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The 11 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

Z-Trip will perform on Saturday, November 17, at Monarch Theatre during Furious Styles Crew's 25th anniversary.
Z-Trip will perform on Saturday, November 17, at Monarch Theatre during Furious Styles Crew's 25th anniversary. Steve Dykes
It’s going to be a big weekend for anniversaries. Just ask the folks behind such local instituions as Four Peaks Brewing, music venue The Listening Room, and hip-hop artist collective Furious Styles Crew, all whom have big parties planned over the next few days to commemorate their respective occasions.

What else is on tap this weekend? Plenty of concerts and music events, including gigs by Billie Eilish, Juice WRLD, John Digweed, Jaquees, Southern Culture on the Skids, and Ski Mask the Slump God. Local EDM event promoter Relentless Beats will also debut their newest festival, Origins, out at Rawhide in Chandler.

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

click to enlarge EDM legend John Digweed visits Shady Park on Friday. - PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY
EDM legend John Digweed visits Shady Park on Friday.
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John Digweed
Friday, November 16
Shady Park in Tempe

John Digweed has been living the dream for decades; at age 11, all he wanted in life was to be a DJ. Suffice it to say, he reached his goal — and then some. Over the past three decades, Digweed has held down a prestigious residency at influential NYC club Twilo, collaborated with with fellow producers Sasha and Nick Muir, appeared as himself in Greg Harrison's 2000 flick Groove, and has been voted as the No. 1 DJ in DJ Mag, among other accolades.

Throughout his decades-spanning career, Digweed has made sure the music always comes first. "What excites me is new music," he says. "I'm always about throwing forward, not backward." As such, you’re guaranteed to hear some fresh cuts coming from the sound system at Shady Park in Tempe on Friday night when Digweed performs. Rest assured that lovers of progressive trance — and lovers of electronic music, period — will be out in force to hear his tunes. Michael Hooker and DJ duo Turner and Heit will open. Amber Taufen

Four Peaks’ 21st Anniversary Party
Friday, November 16
Phoenix Rising Stadium in Tempe

The Valley’s most popular brewery has officially reached legal drinking age, so the makers of Kilt Lifter and Peach Ale are throwing a major rager to celebrate the occasion. Four Peaks’ 21st Anniversary Party will have food trucks serving up the perfect bite to go with your pint of Hop Knot and musical performances from local favorites Katastro, rock ‘n’ roll cover act Whiskey's Quicker and pop-punk mainstays The All-American Rejects. The local company will also be unveiling their new packaging designs for their frothy collection of tasty brews. Celebrate from 3 to 11 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex in Tempe. Tickets for this 21 and up event are $10 to $50. Jason Keil

click to enlarge Billie Eilish in concert. - JUSTIN HIGUCHI/CC BY 2.0/VIA FLICKR
Billie Eilish in concert.
Billie Eilish
Friday, November 16
The Van Buren

Much has been written about electropop singer-songwriter Billie Eilish’s age and everything she’s achieved at only 16 years old, and with good reason. In the span of only a few years, she’s had such enormously popular singles like "Bellyache,” released a hit EP (2017’s Don't Smile at Me), and sold out club gigs across the U.S. Eilish’s whirlwind ascent to stardom came virtually overnight after her debut single, “Ocean Eyes,” a song originally written by older brother Finneas O’Connell, hit big on SoundCloud in 2015. It went viral as fans and critics alike were entranced by her airy and evocative vocals, which accentuate the pensive and emotionally wrought lyrics on “Ocean Eyes” and her follow-up singles. Eilish’s haunting vocals and words of loneliness and loss waft through many of her songs, ranging from the tracks on Don't Smile at Me to one-offs like “6.18.18.,” an unreleased song she wrote in reaction to the slaying of volatile SoundCloud rapper XXXTentacion in June. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge This stage has seen plenty of performers over the past two years. - COURTESY OF THE LISTENING ROOM
This stage has seen plenty of performers over the past two years.
Courtesy of The Listening Room
The Listening Room’s Second Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, November 17
The Listening Room

