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This is your guide to the hottest concerts, performances of top artists in the Houston area



Houston born pop/folk musician Devendra Banhart plays White Oak Music Hall Feb. 17.

Houston born pop/folk musician Devendra Banhart plays White Oak Music Hall Feb. 17.


John Doe of roots-punk pioneers X has a memoir and a solo album. He plays McGonigel’s Mucky Duck on Feb. 17.

John Doe of roots-punk pioneers X has a memoir and a solo album. He plays McGonigel’s Mucky Duck on Feb. 17.


Photo: Www.xtheband.com

Suzanne Vega’s big hit got her tagged a folkie, but her career is full of interesting stylistic turns. She pays the Dosey Doe Feb. 17.

Suzanne Vega’s big hit got her tagged a folkie, but her career is full of interesting stylistic turns. She pays the Dosey Doe Feb. 17.


Photo: DIANE BONDAREFF, STR

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys preserve old western and western swing traditions. They’re at Continental Club Feb. 18.

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys preserve old western and western swing traditions. They’re at Continental Club Feb. 18.


Photo: Handout Email

Austin’s Eric Johnson made his name as an electric guitar whiz, but his latest is a quieter affair. He plays House of Blues Feb. 19.

Austin’s Eric Johnson made his name as an electric guitar whiz, but his latest is a quieter affair. He plays House of Blues Feb. 19.


Photo: Max Crace, Photographer

Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell want to make America great again by digging out their old hits like “Sister Golden Hair” and “Horse With No Name” at Stafford Centre on Feb. 23.

Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell want to make America great again by digging out their old hits like “Sister Golden Hair” and “Horse With No Name” at Stafford Centre on Feb. 23.


Photo: Ann Cutting

Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman creates fragile folk songs and then decorates them beautifully with electronics and strings. He plays White Oak Music Hall on Feb. 23.

Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman creates fragile folk songs and then decorates them beautifully with electronics and strings. He plays White Oak Music Hall on Feb. 23.


Photo: Kristin Lidell, Fotograf/Photographer

Sting buzzes back behind new album “57th and 9th” at Smart Financial Centre on Feb. 23.

Sting buzzes back behind new album “57th and 9th” at Smart Financial Centre on Feb. 23.


Photo: BORIS ALLIN, Stringer

Houston-born Tift Merritt should appeal to fans of Lucinda Williams and Nanci Griffith. She’s at the Dosey Doe on Feb. 23.

Houston-born Tift Merritt should appeal to fans of Lucinda Williams and Nanci Griffith. She’s at the Dosey Doe on Feb. 23.


Valerie June puts a beautiful and haunting spin on old folk and blues. She plays the Heights Theater March 1.

Valerie June puts a beautiful and haunting spin on old folk and blues. She plays the Heights Theater March 1.


The unavoidable “Ho Hey” turned the unassuming folk trio the Lumineers into stars. They play Smart Financial Centre on March 2.

The unavoidable “Ho Hey” turned the unassuming folk trio the Lumineers into stars. They play Smart Financial Centre on March 2.


Photo: Dualtone Music

Colombian singer Maluma is touring behind “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy.” He plays Revention Music Center on March 3. 
Colombian singer Maluma is touring behind “Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy.” He plays Revention Music Center on March 3. 


Photo: Rodrigo Varela, Getty Images

After playing the Free Press Summer Festival in 2015, controversial R&B star R. Kelly plays the Arena Theatre on March 4.

After playing the Free Press Summer Festival in 2015, controversial R&B star R. Kelly plays the Arena Theatre on March 4.


Photo: Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle

Hardcore duo Deafheaven is on the road behind “New Bermuda,” released last year. They play Warehouse Live on March 4.

Hardcore duo Deafheaven is on the road behind “New Bermuda,” released last year. They play Warehouse Live on March 4.


Photo: Courtesy Photo

Country rock band Son Volt plays the Heights Theater on March 5.

