Things to Do

Best Phoenix Concerts This Week: Allman Family Revival, Milky Chance, Thievery Corporation

The Allman Betts Band is scheduled to perform on Thursday, December 16, at Arizona Federal Theatre.
The Allman Betts Band is scheduled to perform on Thursday, December 16, at Arizona Federal Theatre. Big Hassle Media
If Christmas shopping hasn’t emptied your bank account already (and you could use a break from the holiday hullabaloo) consider spending some of your time and money on seeing a show. Some enticing shows will be happening from Monday, December 13, to Thursday, December 16, including gigs by electronic music acts Milky Chance and Thievery Corporation, veteran axman Gary Hoey, and rock/punk/ska artist Jeff Rosenstock.

The Allman Family Revival will also be rolling into the Valley and post-hardcore band … And You Will Know Us By the Trail Of Dead will take over the Rebel Lounge.

Read on for more details about each of these gigs or click over to Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar for more live music this week. Keep in mind, though, most local venues require proof of COVID-19 vaccinations or a recent negative test result to attend shows. More info can be found on the ticketing sites for each concert.
click to enlarge Clemens Rehbein (left) and Philipp Daush (right) of Milky Chance. - ANTHONY MOLINA
Clemens Rehbein (left) and Philipp Daush (right) of Milky Chance.
Anthony Molina

Milky Chance at The Van Buren

German electronic rock duo Milky Chance has been around since 2013, releasing a steady mix of radio-friendly songs with a lot of pop sensibility. Though Milky Chance made its television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2014, the band's real breakthrough came at the end of 2016 when the song "Cocoon," with its chorus about staying inside away from the "darkened afternoon," became an inescapable winter hit. The band has since gone on global headlining tours and crept up to the larger-font-band-name spot on festival lineup announcements. Over the course of the pandemic, Milky Chance released an EP of home recordings as well as a single with Jack Johnson with "Don't Let Me Down," which was just as inescapable last summer as "Cocoon" was two winters prior. Milky Chance's new release Trip Tape is a collection of cover songs in addition to their latest, ear-worm single "Colorado." Milky Chance comes to The Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street, on Monday, December 13. Giant Rooks opens the 8 p.m. show. Tickets are officially sold out but can be purchased through resellers. David Fletcher
click to enlarge Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach. - MARK WEISS
Former Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach.
Mark Weiss

Sebastian Bach at Marquee Theatre

Say what you will about his hair-metal pedigree, but ex-Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach has a great fucking voice, a powerful, distinctive wail that's typically the best aspect of the albums he's been involved with over the past 35 years. In fact, he hasn't lost a whit of his vocal power, range, or attitude on Angel Down, Kicking & Screaming, or Give 'Em Hell, the three solo albums Bach has released since 2007. This fall, Bach and his band have set the way-back metal machine to 1991 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Skid Row's landmark album Slave to the Grind. They’re scheduled to perform the album in its entirety on Tuesday, December 14, at Tempe’s Marquee Theatre, 730 North Mill Avenue. The concert is at 8 p.m. and tickets are $30 for general admission and $50 for balcony access. Michael Alan Goldberg and Benjamin Leatherman
click to enlarge Dave Koz returns to the Valley with a sleighful of holiday sounds. - MESA ARTS CENTER
Dave Koz returns to the Valley with a sleighful of holiday sounds.
Mesa Arts Center

Dave Koz and Friends at Mesa Arts Center

Grammy-winning saxophonist and smooth jazz king Dave Koz is bringing his annual Christmastime tour back to the Valley for a performance at Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street, on Wednesday, December 15. This year, he’ll be accompanied by guitarist Jonathan Butler, trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonist Richard Elliot, and vocalist Rebecca Jade to form a Voltron of jazz. They’ll perform a variety of holiday tunes and favorites during the festive concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m. in the Ikeda Theater. Tickets are $61.50 to $192.50. Brett Gillin

Thievery Corporation at The Van Buren

World-renowned electronic music act Thievery Corporation, formed in 1995 by Rob Garza and Eric Hilton, has not only thrived as a group but persevered the past 26 years and gained an international fan base without a hit record. After more than two decades of recording remixing and touring worldwide, TC brings its versatile ensemble to the Van Buren, 401 West Van Buren Street, on Wednesday, December 15, for its first Valley show in three years. Garza grew up around the thriving punk and hip-hop cultures of Washington, D.C., and later dived headfirst into piano lessons, learning classical, jazz, and music theory, to get to the root of music foundations. They would serve as musical inspiration, a launchpad for his and Hilton’s electronic music amalgamation. Over the past quarter-century, Garza and Hilton have added their own unique brush strokes to Thievery Corporation’s ever-changing canvas. Dessa will open TC’s show at the Van Buren, which starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $39.50 to $42. Mark C. Horn
click to enlarge Jeff Rosenstock is a practitioner of rock, punk, and ska. - CHRISTINE MACKIE
Jeff Rosenstock is a practitioner of rock, punk, and ska.
Christine Mackie