Central Phoenix music venue The Listening Room has been around for two years now – and it's been busy with activity in that time. Since its grand opening in 2016 (which featured a stellar performance by folk music legend Melanie), TLR has hosted hundreds of sets by a wide variety of such singer-songwriters and recording artists as Randy Jackson of Zebra, Chris Trapper, and Tom Schneider. It's also given up stage time to a slew of locals as well, including Cameron Degurski, Sarah Peacock,

This weekend, the Listening Room’s proprietors cap off the venue’s first two years of existence with a second anniversary celebration on Saturday, November 17. They’re currently mum about the lineup for the event, as it's being kept under wraps. “Because this is special, we have decided to keep the performers a secret, and bring them in under the cover of darkness,” No media, so paparazzi, just you, in the audience enjoying a very special celebration.” One thing’s for certain: It's going to be a memorable occasion. Start time is 7 p.m. and tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Benjamin Leatherman

Juice WRLD and Ski Mask the Slump God

Saturday, November 17
The Pressroom

Flashback to May: Juice WRLD drops the music video for “Lucid Dreams,” directed by hip-hop video savant Cole Bennett, introducing the 19-year-old Chicago rapper to the masses. Flash-forward to the fall: After "Lucid Dreams" peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, Juice WRLD is now one of the hottest SoundCloud rappers in the game and has helped solidify the "emo rap" sound pioneered by guys like Lil Peep. He's even worked with one of the sound's originators, Lil Uzi Vert, on his song "Wasted." Attendees of WRLD’s concert at The Pressroom can expect to let out their teenage angst when he performs "All Girls Are the Same." Fellow SoundCloud rapper Ski Mask the Slump God shares the bill. Julio Lugo
click to enlarge Duke Dumont headlines the first-ever Origins festival. - PARADIGM TALENT AGENCY
Duke Dumont headlines the first-ever Origins festival.
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Origins 2018
Saturday, November 17
Rawhide in Chandler

Thomas Turner has a special place in his heart for underground sounds and house music. After all, the local electronic dance music promoter and founder of Relentless Beats started out at under-the-radar events and spinning four-on-the-floor tracks at clubs. Hence his company’s ongoing RBDeep events — which feature local and guest DJs dropping cuts of deep, progressive, and melodic house — and its newly launched festival, Origins.

The inaugural edition of the EDM event takes place on Saturday, November 17, at Rawhide in Chandler, and will star a curated selection of well-known DJs and producers, each of whom have a yen for house music and its varied flavors and subgenres. Names such as Duke Dumont, Lane 8, Justin Jay, Autograf, Nora En Pure, and EDX will man the mixers throughout the afternoon and evening at Rawhide’s new venue. The Riverwalk. Local DJ Sean Watson will also perform. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the 18-and-over event goes until 11 p.m. Tickets are $59 for general admission and $89 for VIP. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Metal icon Phil Anselmo. - JIMMY HUBBARD
Metal icon Phil Anselmo.
Jimmy Hubbard
Philip H. Anselmo and the Illegals
Saturday, November 17
Club Red in Mesa

Phil Anselmo has been a pioneering metal vocalist ever since coming on board with Pantera in 1987. Since then, he's contributed vocals to more than three dozen acts – most notably as the front man of Down and Superjoint Ritual – and has been involved in twice as many other projects, including voicing Satan in 2003's "The Manson Family" film, and founding Housecore Records, which reps several underground bands.

In 2013, he released the brutal and raw Walk Through Exits Only, his first solo album with his current band Philip Anselmo and the Illegals. Earlier this year, the act released its sophomore effort, Choosing Mental Illness As a Virtue, and is currently touring in support of the album. This weekend, Anselmo and company visit Club Red for a Saturday night show. Child Bite and Hovenweep will open. Lauren Wise

click to enlarge It's going to be a big weekend for the Furious Styles Crew. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
It's going to be a big weekend for the Furious Styles Crew.
Benjamin Leatherman
Furious Styles Crew 25th Anniversary
Saturday, November 17
Monarch Theatre and Bar Smith

This weekend, a slew of graf-heads, DJs, b-boys, and MC will all invade downtown Phoenix. What’s the big occasion? Well, its the 25th anniversary of Furious Styles Crew, the worldwide urban arts and hip-hop cultural collective that launched in the Valley back in 1993. Over the last quarter-century, the FSC and its members – which now includes more than 100 artists – have been lighting up venues, walls, dance floors, turntables, and microphones around town while practicing all four elements of hip-hop culture: graf art, rapping, turntablism, and dance.