Country rock band Son Volt plays the Heights Theater on March 5.


Photo: Mark Ray

Punk preservationists Green Day are on the road behind “Revolution Radio.” They’re at Toyota Center March 5.

Punk preservationists Green Day are on the road behind “Revolution Radio.” They’re at Toyota Center March 5.


Photo: BruceGilbert, FRE

The lineup for RodeoHouston’s 2017 season was announced with 11 acts that have never played the event slated to perform. Seasoned vets Willie Nelson & Family will headline on March 18. 

The lineup for RodeoHouston’s 2017 season was announced with 11 acts that have never played the event slated to perform. Seasoned vets Willie Nelson & Family will headline on March 18. 


Photo: Courtesy San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo

Progressive bluegrass great Bela Fleck plays two shows at the Heights Theater on March 10.

Progressive bluegrass great Bela Fleck plays two shows at the Heights Theater on March 10.


Photo: Joe Howell

Bassist Stephen Bruner — who performs as Thundercat — has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar. Thundercat plays Warehouse Live March 11.

Bassist Stephen Bruner — who performs as Thundercat — has collaborated with Kendrick Lamar. Thundercat plays Warehouse Live March 11.


The Experience Hendrix Tour brings together several of the world’s best guitarists to honor the legendary Jimi Hendrix. It visits Revention Music Center on March 11.

The Experience Hendrix Tour brings together several of the world’s best guitarists to honor the legendary Jimi Hendrix. It visits Revention Music Center on March 11.


Photo: Ken Davidoff/Authentic Hendrix L, Handout

Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall is at Heights Theater on March 12.

Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall is at Heights Theater on March 12.


Photo: Associated Press

Tony Bennett still sounds smashing. He’s 90. And he plays the Smart Financial Centre March 14.

Tony Bennett still sounds smashing. He’s 90. And he plays the Smart Financial Centre March 14.


Singer-songwriter Ben Folds will play his classical composition and pop hits at Jones Hall on March 16.

Singer-songwriter Ben Folds will play his classical composition and pop hits at Jones Hall on March 16.


Photo: Courtesy Photo

Eighties hitmaker Pat Benetar brings her best shot to House of Blues on March 15.

Eighties hitmaker Pat Benetar brings her best shot to House of Blues on March 15.


Photo: Stephen Lovekin, Getty Images

The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience serves up visuals from the show with music composed by Ramin Djawadi. Expect lots of cello at Toyota Center on March 17.

The Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience serves up visuals from the show with music composed by Ramin Djawadi. Expect lots of cello at Toyota Center on March 17.


Photo: HBO

Pink Martini shakes up jazz, lounge, classical and pop. They play Jones Hall March 17-19.

Pink Martini shakes up jazz, lounge, classical and pop. They play Jones Hall March 17-19.


Canadian metal band Anvil promises to wear clothes at White Oak Music Hall on March 23.

Canadian metal band Anvil promises to wear clothes at White Oak Music Hall on March 23.


Photo: Ross Halfin

Tiffany was just 16 years old when “I Think We’re Alone Now” made her a household name. Three decades later, she’s still singing her classic hits and recording new music.

She’ll perform March 24 at the Dosey Doe (Big Barn) in the Woodlands as part of her Storyteller Tour. Tickets are $24-$32. less

Tiffany was just 16 years old when “I Think We’re Alone Now” made her a household name. Three decades later, she’s still singing her classic hits and recording new music.

She’ll perform March 24 at the Dosey … more


Photo: MBR, KRT

Roots duo Shovels and Rope plays White Oak Music Hall on March 31.

Roots duo Shovels and Rope plays White Oak Music Hall on March 31.


Photo: Leslie Ryan McKellar

Energetic roots band the Avett Brothers are at Smart Financial Centre on March 31.

Energetic roots band the Avett Brothers are at Smart Financial Centre on March 31.


Photo: ONLINE_YES

Glammy pop/rock band Panic! at the Disco hit Toyota Center on April 1.