Jeff Rosenstock at Crescent Ballroom

From 1995 until about 2012, singer Jeff Rosenstock played in several punk, ska, and hardcore bands without seeing a whole lot of success. After the collapse of New York's Bomb the Music Industry! punk collective, Rosenstock started up his Quote Unquote Records label and set off on a solo career that has put the singer's songwriting prowess front and center. Comical, confessional, and always creative, Rosenstock writes poetic and prophetic songs that are punk rock in spirit and power pop in their delivery. There is an urgency to Rosenstock's music that comes with the songwriter's revealing takes on politics and culture that are as personal as they are universal. Touring in support of his latest album No Dream (and its ska remix version, Ska Dream), Rosenstock will have Philadelphia folk-rock band Slaughter Beach, Dog and New York multi-instrumentalist Oceanator open his show on Wednesday, December 15, at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Tickets for the 8 p.m. gig are $20. David Fletcher
click to enlarge Veteran axman Gary Hoey is bringing his Christmas show to the Rhythm Room. - DAVID BROW
Veteran axman Gary Hoey is bringing his Christmas show to the Rhythm Room.
David Brow

Gary Hoey at The Rhythm Room

Maybe getting rejected by Ozzy Osbourne isn't such a bad thing after all. At least not for Gary Hoey. The veteran axman auditioned for the Prince of Darkness in the late '80s but didn't get the gig. Instead of letting that crush his musical dreams, Hoey moved on to forge his own musical career, snatching a hit with his cover of "Hocus Pocus" and dipping his toes in surf rock. Dick Dale even called Hoey his favorite modern guitarist, proving you don't have to bite the heads off bats to be successful. He's able to play harder sounds, too – as evidenced by rip-roaring albums like 2016’s Dust & Bones offering an emphasis on classic rock and heavy metal melodies – and doesn’t shy away from playing a holiday tune or two, having released three volumes of Christmas music. You’ll hear plenty of the latter during his Ho-Ho-Hoey Christmas Show on Wednesday, December 15, at the Rhythm Room, 1019 East Indian School Road. Start time is 8 p.m. and tickets are $30. Nicki Escudero

Allman Family Revival at Arizona Federal Theatre

This year marks the annual Allman Family Revival tribute tour’s return to the road in celebration of Gregg Allman’s birthday. Launched by Devon Allman in 2017 as a tribute to his dad, the 19-city tour rolls into Arizona Federal Theatre, 400 West Washington Street, on Thursday, December 16. What was initially began as a one-time family affair in honor of the elder Allman four years ago has become a fan favorite after word spread about the tour’s intense four-hour jam sessions and special appearances. Devon, who resembles his late father, promises a hot night. It will start with a warm-up set by his project with Duane Betts, the Allman Betts Band, before an all-star cast of musicians and acts – including Robert Randolph, Donavon Frankenreiter, Lilly Hiatt, Luther Dickinson, Eric Gales, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Cody Dickinson, Jimmy Hall, Lamar Williams Jr., and River Kittens – take the stage. The music kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $38.50 to $85. Nathalie Baret
click to enlarge Conrad Keely (left) and Jason Reece (right) of … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. - VIKTOR SKOT
Conrad Keely (left) and Jason Reece (right) of … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.
Viktor Skot

And You Will Know Us By the Trail Of Dead at The Rebel Lounge

Art-punk/post-hardcore band …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead has been around for over 25 years and is known for its genre-blending sound that has gripped its widespread fan base. Jason Reece and Conrad Keely, the band's two permanent members since playing their first show in 1995, trade duties as drummers and frontmen. Throughout the decades, the group has operated with a revolving lineup, and currently has five members. Now the band is making up for lost time. The pandemic shuttered last year's tour to celebrate its 25th anniversary and its 10th album, X: The Godless Void and Other Stories. Trail of Dead is currently on its first tour in months and will roll into The Rebel Lounge, 2303 East Indian School Road, on Thursday, December 16. Reece told our sister publication Denver Westword that Trail of Dead will be touring with “basically a fucking orchestra" and will play songs it has rarely or never played live, which includes some fan favorites. But that's where the teasers end: He wants to keep an element of mystery for the band's fans. Their show is at 8 p.m. and Death Valley Girls and Noonday Devils open. Tickets are $18. John Bear
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.