2009 Concert Rewind, March: Erykah Badu, Britney, Billy Joel & Elton John, A Baybrook Beatdown and A Whole Lotta Rodeo

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Mark C. Austin

Rascal Flatts, Reliant Stadium, March 3: "It's almost devious how much these guys sweetened and tune their songs up, close to the point of an almost automaton-like perfection. Each song is custom-built like a souped-up hot rod, with almost no flourish or guitar vamp going to waste." Craig Hlavaty

Alan Jackson, Reliant Stadium, March 4: "Jackson has always been neck-and-neck with George Strait when it comes to keeping the honky-tonk flame alive in a contemporary Nashville context, and the mini-set of Jim Ed Brown's 'Pop a Top,' 'Tall, Tall Trees' and Merle Haggard-ish 'Who's Cheatin' Who' showed he still knows his way around a sawdust floor." Chris Gray

Miss Leslie with Heather Myles, Under the Volcano, March 4: "With Sloan and Myles bringing all they had, the only downer of the night was the disappointing crowd. Who knows, maybe H-Town just ain't country anymore. Whatever is going on, there's just no excuse for a no-cover charge show of this quality to be this sparsely attended." William Michael Smith

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Craig Hlavaty

Derek Trucks Band, House of Blues, March 5: "According to audience member James Perkins, who stood by Aftermath for part of the show, the quiet leader with the long blonde ponytail is also cosmic. 'His music is so high-end and brilliant, it's almost from a different planet,' he noted. 'Some of it flies over my head, but it just soars. And it's got balls.'" Bob Ruggiero

Solange Knowles, Gladys Knight, Reliant Stadium, March 6: "The backup singers donned throwback hairdos, and their girl-group choreography was on point, yet none of that seemed to help Solange's sub-par singing and exaggerated hair flouncing. She managed to belt out her rendition of 'Shout' with some finesse, but for much of the show sounded like a school girl singing in front of the mirror with a brush." Amina Rivera

Erykah Badu, Arena Theater, March 6: "Her "Way Back" medley of first-generation hip-hop hits ("Rapper's Delight," "Friends," "Ladi Dadi") whipped the sold-out crowd into a frenzy, and she dedicated "Me" - her slow-cooking funk symphony from last year's New Amerykah: Fourth World War - to "my girl Carolyn Farb," who was in the front row. Chris Gray

The Jonas Brothers, Reliant Stadium, March 8: "I am a seventysomething who has to review a teen band I never heard before. That was deal I made to get the tickets. But if your granddaughter is ten, you want her to like young guys with a squeaky clean image - no sex, no drugs - even if they did perform at the Bush White house twice." Allen Matusow

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