The 10 Best Concerts of the Week: St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Jeezy, Psychedelic Furs and More

Eight-member soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones plays The Bomb Factory Thursday night.EXPAND
Eight-member soul band St. Paul and the Broken Bones plays The Bomb Factory Thursday night.
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This week may offer up some tricks in celebration of April Fools' Day, but we can assure you there are no jokes here. It's a great week for concertgoers. Dallas will hear an array of genres echoing from the streets of Deep Ellum through the arena aisles of Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, with shows from St. Paul and the Broken Bones to an anniversary special of The Band's final performance with The Last Waltz 40 Tour.

Jeezy
7 p.m. Monday, March 27, House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $35 to $70

Atlanta-based rapper Jay Wayne Jenkins, better known as Young Jeezy, or even just Jeezy, has been a trailblazer on the hip-hop and trap music scenes for quite some time now. As an astute observer of urban landscapes and the lives lived in them, his songs have made strong impressions not just on critics and fans, but on a new burgeoning scene of trap artists, as well. Rae Sremmurd, Migos and Trey Songz have all cited him as an influence. This week finds Jeezy and his crew coming to Dallas for an anticipated show at the House of Blues as part of his nationwide Trap or Die tour. Recent reviews have been stellar; it appears as though Jeezy, decked out as usual in his ubiquitous snowman sweatshirt, is on point for this tour, rapping with wit, glee and razor focus, and expressing gratitude for his fans. Energy should be in high demand when Jeezy takes the mic for a night of jams. Jeff Strowe

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs
with Los Skarnales and Skarmas, 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6501 or thebombfactory.com, $75 to $250

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs has been making a fine blend of reggae, jazz and ska for almost 40 years. The Argentinian eight-piece has had many different members over the years with plenty of albums and world tours to boot. If you've never heard of the band, know that this is not some kiddie ska band you'll see on a random Warped Tour stage. This is a band that has legs, and has developed a sound set to a world beat, whether you know the language their lyrics are in or not. All you really need to know is how to move to the rhythm of their music, which is quite enjoyable and powerful. Eric Grubbs

Upcoming Events

Shovels and Rope
8 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $24

The rootsy husband-and-wife duo Shovels and Rope traded their softer, folksy sound for something a little more hard-hitting with their latest album, Little Seeds. Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst first started recording music together in 2008, a year before getting hitched. Hailing from Charleston, South Carolina, Trent and Hearst originally made music as solo artists, but released the self-titled debut album for S&R and realized its potential. They've since won two Americana Music Association awards and are getting plenty of spins on local and national radio. Diamond Victoria

The Last Waltz 40 Tour
8 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie, 972-854-5050 or verizontheatre.com, $65 to $149.75

On Thanksgiving Day in 1976, a little Band from Canada pulled into Nazareth for one last twirl upon the stage. Now 40 years later, a celebration of The Band’s final show is kicking off its second leg in Grand Prairie. The Last Waltz 40 Tour brings together former Allman Brothers Band guitarist Warren Haynes, legendary Louisiana musician Dr. John (who also played the original show in 1976), and Emmy Award-winning musician and producer Don Was. A myriad special guests and backing band members including the likes of Muddy Waters and Harry Connick Jr. will also be in attendance, and to top it all off Steady Rollin’ Bob Margolin and founding Band member Garth Hudson will take the stage at Verizon, all to pay tribute to one of the most important nights in rock ’n’ roll history. The original concert was immortalized in the Martin Scorsese-directed “rockumentary” of the same name and included music legends Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and Joni Mitchell, and while this show won’t be quite as star studded, only a time machine could give you a better chance to see The Last Waltz in person. Nicholas Bostick

Psychedelic Furs
With Robyn Hitchcock, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $35 to $80

Singer Richard Butler and his band Psychedelic Furs haven't released any new music in over 25 years. However, that hasn't stopped them from relentlessly traveling the globe and waving the '80s New Wave, post-punk flag proudly for adoring audiences. Although the band found success early in their run with a string of chart-topping hits, they are still perhaps best known for "Pretty in Pink," which was refashioned into the title track of the legendary John Hughes film of the same name. You can safely expect to hear that one when they hit the Granada stage Thursday night. Astute listeners should arrive early and catch Robyn Hitchcock, the extraordinary English songwriter, visual artist and gifted raconteur. A bit of a legend in his own right, Hitchcock just received the distinguished Grulke Prize for Career Act at this year's SXSW Festival. His history is also intertwined with that of the Furs, so a couple of onstage duets aren't out of the question. Jeff Strowe

