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The 11 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

Mac Sabbath is scheduled to perform on Saturday, November 24, at BLK Live in Scottsdale.
Mac Sabbath is scheduled to perform on Saturday, November 24, at BLK Live in Scottsdale. Paul Koudounaris
So, have you slept off your food coma yet? Yes? Cool. Consider offsetting your massive caloric intake from Thanksgiving by getting off the couch and out of the house for a few hours. And where should you go from there? Consider attending one of the many concerts and music events happening this weekend.

There are gigs by Good Charlotte, Meat Puppets, and L.A. Guns happening (in case you feel like rocking out), as well as blues band The Sugar Thieves and indie folk artist Cat Power (in case you don’t).

If you’re up for something a bit more magical, the Phoenix Symphony will perform a live accompaniment of the score of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban during screenings of the film this weekend. Or if you’d like to see something ultra-colorful and ultra-bizarre, McDonald's-themed Black Sabbath tribute act Mac Sabbath will perform at BLK Live in Scottsdale on Saturday night.

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.

click to enlarge The boys of Good Charlotte. - MSO PR
The boys of Good Charlotte.
Good Charlotte
Friday, November 23
The Van Buren

There was a time not too long ago when anyone who had a disregard for societal norms could throw on some heavy eye makeup, latch a few safety pins onto their messenger bags, and crank up. Good Charlotte? Yeah. Remember that? Those were the good old days of not wanting to fit in too much but definitely not badass enough to break too many rules. It was a perfect compromise for angsty teens who still enjoyed a catchy chorus or two. The pop-punk quintet will be back in town this month for a show at The Van Buren during Thanksgiving weekend. Sleeping With Sirens, Knuckle Puck, and The Dose will open. Diamond Victoria

click to enlarge William Reed is back in town. - DANI MEIGEL
William Reed is back in town.
Dani Meigel
SHAKE! A Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party
Friday, November 23
Crescent Ballroom

A lot of artists leave the Valley in search of greener pastures and bigger prospects. But not everyone found success. William Reed, however, is an exception. After putting Arizona in the rearview in 2013, the tastemaking DJ made it big in L.A., becoming one of the city’s most sought-after selectors. Over the past five years, Reed’s worked all manner of high-profile gigs, including performing at post-Oscar bashes and holding down residencies at such see-and-be-seen spots at Ace Hotel and The Standard.

Reed is returning to the Valley for the Thanksgiving holiday and will revive one of his signature dance parties, SHAKE!, in honor of the occasion. Its one-night-only return happens on Friday night at the Crescent Ballroom and will feature spins from Reed and special guests Mr. Brightside and Gabrielle Marie. Expect a curated mix of rock selections that will get you moving on the dance floor. The party starts at 11 p.m. Admission is free. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Catch the Meat Puppets at Crescent Ballroom on Friday night. - SONIA BOVIO
Catch the Meat Puppets at Crescent Ballroom on Friday night.
Sonia Bovio
Meat Puppets
Friday, November 23
Crescent Ballroom

If you’re just shy of 40, Meat Puppets have been making music longer than you’ve been alive. The Phoenix-based band started back in 1980 by brothers Curt and Cris Kirkwood — guitar/vocals and bass/vocals, respectively — and drummer Derrick Bostrom, who hasn’t been a member since the band went on their first hiatus in 1996.

Moving away from the hardcore sound early on, the band started incorporating country and psychedelia into their rock and roll and created a unique style that made them a longtime underground favorite and inspiration to tons of bands. Nirvana and Dinosaur Jr. are a couple of acts that have cited Meat Puppets as influences, especially their first couple of records. They got a good chunk of radio play in ’94 with the single “Backwater," and continued adding members to their diehard fan base. They now have 15 albums under their collective belt, so go see the well-seasoned Kirkwood brothers and current drummer Shandon Sahm tear it up in downtown Phoenix. Amy Young

click to enlarge The Sugar Thieves - CHADWICK FOWLER
The Sugar Thieves
Chadwick Fowler
The Sugar Thieves
Friday, November 23
The Rhythm Room

Guitarist Mikel Lander and vocalist Meredith Moore originally met in 2006 through a mutual friend at a Tempe house party. It may not have been a meet-cute sort of encounter (and Lander initially rebuffed Moore’s invitation to jam together) but it wound up changing both of their lives forever. The couple, who’ve been married for a few years now, form the core of The Sugar Thieves, one of the Valley's best roots/blues acts the serve up “meat shakin’” sounds that showcase their singing talents (Lander boasts a Tom Waits-meets-Nick Cave growl, while Moore has an astounding vocal range that’s always pitch-perfect) and his skills as a picker. Over the last decade, they’ve won the Arizona Blues Challenge on three occasions, gigged at venues across the Valley, and put out a few albums. Catch them this weekend at local blues haven The Rhythm Room. Benjamin Leatherman

click to enlarge Relive the music and magic of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban this weekend. - WARNER BROS.
Relive the music and magic of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban this weekend.
Warner Bros.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
Friday, November 23, to Sunday, November 25
Phoenix Symphony Hall

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third installment of the multibillion-dollar film franchise was originally scored by John Williams and was nominated for Best Original Music Score at the Academy Awards. Over the weekend of Friday, November 23, through Sunday, November 25, the Phoenix Symphony is putting on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert, a screening the film with live music from the orchestra, at the Phoenix Symphony Hall. Even though the Harry Potter series doesn't technically count as holiday films, engaging in nostalgia is a typical way to spend the Thanksgiving through Christmas time period. If you want to partake in watching this classic, tickets range from $25 to $93. Angelica Cabral
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