2016 IS ALREADY OFF TO A STELLAR MUSICAL YEAR FOR THE SPACE CITY,
– LOCAL’s music man, Lance Scott Walker, shares his picks.
Maybe you’ve always thought that Barry Manilow made music for old folks. I sure did. I remember seeing 2:00 AM Paradise Cafe in a Columbia House catalog when I was little, thinking, “No WAY that dude would be up that late and hanging out in a café.” But he was! Barry is full of surprises, not the least of which being that he couldn’t have only been making music for old folks all this time or else they’d all be dead and he couldn’t still go on tour. And he is on tour, but your chances of seeing him perform live are evaporating. Barry Manilow will be 73 this year, nearly old enough to qualify as an old folk himself. On February 17 he’ll be at The Toyota Center. Will you? It will end long before 2am.
Speaking of time, do you remember the time in 2003 that the Dixie Chicks spoke out against the Iraq War? It’s kind of the one thing that a lot of folks know about them, which is a shame. The stand the Dixie Chicks took was brave, breaking sharply with the demographics of a country music audience the girls from Dallas had worked hard to earn since 1989. There was a big uproar, and plenty of boycotting, but Dixie Chicks persevered. Their current tour is being billed as a reunion, which means that you might be out of time to see them, too. Saturday, August 6, at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands.
Sunday, March 13, will be Go Tejano Day at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. If you’ve never been to Rodeo Houston, what happens is you show up early and watch men on horseback chase calves and wrestle steers, and then women ride horses around barrels, and then more cowboys come out and ride bucking broncos and angry bulls. That’s the rodeo part. But the big attraction is the concert after that, when they roll a big stage out into the arena and men with shovels go out there and plug it all in. This is where the flavor of the night comes in. On Go Tejano Day, much like on Black Heritage Day, they show up. The place is electric, and the rodeo’s usual pallette of country is replaced by big bass guitars and beautiful shreiks of accordian in what has proven to be the rodeo’s biggest night. Plenty of people end up at the rodeo on random days, regardless of the performer, but plenty still make a special trip to a particular show; and for Go Tejano Day, they have showed up in greater numbers than for any other artist on the Rodeo Houston stage. Last year’s Go Tejano Day was the largest concert audience in Rodeo Houston history, when 75,357 people came out to see La Arrolladora Banda El Limon and La Maquinaria Nortena. This year, Go Tejano will feature the Mexican group Banda Los Recoditos, who got together the same year as the Dixie Chicks in Mazatlán, Sinaloa, and Los Huracanes Del Norte, a Mexican Norteño band that formed in 1969 west of Mexico City and then finally relocated to San Jose, California. Between the two groups, they have released dozens of albums, and are among the most popular groups playing in their genre. It should be a tremendous time.
Before I’m out of time — on Saturday, May 14, at the Toyota Center, it’s entirely possible that you could see The Cure play “10:15 Saturday Night” at 10:15pm on a Saturday night! That’s even the first lyric of the song (“10:15 on a Saturday night/…”). I don’t want to get your hopes up, but imagine if they timed it so that when Robert Smith sings that first lyric, you dig your phone out of your pocket and look down and it’s exactly that time. That’s something that’s only possible once a week if the band is even out on tour, which isn’t that often anymore. The Cure has been doing this for a while. Robert Smith formed the band in 1976. I wasn’t there, but I did start listening to them about 12 years later. And I saw them live 4 years after that, and then 12 years after that, and it’s been 12 years now since I’ve seen them. If there is some valuable math in there that leads you to the show, be sure and get there early. 10:15 will arrive sooner than you think.
Barry Manilow February 17
AC/DC February 26
Winter Jam 2016 Tour Spectacular March 4
Rihanna March 5
Newsboys March 19
Bryan Adams April 8
Justin Bieber April 9
Carrie Underwood April 19
Duran Duran April 23
Bonnie Raitt April 2
Mumford and Sons April 3
Lauren Hill May 1
The 1975 May 7
The Cure May 14
Florence and the Machine May 17
Ellie Goulding May 21
Journey with the Doobie Brothers May 21
Weezer and Panic! At The Disco June 10
Selena Gomez June 15
Twenty One Pilots July 5
Janet Jackson July 13
Dixie Chicks August 6
Chris Stapleton and Hank Williams Jr. August 12
Heart with Joan Jett and Cheap Trick August 19
Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas September 9
5 Seconds of Summer September 18
Adele November 8-9