Phoenix concert calendar includes a free show from Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath
Courtesy of Warbly Jets

Mark McGrath, the front man of rock band Sugar Ray and one-time host of television’s “Extra” will perform a free show Aug. 11 in Phoenix. The concert will take place in downtown Phoenix in the street outside of Chase Field after the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game inside the stadium wraps up. The free admission is courtesy of Pepsi as the show will celebrate the temporary return of the cola maker’s Crystal Pepsi.

Billed as the Crystal Pepsi Throwback Tour, the promotion for the unique clear soda began with a similar free event in New York City that featured Busta Rhymes and continues in Miami Aug. 13 where the music will be provided by Salt-N-Pepa. Fans at the Phoenix street party will not only enjoy McGrath’s show, they’ll also have a chance to score some retro Crystal Pepsi swag. As for the drink itself, after sampling it at the event thirsty cola lovers will be able to purchase the drink at their favorite market for a limited time beginning Aug. 14.

A swig or two of the pop would probably come in handy for those hitting the Phoenix concert scene this month; here’s a look at our picks for some other exciting shows coming to the metro area.

Aug. 19 – Warbly JetsValley Bar, Phoenix

No, they’re not playing at the airport but you can bet that fans will be flying high after seeing this Los Angeles-based buzz band. The quartet’s self-titled debut album won’t drop until Oct. 20 but the band will likely play most of it this evening so you can be one of the first to hear it. Arizona’s own Mute Swan open the show.

Aug. 20 – Lamb of GodComerica Theatre, Phoenix

Wow, how time flies. In a couple of years Lamb of God will celebrate their 25th anniversary! The guys have a collective big heart too; last year’s EP The Duke was a charity effort that saw proceeds donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And since they’re sharing the bill with Slayer and Behemoth here, there’s little doubt that they’ll be giving it there all on stage too.

Aug. 22 – Dropkick MurphysRawhide, Chandler

It’s always a party when these Boston bad boys hit the stage, and this Arizona stop is part of their “From Boston to Berkeley” tour, where along with favorites from throughout their career the show will also feature some of the songs from their latest album 11 Short Stories of Pain & Glory. That alone would make for a great show but Rancid, The Selecter and Kevin Seconds of 7 Seconds are also on the bill.

Aug. 26 – Esso Afrojam FunkbeatThe Lost Leaf, Phoenix

Sensual tropical funk? Count us in! This big 8-piece band out of Chicago specializes in Afro-Latin inspired jams that are meant to be danced to, and their show got them named the “Best New Band 2016” in Chicagoland by the Chicago Reader. Best of all, this beer and wine bar/art gallery is not charging admission for the show. Lost Leaf concerts are always free.