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The 10 Best Concerts in Phoenix This Weekend

The members of Scorpion vs. Tarantula.
The members of Scorpion vs. Tarantula. Vistonie Dravnos
It's the weekend and you've got roughly 72 hours of free time at your disposal. So watchu going to do with it? If you'd like to go to a concert, we've got a few suggestions – 10 of 'em in fact.

You can check out gigs by famed Soundcloud rapper Smokepurpp or Texas-born conjunto band Los Texmaniacs, get rowdy with comedic country singer Wheeler Walker Jr., or bust a move at electro-pop night D.A.N.C.E. Other highlights of this weekend’s concert calendar include shows by Petula Clark, Scorpion vs. Tarantula, Silverstein, and The Devil Wears Prada.

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.

Friday, November 30
The Pressroom

It would not be a stretch to say that without Smokepurpp, there would be no Lil Pump. Purpp and Pump have been thick as thieves since they met in grade school, and the two were even expelled the same day. When Purrp began to pursue music, he asked young Pump to freestyle over a track he produced, which became his self-titled debut single, "Lil Pump." Purrp is an accomplished rapper in his own right, of course; he's put out projects such as Darkstar and the Murda Beatz collab mixtape Bless Yo Trap. He has also claimed to have "birthed this generation" of rappers, which 2016 XXL freshman Denzel Curry, who actually did that, rightly called him out on. Gotta respect your elders, even if they're only two classes ahead of you. Douglas Markowitz

click to enlarge The members of Scorpion vs. Tarantula. - VISTONIE DRAVNOS
The members of Scorpion vs. Tarantula.
Vistonie Dravnos
Scorpion vs. Tarantula
Friday, November 30
Chopper John’s

You could sum up a Scorpion vs. Tarantula show like this: Band walks into a bar, band destroys bar with blistering show of punk rock-and-roll led by a throaty, wrecking ball of a woman named L. Hotshot. In fact, if you used that summary every single time, you wouldn’t be wrong. While Hotshot rips through the crowd, mic in hand, fists pumping and singing her glorious guts out, the band – Jay Bennett on guitar, Tana Satana on bass, and Michael “Cappy” Renfroe on drums – is busy providing a ferocious backdrop that keeps the crowd in full fever mode until the last note is rung. Amy Young

Petula Clark
Friday, November 30
Celebrity Theatre

Petula Clark is best-known for a series of effusive, infectious songs that helped define the image of the "Swinging London" during its glory years in the mid-1960s. Indeed, for those whose memory is still flush with those halcyon days when all things English dominated pop culture, she was a genuinely formidable presence, a feminine presence that complemented The Beatles, the Stones, The Who, The Kinks, and all those other acts that dutifully participated in the initial wave of the British Invasion.

In truth, the songs didn't stop in the '60s, even though her later efforts were never as formidable. Still, that didn't prevent her from mining her earlier arsenal. She remade "Downtown" in 1988, renaming it "Downtown '88," and it returned her to the U.K. top 10 and a belated appearance on the venerable Top of the Pops. Her last attempt at a hit was "Oxygen" in 1992, a song produced by singer Nik Kershaw.

Clark continues to tour, and in 2000, she starred in a one-woman show, a self-penned musical about her life and career. In November 2006, she was the subject of a BBC documentary titled Petula Clark: Blue Lady, and last year she took center stage in a DVD titled My Music: The British Beat, part of a video series detailing the British Invasion. This weekend, she’ll perform at Celebrity Theatre. Lee Zimmerman

click to enlarge The Van Buren in downtown Phoenix. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
The Van Buren in downtown Phoenix.
Benjamin Leatherman
Old School! '90s R&B and Hip-Hop Dance Party
Friday, November 30
The Van Buren

Hip-hop fans, rejoice. A lot of landmark albums have celebrated a major anniversary this year, which is cause enough for celebration. To wit: Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle, Wu-Tang Clan’s Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), and A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders are all turning 25. Meanwhile, discs like OutKast’s Aquemini, Big Pun’s Capital Punishment, and Hieroglyphics’ 3rd Eye Vision are celebrating their 20th anniversary.

There’s a good chance you’ll hear tracks from many of these influential albums playing over the sound system of The Van Buren during the Old School! '90s R&B and Hip-Hop Dance Party on Friday night. As you'd probably guess by the name of the event, local DJs Slick 76 and Jorge Melo will spin up retro hip-hop and R&B hits throughout the evening, including joints and jams by many of the aforementioned acts. You might also hear tracks from such ‘90s faves as Beastie Boys, Warren G., Ice Cube, Usher, Tupac, and the Notorious B.I.G. The party starts at 9 p.m. Admission is $5. Benjamin Leatherman

Max Baca (second from left) and the other members of Los Texmaniacs. - COURTESY OF THE MIM
Max Baca (second from left) and the other members of Los Texmaniacs.
Courtesy of the MIM
Los Texmaniacs
Friday, November 30
Musical Instrument Museum

Grammy winners Los Texmaniacs are a beautiful marriage of conjunto, rock and roll, bajo sexto, accordion and Vox organ, and is one of the great cultural contributions and most recognizable exports of San Antonio, Texas. The quartet is led by Max Baca, who's acknowledged as a world-class virtuoso of the bajo sexto, the Latin equivalent of the 12-string acoustic guitar. And according to the band leader, Los Texmaniacs is one of only a handful of ensembles carrying on that sound. “Of course there’s the [Texas] Tornados,” says Baca. “The Krayolas have stayed the course, and Mitch Webb also does a cool San Antonio thing. But there aren’t a lot of bands that do that true San Antonio rock sound anymore.” Expect their performance at the Musical Instrument Museum on Friday night to include some conjunto, a couple of Quintet covers, popular originals like "Down In the Barrio" from their self-titled 2015 album Americano Groove, and some cool vato radio hits like “Low Rider” or “Cisco Kid.” William Michael Smith
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