom. Breen leads the band Bite the Hand, who will take the stage that night to perform and raise money for the Arizona Abortion Funda Pro-Choice Arizona direct service program that provides financial assistance to Arizona women in need of abortion care.

Her goal for the show, in addition to raising funds and awareness, is to provide a zone of support for people struggling with this dismantling of the right to choose. Joining the lineup for the night with Breen’s band are Pleasure Cult, Wallace Hound, Veronica Everheart and Lilac Cadillac. Breen notes that the list includes all female acts. The Abortion Fund of Arizona will be on hand and spending time on stage, between the bands, telling the crowd about who they are, what they do, and the services and resources they offer. 7 p.m., $10 via Amy Young

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Slug and Ant of Atmosphere.



Sunday July 10
Marquee Theater, 730 North Mill Avenue, Tempe

Atmosphere, from Minneapolis, fits perfectly into this category of “old school” indie rap. Since 1996, the duo have released 12 studio albums and 10 extended plays, tackled some deep societal issues, and maintained a fan base while constantly evolving. hard to do in an era like the 90s where musical consistency was paramount. Atmosphere consists of rapper Slug (aka Sean Daley) and DJ/producer Ant (born Anthony Davis), and the latter has produced nearly every record the duo has released, including their most recent album, 2021’s WORD?. Atmosphere’s current tour with reggae-rock band Iration is crossing the valley this weekend with support from The Grouch and DJ Fresh. 5 p.m., $50 to $70 via Lauren Sage

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Jazz singer Francine Reed.

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Francine Reed

Sunday July 10
The Nash, 110 East Roosevelt Street

Francine Reed is an absolute treasure. Born into a musical family, which included her late sister (and fellow singer) Margo, Reed spent much of her life performing, dating back to her days singing gospel music in church while growing up in Illinois. Since the mid-70s, she’s been lighting up local stages and venues with her brassy voice and lively personality. Back in the day, you could find her at famous but bygone places in the Phoenix area, such as Boojum Tree, Chuy’s, or Bombay Bicycle Club. And when she wasn’t rocking the locals with her talents, Reed shared stages with Miles Davis, Etta James, Stanley Jordan and Smokey Robinson. 3 p.m., $14.80 to $45 via Benjamin Leatherman

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