Welcome back to What’s Up Wednesday, your weekly source for entertainments news and all things SLE. This week brings incredible live concerts to some of the Valley’s most popular entertainment venues. Travel back to the early 2000s with pop sensation, Jojo at Livewire, get a glimpse at the new age of hip hop with up-and-coming hip hop star and producer, Blackbear and get ready to rock out with one of the country’s most talked about hard rock groups, Testament. Regardless of what genre of music you’re into, there’s an SLE show tailored just for you this week.

Testament at Livewire
Wednesday May 17, 2017. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. All-ages eventTestament_21998

Testament is a Bay Area-based group credited as one of the most popular thrasher bands of all time. The group formed as Legacy in 1983, but changed their name two years later and released their debut album, “The Legacy” in 1987. Over the band’s more than three decades as a group, they have released over a dozen albums, one of the most successful being 2012’s “Dark Roots of Earth.” The album reached the top spot on the Billboard Rock Albums, Hard Rock Albums and Independent Albums charts. It also secured the No. 12 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. This year, Testament released another successful album, “Brotherhood Of The Snake,” which also charted on the Billboard 200 chart. To purchase tickets, or for more information please visit LivewireAZ.com.

Vanilla Spice at Blue Martini
Wednesday May 17, 2017. Band starts at 8:00 p.m. 21+ event

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Vanilla Spice, a locally-based 90’s hip hop cover band, will perform at Blue Martini in Phoenix as part of “True Blue Ladies Night,” which features half price drinks for ladies all night and $5 Tito’s cocktails for all guests. The band will perform at Blue Martini from 8 to 11 p.m. every Wednesday, all summer long.

Living Room Live feat. Vanilla Spice at W Scottsdale
Every Thursday. Doors at 9:00 p.m. Ages 21+ event

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W Scottsdale will be in full swing this Thursday with a performance by Vanilla Spice in the Living Room. For more information please visit, WScottsdaleTickets.com. For VIP table reservations, contact VIP@Triyar.com or call 602.405.0099.

Jojo at Livewire
Friday May 19, 2017. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. All-ages event

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Jojo is an American singer and songwriter who got her break after appearing on the television show, “America’s Most Talented Kids,” in 2003. The next year, she released her self-titled debut album, which reached the No. 4 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and spawned the hits “Leave (Get Out)” and “Baby It’s You” feat. Bow Wow. Two years later, she released another successful album, “The High Road,” which included her biggest hit to date, “Too Little Too Late.” After releasing mixtapes and EPs, she released her third and most recent album, “Mad Love” in 2016. The album reached the No. 6 spot on the Billboard 200 chart and features Alessia Cara and Wiz Khalifa. To purchase tickets, or for more information please visit LivewireAZ.com.

Blackbear at Livewire
Saturday, May 20, 2017. Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

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Matthew Musto, known by his stage name, Blackbear, is an American hip hop artist and producer. Over the course of his career, Blackbear has collaborated with several prominent music acts including Justin Bieber, G-Eazy, Mike Posner, Machine Gun Kelly, Pharrell Williams and Linkin Park. Blackbear is also credited with co-writing the Justin Bieber track, “Boyfriend” which debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. He also produced the title track from G-Eazy’s album, “These Things Happen.” To purchase tickets, or for more information please visit LivewireAZ.com.

Vanilla Spice at The Park
Saturday May 20, 2017. Band on stage at 9:30 and 11:15 p.m.

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Our favorite local cover band, Vanilla Spice will provide the soundtrack to Saturday night’s festivities at The Park Street Food Bar and Beer Garden in Downtown Phoenix. No admission fee necessary. For more information, please visit http://sle.bz/ThePark.

That’s it for this week’s #WhatsUpWednesday! Join us next week for another inside look at some of the Valley’s hottest live concerts. Tickets to ALL shows can be purchased at SLETickets.com.