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Here’s Who Is Coming to Dallas This Week: September 30-October 2

Start the weekend with Elton John, hit the State Fair, then end it (if you're lucky) with Mary J. Blige.
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Elton John

Sept. 30, 8 p.m. | Globe Life Field, Arlington

Demand is high to see Elton John live, and you’ll need to be prepared to sit in a virtual queue to get tickets. The singer announced that his “Farewell Yellow Brick Road The Final Tour” didn’t necessarily mean he was retiring altogether, but he likely won’t be hitting the road again. Expect all the favorites—recent setlists include “Bennie and the Jets,” “Philadelphia Freedom,” “Tiny Dancer,” “Candle in the Wind,” and more. Get tickets here.

Keith Urban

Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. | Dickies Arena, Fort Worth

Four-time Grammy winner Keith Urban’s Cowtown performance Friday is one of 50 dates he added to his “The Speed of Now” world tour. Expect a setlist that includes hits from his catalog (like Blue Ain’t Your Color and Long Hot Summer). It’s also his first tour in four years, so word has it that to get as many crowd favorites in as possible, his two-and-a-half-hour set also features a big digital wheel that assists in deciding which song gets played next. Get tickets here.

Tom Jones

Oct. 1, 9 p.m. | Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth

Welsh singer Tom Jones has been a sex symbol since the 1960s, when he kicked off an extremely long career with “It’s Not Unusual,” which TV viewers of a certain age will recognize from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He followed up that first hit with a string of them: “What’s New, Pussycat?” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again”, “I’m Coming Home”, and “Delilah.”  In 2021, Jones (who was 80) became the oldest male to see an album go to the top of the U.K. charts when his 41st album, Surrounded by Time, debuted at No. 1. Get tickets here.

Mary J. Blige

Oct. 2, 7 p.m. | Dickies Arena, Fort Worth

If you don’t already have a ticket to Mary J. Blige’s North Texas dancery, you’re going to be looking in the resale market at this point. The legendary hip-hop soul artist, who is currently on a 23-city tour, is also bringing Queen Naija and Ella Mai. Expect a set list that includes “Family Affair,” “Not Gon’ Cry,” “Real Love,” and “Just Fine,” as well as new material from her latest album, Good Morning Gorgeous. Get tickets here.

The Flaming Lips

Oct. 2, 8 p.m. | South Side Ballroom

The Flaming Lips’ 1993 hit “She Don’t Use Jelly” (from the album Transmissions from the Satellite Heart) might be the band’s best-known song, but that doesn’t mean that longtime fans won’t be sure to argue about whether Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots or  In a Priest Driven Ambulance is the better album. Wayne Coyne and company will make the trek from Oklahoma City as part of the band’s latest tour. Get tickets here.

Also check out:

Joshua Ray Walker, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., State Fair of Texas Bud Light stage. Free.

Shinedown, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., Toyota Music Factory, Irving. Get tickets.

All-American Rejects, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., The Echo Lounge & Music Hall. Get tickets.

Robert Cray, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., Strauss Square. Get tickets.

“Weird Al” Yankovic, Sept. 30, 8 p.m., Majestic Theater. Get tickets.

Trace Adkins, Sept. 30, 8:30 p.m., State Fair of Texas Chevrolet main stage. Free.

Ashanti, Oct. 1, 4 p.m., State Fair of Texas Chevrolet main stage. Free.

The Beach Boys, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Texas Trust Credit Union Theatre, Grand Prairie. Get tickets.

The Gorillaz, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Toyota Music Factory, Irving. Get tickets.

Marty Stuart, Oct. 1, 8 p.m., The Kessler. Get tickets.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Oct. 1, 8:30 p.m., State Fair of Texas Chevrolet main stage. Free.La Fiera De Ojinaga, Oct. 2, 8:30 p.m., State Fair of Texas Chevrolet main stage. Free.


Bethany Erickson

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Bethany Erickson is the senior digital editor for D Magazine. She's written about real estate, education policy, the stock market, and crime throughout her career, and sometimes all at the same time. She hates lima beans and 5 a.m. and takes SAT practice tests for fun.

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