John Legend NRG Stadium, March 6
John Legend's stock is sky-high right now. The veteran R&B singer followed the biggest hit of his career, the multi-format No. 1 "All of Me," by winning an Oscar last month for "Glory," his duet with Chicago rapper Common as featured in Ava Duvernay's MLK biopic Selma. On Friday Legend returns for his third performance on the rodeo's revolving stage, begging the question of which lucky local church choir will be tapped to come out for that amazing "Glory" chorus. Concert begins after rodeo is over; see rodeohouston.com for details. CHRIS GRAY
Juvenile, Mystikal Arena Theatre, March 6
Before "crunk" was a word (for white people, anyway) and Young Money was an empire, Juvenile and Mystikal helped put New Orleans rap on the map. Representing the city's two major labels of the '90s, Cash Money and No Limit, both men's aggressive styles dipped heavily into bounce music, and both enjoyed early hits celebrating NOLA women's bountiful derrieres, "Back That Azz Up" and "Shake Ya Ass." After a lot more water under the bridge - including Juvenile's post-Katrina LP Reality Check - the pair finally released a full-length collaboration, the mixtape Uptown Veterans, in 2012. It's a keeper. CHRIS GRAY
Above & Beyond Bayou Music Center, March 7
If you're a Houston trance-music fan, Above & Beyond's return has probably been circled on your calendar since about five seconds after it was announced. Yes, Bayou Music Center may not be Madison Square Garden, where the group played last year to celebrate episode 100 of their popular Group Therapy Radio series, but it is a step up from the average club date. The English trio is one of the most popular acts in the world of trance music and the larger fabric of EDM, and may have the most passionate fan base.
Group Therapy is a good name for an album and a radio series, but for many of their fans it's also what the music (and what experiencing the music in concert) is to them. Given the emotional nature of their music, it makes a lot of sense; few electronic acts tug at the heartstrings the way Above & Beyond do. They're the ones making the songs that prove that modern electronic music doesn't have to be sterile or heartless. With 16 Bit Lolitas. CORY GARCIA
Fall Out Boy NRG Stadium, March 8
Once one of the biggest names in the mid-2000s emo-pop scene, Fall Out Boy far transcended their goofy haircuts on hits like "Sugar, We're Going Down." All but written off after the four-year hiatus that followed 2008's disappointing Folie a Deux, today they're one of the very few acts on Top 40 radio that makes playing guitar still look cool. Their skyscraping choruses and ravenous pop-culture appetite are all over new album American Beauty/American Psycho, which borrows the Munsters theme for "Uma Thurman" and injects a little of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" into "Centuries." Concert begins after 3:45 p.m. rodeo is over; weekend times are in effect. See rodeohouston.com for more details.CHRIS GRAY
More concerts on the next page.
SIX MORE SHOWS WORTH CONSIDERING By Chris Gray
Steve Miller Band: Small venue for the Dallas-bred Joker's classic-rock staples. (Bayou Music Center, March 6)
South by Due East: Dozens upon dozens of local bands hosted and filmed by Guy Schwartz's New Jack Hippies crew; watch for the "Teach the Band a Song" bit. See Web site for full schedule. (Last Concert Cafe, March 6-8)
Ryan Bingham, Lucero: Whopper of an alt-country bill pairs West Texas Oscar winner and soulful Memphis rockers. (House of Blues, March 7)
Alan Jackson: RodeoHouston's lone "legacy" act is also one of its hottest tickets. (NRG Stadium, March 7)
Roosh Williams: H-town's Persian-American MC now drawing national buzz for brand-new Unorthodox. (Walters Downtown, March 7)
Bill Carter & the Blame: Austin veteran and co-author of Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Crossfire" stops by with his band. (Continental Club, March 7)
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