A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the winner of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Bobby Blue Bland has strong Houston ties; he recorded on the Duke label here in the 1950s and 60s. Like Betty Wrights, his music continues to be influential; his song Aint No Love in the Heart of the City was covered by the Whitesnake and was later sampled by Jay-Z in 2001.
Along with Willie Clayton, Wright and Bland shaped soul music in its early years. Todays concert should feature dozens of well-done golden oldies. 7:30 p.m. Arena Theatre, 7326 Southwest Freeway. For information, call 713-772-5900 or visit www.arenahouston.com. $39 to $55.
Sat., Aug. 2, 7:30 p.m., 2008