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The 11 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Jorja Smith is scheduled to perform on Thursday, November 29, at The Van Buren.
Jorja Smith is scheduled to perform on Thursday, November 29, at The Van Buren. Justin Higuchi/CC BY 2.0/via Flickr
We’re officially in the holiday season, y’all, which means Christmas is everywhere. It's even found its way into our list of the best concerts in the Valley this week, as jazz artist David Benoit will pay tribute to A Charlie Brown Christmas at the MIM.

What else is on tap for this week’s concert scene in Phoenix? Plenty of big shows, including much-anticipated shows by Fleetwood Mac, Jorja Smith, Justin Timberlake, and local parody metal band Okilly Dokilly.

Plus, in the true spirit of the holidays, you can also lend a hand to those in need, specifically the cats behind local DIY venue The Lunchbox.

Details about each of these shows can be found below in our list of the best concerts happening in the Valley this weekend. And for even more live music happening around the Valley, hit up Phoenix New Times' online concert calendar.

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Canadian-born singer-songwriter Steven Page.
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Steven Page Trio
Monday, November 26
Crescent Ballroom

There’s more to musician Steven Page than cheeky songs about alternative girlfriends, mac and cheese, and Brian Wilson. Besides his history as a founding member of Barenaked Ladies, the Canadian-born singer-songwriter has accomplished plenty on his own. Since leaving the band in 2009, he’s toured the world, got his music onto the soundtracks of several movies and television shows, hosted his own television show The Illegal Eater, and released a half-dozen albums, including 2016’s Heal Thyself Pt. 1: Instinct and this year’s Discipline: Heal Thyself, Pt. II. This week, he’ll be at Crescent Ballroom with his latest ensemble, the Steven Page Trio. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $35. Wesley Stace (better known as John Wesley Harding) will open. Benjamin Leatherman

A Charlie Brown Christmas feat. David Benoit
Tuesday, November 27
Musical Instrument Museum

Christmas music can be bad (we’re looking at you, “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”), but the Vince Guaraldi Trio neatly righted that ship in 1965 with its now-iconic soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas. Renowned jazz musician David Benoit and guest vocalist Sara Gazarek stage a yearly tour in honor of both the special and its soundtrack, which stops by the Musical Instrument Museum on Tuesday. It's a festive reminder that holiday music can be an art and will feature many of your favorite tunes from A Charlie Brown Christmas, as well as some originals from Benoit, who took over as the composer for the newer Peanuts Christmas specials. Showtime is 7 p.m. and tickets are $53.50-$73.50. Lauren Cusimano

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Valley Bar's main entrance.
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La Luz de Luna
Tuesday, November 27
Valley Bar

This Mexican folk band is a collaborative duo or trio, depending on when you catch them; the band consists of Andria Bunnell and rotating members. Bunnell also does percussion and vocals for Las Chollas Peligrosas, an all-female quintet that has been gaining traction in the Valley. La Luz De Luna draws inspiration from their heritage and classic musical styles like rancheras and boleros. In an era inundated with the same styles of music over and over, this band brings a fresh and much-needed take. Angelica Cabral

Metalachi invades the Rhythm Room this week.
Tuesday, November 27
The Rhythm Room

What would happen to a young Mexican-American musician, who decades ago, was brought up with traditional mariachi music, but in his teens discovered bands like Black Sabbath and the multiverse of hard rock and heavy metal? This is how the concept for Metalachi was born in the 1990s.

Struggling with opposing musical genres, the band gave birth to an innovative new sound: the fusion of traditional Mexican mariachi folk music, and the loud, wild, sleazy, and decadent vibes of heavy metal. Metalachi had been blowing minds and bursting eardrums, all with a high level of musicianship, showmanship, creativity, and tongue-in-cheek humor.

With heavy roots in Mexican culture, the band spends most of its time on the road, breaking down musical and cultural barriers one performance at a time, including during a high-profile appearance on America’s Got Talent a few years ago where the band brought down the house with its rendition of Twisted Sister's classic, “We're Not Gonna Take It.” Alex Distefano

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The Lunchbox needs your help.
Benjamin Leatherman
Save LBX Benefit
Tuesday, November 27, and Wednesday, November 28
The Lunchbox

Local DIY music venue LBX (a.k.a. The Lunchbox) has sent out an SOS and could use your assistance. According to a crowdfunding campaign recently launched earlier this month by Lunchbox owner Danny Levie, the spot is in dire need of money in order to survive because of costs related to moving to new digs last year. “A year ago, we decided to take it to the next level and found a new home with a bar and a bigger and better environment for growing and flourishing,” Levie wrote. “With this move came bigger expenses though, and with lower attendance and no financial backing, times are tough.”

Hence the aforementioned crowdfunding campaign (which has currently raised approximately $2,300) and this week’s two-night Save LBX Benefit. Various local artists and acts will perform at the venue on back to back evenings as a way of helping out. The lineup includes Terminal 11, Glob, Gabriella Isaac, Asymptote, Tsone, PSYCH MFK, Deadsnake, Lav Andula, and DJ Coldblood on Tuesday, November 27; and Perplex, UFO Dictators, Reclaim, Altercation, Heavy Breather, and Molotov Cockroach on Wednesday, November 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and admission is $10 each night. Benjamin Leatherman
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