The cure for the winter blues is not in some sad bastard country album. The empathy that offers is tempting, but ultimately you're forced to open a beer, take a big sigh, and agree wholeheartedly that everything sucks. What we all need (and some of us more than others, for sure) is a little soul. For this is where the joy is at: knowing winks, high energy exclamations and rhythms that force even the most dance-impaired among us to shake our booties with abandon. And so the arrival of Cuba Gooding and Main Ingredient at Casa Manana, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave. in Fort Worth, is the perfect antidote to the January doldrums that sneak into North Texas and render our skies gray and our attitudes a bit morose. The legendary soul men fire up the music at 7:30 p.m., burning through their repertoire of energetic ballads and favorites like "Everybody Plays the Fool" while you forget it's still winter out there. Tickets for this event are $45 to $167.65 and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com. Visit casamanana.org for more information.
Fri., Jan. 21, 7:30 p.m., 2011