5 Concerts to Check Out this Week (November 8-14)

Niki D'AndreaNovember 8, 2021
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Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra | Photo courtesy phoenixafrobeatorchestra.com


Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley. This week’s shows veer slightly off the mainstream path and down many different side streets, with everything from EDM and African folk-funk fusion to alt. rock godfather Elvis Costello and gypsy jazz.

Negativland and Sue-C
Tuesday, November 9 at The Rebel Lounge
Since forming in the San Francisco Bay Area in the late 1970s, experimental music group Negativland has pushed the parameters of prog-punk-pop-rock-jazz. Video and light artist Sue-C joins the band for a multi-sensory explosion. 8 p.m. Tuesday, November 9 at The Rebel Lounge, 2303 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, therebellounge.com. Tickets cost $22 plus fees.

Elvis Costello & The Imposters
Wednesday, November 10 at Arizona Federal Theatre
Elvis Costello & The Imposters play just a handful of stops on the Imperial Bedroom & Other Chambers U.S. tour, including a show in the Valley. Fans can expect selections from the 1982 album Imperial Bedroom, along with an eclectic mix of songs that came before and after in a lengthy live set. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 10 at Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, arizonafederaltheatre.com. Tickets cost $49-$525.

Django Festival All-Stars
Friday, November 12 at Musical Instrument Museum
This renowned ensemble performs the music of gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt and infuses its shows with original compositions and interpretive arrangements. Simultaneously traditional and modern, the music of Django Festival All-Stars has been described as “hot jazz.” 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, November 12 at Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, mim.org. Tickets cost $33.50-$49.50.

Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra
Friday, November 12 at Last Exit Live
Led by Camille Sledge, the 16-piece Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra sounds like a funky storm of soul and socially conscious commentary. Seven-piece African folk fusion band Baracutanga opens the show. 9 p.m. Friday, November 12 at Last Exit Live, 717 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, lastexitlive.com. Tickets cost $15-$18.

Saturday, November 13 at Shady Park
Attlas is one of the most celebrated artists on fellow Canadian EDM producer DeadMau5’s Mau5trap label, and he delivers similarly lush, layered danceable soundscapes. 9 p.m. Saturday, November 15 at Shady Park, 26 E. University Dr., Tempe, shadyparktempe.com. Tickets cost $20 plus fees.