Glammy pop/rock band Panic! at the Disco hit Toyota Center on April 1.


Photo: Karen Warren, Houston Chronicle

Gladys Knight headlines an all-new ‘In Performance at the White House.’

Gladys Knight headlines an all-new ‘In Performance at the White House.’


Photo: LISA BERG

British rock band Bastille plays the Smart Financial Centre on April 6.

British rock band Bastille plays the Smart Financial Centre on April 6.


Photo: BERTRAND GUAY, AFP/Getty Images

Alternative rapper Vince Staples drops in at Warehouse Live April 6.

Alternative rapper Vince Staples drops in at Warehouse Live April 6.


Photo: Michael Tullberg, Stringer

Steve Martin will play banjo and do funny stuff with fellow comedian Martin Short at Smart Financial Centre on April 7.

Steve Martin will play banjo and do funny stuff with fellow comedian Martin Short at Smart Financial Centre on April 7.


Photo: Barry Brecheisen / AP

Pop star Ariana Grande visits Toyota Center on April 8.

Pop star Ariana Grande visits Toyota Center on April 8.


Photo: Slaven Vlasic, Getty Images For Macy’s

Loudon Wainwright III has written songs both wry and heartbreaking. He plays the Dosey Doe April 14.

Loudon Wainwright III has written songs both wry and heartbreaking. He plays the Dosey Doe April 14.


Photo: Ross Halfin, HO

Foxygen makes grand and ornamental pop. They’re at White Oak Music Hall April 15.

Foxygen makes grand and ornamental pop. They’re at White Oak Music Hall April 15.


Photo: Angel Cebellos

Terence Blanchard plays the Wortham Theater Center on April 22.

Terence Blanchard plays the Wortham Theater Center on April 22.


Photo: Gerald Herbert, Associated Press

Texas string wiz Sarah Jarosz is also quite an accomplished singer and songwriter. She’s at the Heights Theater on April 23.

Texas string wiz Sarah Jarosz is also quite an accomplished singer and songwriter. She’s at the Heights Theater on April 23.


Photo: Scott Simontacchi

A Perfect Circle, lead by Maynard James Keenan, will play the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land on April 27. 

A Perfect Circle, lead by Maynard James Keenan, will play the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land on April 27. 


Photo: ERIC KAYNE

Dengue Fever mashes up Cambodian pop and psychedelic rock into something festive and danceable. They’re at Walter’s on April 27.

Dengue Fever mashes up Cambodian pop and psychedelic rock into something festive and danceable. They’re at Walter’s on April 27.


Photo: Lauren Dukoff

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour visits the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on April 29. 

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ 40th anniversary tour visits the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on April 29. 


Photo: Jason Fochtman

PJ Harvey plays Houston for the first time in 15 years. She’s at the Revention Music Center on April 29.

PJ Harvey plays Houston for the first time in 15 years. She’s at the Revention Music Center on April 29.


Photo: DirectToArchive

The inaugural Middlelands music and camping festival,
located on the Texas Renaissance Festival Fair Grounds, has unveiled an
EDM-heavy lineup that includes Major Lazer, Rae Sremmurd, Kaskade,
Phantogram, Bassnectar and Crystal Castles. The festival runs May 5-7.  less
The inaugural Middlelands music and camping festival,
located on the Texas Renaissance Festival Fair Grounds, has unveiled an
EDM-heavy lineup that includes Major Lazer, Rae Sremmurd, Kaskade,
Phantogram, … more


Photo: Theo Wargo, Staff

Pianist Vijay Iyer is among the most acclaimed jazz performers and composers today. He’s at the Wortham Theater Center on May 5.

Pianist Vijay Iyer is among the most acclaimed jazz performers and composers today. He’s at the Wortham Theater Center on May 5.


Photo: Jimmy Katz

Christian rock band Casting Crowns plays the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on May 6.

Christian rock band Casting Crowns plays the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on May 6.


