Kirk Franklin will headline the inaugural Exodus Music & Arts Festival at Toyota Music Factory in May.EXPAND
Kirk Franklin will headline the inaugural Exodus Music & Arts Festival at Toyota Music Factory in May.
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Music News: Kirk Franklin Spearheads a New Fest, the Eagles Have a Big-Time Opener and More

After a brief slowdown in announcements, the concert calendar is quickly filling up in anticipation of the new year. Classic rock icons and a hotshot roots artist team up to play the American Airlines Center, a string of fantastic rap and hip-hop shows are booked at local venues, a pair of solid blues- and gospel-influenced festivals are on the horizon, and several iconic '90s bands head this way.

  • Fresh off 2017's Classic East and West tour, the Eagles are returning to the road in 2018. On June 23, they'll parade into AT&T Stadium for a show in singer Don Henley's backyard. As a cool bonus, country singer and recent CMA Male Vocalist of the Year Chris Stapleton will open. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at ticketmaster.com.

  • Chris Stapleton is also headlining a show of his own. On March 17, he'll appear up U.S. Highway 75 at the Choctaw Grand Theater. If you missed his sold-out show last month at Starplex, this will be a good opportunity to see him again. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com.

  • American R&B singer Lalah Hathaway will appear at the House of Blues on Feb. 20. The Grammy-winning artist will be on the road for much of the spring, touring behind her recently released album, honestly. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com.

  • New Jersey rapper Fetty Wap will spend a good portion of 2018 on the road in support of his upcoming album, King Zoo. The FMF tour will ride into Dallas for a Feb. 13 show at House of Blues. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at ticketmaster.com.

  • Ultracool Grammy-winning R&B singer Miguel is out supporting his upcoming album, War & Leisure. The 34-city trek brings him to Dallas for an April 4 show at House of Blues. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at ticketmaster.com.

  • In a unique partnership with Live Nation Urban, iconic gospel artist Kirk Franklin is set to host and headline the inaugural Exodus Music & Arts Festival. The weekend-long event will take over the Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on Memorial Day weekend, kicking off May 26. Marvin Sapp, Tamela Mann and Tye Tribbett will appear, with more artists to be announced. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at ticketmaster.com.

  • Demi Lovato and DJ Khaled have announced critically acclaimed R&B pop songstress Kehlani as the opening act for their March 7 appearance at American Airlines Center. All three artists are creating buzz as awards season approaches. Tickets are on sale at ticketmaster.com.

  • After a lengthy 2017 tour, R&B singer Khalid hits the road again for the early part of 2018. A freshly minted nominee for five Grammys, he'll be out in support of his wildly successful American Teen album and will appear at the Allen Event Center for a May 16 show. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at ticketmaster.com.

  • Southern hip-hop artist Big K.R.I.T. brings his gospel- and R&B-inflected tunes to the Bomb Factory on April 13. K.R.I.T., whose stage name is the acronym for King Remembered in Time, has become one of Cinematic/Def Jam Records' brightest stars after a string of successful independent releases. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at ticketfly.com.

  • Veteran songwriter, ace raconteur and insightful wordsmith Billy Joe Shaver is returning to Dallas for a Jan. 12 show at the Kessler Theater. Shaver is a timeless figure in the Americana world. In his decades-long career, he's earned accolades from such towering figures as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Kris Kristofferson. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at prekindle.com.

  • British singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine will appear at the Kessler Theater on Feb. 25. The Mercury Prize winner has been making a name for himself as a theatrical and dynamic performer. He's  appeared at venues as illustrious as Carnegie Hall. Tickets are on sale at prekindle.com.

  • Philadelphia-based trio G. Love and Special Sauce are celebrating their 25th year together in 2018. They'll be at the Granada Theater on Feb. 17. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at prekindle.com.

  • The indie-rock veterans of Luna have been busy the past couple of years. Since breaking out of a decadelong hiatus in 2015, the quartet has toured with increased frequency and released some new music along the way. On April 7, Luna will appear at the Granada Theater. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at prekindle.com.

  • Husband and wife duo the Mastersons will bring their blues- and Americana-infused tunes to Dan's Silverleaf in Denton on Jan. 17. Chris and Eleanor have put out several albums over the last decade or so, and they have also been staples of Steve Earle's backing band. Tickets are on sale at danssilverleaf.com.

  • Local guitar-slinger Charley Crockett, touring behind the recently released and highly acclaimed Lil G.L.'s Honky Tonk Jubilee, has also announced a show at Dan's Silverleaf. Tickets for his Jan. 18 appearance are on sale at danssilverleaf.com.

  • Indie favorite Nada Surf has been making music ever since its '90s hit, "Popular," garnered attention. Next year, it'll be touring in celebration of the 15th anniversary of its seminal album, Let Go. Catch the group at the Granada Theater on May 17. Tickets are on sale at prekindle.com.

  • Metalcore outfit Of Mice and Men has announced a 28-city tour to promote its upcoming album, Defy. On Feb. 28, it'll appear at Deep Ellum's Canton Hall with Blessthefall, Cane Hill and Fire From The Gods. Tickets are on sale at ticketfly.com.

  • Singer-songwriter Mat Kearney has announced a 33-city Crazytalk tour in support of his album of the same name. A kindred spirit of John Mayer, Sheryl Crow and Train, Kearney has been recording and touring since the early 2000s. He'll be at House of Blues for an April 8 show. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at ticketmaster.com.

  • The 14th annual Dallas Blues Festival will take place March 17 at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie. The event will feature Sir Charles Jones, Willie Clayton, Pokey Bear, Latimore, Bobby Rush, Lenny Williams, Tyree Neal, and a few more artists still to be announced. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at axs.com.

  • The Bomb Factory will host A Day to Remember: 15 Years in the Making, a collaborative show featuring Papa Roach, Falling In Reverse and The Devil Wears Prada. On March 7, you'll be able to hear plenty of pop and hardcore hits from the late '90s, early aughts, many of which are still in rotation on alternative rock stations. Tickets go on sale Friday, Dec. 1, at axs.com.

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