Music News: Miranda Lambert, Fantastic Negrito and a Whole Lotta Guitar Rock Head This Way

Miranda Lambert returns home Aug. 11.
Miranda Lambert returns home Aug. 11. Mikel Galicia
If you like big guitars, you are in luck. Lots of loud, noisy rock is coming our way in concert announcements for the Dallas area with hard-core, trash-rock and '90s styles leading the way. Also, make room in your calendar for a couple of other big-ticket items that will surely attract large crowds.

  • Country superstar Miranda Lambert and fellow hitmakers Little Big Town are bringing their Bandwagon tour to Dallas. They'll appear Aug. 11 at Starplex Pavilion for a star-studded show that also features The Steel Woods and Tenille Townes. Tickets are on sale Friday at

  • Jam band legend Umphrey's McGee brings its entertaining live setup and its legion of devoted fans to the House of Blues for a Sept. 1 show. This date will mark the final stop of their summer tour and will feature an opening performance from like-minded jam band The Nth Power. Tickets are on sale Friday at

  • Multiplatinum Irish group and public television favorite Celtic Thunder is returning to the area Nov. 30 for a show at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie. The group just completed a lengthy touring session and will be back out supporting its latest release, Celtic Thunder X double-edition album. Tickets are on sale Friday at

  • A pair of hard-rock bangers will take over Starplex Pavilion on Aug. 12. Boston-based Godsmack will perform behind its latest album, When Legends Rise, while Jacksonville-based Shinedown will play a set highlighted by its upcoming Attention, Attention album. Tickets are on sale Friday at

  • Chicago hard-core outfit Rise Against has announced a vast 2018 Mourning in Amerika tour. Also along for the festivities are AFI and Anti-Flag. Rise Against continues to tour behind its wildly successful 2017 album, Wolves. Tickets for the Sept. 13 show at Toyota Music Pavilion are on sale Friday at

  • Popular Christian rock band Needtobreathe is heading out for another round of touring this summer and fall. Its new album, Forever On Your Side is forthcoming. Johnnyswim and The Rocket Boys open the Sept. 28 show at Toyota Music Pavilion. Tickets are on sale Friday at

  • Fantastic Negrito, a mesmerizing performer whose music spans blues, funk, R&B and roots genres, will appear July 8 at the House of Blues' Cambridge Room. He was last in town in the fall putting on a clinic while opening for Sturgill Simpson at the Verizon Theatre. Tickets are on sale Friday at

  • Essentially a genre all to himself, Buckethead is a can't-miss performer. His idiosyncratic approach to fretwork, coupled with his one-of-a-kind visual spectacle, makes things very interesting when the stage lights go down. Catch this evening of wonder and amazement at the Granada Theater on June 2. Tickets are on sale Friday at

  • Veteran actor Kevin Bacon is also an accomplished musician with his brother Michael. The Bacon Brothers duo has wide-ranging influences. From classic rock to gentle folk to modern pop, the two keep things moving in an eclectic direction. They play June 10 at The Kessler. Tickets are on sale Friday at

  • It's a '90s/early 2000s nostalgia fest July 17 at Toyota Music Pavilion. 3 Doors Down, Collective Soul and Soul Asylum comprise the lineup of The Rock & Roll Express Tour. Expect lots of singalongs and cellphones waving high in the air. Tickets, $29.50-$79.50, are on sale Friday at

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Jeff Strowe now calls DFW home after stints living in Raleigh, North Carolina, and New York City. He enjoys writing about music, books, beer/wine and sports. His work is also featured in Glide Magazine and PopMatters, and he has written for No Depression.