Photo: handout

The Weeknd will be working more than the weeknds on a world tour that comes to Toyota Center on May 6.

The Weeknd will be working more than the weeknds on a world tour that comes to Toyota Center on May 6.


Photo: Republic

Soulful British rock band The XX plays Revention Music Center on May 9.

Soulful British rock band The XX plays Revention Music Center on May 9.


Photo: Alexandra Waespi

Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson brings his legendary “Pet Sounds” album to Revention Music Center on May 12.

Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson brings his legendary “Pet Sounds” album to Revention Music Center on May 12.


Photo: Brian Bowen Smith

Arlo Guthrie can draw from 50 years of his own folk, as well as years more written by his famous father, when he plays the Grand 1894 Opera House on May 13.

Arlo Guthrie can draw from 50 years of his own folk, as well as years more written by his famous father, when he plays the Grand 1894 Opera House on May 13.


Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey are going on tour together.
The duo is teaming up for the All The Hits Tour, which includes a May 13 show at Toyota Center.

Lionel Richie and Mariah Carey are going on tour together.
The duo is teaming up for the All The Hits Tour, which includes a May 13 show at Toyota Center.


Punk legends the Damned don’t look like this anymore. But they still stir up a mighty racket. They’re at House of Blues May 17.

Punk legends the Damned don’t look like this anymore. But they still stir up a mighty racket. They’re at House of Blues May 17.


Celtic Woman should be plural. The Irish vocal ensemble is at Smart Financial Centre on May 20.

Celtic Woman should be plural. The Irish vocal ensemble is at Smart Financial Centre on May 20.


Photo: Lili Forberg

Members of New Kids on the Block are in their forties, so they’re really Middle Aged Guys on the Block. They’re on the road with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men, who could just be called Men. May 20 at Toyota Center. less
Members of New Kids on the Block are in their forties, so they’re really Middle Aged Guys on the Block. They’re on the road with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men, who could just be called Men. May 20 at Toyota … more


U2 will play “The Joshua Tree” in its entirety on May 24 at NRG Stadium. 

U2 will play “The Joshua Tree” in its entirety on May 24 at NRG Stadium. 


Photo: Facebook.com/u2

Jazz pianist Helen Sung, an alumnus of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, is at Cezanne June 2.

Jazz pianist Helen Sung, an alumnus of the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, is at Cezanne June 2.


Photo: Kat Villacorta

The Doobie Brothers join Chicago at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on June 18.

The Doobie Brothers join Chicago at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion on June 18.


Photo: JIM COOPER, AP

Roger Waters previously played Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” here. This time he’ll do a show that draws from Floyd as well as his solo career. July 7 at Toyota Center.

Roger Waters previously played Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” here. This time he’ll do a show that draws from Floyd as well as his solo career. July 7 at Toyota Center.


Neil Diamond returns to Toyota Center on July 16 on his 50th anniversary tour.

Neil Diamond returns to Toyota Center on July 16 on his 50th anniversary tour.


Photo: Jon Shapley, Houston Chronicle

Canadian teen Shawn Mendes played to more than 70,000 at the rodeo, so the Toyota Center on July 22 shouldn’t pose any problems. 

Canadian teen Shawn Mendes played to more than 70,000 at the rodeo, so the Toyota Center on July 22 shouldn’t pose any problems. 


Photo: Steve Gonzales Steve Gonzales

Coldplay: rock band that plays rock music for rock fans. They’ll play NRG Stadium Aug. 25.

Coldplay: rock band that plays rock music for rock fans. They’ll play NRG Stadium Aug. 25.


Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen, Getty Images

Country music power couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw play Toyota Center Oct. 6.

Country music power couple Faith Hill and Tim McGraw play Toyota Center Oct. 6.


Electric performer and pop star Bruno Mars comes to Toyota Center on Oct. 24.

Electric performer and pop star Bruno Mars comes to Toyota Center on Oct. 24.


Photo: James Nielsen, Staff




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