The Five Best Concerts in Houston This Weekend: Journey, Morrissey and More

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Journey still believes.
Journey, Steve Miller Band, Tower of Power
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, May 23

Don't. Stop. Believing. Three words that on their own are somewhat unremarkable, but when put together form the foundation of one of rock's best feel good anthems. Journey isn't a one song band by any means, but a song like "Don't Stop Believing" gets special recognition for being pretty damn special. That said, if you don't get a stirring in your chest when "Faithfully" starts up... well... I'd tell you to feel bad but clearly you're incapable of feelings.

Make sure you leave for The Pavilion early, because you're not going to want to miss seeing the opening act, The Steve Miller Band. Don't act for a moment like you've never wanted to hear "The Joker" or "Abracadrabra" live. Yes, they'll be playing "Fly Like an Eagle" and "Take the Money and Run" too, but you know deep down you've always wanted to be the Gangster of Love. CORY GARCIA

Radney Foster, Robert Ellis, Jimmy Lafave
McGonigel's Mucky Duck, May 23 & 24

Somewhat like Robert Earl Keen, Radney Foster is a godfather of the Texas country/Red Dirt circuit who still makes records as good as ever, and whose gifts often shine brightest in intimate acoustic settings. That's certainly the case on his brand-new Everything I Should Have Said, where romantic rewards and recriminations alike weigh heavy on songs such as "Hard Light of Day" and "The Man You Want."

Anchoring a cross-generational weekend of top singer-songwriters at the Duck, Friday Foster takes the late spot after former Houstonian Robert Ellis, who just picked up three Americana Music Awards nominations last week behind his album The Lights From the Chemical Plant. Saturday he precedes Jimmy LaFave, the Austin transplant who is one of the truest heirs of fellow Oklahoman Woody Guthrie's populist "This Machine Kills Fascists" tradition. CHRIS GRAY

Super Freestyle Explosion feat. Stevie B
Reliant Arena, May 24

If you're going to put on a nostalgia concert you might as well go all in on the talent, which is exactly what the Super Freestyle Explosion has done with epic old-school acts like Stevie B and Lisa Lisa, for starters. Known as the "king of freestyle," Stevie B and his sweet signature hair brought us the Latin-infused dance-pop perfection of late-'80s/early-'90s songs like "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)" and "I Wanna Be The One."

And if you don't remember Lisa Lisa, you're obviously too young to remember when her band Cult Jam was everywhere thanks in part to 1986's big-haired sob song "All Cried Out." As a bonus, they're bringing even more counterparts in tow: Expose, Debbie Deb and Shannon ("Let the Music Play"), who will keep those serious old school jamz going well into the wee hours. ANGELICA LEICHT


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