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Dark Star Orchestra

Continuing The Grateful Dead Concert Experience: In 1997, guitarist John Kadlecik had an idea — to re-create historic Grateful Dead shows. After bouncing that notion off keyboardist Scott Larned, they decided to go for it. More than 1,900 shows later, the seven-member band is still at it. 8 p.m. Feb. 4. $22.

The Majestic, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-833-9700;



Alan Jackson

This country legend grew up 30 miles west of the Dixie Highway (the same Dixie that runs through Michigan), in Newnan, Ga. Jackson thus named his 2012 album Thirty Miles West, solidifying his more than 23-year career at the top of the country charts. Jackson has joined the ranks of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Merle Haggard as the only musicians to write and record more than 20 No. 1 songs. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7. $82+.

The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100;


Aaron Lewis

Staind frontman and crossover country artist Aaron Lewis has been performing solo acoustic shows since he was 17. Lewis’ signature gloomy vocals led Staind on seven albums, and most recently on his first full-length solo album, The Road, released in November 2012. The registered Republican is an avid deer hunter and father to three girls: Zeo, Nyla, and Indie. Come see this “country boy” at 8 p.m. Feb. 7. $39+.

Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-237-7711;


Coheed and Cambria

Fans of this progressive-rock quartet are likely familiar with comic books, science fiction, and other notoriously nerdy pastimes. All six — soon to be seven — of the band’s studio albums are concepts following a storyline, The Amory Wars, written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez. A lesser-known element about Sanchez’s story is that Coheed and Cambria are actually the names of the married lead characters. Borrowing themes from other famous sci-fi works, C&C’s seventh album, and the latest installment in the series, is set to drop this month. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 8. $25 - $45.

The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-5451;


Tony Bennett

Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., this Italian-American legend has been music to our ears since his 1951 hit, “Because of You.” In addition to his collection of 17 Grammys, two Emmys, and 50 million albums sold, Bennett is also a successful painter. He may have “left his heart in San Francisco,” but there’s no end in sight for this classic crooner. “If you are creative, you get busier as you get older,” he explains. That pretty much sums it up for the beloved Bennett. 9 p.m. Feb. 9. $45+.

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor; 800-991-7777;


Judy Collins

She may be known first and foremost as a folk singer, but Judy Collins’ tumultuous life and times invariably led her to social activism. After battling polio, tuberculosis, bulimia, and alcoholism, this pianist and guitar-playing songbird overcame the odds, and has since gone on to work with UNICEF, along with various campaigns against land mines. An author to boot, Collins has written a novel and two memoirs, one of which addresses her only son’s suicide in 1992. Come see this survivor perform live at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Feb. 9. $49.50.

The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800;


Maroon 5

Forming their musical roots fairly early, lead singer Adam Levine, keyboardist Jesse Carmichael, bassist Mickey Madden, and former drummer Ryan Dusick began jamming together in junior high. Since releasing their first album, Songs About Jane, in 2002, the group has had a consistent string of successful pop singles. With a genre that lands somewhere between pop, rock, dance and — more recently — electropop, the band has formulated a unique and ever-evolving sound that has proved prosperous. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14. $69+.

The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100;


The Whispers

In 1963, twin brothers Walter and Wallace Scott first harmonized with pals Nicholas Caldwell, Marcus Hutson, and Gordy Harmon. Making their way across the street corners of Los Angeles and the nightclubs of San Francisco, the group eventually found success in R&B during subsequent decades. The ’80s proved the most fruitful for the singers, who sang the national anthem during Game 2 of the 1989 World Series. After the death of Hutson in 2000, the quintet became a quartet and vowed to remain that way. 8 p.m. Feb. 14. $51.95+.

Sound Board at MotorCity Casino Hotel, 2901 Grand River Ave., Detroit; 313-237-7711;


Lady Gaga

A classically trained pianist, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta blasted onto the scene with the 2008 release of her first album, The Fame. Since her debut, she has rocked the world with her outrageous fashions and addictive pop/rock/dance tunes. Gaga’s also become a philanthropist and an advocate on behalf of natural disaster relief, fighting against HIV and AIDS, in favor of anti-bullying measures, and for LGBTQ equality. After wearing a controversial meat dress to the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, she explained: “If we don’t fight for our rights, pretty soon we’re going to have as much rights as the meat on our bones.” Catch the “fame monster” live at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16. $68+.

