Meat Puppets, credit Jaime Butler
In the Mix: Meat Puppets, Circa Survive and Jay Leno
Meat Puppets/Cass McCombs @ Crescent Ballroom
Starting in the deserts of Phoenix, Ariz., the Meat Puppets are an American rock band with a punk edge and is known for their most successful album “Too High to Die” released in 1994. The three-member band formed in the 1980s and signed with the punk label SST Records. The Meat Puppets experimented in many different genres, such as folk-rock and country, but found their way through rock-n-roll. Through the ‘80s, they toured non-stop and released a couple more albums while being on the road. Nirvana’s Curt Cobain invited Cris and Curt, from the Meat Puppets, to join him in singing raw performances of some of the meat Puppets original tracks on MTV Unplugged in New York. They gained national attention and released their ninth album, “Too High to Die,” featuring “Backwater” that became a gold record. Reconnecting in 2013, the Meat Puppets completed their 14th album, “Rat Farm,” and joined forces with The Moistboyz in April 2014. The Meat Puppets head back to their roots in Arizona to put on a performance of their hits from the ‘80s to now.
Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. 2nd Ave., Friday, Nov. 28, 8:30 p.m., $17, Buy tickets here
Circa Survive @ The Marquee
Circa Survive entered rock music in 2004, when they were formed in a suburb in Philadelphia. The American rock band started out in the indie music scene and gained respect quickly after the release of their first album, “Juturna.” “Juturna” was a triumphant first album as it peaked at No.183 on the Billboard 200. Circa Survive signed with Equal Vision Records and released their second album, “On Letting Go,” that climbed to No. 24 on the Billboard 200. With the release of each album, they were climbing their way up the Billboard 200 chart as their third album, “Blue Sky Noise,” reached No. 11. Circe Survive has toured with My Chemical Romance, Mutemath, and Thrice and has played at The Bamboozle festival in New Jersey four times. They have made their way around the nation from co-headlining to many appearances, but is now headlining their own show coming to Arizona. Grab your tickets to see Circa Survive and hear their new album “Descensus” just released this month.
The Marquee, 730 N. Mill Ave., Sunday, Nov. 30, 8 p.m., $27, Buy tickets here
Jay Leno @ Talking Stick Resort
The infamous host of “The Tonight Show” for over 20 years, Jay Leno still has his comedic flair as he has hit the road on an exclusive tour. He recently passed the torch, but is now investing time into producing his Emmy Award-winning show “Jay Leno’s Garage” and making people laugh all over the nation. As an iconic comedian, Leno is performing his original material for all to hear for one special night at the Talking Stick Resort.
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Saturday, Nov. 29, 8 p.m., $45-$260, Buy tickets here