Looking for a way to lift your soul now that winter seems to have passed? Think Dallas is all indie rock and country music? Think again, and come out this Friday and Saturday to celebrate Dallas’ rich gospel tradition with an evening of fast-paced, power-packed music performed by Barbara Mitchell, the Reverend James Wiley and Judy Tucker when The Black Academy of Arts and Letters presents Dallas Sings — Gospel Roots. Mitchell, a former lead singer in Kirk Franklin’s world-famous group, God’s Property, is known for her raspy and preaching vocal style and is also an accomplished songwriter, pastor and businesswoman. She comes together this weekend with the Reverend Wiley and Tucker, who, along with Mitchell, almost stole the show from Erykah Badu at last year’s Civil Rights Movement concert. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Clarence Muse Cafe Theater, Dallas Convention Center Theater Complex, 1309 Canton St. Call 214-743-2400 for tickets, which are $15.
Fri., Feb. 28, 8 p.m.; Sat., March 1, 8 p.m., 2014