Bobby McFerrin

Unless he shoots the President or something, Bobby McFerrin will always be best known for his insipid yet insanely catchy feel-good song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” But that was a long time ago, and since then the ten-time Grammy-winning vocal gymnast with a four-octave range has made a career leading his singing ensemble Voicestra and conducting orchestras all over the world. With a program that ranges from jazz and R&B to opera, Indian to classical music, McFerrin and Voicestra’s unconventional and playful program — with generous doses of humor — also gives McFerrin ample opportunity to improvise with his throat effects as the mood hits him. This performance does not include the Houston Symphony, but McFerrin and his minions could probably replicate most of the instruments anyway. 8 p.m. today. Jones Hall, 615 Louisiana. For information, call 713-224-7575 or visit www.houstonsymphony.org. $30 to $80.
Mon., March 10, 8 p.m., 2008
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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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