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Here’s Who Is Coming to Dallas This Weekend: February 22-25

Catch a full blues musical, new local music, or wish Erykah Badu a happy birthday. It's a packed weekend of entertainment.
Alternative southern rock band The Vegabonds will perform at the Granada Theater on Friday night. Sam Burchfield will open. Mitzi Rose

Yo La Tengo

February 22, 8 p.m.| Longhorn Ballroom
After a brief pause in their tour to accommodate drummer (and co-founder) Georgia Hubley’s knee surgery, critically acclaimed indie band Yo La Tengo is back on the road. They’ll head to the Longhorn Ballroom Thursday night after a spate of West Coast and Colorado shows, supporting their 17th album, This Stupid World. The band made this one themselves, without an outside producer, and says it’s the most live-sounding album they’ve made in a while.

Kathy Mattea

February 23, 8 p.m.| Arlington Music Hall, Arlington
Kathy Mattea became famous in the ’90s for songs like “Eighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses” and “Love at the Five and Dime.” But there was a time about a dozen years ago when Mattea worried she would have to quit performing due to voice control issues. Work with a vocal coach helped her get back on track, and she was able to produce her next studio album, Pretty Bird, in 2018. Now the host of NPR’s Mountain Stage, Mattea will bring her 30-plus-year catalog to Arlington this weekend.

Phillip Phillips

February 23, 8 p.m.| Longhorn Ballroom
Phillip Phillips first gained notice in 2012 as a contestant in season 11 of American Idol, which he went on to win. Known for singles like “Home” and “Gone, Gone, Gone,” he’s touring now in support of his latest album, Drift Back, released last summer. Dallas artist Remy Reilly will open.

Silver Skylarks Release Party

February 23, 8 p.m.| The Kessler
Influential hip-hop artist Large Professor will perform a set Friday night to celebrate the release of the Silver Skylarks’ debut single (“Power Moves”) and album (The Number One Set and Sound) on the newly-rebranded Skylark Soul Co. Read Zac Crain’s conversation with Skylark Soul Co. co-founder Jeff “Skin” Wade here, and then head out to catch Large Professor’s set, along with Shabazz 3 and Branoofunck.

The Vegabonds

February 23, 8 p.m.| Granada Theater
Nashville-based and Alabama-founded alternative southern rock band The Vegabonds will perform at the Granada Theater Friday night. Known for their high-energy shows honed by 15 years of touring, the band has released six studio albums, plus two new singles: ”Leave the Light On” and “Interstate Cowboy.” The latter features Sam Burchfield, who will open.

Erykah Badu

February 24, 8 p.m.| The Factory in Deep Ellum
Dallas’ own Erykah Badu celebrates her birthday in grand style every year, and this year is no exception. She’ll celebrate number 53 at The Factory in Deep Ellum, and while she likely won’t take the stage until midnight or so, there will be plenty of special guests and opening acts to keep everyone entertained in the meantime. To prepare, catch Casey Gerald’s profile of Badu, and then consider catching a bus or train that will soon be emblazoned with her likeness.

Lonesome Blues

February 24–April 7| Club Dada
Documentarian and writer Alan Govenar and actor/director Akin Babatunde have teamed up to create a one-person show based on the life of blues singer Blind Lemon Jefferson, who was discovered in Deep Ellum in the 1920s. Local actor J. Dontray Davis stars in the musical, performing about a dozen roles.

Also check out:

The Fabulous Thunderbirds, February 22, 7:30 p.m., Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. Get tickets.

Junior Brown, February 22, 8 p.m., The Kessler. Get tickets.

Clint Black, February 23, 8 p.m., Choctaw Grand Theater, Durant, Oklahoma. Get tickets.

Priscilla Block, February 23, 8 p.m., Tannahill’s Tavern & Music Hall, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Mitchell Ferguson, February 23, 8 p.m., Club Dada. Get tickets.

Floramay Holliday and Tish Hinojosa, February 23, 8 p.m., Poor David’s Pub. Get tickets.

Kat Hasty, February 23, 10 p.m., Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Ying Yang Twins, February 24, 2:30 p.m., Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Get tickets.

Tommy Luke, February 24, 6 p.m., Tulips, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Chapel Hart, February 24, 7 p.m., Arlington Music Hall, Arlington. Get tickets.

Eden Sher, February 24, 7 p.m., Wyly Studio Theatre. Get tickets.

John 5, February 24, 8 p.m., Granada Theater. Get tickets.

Michael Lee, February 24, 8:30 p.m., Magnolia Motor Lounge, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Los Gran Reyes, February 24, 8 p.m., Reveler’s Hall. Get tickets.

Brian Stokes Mitchell, February 24, 8 p.m., Eisemann Center, Richardson. Get tickets.

Petey, February 24, 8 p.m., Studio at the Factory. Get tickets.

Scotty McCreery, February 24, 8:30 p.m., Mesquite Arena, Mesquite. Get tickets.

Kin Faux, February 24, 10 p.m., Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth. Get tickets.

Yayo the Drummer, February 24, 10 p.m., House of Blues. Get tickets.

Gipsy Kings feat. Nicolas Reyes, February 25, 7 p.m., House of Blues. Get tickets.

Los Tigres del Norte, February 25, 7 p.m., WinStar World Casino, Thackerville, Oklahoma. Get tickets.

Go here to see our 2024 concert calendar listings. Listen to the playlist below to hear songs by artists performing in North Texas this weekend.


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