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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.
Steve Dykes
Z-Trip will perform on Saturday, November 17, at Monarch Theatre during Furious Styles Crew's 25th anniversary.
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.
Paradigm Talent Agency
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