The Palace of Auburn Hills, 6 Championship Dr., Auburn Hills; 248-377-0100;


Paul Anka

He may not be a woman, but Paul Anka is credited with writing one of Tom Jones’ biggest hits, “She’s a Lady,” in 1971. A pioneer of heartthrob, Anka made a name for himself as a teenage crooner in the late 1950s, with longevity in the music realm ensuing. Going on to write the theme song for The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, Anka is also responsible for such hits as “Diana,” “Lonely Boy,” and “Put Your Head on My Shoulder.” 9 p.m. Feb. 16. $45+.

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor; 800-991-7777;


Matchbox Twenty

Most pop music fans remember Matchbox Twenty’s introduction to the mainstream with the single “Push,” which garnered major radio airplay in 1997. But the song never actually made it the Billboard Hot 100. Prior to 1998, in order to chart the famous list, songs had to be released as singles, and “Push” hadn’t been. That didn’t hinder the band, whose debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, went on to sell more than 15 million copies. The band’s popularity has dwindled slightly in recent years, while frontman Rob Thomas’ solo career took off, but Matchbox Twenty persevered, releasing its fourth album, North, in September. 8 p.m. Feb. 21. $55+.

The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Dr. E., Windsor; 800-991-7777;


Passion Pit w/Matt and Kim

What do drive-in theaters and Passion Pit have in common? The electropop group out of Cambridge, Mass., chose its moniker — a nickname for the outdoor movie houses — from the “Variety Slanguage Dictionary,” a reference guide to Variety magazine’s lingo. Opening the show is Brooklyn duo Matt & Kim, who released their fourth album, Lightning, in October. 7 p.m. Feb. 21. $29.50 adv. $35 at door.

The Crofoot, 1 S. Saginaw, Pontiac; 248-858-9333;


Experience the Beatles with Rain

Relive the magical mystery of the Fab Four with this Broadway-inspired Beatlemania spinoff concert. Travel musical history with John, Paul, George, and Ringo through songs, costumes, and fake hairpieces. Money can’t buy you love, but it can buy you a blast from the past. 8 p.m. Feb. 23. $40.40+.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000;


Suzanne Vega

Beginning her poetry career at the age of 9, this folksy singer/songwriter was the first artist to appear at the inaugural Lilith Fair. Credited as “The Mother of the MP3,” her song “Tom’s Diner” was the reference for Karlheinz Brandenburg’s sound compression algorithm in the very early stages of the MP3. Business 2.0 magazine explains: “When an MP3 player compresses music by anyone from Courtney Love to Kenny G, it is replicating the way that Brandenburg heard Suzanne Vega.” 8 p.m. Feb. 23. $40.

The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800;


The Pink Floyd Experience

The re-creation of psychedelic classic rock is on its way to Detroit. The Pink Floyd Experience takes you back to The Dark Side of the Moon with the music of Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright, and David Gilmour. Don’t miss out, or you’ll wish you were there. 7 p.m. Feb. 24. $25 - $45.

The Fillmore, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-961-5451;


Buddy Guy ft. Jonny Lang

Learning to play guitar on a homemade two-string diddley bow, blues legend Buddy Guy has influenced such artists as Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix over the course of his five-decade career. Separating himself from the pack, Guy “mingles anarchy, virtuosity, deep blues and hammy shtick in ways that keep all eyes on him,” according to The New York Times. The show will feature Jonny Lang, the teen prodigy turned bluesy rock megastar who’s toured with the likes of the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and B.B. King. 8 p.m. Feb. 27. $53+.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-983-6000;


The SteelDrivers

Based in Nashville, this band of bluegrass pickers uses a traditional recipe — banjo, mandolin and fiddle — to create a contemporary bluegrass sound. The first self-titled album from the Grammy-nominated quintet peaked at number 57 on the U.S. Country chart. Its third studio album, Hammer Down, will be released this month. 8 p.m. Feb. 28. $25.

The Ark, 316 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-761-1800;,


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