Michelle Branch, Jennifer Hudson, Def Leppard and Los Temerarios are among new concerts just announced for the Valley.
On March 21, Sedona native Branch will headline the inaugural Chicks with Picks music festival at Tempe Beach Park. IOther performers will include Sarah Buxton, named top new female vocalist by the Academy of Country Music; Jessi Colter, the '70s country singer who lives in the Valley; and Bethany Wright, winner of the "Arizona Idol" competition. Tickets, which are $25, can be purchased at www.azchickswithpicks.com.
Grammy and Oscar winner Hudson is about to embark on a national tour with Grammy winner Robin Thicke that will include a May 5 stop at Dodge Theatre. Tickets, $35-$59.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 6, at Live Nation outlets.
Mexican crooners Los Temerarios will perform April 17 at Dodge Theatre. Tickets, $25-$45, also go on sale March 6 through Live Nation.
British rockers Def Leppard with Poison and Cheap Trick for a North American tour that comes to the Valley on Aug. 29. The venue and on-sale date haven't been announced.