The crew will re-assemble on Saturday, November 17, at both the Monarch Theatre and Bar Smith for an all-day celebration commemorating their 25 years of holding it down and keeping it real. Kicking off at noon, the event will feature dance battles, workshops, an all-vinyl DJ scratch competition, vendors, and plenty of cyphers taking place. It all caps off with an evening session that will be headlined by renowned mixmaster (and FSC member) Z-Trip in Monarch’s main room. Tickets are $15. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Scorpion vs. Tarantula - VISTONIE DRAVNOS
Scorpion vs. Tarantula
Vistonie Dravnos
Unity Through Community Fall Fest
Saturday, November 17
Shady Park in Tempe

When talking about Tempe as an arts and culture hub, you’ll often find yourself speaking in past tense. Mill Avenue’s long been a stretch dedicated to clubs and restaurants instead of venues where musicians can pour their hearts out.

But the collective Unity Through Community wants to prove that artistic expression isn’t dormant in the college town. To jump-start their mission of providing the tools creatives need to connect, they’ve been organizing various Unity festivals over the past year to showcase talents from Tempe and elsewhere in the Valley. The first event took place in October 2017 and featured a large lineup of local bands and hundreds of people in attendance.

The latest Unity fest happens this weekend at Shady Park in Tempe and will offer around 11 hours of performances in the venue’s outdoor bar park. (It also doubles as a birthday celebration for Unity Through Community co-founder Robert “Fun Bobby” Birmingham.) Local bands scheduled to perform include Scorpion vs. Tarantula, Creepsville 666, Japhy's Descent, Bourbon Witch, Banana Gun, Future Exes, Pretty Years, The Noodles, and others. Start time is 3 p.m. and admission is $10 before 6 p.m., $15 thereafter. Jason Keil

click to enlarge Southern Culture on the Skids slides into the Rhythm Room this weekend. - BILLIONS
Southern Culture on the Skids slides into the Rhythm Room this weekend.
Southern Culture on the Skids
Saturday, November 17
The Rhythm Room

Trash culture in all its myriad low-rent varieties has seldom had a better musical friend than North Carolina's Southern Culture on the Skids. Since forming in the basketball-obsessed burg of Chapel Hill in 1985 — that's right, 33 whole years ago, though the current roster of guitarist/vocalist Rick Miller, bassist/vocalist Mary Huff and drummer-of-sorts Dave Hartman dates to 1991 — the trio has focused their laser-like twangabilly on fried chicken ("Eight Piece Box"), gaudy gas-guzzlers ("Voodoo Cadillac"), hard labor ("Ditch Diggin'"), various dances ("New Cooter Boogie," "Camel Walk") and inebriation ("Liquored Up and Lacquered Down").

It may have been a few years since they’ve released any sort of new material (2016’s The Electric Pinecones was their last full-length), but that’s not stopping Southern Culture on the Skids from touring. You can catch them this weekend at the Rhythm Room along with local surf-rock act The Surfside IV. Chris Gray


Sunday, November 18
Marquee Theatre in Tempe

He can steal your girl and probably even steal your song. Jacquees, the Cash Money R&B artist who recently released his first studio album, 4275, also recently dealt with some controversy over his remix of Ella Mai’s “Trip,” which took over the internet and some spotlight from the original. Indeed, Jacquees has been “Quemixing” songs out of love and appreciation for the tracks, but he was ultimately forced to remove his “Quemix” of “Trip” (and by the way, it was great). Julio Lugo
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