It’s a new year, and with it comes an embarrassment of riches when it comes to live shows in the area. Here are the shows (so far) on North Texas’ to-do list.
In January, 90s country crooner John Michael Montgomery will play the Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth, while American Idol and Grammy winner Fantasia Barrino will take the stage at Texas Trust Credit Union Theater in Grand Prairie. Finish off the month in Cowtown with Pat Green at Billy Bob’s Texas and Jackopierce at Tannahill’s Tavern and Music Hall. Also check out: Asleep at the Wheel, Samantha Fish and Jesse Dayton, Tesla, Tyrese, OneUs, Dita Von Teese, and the Nixons.
Legendary country singer Ronnie Milsap will play Arlington Music Hall in Arlington in February, and if you want to see Yellowstone’s Walker (aka Ryan Bingham) in the flesh, he’ll play two shows at Billy Bob’s. Also on tap for the month is Bruce Springsteen (buried the lede there, we know) and the E Street Band, Margo Price, Erykah Badu, Dwight Yoakum, the Rebirth Brass Band, and Yo Yo Ma. Also check out: Old 97s, Shangela, Fortune Feimster, Amy Ray, Suki Waterhouse, Danny Ocean, Josh Abbott, the Legendz of the Streetz Tour (Gucci Mane, Jeezy, T.I., 2 Chainz, and more), TobyMac, Los Lonely Boys, Death Cab for Cutie, The Mavericks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Soul II Soul, Turnpike Troubadours and Sunny Day Real Estate.
March starts off with Muse’s Will of the People tour at Dickies Arena and Carrie Underwood’s Denim & Rhinestones tour hitting American Airlines Center, and ends with Taylor Swift, who will play three dates at AT&T Stadium beginning on March 31 through April 2. Nineties metal band Queensryche will play the House of Blues, the Killers will hit the Choctaw Grand Theater in Durant, Oklahoma, and Reverend Horton Heat will visit Trees. Also check out: SZA, Key Glock, John Mellancamp, Taylor Tomlinson, Epik High, Silversun Pickups, Buddy Guy, Hayes Carll, Boogie T, Drive By Truckers, Theory of a Dead Man, Guster, Ben Rector, Elle King, Joan Osborne, Luke Combs, and Stray Kids.
Two big acts to snag tickets to in April include the double bill of Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks at AT&T Stadium and Lyle Lovett, who will take the stage at the Majestic Theater for two nights. Local Maren Morris will take the stage at Choctaw Grand Theater, and you also have an opportunity to relive your misspent youth when the triple bill of New Edition, Keith Sweat and Guy hit Dickies Arena. Also check out: Blue October, Tab Benoit, Dawes, Styx, Jo Dee Messina, Keshi, Tyler Childers, Jamie Cullum, and Hardy.
Picture closing out the spring with a bevy of acts that include Puerto Rican rapper Anuel AA, who will take the stage at American Airlines Center in May. Legendary rock guitarist Santana will visit Dos Equis Pavilion, and husband-and-wife team David Foster and Katharine McPhee will play the Majestic Theater. Also check out: Ed Sheeran, Lewis Capaldi, YungBlud, Reckless Kelly, and They Might Be Giants.
You and your friends are going to want to nail down your Janet Jackson tickets. Top priority of the summer. Ms. Jackson’s opener will be Ludacris, and she promises that there will be new music to go with that Together Again tour, which will arrive at Dos Equis Pavilion in June. Also worth checking out: Lady A, Walker Hayes, Matchbox Twenty, and Lainey Wilson (who will play two shows at Choctaw Grand Theater).
Blink-182 hits the road this summer, and will make a stop at the American Airlines Center in July. Former One Direction member Louis Tomlinson will be at Irving’s Toyota Music Factory, and Paramore and ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd will find themselves on the Dickies Arena stage (but not all at the same time). Shania Twain will bring her Queen of Me tour to Dos Equis Pavilion, too.
The fall calendar will start to fill out in the next few months, but so far we have a pretty healthy offering of Mana at American Airlines Center, Arctic Monkeys at Dickies Arena, P!nk at Globe Life Field in Arlington, a Pantera reunion at AT&T Stadium, another visit by Shania Twain (this time at Dickies), Metallica at AT&T Stadium, and R&B singer Anita Baker at American Airlines Center.