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Justin Townes Earle

Nothing’s gonna change the way we feel about him now. The folk and country/western singer and son of Texas songwriter Steve Earle has proved that it’s a long journey to success, but a great one. After kicking a drug habit and accepting an Americana Music Award, Earle is five albums into his career as an indie/folk favorite. 8 p.m. Nov. 2. $20.

The Majestic, 4120 Woodward, Detroit; 313-883-9700.



Born Sixto Diaz Rodriguez in Detroit, folk musician Rodriguez has had a spotty but lasting career in the underground and abroad. Gaining recent popularity with an independent documentary, Searching for Sugar Man, which chronicles the investigation into his rumored death, Rodriguez has experienced a career resurgence. 8 p.m. Nov. 2. $15.

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


Ian Anderson

Celebrating his 44th year as a world-renowned singer and flutist, this Scottish musician and Jethro Tull bandleader is taking the stage yet again. His talents don’t end with the flute, though. Anderson is well-versed in guitar, bass, and harmonica, along with a variety of whistling techniques. He has toured the world for more than four decades, bringing with him a unique sound through his signature rock/flute hybrid that is sure to whet your whistle. 8 p.m. Nov. 3. $54-$72.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit; 313-471-3200.


Vince Gill

This country crooner has had the hearts (and ears) of millions for more than three decades through his authentic interpretation of the human experience. After a few successful but brief stints with several bands in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Gill ventured out on his own, signing with RCA Records in 1983. Known for hits like “When I Call Your Name” and “Go Rest High on That Mountain,” Gill has earned 18 CMA Awards and 27 Grammys — the most of any male country artist. 9 p.m. Nov. 3. $35-$94.

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


John Legend

Learning piano at the young age of 4, Legend, born John Roger Stephens, quickly became a force to be reckoned with on the R & B scene, having won nine Grammys to date. His smooth voice and graceful tickling of the ivories has garnered the attention of, and subsequent collaborations with, such artists as Kayne West, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, and Jay-Z. Wake up and get lifted once again with this stylish crooner. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4.  $55-$470.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-3200.


Shawn Mullins

In 1998, this singer/songwriter scored big with “Lullaby,” the Atlanta-based musician’s biggest hit to date. Mullins has forged on since that top 10 smash, with his most recent work, 2010’s Light You Up. Marrying acoustic, folk rock, and alternative, Mullins has had a string of minor hits, including “All In My Head,” featured on Scrubs, as well as “Shimmer,” showcased on the Dawson’s Creek soundtrack. This songster has been in business for more than 20 years, lulling fans with his lyrics and mesmerizing melodies. 8 p.m. Nov. 5. $20.

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


Bettye LaVette

Singing soul and R & B for more than 50 years, LaVette has a “voice as powerful as Etta James and a story as compelling as Tina Turner,” Rolling Stone says.  A native of Michigan — born in Muskegon and brought up in Detroit — her first single, “My Man — He’s a Loving Man,” reached No. 7 on the R & B chart in the fall of 1962, when she was just 16. True fame eluded LaVette until her 2005 album, I’ve Got My Own Hell to Raise, named for a line from the Fiona Apple tune “Sleep to Dream.” The album consisted entirely of cover songs written by women, and received a wealth of critical praise. 8 p.m. Nov. 7. $27.50.

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



The material girl, the ambitious blonde, the virgin; we all know this native Michiganian, who has blazed pop charts, music videos, and concerts for almost 30 years. 8 p.m. Nov. 8. $49-$941.

Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit; 313-396-7000.


Carrie Underwood

Finding success in 2005 as the winner of American Idol, country songbird Underwood is one of the most successful alumni of the popular reality TV show. With the crossover hit “Before He Cheats,” suggesting a career in pop, the talented musician stayed the course of country, pleasing fans and record execs alike with 12 No. 1 singles. Calling all cowboy Casanovas and all-American girls, this country queen is coming to claim her throne. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10. $46+.

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


Aimee Mann

This lyrically inclined and multi-talented musician has been getting to the root of the human psyche since 1982. A songwriter at heart, this Virginian battled record companies endlessly until branching out on her own in 1999 with the development of her own record company. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10. $39.50-$49.50.

Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.


