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The 13 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Week

Snoop Dogg is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, December 11, at The Van Buren.
Snoop Dogg is scheduled to perform on Wednesday, December 11, at The Van Buren. Live Nation
Christmas is coming early for concertgoers of the Valley. True story. The next several nights will feature a lineup of blockbuster artists and acts performing at venues across the Valley.

The seven-day stretch from Monday, December 9, to Sunday, December 15, will see legendary names like Snoop Dogg, MC Chris, Kiefer Sutherland, and Rob Thomas.

Meanwhile, Ariana Grande and the Jonas Brothers will bring their current tours (Thank U, Next and Happiness Begins, respectively) back to the Valley after wowing local crowds earlier this year.

And if you’re in the mood for some holiday shows, Alice Cooper will present his annual Christmas Pudding extravaganza, and jazz artist David Benoit will pay tribute to the music from A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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

click to enlarge Nerdcore king MC Chris raps it up at The Rebel Lounge this week. - MARA ROBINSON
Nerdcore king MC Chris raps it up at The Rebel Lounge this week.
Mara Robinson

MC Chris

Monday, December 9
The Rebel Lounge


The Mandalorian has a lot going for it: spaghetti Western vibes, Werner Herzog, and adorable marketing schemes. But one thing the streaming show is missing is dope-ass rhymes and beats that slap, bang, and/or knock. The Mouse House should throw some cash MC Chris’s way. The veteran nerd-rapper has been slinging hot bars about Mandalorians for years. The Aqua Teen voice actor and OG nerdcore rapper can drop verses with the best of them, but whereas most rappers wax poetic on C.R.E.A.M., MC Chris is more likely to rap about THAC0 and Muppet Babies.

MC Chris will be playing at The Rebel Lounge on Monday night. The show starts at 8 p.m. and Shubzilla opens. There will be a costume contest, so come dressed to impress in your Jabba’s Palace best. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day of the show. Ashley Naftule

click to enlarge The Jonas Brothers during a Valley performance earlier this year. - LEAVITT WELLS
The Jonas Brothers during a Valley performance earlier this year.
Leavitt Wells

Jonas Brothers

Tuesday, December 10
Talking Stick Resort Arena


In October 2013, the Jonas Brothers broke up, citing "a deep rift within the band." In an outfit comprising three siblings — Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas — disagreements are bound to happen. But six years after the trio broke countless young hearts around the world, they reunited and pushed out a brand-new record to celebrate their reconciliation. On tour in support of their fifth studio album, Happiness Begins, the Jonas Brothers will return to Talking Stick Resort Arena on Tuesday for another performance (they played the downtown Phoenix venue back in October). Bebe Rexha and Jordan McGraw will open. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $35 to $495. Matthew Keever

click to enlarge Indie R&B artist Son Little. - ANTI- RECORDS
Indie R&B artist Son Little.
ANTI- Records

Son Little

Tuesday, December 10
Valley Bar


Son Little is the musical nom de plume of Los Angeles-based musician Aaron Earl Livingston. A true virtuoso, he's a multi-instrumentalist whose vintage, indie R&B tunes have been recently praised by major outlets like NPR Music and The New York Times, to name just a few. He's also collaborated with The Roots and RJD2, and won a Grammy for his work on Mavis Staples' 2016 release, "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean."

Little's out on tour now in support of a recently released EP and will be releasing a full-length on ANTI- Records in late January. Catch him at the cozy confines of Valley Bar for the chance to say that you knew him before he played stadiums. The show is at 8 p.m., and Christopher Paul Sterling opens. Tickets are $18. Jeff Strowe

click to enlarge Rob Thomas: Give him your heart, make it real, or else forget about it. - RANDALL SLAVIN
Rob Thomas: Give him your heart, make it real, or else forget about it.
Randall Slavin

Rob Thomas

Tuesday, December 10
Comerica Theatre


There’s an irrevocable immediacy to Rob Thomas. Watch any performance from his arena-selling glory days with Matchbox Twenty and it’s clear that the man belongs up onstage. Though he’s often bunched up with the rest of the adult contemporary gang of the late ’90s to mid-aughts (Train, Counting Crows), Thomas’ signature poppy songwriting alone proves he’s in a league of his own.

He has since become a modestly successful solo artist. The three-time Grammy Award winner built up a fan base by staying true to his pop sensibilities. He’s scheduled to perform on Tuesday night at The Van Buren with support from Daughtry and Stephen Puth. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $30. Patricia Cárdenas


A Charlie Brown Christmas feat. David Benoit

Tuesday, December 10
MIM Music Theater


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 MIM Music Theater 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 to $73.50. Lauren Cusimano
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