St. Paul and the Broken Bones
With Israel Nash, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6501 or thebombfactory.com, $30

With just two albums under their belt, St. Paul and the Broken Bones have received hefty honors. Rolling Stone called them rock’s hottest band and Sir Elton John claimed them as one of his favorite bands. Elton John spoke with singer Paul Janeway right after he heard their music and eventually invited the band to perform at his famous Academy Awards viewing party earlier this year. Stories like that are almost becoming routine for Janeway and the eight-piece band, who’ve been turning heads and garnering attention from all corners of the music world since the release of their debut album in 2014. Janeway’s grand, captivating voice is often compared to that of Otis Redding and Al Green, without exaggeration, and the band’s soul revival sound is laced with classic rock ’n’ roll. Their live shows are often described as fiery, wild and spiritual. Mikel Galicia

Panic! At The Disco
With Misterwives and Saint Motel, 7 p.m. Friday, March 31, Allen Event Center, 200 E. Stacy Road, 972-912-1048, or alleneventcenter.com, $39.50 to $59.50

Panic! At The Disco may only be a moniker these days for lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie, since every other member left the band. But it's only given Urie a chance to really make the music he's wanted to make since playing the guitar, piano and drums as a kid. Panic!'s last album, Death of a Bachelor, was released a little over a year ago and tells of Urie's transition into married life and final farewell to the band's old sound. DV

Brian Wilson
8 p.m. Friday, March 31, Choctaw Casino Resort, 4216 S. Highway 69/75, 800-788-2464, $55 to $75

Brian Wilson has penned some of modern music's best compositions and lyrics. The former Beach Boy suffered the pangs of a "genius" status thanks to pressures from recording studios, his father and bandmates, but made it out alive and has given fans quite a canon of solo records to enjoy. Wilson released his 11th studio album, No Pier Pressure, a couple of years ago with guests including country artist Kacey Musgraves and indie rock duo She & Him. Wilson is one of few songwriters around today who shaped popular music into something visceral and timeless. DV

Edgefest 2017
Noon Saturday, April 1, Toyota Stadium, 9200 World Cup Way, 469-365-0000 or axs.com, $9.71 to $225

Five months after the Edge flipped formats to Star 102.1 — and some of its playlist regulars migrated to the Eagle — Edgefest lives on. Headlined by Blink-182, who have been fine without Tom DeLonge, this year's lineup also mixes in local legends the Toadies and the Nixons, plus 311, the Offspring, Chevelle and Black Pistol Fire. It’s a long day, but the weather is usually enjoyable, or at least tolerable, this time of year. Sure, it's awkward that the local institution it’s named after is no longer around, but it's nice the festival didn't get the ax when iHeartMedia decided DFW needed one more station playing Maroon 5. Eric Grubbs

Ghostface Killah
7 p.m. Sunday, April 2, Gas Monkey Live, 2330 Merrell Road, 972-243-6659 or gasmonkeybarngrill.com, $20 to $40

If rap had a Mount Rushmore, Ghostface Killah would be on there twice. He’s the genre’s greatest storyteller; one of hip-hop’s most mythologized personalities, and a lyricist who capably channels the short jumps of Hemingway, the richness of magical realism, and the ferocity of the street all at once. Immediacy is at the forefront of all the very best emcees, and Ghostface has it in effortlessly uncoiling droves. Sure, it’s been a minute since Ghostface’s prime, but gods don’t age poorly — they grow, they change. The rapper’s metaphorical prowess and slithering bars haven’t so much dulled over the years as given way to a newfound wisdom, as made explicit in the carefully measured collaborations and concept work he’s explored of late. The don, the raconteur, the self-aware legend — which Ghostface will show up in Dallas this week? You’ll have to go to find out. Jonathan Patrick


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