Here’s a look at this week’s biggest shows in North Texas. For more concerts in Dallas-Fort Worth this month and onward, see our full listings.
Mavis Staples isn’t just the last surviving member of the Staple Singers. She’s one of the last links to a golden era when gospel intersected with soul music and the civil rights movement. At 83, she’s still in fine voice as she sings Staple classics like “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself.” But those songs weren’t universally loved when they first hit the pop charts in the early ‘70s. “People dogged us and they wanted to put us out of church. They [thought] if the R&B stations were playing the Staple Singers, we must be playing the devil’s music,” she told The Dallas Morning News in 2000. “But the devil don’t have any music. Music makes you feel good. It’s healing, and the devil is not about that.” Today she’s just as likely to sing newer songs backed by younger artists like Wilco, Ben Harper or Fort Worth singer Abraham Alexander, who duets with her on his upcoming debut album. Jon Batiste also featured her on his Grammy-winning 2021 album We Are. But Staples’ most frequent collaborator in recent years has been electric guitarist Rick Holmstrom, who adds a garage-rock edge to her live performances.
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March 24 at 8 p.m. at the Granville Arts Center, 300 N. 5th St., Garland. Presented by Garland Cultural Arts. prekindle.com.
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- THE OFFSPRING With Simple Plan and Sum 41. Aug. 13 at 7 p.m. at Dos Equis Pavilion, Dallas. Tickets on sale March 24 at 10 a.m. livenation.com.
- 3 DOORS DOWN With Candlebox. Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. at Toyota Music Factory, Irving. Tickets on sale March 24 at 10 a.m. livenation.com.
- HANK WILLIAMS JR. Sept. 22-23 at 8 p.m. at Choctaw Resort and Casino, Durant, Okla. Tickets on sale March 24 at 10 a.m. ticketmaster.com.
- NOTHING BUT THIEVES Sept. 29 at 7:15 p.m. at the Factory in Deep Ellum, Dallas. Tickets on sale now. axs.com.
- PETER GABRIEL Oct. 19 at 8 p.m. at American Airlines Center, Dallas. Tickets on sale March 24 at 10 a.m. ticketmaster.com.
- MEGAN MORONEY Nov. 4 at 8 p.m. at the Studio at the Factory, Dallas. Tickets on sale March 24 at 10 a.m. axs.com.
- JON PARDI With Ella Langley and DJ Highmax. Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. at Dickies Arena, Fort Worth. Tickets on sale March 24 at 10 a.m. ticketmaster.com.
- I LOVE THE ‘90S TOUR Featuring Vanilla Ice, Rob Base, Tone Loc, 2 Live Crew and All-4-One. July 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Toyota Music Factory, Irving. Tickets on sale March 24 at 10 a.m. livenation.com.