5 Concerts to Check Out This Week: Holiday Shows

Jason KeilNovember 27, 2023
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Blind Boys of Alabama | Photo by Michael Weintrob
Blind Boys of Alabama | Photo by Michael Weintrob

Every week, we present a curated list of live music in a wide range of genres around the Valley, and this week’s column is chock-full of seasonal concerts to get you in the holiday spirit.

November 28-29
Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show
If you feel like a Scrooge during this particular time of year, get a ticket for this concert featuring the world-renowned Southern gospel singers. Chances are you’re going to leave spiritually transformed. 7 p.m., $69.50–$85.50, Musical Instrument Museum. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 480-478-6000, mim.org

November 30
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Not even your favorite Christmas songs are safe from the San Francisco punks (and self-proclaimed “Best Band in the World”), who are touring for the holiday season with ’80s singer-songwriter Josie Cotton. 8 p.m., $30-$40, Marquee Theatre, 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, 480-829-0707, luckymanonline.com

December 1
John Pizzarelli and Catherine Russell
The critically acclaimed guitarist and Grammy-award-winning vocalist will give your favorite carols a jazzy sheen in this intimate holiday show, part of Arizona Musicfest’s stellar 2023-24 season. 7:30 p.m., $39-$79, Highlands Church, 9050 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale, azmusicfest.org

December 1
Max Weinberg’s Jukebox
While technically not a Christmas-themed show, the E Street Band drummer and former late-night talk show bandleader gives his audiences a gift by letting them pick his set list with their applause, so no show is the same. 7 and 9 p.m., $59.50–$80.50, Musical Instrument Museum. 4725 E. Mayo Blvd., Phoenix, 480-478-6000, mim.org

December 3
Trans-Siberian Orchestra
If there’s one thing the holidays need more of, it’s rock. And there’ll be plenty of it when the band takes the stage to play their Christmas hits. The show will be an audio-visual spectacular, complete with a string section, light show, lasers, video screens and other special effects. 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $32.49-$109.75, Footprint Center, 201 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, 602-379-7800, footprintcenter.com