It's mostly big-name artists this week as concert announcements have arrived with gusto for the Dallas area. There is so much to get to, so start figuring out your budget and setting dates aside on the calendar.
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- With Golden Hour, East Texas' Kasey Musgraves has made one of the year's best albums so far. As she winds down her stint as the opening act on Harry Styles' North American tour, she's announced a full-scale headlining tour that will bring her to The Bomb Factory on March 8. Tickets are on sale Friday at ticketfly.com.
- For an earlier performance by Musgraves, drive to the Oklahoma border and catch her Nov. 17 at Choctaw Casino. Tickets are available Friday at ticketmaster.com.
- As singer-songwriters go, Englishman Nick Lowe is both one of the most prolific and one of the most literary. His vast catalog of tunes and razor-sharp between-song banter should make for an entertaining evening Sept. 29 at The Kessler Theater. Los Straitjackets open. Tickets are on sale Friday at prekindle.com.
- The Kessler Theater is also hosting the talented Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall for an Oct. 28 show. Best known for "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree," Tunstall puts on an amazing live show that showcases her underrated guitar chops, in addition to her lyrical prowess. Tickets are on sale Friday at prekindle.com.
- Folk legend Joan Baez is one of the latest '60s-era performers to step away from touring. Fortunately, she's scheduled a bevy of farewell shows that will allow fans to bask in her aura and sing along to classics like "Diamonds & Rust" and "We Shall Overcome." She'll perform April 19 at the AT&T Performing Arts Center's Strauss Square. Tickets are on sale Friday at attpac.org.
- Another musical icon is Robert Plant. The former Led Zeppelin frontman shows no signs of slowing down. He released a new album last year, and his tour with the Sensational Space Shifters continues to roll on. They'll appear Sept. 25 at the Toyota Music Pavilion. The magnificent Lucinda Williams opens. Tickets are on sale at livenation.com.
- Years & Years just released one of the most bonkers albums of the year. With Palo Santo, the band tells wildly imaginative tales of androids populating the planet while keeping us humans around as toys. For these songs and more, catch the live show Oct. 19 at Canton Hall. Tickets are on sale Friday at ticketfly.com.
- Grammy-nominated reggae group SOJA has announced a string of additional tour dates in support of its latest album, Poetry In Motion. It'll hit up the House of Blues for a Nov. 5 show. Tickets are on sale Friday at livenation.com.
- The iconic B-52s are launching a fall tour that will bring them to House of Blues for an Oct. 25 appearance. "Love Shack" and "Roam" will surely be played, but the band always digs deep into its vast catalog for surprises and rarities, too. Tickets are on sale Friday at ticketmaster.com.
- Toronto-based singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen, better known as Bahamas, will appear Oct. 6 at The Granada Theater. His quiet, folk-influenced tunes contain a surprising number of grooves, which make his shows a bit more bouncy than those of some of his contemporaries. Tickets are on sale Friday at prekindle.com.
- Chan Marshall, aka Cat Power, is launching an extensive late fall tour dubbed the The Wanderer 2018 after her upcoming album of the same name. Her itinerary will bring her to the Granada Theater on Nov. 29. Tickets are on sale Friday at prekindle.com.
- After 20-plus years, acclaimed indie rock group Minus The Bear us calling it quits. Before leaving the road for good, though, it;s announced an upcoming EP and farewell tour that will hit a good portion of North America. The group will play Nov. 30 at the Granada Theater. Tickets are on sale Friday at prekindle.com.
- Jam band favorite Galactic is hitting the road this fall like it always does. The traveling favorite, which always brings a raucous crowd along, is appearing Oct. 27 at the Granada Theater. Tickets are on sale Friday at prekindle.com.
- Acoustic Latin jazz duo Strunz & Farah are bringing their improvisational guitar-picking talents to the Granada Theater for a Sept. 6 show. Their new album, Tales of Two Guitars, is the latest release in a career full of accolades and innovations. Tickets are on sale Friday at prekindle.com.
- Brian Setzer's 19-piece orchestra will assemble once again this holiday season for a run of Christmas Rocks concerts. The near-annual tradition always brings a fun-filled, danceable element to holiday classics. Setzer and company will appear Dec. 10 at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie. Tickets are on sale Friday at axs.com.
- If you are really into Polish metal, or at least mildly intrigued by it, you're in luck. Behemoth, a group of Polish headbangers who recently spent some time on Slayer's farewell tour, is launching an extended outing. The band will be at House of Blues on Oct. 22. Tickets are on sale Friday at livenation.com.
- And, finally, the late, great Roy Orbison will appear on stages across the country later this year in hologram form. In Dreams: Roy Orbison in Concert — The Hologram Tour will stop at Dallas' Majestic Theatre for an Oct. 24 show and the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie on Oct. 27. Seems weird now, but this could be the wave of the future. Tickets are on sale Friday at majestic.dallasculture.org and axs.com.