The Best Concerts In Houston This Weekend: J. Cole, Avenged Sevenfold, John Fogerty, etc.
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Toyota Center, October 20
An affable crooner with enough charm to sell millions of pop/jazz/swing albums and fill arenas long after that music's heyday on the charts, Michael Buble is convincing proof that some things really do never go out of style. But the Canadian-born singer has always mixed in more contemporary artists to go with all the Sinatra and Nina Simone, like Randy Newman and the Bee Gees on this year's To Be Loved.
Mostly he's developed a debonair style of his own, and done quite well for himself. In fact Buble has made a mint on his pair of holiday albums alone, most recently 2011's Christmas, and hits Toyota Center just as the holidays are fast approaching. CHRIS GRAY
A bona fide rock and roll star who happens to be a down-to-earth, humble guy, John Fogerty didn't ask for a tribute album this year; there's been plenty already. But look who turned up on this year's Wrote a Song For Everyone (Vanguard), a duets collection offering a tiny hint of the Bay Area native's lasting influence: Foo Fighters ("Fortunate Son"), Zac Brown Band ("Bad Moon Rising"), Jennifer Hudson ("Proud Mary," with the Rebirth Brass Band and Allen Toussaint in tow) and even Fogerty's two sons Shane and Tyler ("Lodi").
But in a twist, for his fall tour Fogerty is forsaking the standard greatest-hits set most classic rockers of his lofty station would do and instead playing one of two ageless Creedence Clearwater Revival albums, Born on the Bayou or Cosmo's Factory, front to back. No doubt he'll get to "Centerfield" in the encore, though. CHRIS GRAY
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