5 Concerts to Check Out This Week (November 28-December 4)

Jason KeilNovember 28, 2022
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ZONA Music Festival headliners Tegan and Sara | Photo by Pamela Littky

Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres all around the Valley, and this week, we feature holiday-adjacent acts.

December 1
ZZ Top
Sure, with their lengthy beards, guitarist Billy Gibbons and bassist Elwood Francis (who took over for Dusty Hill after his death in 2021) look the part of a certain North Pole resident. But to our knowledge, the Texas blues band has never recorded a Christmas song together. Gibbons did release the track “Jingle Bell Blues” last year, so that counts, right? 7:30 p.m., $38-$78, Ikeda Theater at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com

December 2
The folk punk troubadours, who nicely captured the mood of the nation during the pandemic two months before it happened with Good Luck Everybody, return to Phoenix to whet your appetite for “Psyko Steve” Chilton’s two-day ZONA Music Festival in Downtown Phoenix this weekend (details below). 8 p.m. $23-$25. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix, 602-716-2222, crescentphx.com

December 3-4
ZONA Music Festival
It almost seems like a no-brainer to put on an outdoor music festival in Downtown Phoenix in December. And with an indie lineup as cool as the weather, including Bleachers, Beach House, and Japanese Breakfast, music fans will wonder why no one thought of the idea sooner. 12 p.m., $155-$299, Margaret T. Hance Park, 67 W. Culver St., Phoenix, zonamusicfest.com

December 4
Under the Mistletoe
No, this isn’t a tribute to the chart-topping Justin Bieber Christmas album. It’s a holiday lineup featuring some of the best hip-hop stars that ever grabbed a mic, including Nelly, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Lil Jon, Ma$e, and Ying Yang Twins. 7 p.m. Check website for prices. Desert Diamond Arena, 29400 W. Maryland Ave., Glendale, 623-772-3200, luckymanonline.com

December 4
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
If there’s one thing the holidays need more of, it’s rock. And there’ll be plenty when the band takes the stage to play their Christmas hits. They’ll be accompanied by a string section, a light show, lasers, video screens, and other special effects. 3 and 7:30 p.m., $24.99-$99.50, Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800, footprintcenter.com


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