Summer may be the year's busiest concert season, but autumn also brings scores of musicians to North Texas before they park their tour buses during the fallow days of December and January.
After scanning the calendar for promising shows of all genres and sizes, here are our 15 concert picks for the fall.
Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival
Fall doesn't technically start until Sept. 22, but we'd be remiss if we didn't list this annual outdoor celebration of grilled meat and smokin' roots music. The lineup features Dr. John, Trombone Shorty and a truckload of D-FW's best blues-rock singers and guitar slingers. Sept. 2-4 at Bedford City Hall. Get the details in our listing.
Squirrel Nut Zippers
While the Zippers get lumped in with the '90s neo-swing movement, they transcend that category with an anything-goes mix of blues, gypsy jazz and Eastern European music. Band founder Jimbo Mathus leads a new Squirrel gang on the group's first tour in seven years. Sept. 15 at the Kessler Theater, Dallas. Get the details in our listing.
Having conquered Saturday Night Live, the Fort Worth soul singer makes another triumphant return, this time in a sold-out show with opening act Lianne La Havas, the British singer behind the finger-snappin' 2015 earworm "What You Don't Do." Sept. 18 at Fair Park Music Hall, Dallas. Get the details in our listing.
The ego has landed: After a three-year break from touring, Yeezy returns to North American arenas with songs from the sprawling and not-quite-finished Life of Pablo album. Sept. 22 at American Airlines Center, Dallas. Get the details in our listing.
Norah Jones headlines the annual fest, marking her first Denton gig since she was a University of North Texas student in the late '90s. The strong lineup also includes Best Coast, Dr. Dog, Cat Power, Pete Yorn, and DJ Lo Down Loretta Brown, a.k.a. Erykah Badu. Sept. 22-24 in downtown Denton. Get the details in our listing.
Touring jazz artists skip D-FW so often that it's a pleasant surprise to find the New York singer-guitarist teaming up with the Texas Instruments Jazz Band in Richardson. Sept. 25 at the Eisemann Center, Richardson. Get the details in our listing.
The East Texas country star with the offbeat sense of humor kicks off the State Fair's music lineup. Other worthy acts later in the fair include rapper Nelly, former Kumbia King A.B. Quintanilla, and zydeco accordion player Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band. Sept. 30 at the State Fair of Texas in Fair Park, Dallas. Get the details in our listing.
Expect a Caribbean dance party from these Miami veterans, who are best-known for blending country, Tex-Mex and R&B. The group's latest CD finds singer Raul Malo and company dabbling in Jamaican ska. Oct. 7 at Billy Bob's Texas, Fort Worth. Get the details in our listing.
Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival
Mandolins and banjos rule the roost at this free annual country-folk festival. Headliners this year include bluegrass heavyweights Del McCoury, Jerry Douglas, David Grisman and Rhonda Vincent. Oct. 14-15 at Farmers Branch Historical Park. Get the details in our listing.
The former Mr. J.Lo is salsa's all-time best-selling singer and a multiple Latin Grammy winner. After flirting with English-language pop music earlier in his career, Anthony has refocused on his Latin roots in recent years. Oct. 15 at American Airlines Center, Dallas. Get the details in our listing.
Of all the artists to come out of the Winehouse school of neo-soul, 28-year-old Adele Adkins has taken that style to the greatest commercial heights. The English singer's first U.S. arena tour brings her to North Texas for the first time since she played the Granada Theater in '09. Nov. 1-2 at American Airlines Center, Dallas. Get the details in our listing.
A classic late bloomer, Bradley debuted at age 62 with 2011's No Time for Dreaming, the most soulful LP James Brown never made. The singer stretches out and covers Black Sabbath on his latest album, Changes. Nov. 5 at the Granada Theater, Dallas. Get the details in our listing.
If you couldn't get tickets to Adele, consider seeing Andra Day instead. A young San Diego singer with soaring pipes, Day earned two Grammy nominations this year for her jazzy, bluesy spin on R&B balladry. Dec. 6 at House of Blues, Dallas. Get the details in our listing.