Bob Dylan

With regard to legends — living or dead — few would disagree with naming Bob Dylan as one. Having been the unelected voice of a nation during the tumultuous 1960s, his music influenced the world and spoke to a generation. Dylan continues on in a way that almost no other solo artist has. Time TBA. Nov. 13. $62-$675.

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



Baby, we’re amazed that 2012 marks the 20-year anniversary for the country group, known by pop fans mainly for crossover hits, “Amazed” and “I’m Already There.” After a five-year break to focus on his solo career, lead singer Richie McDonald returns to the group. “We are better together than we ever were apart,” McDonald explains. All four members grew up from humble beginnings in their namesake state, contributing to the band’s hometown feel and longevity. 8 p.m. Nov. 17. $25-$69.

Andiamo Celebrity Showroom, 7096 E. 14 Mile Rd., Warren; 586-268-3224.


Carolina Chocolate Drops

Forming in 2005, this traditional folk trio-turned-quintet serves up more than just cornbread and butterbeans. The North Carolina-based group snagged the 2010 Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy for Genuine Negro Jig, and has since opened for the likes of Bob Dylan and Taj Mahal. Each member brings a unique sound and various musical talents through the use of banjo, guitar, jug, harmonica, kazoo, snare drum, fiddle, tambourine, cello, and others. Don’t miss the chance to “boodle-de-bum-bum” right along with them. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18. $50-$500.

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


Justin Bieber

Love him or hate him, this Canadian heartthrob’s legions of adoring fans are plentiful enough to see him through. With a true musical ability, a string of catchy pop tunes, a recognizable crop of sandy brown hair, and a net worth in the nine figures, this 18-year-old isn’t going anywhere. If you just need somebody to love, check out the Biebs at 7 p.m. Nov. 21. $50+.

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


Chris Isaak

 After an impressive 25-year career, musician and actor Isaak has released the album that he has “always wanted to make.” Beyond the Sun, a compilation of cover songs by classic American rock ’n’ rollers — Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Johnny Cash, to name a few — offers Isaak’s take on some famous tunes. Moving his band to Sun Studio in Memphis, the collection pays homage to Sam Phillips, trailblazer and begetter of the artists in the assortment. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23. $49-$245.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-3200.


Uncle Kracker

A recent crossover artist into the world of country, singer/songwriter Uncle Kracker broke onto the scene in 2001 with his first album, Double Wide, featuring the hit “Follow Me.” Teaming up with Kenny Chesney, the pair pulled down the No. 1 sensation, “When the Sun Goes Down,” in 2004. A longtime friend of Detroit-based artist Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker collaborated on such hits as “Cowboy,” “Only God Knows Why,” and “All Summer Long.” 7 p.m. Nov. 23. $9.95 in advance. $15 day of show.

Royal Oak Music Theater, 318 W. Fourth St., Royal Oak; 248-399-2980.


Brain Setzer Orchestra

Formed in 1990, this swing band was one of the bigger successes during the swing revival of the mid- to late-’90s, scoring their biggest hit with a cover of Louis Prima’s “Jump Jive an’ Wail” on their 1998 album, The Dirty Boogie. Two albums worth of Christmas music in the early 2000s generated several tours, the most recent of which is “Christmas Rocks!” Don’t miss the chance to dig that crazy Santa Claus. 9 p.m. Nov. 24. $25-$82.

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


The Who

The 2012 tour of these veteran British rockers could be the last. As Rolling Stone put it: “Along with The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, The Who complete the holy trinity of British rock.” Who are they? Come see at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 24. $50-$282.

Joe Louis Arena, 600 Civic Center Dr., Detroit; 313-396-7000.


Leonard Cohen

Carrying the same weight as the likes of Bob Dylan, Canadian singer/songwriter, novelist, and poet Leonard Cohen has been a bona-fide icon for nearly 45 years. The release of his 2012 album, Old Ideas, signifies his continuing talent and everlasting influence. As Music OMH put it: “He has now made a late masterpiece.” 8 p.m. Nov. 26. $74-$800.

Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward, Detroit; 313-471-3200.


Chaka Khan

This “Queen of Funk” singer/songwriter reigned supreme in the 1970s as the lead talent for the band Rufus. Winning 10 Grammys along the way, this Everywoman just might tell you something good if she feels for you. Khan is going to be caught in the act at 8 p.m. Nov. 29. $50-$80.

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