For summer concert lovers in Dallas-Fort Worth, this week has brought a bounty of good news with a big round of tours coming through Texas in 2023.
Details have been revealed for tours featuring Drake, TLC, Christopher Cross, Steve Miller Band with Cheap Trick, Willie Nelson, and many more.
The backstory is that for many of these tours, tickets have just gone on sale this week. So check out what's new and what needs to be on your to-see list, organized below by date:
March 31-April 2: TAY-Gates at Arlington Backyard
Taylor Swift is bringing her record-breaking tour to Arlington March 31-April 2 at AT&T Stadium, and that part is well known. But the new twist is TAY-Gates, an accompanying pre-party which will take place at Arlington Backyard at Texas Live! all three days of the tour, from March 31-April 2 from 2 pm-7pm. (It also hits San Antonio at Vibes Event Center on April 15; and Austin at Come and Take It Live on April 16.)
This event is all ages and tickets start at $5; you do not need tickets to Taylor’s concert to attend.
April 25: Ville Valo at House of Blues
Valo, AKA "VV," is the former singer-songwriter of Finnish "love metal" band Him, which disbanded in 2017. In January, he mounted a headlining tour that started in Europe and will hit the U.S. in April, beginning in Philadelphia, with three stops in Texas: Dallas' House of Blues on April 25, followed by Aztec Theater in San Antonio on April 26 and Houston's House of Blues on April 27.
Tickets start at $51 and are on sale now.
April 27: Cold at Trees
Florida band first discovered by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst celebrates the 20th anniversary of their album
Year of the Spider with a tour first announced in December 2022. Now they reveal the dates, which include stops at Trees on April 27 (their website says Amplified Live but that show has been moved). Also hitting San Antonio at Paper Tiger on April 23, Scout in Houston on April 26, and Come And Take It Live in Austin on April 28.
TAY-Gates will let you get up close and personal to a lifelike Taylor Swift cardboard cut-out.Courtesy photo
May 4: Steve Miller Band and Cheap Trick at Dos Equis Pavilion
The Steve Miller celebrates the 50th anniversary of their album The Joker with three shows in Texas with special guests Cheap Trick. Both acts were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. They'll stop at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas on May 4; at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands on May 6; and at Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Austin on May 7.
Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 17 at LiveNation.com.
May 6: Feid at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Colombian singer-songwriter Feid brings his Ferxxo Nitro Jam Underground Tour to 29 cities across the US and Canada, kicking off on April 20 in Seattle, bringing Feid to bigger venues across North America after his successful debut run in the U.S. in 2022. Dates in Texas include Houston on May 13 at Smart Financial Centre, Dallas on May 17 at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, and Austin on May 21 at TBC Bass Concert Hall.
The general onsale for Ferxxo Nitro Jam Underground Tour started Thursday, March 16 on LiveNation.com.
June 9: Christopher Cross and Air Supply at Bass Performance Hall
Mr. "Sailing," Christopher Cross and rock icons Air Supply will be the featured artists for the 2023 Legends Concert Series — The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s signature fundraising event at Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth at 7:30 pm. Cross has won five Grammys, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, had five top-10 singles and sold 10 million albums. Australian duo Air Supply is known for their harmonies, and had seven top-five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 list from 1979-1983, including the No. 1 hit “The One That You Love.”
Tickets go on sale Friday, March 17. The concert, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., will benefit HSC students and the establishment of HSC’s new College of Nursing.
June 24: Drake at American Airlines Center
brings his 2023 "It’s All A Blur" tour to Dallas for two nights, part of a three-month run that kicks off in New Orleans on June 16 and travels to 21 cities across North America. In addition to Dallas, Drake will also go to Houston at the Toyota Center on June 21.
General onsale begins March 17 on drakerelated.com.
June 30: TLC at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Supergroup TLC and Jamaican icon Shaggy join forces with TLC & Shaggy: Hot Summer Nights Tour 2023, joined by special guests En Vogue and Sean Kingston. The tour kicks off on June 1 in Alabama and stops in Irving at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on June 30, and The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands on July 1. It'll be a hit-fest with “Waterfalls,” “No Scrubs,” “Unpretty,” and “Creep,” En Vogue’s “Hold On, My Loving (Never Gonna Get It)”, and “Free Your Mind”; and Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls” and “Take You There.”
General onsale starts Friday, March 17 t LiveNation.com.
June 30: Willie Nelson Outlaw Festival at Dos Equis Pavilion
Willie Nelson is on the road again as the headliner of the 2023 Outlaw Music Festival Tour, which will stop at Dos Equis Pavilion in Dallas on Friday, June 30. The country music legend, who will have turned 90 by the time the tour starts, will travel to at least 16 cities over the summer. Nelson will front a rotating lineup of performers that will be different at each stop. Performers in Dallas will include Willie Nelson & Family, Whiskey Myers, Flatland Cavalry, Brittney Spencer, and Particle Kid.
Tickets for the tour go on sale on Friday, March 17 via OutlawMusicFestival.com.
July 15: Marca MP at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Mexican group Marca MP, featuring singer-guitarist Chato, guitarist Omar Valdivia, and tuba-player Ernesto Franco, plays romantic songs and old-fashioned corridos with a daring aesthetic, heard on songs such as the upbeat corrido “El Güero”. Their 2023 Brindó Tour, promoting their single "Déjame Ser," has five Texas dates including Majestic Theatre in San Antonio on July 8; Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land in Houston on July 14; and The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving on July 15.
General onsale begins on Friday, March 17 at livenation.com.
August 7: Jimmy Eat World and Manchester Orchestra at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
The two acts will co-headline The Amplified Echoes Tour, hitting 29 cities beginning July 11, with three Texas dates: at 713 Music Hall in Houston on August 7, Moody Amphitheater in Austin on August 8, and The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Dallas on August 9. Middle Kids will be joining the tour across all dates.
General onsale started on Thursday, March 16 at livenation.com.
August 23: Counting Crows at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
After a worldwide tour, rock band Counting Crows mounts a U.S. tour, joined by cult-favorite and longtime friend Dashboard Confessional, plus English singer/songwriter Frank Turner on select dates. The 56-date mega tour kicks off on June 13 in Omaha, with a stop at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving on August 23. Other Texas dates include August 19 at Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, and August 22 at the Majestic Theatre in San Antonio.
General ticket onsale begins on Friday, March 17 .