2016 live in concert


It’s never too early to purchase concert tickets, and the local venues in Southeast Texas, the casinos in Southwest Louisiana and Houston hot spots have announced major concerts for 2016.

There’s no shortage of musical entertainment in Beaumont, especially in downtown with the Civic Center, Julie Rogers Theatre and Jefferson Theatre.

Legends at the Jefferson Series continues on Thursday, Jan. 14, with Liverpool Legends – Beatles Tribute Band, which includes four talented musicians and actors who were hand-picked by Louise Harrison, sister of the late George Harrison of The Beatles. Tickets are $45-$20.

Just announced was the Love and Laughter Tour headlined by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Beaumont Civic Center. Tickets are $75-$35. The group has released more than a dozen songs that have reached the Billboard R&B Top 10 chart.

The Symphony of Southeast Texas will hold concerts at the Julie Rogers Theatre on Jan. 23, Feb. 20 and April 16. Tickets are $45-$18.

If comedy is your thing, mature audiences will enjoy the return of Rodney Carrington on Saturday, April 23, at the Jefferson Theatre. Tickets are $42.75.

You can’t go wrong with a buffet dinner and show at Courville’s in Beaumont. Most of the scheduled shows are already sold out, but you can always call (409) 860-9811 and check.

Jerry Nelson’s Hill Country in the Gateway Shopping Center in Beaumont has the best in regional and local country with Granger Smith (Jan. 2), Mark Chesnutt (Jan. 8), Roger Creager (Jan. 15), Stoney Larue (Jan. 22) and Glen Templeton (Feb. 20) scheduled to perform.

Southeast Texas Mardi in Port Arthur is right around the corner. Performing this year will be Aaron Watson, David Joel, Larry Tillery, Cody Johnson Band and Wayne Toups.

The Lutcher Theater in Orange has several concerts in the 2015-16 season slate such as The HillBenders present The Who’s TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry ($37-$20) on Tuesday, Feb. 2, Kristin Chenoweth ($90-$60) on Wednesday, March 16, and the Hot Sardines ($37-$20) on Wednesday, April 6.

The HillBenders are a dynamic bluegrass quintet who bring Pete Townshend’s original vision to life in a new and exciting way with banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass and guitar.

Chenowerth is an Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer whose résumé includes The West Wing, Glee and Pushing Daisies.

Forbes calls the Hot Sardines “one of the best jazz bands in New York City.” Bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo and lead singer “Miz Elizabeth” Bougerol combine with the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians, and their very own tap dancer, to play “hot jazz” as it was in the era when live music was king.

Delta Downs in nearby Vinton, Louisiana, has announced the Commodores on Saturday, Feb. 13. Tickets are $55-$35. The 2015 version of the Grammy winning act has original member William King.

The Golden Nugget in Lake Charles has an impressive lineup beginning with Three Dog Night (Jan. 1), Englebert Humberdinck (Jan. 16), Gordie Brown (Jan. 22-23), Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone (Jan. 29), Pitbull (Feb. 6) Eddie Money (Feb. 12), Lou Gramm of Foreigner (Feb. 13), O.A.R. (Feb. 19), Melissa Etheridge (Feb. 26), Night Ranger (March 11), Little River Band (March 12), Don Williams (March 18), Leon Russell (April 2), Travis Tritt (April 16), Belinda Carlisle (April 22), ZZ Top (April 23), Paul Anka (May 7), Air Supply (May 21), Kansas (July 8) and Dick Fox’s Golden Boys (July 16).

Ticket information for those shows can be found online at goldennugget.com/lakecharles, and each show is restricted to ages 21 years and older.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands released a handful of shows for their 2016 outdoor schedule with Mumford & Sons (April 3), Bryan Adams (April 8), Duran Duran (April 23), The 1975 (May 7), Journey (May 21), Twenty One Pilots (July 5), Dixie Chicks (Aug. 6) and 5 Seconds of Summer (Sept. 18).

The outspoken Dixie Chicks have won 13 Grammy Awards and sold more than 30 million records and will be performing in the Houston area for the first time in recent memory. Their last tour was in 2013.

The Toyota Center near downtown Houston has one of the better concert calendars since the erection of the building. On tap is Madonna (Jan. 12), Tool (Jan. 14), Janet Jackson (Jan. 23), Barry Manilow (Feb. 17), AC/DC (Feb. 26), Rihanna (March 5), Justin Bieber (April 9), Carrie Underwood (April 19), The Cure (May 14), Ellie Goulding (May 21), Selena Gomez (June 15), Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas (Sept. 9) and two nights of Adele (Nov. 8-9).

It’s been nearly a decade since The Cure played Houston. Robert Smith and the gang formed in 1976 and released the hits “Boys Don’t Cry,” “Close to Me,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Why Can’t I Be You,” “Just Like Heaven,” “Pictures of You” and “Friday I’m in Love.”

There’s no voice currently touring more powerful than that of Adele. The 27-year-old British singer has released three albums, which have sold more than 30 million copies. Several of her songs became monster hits including “Hello,” “Someone Like You” and “Set Fire to the Rain.” Her second album, 21, spent 21 weeks at No. 1, setting a new record by a female in Billboard history.

Ticket information can be obtained online at houstontoyotacenter.com.

Big arena shows aren’t your only option. There are several great smaller venues in Houston like Revention Music Center, House of Blues, Warehouse Live and Scout Bar (Clear Lake).