5 Concerts to Check Out This Week: Rock Legends and Contemporary Hits with a Ragtime Twist

Jason KeilNovember 13, 2023
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The National | Photo by Graham MacIndoe
The National | Photo by Graham MacIndoe

Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres around the Valley, and this week’s column features indie and rock legends as well as a group of performers putting a unique spin on today’s hits.

November 13
The National
Matt Berninger, who has been the frontman of the indie rock group since its inception in 2004, is probably better known for his collaborations with Taylor Swift than the moody output that has earned his band well-deserved accolades. But don’t expect them to brood onstage. Berninger’s live antics are the stuff of legend. 7:30 p.m., $39.50-$76, Arizona Financial Theatre, 400 W. Washington St., Phoenix, 602-514-2919, livenation.com

November 14
REO Speedwagon
No one puts together a rock ballad better than the Champaign, Illinois, group, who dominated the ’80s with the wedding reception staples “Keep On Loving You” and “Can’t Fight This Feeling.” 7:30 p.m. Check website for ticket prices. Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., 602-267-0186, celebritytheatre.com

November 16
John Bayless
Leonard Bernstein mentored this classical pianist, who gained popularity due to his improvisational recordings that mixed Bach and the Beatles. But a stroke in 2007 left him without the use of his right hand. During this intimate musical performance, he’ll tell his extraordinary story of overcoming his physical challenges. 7:30 p.m., $28.50–$33.50, Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 480-478-6000, mim.org

November 16
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox
Contemporary hits get a ragtime twist thanks to the clever arrangements of this musical collective, which gained popularity on YouTube for their covers of Lady Gaga and Megan Trainor. 8 p.m., $35-$75, Ikeda Theatre at Mesa Arts Center, One E. Main St., Mesa, 480-644-6500, mesaartscenter.com

November 19
John Fogerty
The outspoken songwriter behind Creedence Clearwater Revival keeps rolling with changes, performing a great mix of classics and new songs with the same zeal as he did in the late ’60s. 7 p.m., $35-$999.99, The Pool at Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, 480-850-7777, talkingstickresort.com