The 10 Best Shows in Houston This Weekend: Flamin' Groovies, John Legend, Tom Jones, etc.

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John Legend at RodeoHouston, 2012
John Legend
Cullen Performance Hall, May 4

Rumor has it that John Legend's moniker was born from the ashes of a barbershop conversation, in which the artist (born John Roger Stephens) was told that with that voice, he'd be known as a legend one day. That barber may have been right. Legend's 2004 debut, Get Lifted, was a platinum monster, thanks in no small part to the success of the hit "Ordinary People," which earned the singer-songwriter-pianist a number of Grammys.

Legend took a while to catch fire again, as 2008 Andre 3000 duet "Green Light" and 2010's album-length collaboration with the Roots, Wake Up!, met with only moderate commercial success. However, his new single "All of Me" has proven to be radio gold, launching Legend back on top where he belongs. ANGELICA LEICHT

Tom Jones
House of Blues, May 4

You can almost hear the screaming already. Vegas via Wales comes to Houston for the first time in who knows how long with this rare visit by the unmistakable voice behind "Thunderball," "It's Not Unusual," "What's New, Pussycat?", "Delilah" and the best Prince cover ever recorded. Since even before the Beatles, Jones's stout baritone has been driving audiences mad in a way not seen since Elvis, and not just women, either -- you could ask Carlton from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, were he not a fictional character.

More recently Jones has been a judge on the UK version of The Voice since 2012 but almost never tours, making this Sunday one special night indeed. Care to venture an over/under on the number of panties onstage by show's end? CHRIS GRAY

By Chris Gray

Red Cat Jazz Festival: Salty Gulf breezes and only the smoothest jazz, featuring Al Jarreau, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Marian Meadows, Miki Howard, and a special tribute to local luminary Ronnie Laws' 50 years in the biz. Gates open at noon; see for more. (Oleander Bowl, Moody Gardens, May 2-4)

W&W: Super-sleek Dutch EDM duo should draw a huge crowd. (Stereo Live, May 3)


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Location Info


El Dorado Ballroom

2301 Elgin Ave., Houston, TX

Category: General

Continental Club

3700 Main, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Warehouse Live

813 St. Emanuel, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Cullen Performance Hall

4800 Calhoun, Houston, TX

Category: Music

House of Blues

1204 Caroline, Houston, TX

Category: Music

Noodle House 88

9889 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Stereo Live

6400 Richmond, Houston, TX

Category: Music

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