Adele is bringing her first U.S. arena tour to Dallas. 

Adele is bringing her first U.S. arena tour to Dallas. 

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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.

Trombone Shorty plays what he calls "supafunkrock."

Trombone Shorty plays what he calls "supafunkrock."

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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

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.

Leon Bridges

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.

Leon Bridges, the Fort Worth singer who's been doing plenty of globetrotting, lands close to home for a Dallas concert Sept. 18.

Leon Bridges, the Fort Worth singer who's been doing plenty of globetrotting, lands close to home for a Dallas concert Sept. 18.

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Kanye West

Kanye West's Saint Pablo Tour hits Dallas Sept. 22.

Kanye West's Saint Pablo Tour hits Dallas Sept. 22.

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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.

Oaktopia

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.

Norah Jones is a nine-time Grammy winner. 

Norah Jones is a nine-time Grammy winner. 

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John Pizzarelli

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

John Pizzarelli is coming to town to play with the Texas Instruments Jazz Band, an 18-piece ensemble.

John Pizzarelli is coming to town to play with the Texas Instruments Jazz Band, an 18-piece ensemble.

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Kacey Musgraves

State Fair of Texas snags Kacey Musgraves and Nelly for free fall concerts

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.

The Mavericks

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.

Guitarists Eddie Perez, left, and Raul Malo perform with the rock band the Mavericks.

Guitarists Eddie Perez, left, and Raul Malo perform with the rock band the Mavericks.

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Elvis Costello


Elvis Costello performs at the Majestic Theatre Oct. 11.

Elvis Costello performs at the Majestic Theatre Oct. 11.

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Performing without his usual band, the Imposters, could afford Costello the chance to spin some of the yarns he included in his '15 autobiography Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. The Atlanta sister-duo Larkin Poe opens and also backs Elvis during part of show. Oct. 11 at the Majestic Theatre, Dallas. 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.

Rhonda Vincent will be among the performers at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival.

Rhonda Vincent will be among the performers at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival.

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Marc Anthony


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.

Marc Anthony is salsa's all-time bestselling singer.

Marc Anthony is salsa's all-time bestselling singer.

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Phish


Phish (2 Nights)
The eclectic Vermont jam band usually skips North Texas on its U.S. tours, but it's making up for the slight with two shows this time: Expect a very loose set peppered with covers of tunes by the likes of the Talking Heads, Stevie Wonder and the Rolling Stones. Oct. 24-25 at Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. Get the details in our listing.

Adele

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

Adele's latest album, "25," includes "Hello" and "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)." 

Adele's latest album, "25," includes "Hello" and "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)." 

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Charles Bradley


Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

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.

Andra Day

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.

Singer Andra Day is touring behind her album "Cheers to the Fall." 

Singer Andra Day is touring behind her album "Cheers to the Fall." 

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