Orville Peck | March 14, 8 p.m. | Canton Hall
Who is Orville Peck? The Canadian rhinestone cowboy showed up on the country music scene with a debut that was among the best records of 2019—and a vast collection of fringed, Lone Ranger-style masks that beg for attention as much as they protect his anonymity. The man of mystery knows that such theatrics are part of his appeal, and his first album, Pony, has drawn comparisons to similarly flamboyant performers like Elvis Presley. Peck is a rare queer voice in the country sphere, but his lyrics and smoldering voice have universal sensuality. “I’m just writing the same way that any singer writes a love song. Mine just happens to be about men,” he said in an interview with Apple Music. And, man, can he write a love song. Put on Pony and try not to replay “Dead of Night” 10 times. Even “everything-but-country” music fans can appreciate this.
Sango | Mar. 1, 8 p.m. | Trees
DJ and producer Sango has been a quiet force in hip-hop and R&B for years now, and he has recently gotten some much-deserved attention with the release of his second album, 2018’s In the Comfort Of, and a co-producer credit on Frank Ocean’s “In My Room.”
Art in Bloom | Mar. 2, 10 a.m. | Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art League’s signature fundraiser benefits the museum’s education and exhibition programs, as well as the Floral Endowment Fund, which maintains fresh arrangements throughout the space. Floral designer Shane Connolly is the special guest at this year’s luncheon.
Lauren Daigle | Mar. 5, 7:30 p.m. | American Airlines Center
The Louisiana native was rejected by American Idol twice before getting her big break with her debut album, How Can It Be. Years of hard work and faith paid off in 2019 when she won her first two Grammy Awards, including Best Contemporary Christian Music Album for Look Up Child.
Playwrights in the Newsroom | Mar. 5-15 | Wyly Studio Theatre
Playwrights Brigham Mosley and Janielle Kastner spent hundreds of hours immersing themselves in the fast-paced world of the Dallas Morning News, with the mission to figure out what journalism is, why it’s important, and how to turn the chaos of the newsroom into an interesting theatrical experience.
Jill Scott | Mar. 5, 8 p.m. | Music Hall at Fair Park
Twenty years after releasing her debut album, Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, the name in question needs no introduction. The Grammy-winning musician revisits her first record from start to finish to celebrate the landmark anniversary.
One Night of Queen | Mar. 6, 8 p.m. | Winspear Opera House
Gary Mullen & the Works, the beloved Queen tribute band, brings its U.S. tour to Dallas for an evening of glamour, stage theatrics, and classic rock and roll a la Freddie Mercury and the gang.
Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure | Mar. 8, 7:30 p.m. | Majestic Theatre
Celebrate the 35th anniversary of this bizarre cinematic masterpiece, director Tim Burton’s first feature film. Paul Reubens, Mr. Herman himself, will be there to tell behind-the-scenes stories after the screening. Tell ’em Large Marge sent ya!
Come From Away | Mar. 10-22 | Music Hall at Fair Park
The week after 9/11, a small town in Newfoundland was turned upside down when 38 planes unexpectedly landed there, stranding 7,000 passengers. What happened next is an incredible true story of kindness and humanity in the face of terror.
Chris Botti | Mar. 13-15 | Meyerson Symphony Center
Jazz and pop trumpeter Chris Botti and his band will return to Dallas for three nights to play some fan favorites, as well as music from his Grammy Award-winning record, Impressions. Albert-George Schram will conduct.
Trixie Mattel | Mar. 11, 8 p.m. | The Bomb Factory
She may have come in sixth in the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, but Mattel made an epic return on the third season of All Stars, taking first place and solidifying her status as a Skinny Legend—which just so happens to be the name of her first TV comedy special.
The Office! A Musical Parody | Mar. 14, 8 p.m. | Majestic Theatre
This unauthorized parody of the hit TV show follows a typical morning at Scranton’s least productive paper company, but things take an interesting turn when a documentary crew shows up. The musical revisits all your favorite Dunder Mifflin mishaps, including Kevin’s chili.
American Mariachi | Mar. 14-Apr. 5 | Wyly Theatre
Dallas Theater Center presents this heartwarming story about a young woman who decides to change her life and break tradition by doing the unthinkable: starting a female mariachi band in the 1970s. This critically acclaimed comedy is in Dallas for a short time before moving on to Chicago.
Don Carlo | Mar. 20-28 | Winspear Opera House
The Spanish Inquisition is just the beginning of the madness. Verdi’s five-act grand opera based on the life of Carlos, Prince of Asturias, is the perfect storm of family drama, forbidden love, religion, and politics. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.
Dan + Shay | Mar. 21, 7 p.m. | American Airlines Center
Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney started writing music together the day after they met in 2012, and they’ve been churning out soft, poppy country hits ever since. Most recently, they collaborated with Justin Bieber on the romantic ballad “10,000 Hours.”
Sturgill Simpson | Mar. 27, 7:30 p.m. | American Airlines Center
Country music misfit Sturgill Simpson’s fourth full-length album, Sound & Fury, is synth filled, hazy, and a little greasy, like the fictional small-town dive bar in which you’d expect to find it playing. In a surprise turn, Simpson released the album with an accompanying anime film on Netflix.
Big Texas Beer Fest | Mar. 27 & 28 | Fair Park Automobile Building
Dallas’ original beer festival is back with more than 450 tasty brews on tap. More than 100 breweries will be participating, from local favorites to international icons. There will also be food trucks, of course, and live music throughout both days.
Best Coast | Mar. 29, 8 p.m. | Granada Theater
Five years and one children’s album after California Nights, the beachy indie-pop duo returned with Always Tomorrow, a record contemplating the band’s evolution through 10 years in the industry. “Everything Has Changed” (as the first single says) except their retro flair.
Snoh Aalegra | Mar. 31, 7 p.m. | House of Blues
You may not have heard of Swedish singer Snoh Aalegra, but you know her late mentor, Prince. Her music is soulful and often fused with hip-hop features from the likes of Vince Staples and Logic. She released her sophomore album, Ugh, Those Feels Again, in August.
Arboretum Food and Wine Festival | March 26-29 | Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden
In its fourth year, the Arboretum’s Food and Wine Festival channels the “Sounds of Spring” with three days of fresh food, fine wines, and lush blooms. Festivities begin on Thursday evening with a VIP grand tasting and continue on Saturday and Sunday with food and drink samples and a farmers market.