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Kelly Clarkson

Thu., Feb. 21, 7 p.m.

Seventeen years after rising to fame as America’s first ever American Idol and 14 years after Steve Carell famously blurted her name during his painful on-screen chest waxing in The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Kelly Clarkson is now contemplating the Meaning Of Life. The Grammy Award– winner, children’s author, and happy-go-lucky coach on NBC’s The Voice still charms the pants off of America long after her tearful Idol win. Though her latest, Meaning Of Life, earned a slew of glowing reviews including Newsday, which hailed it as “the best album of her career,” we just can’t break away from the pop-anthem-rock crossover that is her 2004 hit “Since U Been Gone.” And now that Clarkson is back on the road, we can breathe for the first time. $20+

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Umphrey's McGee

Fri., Feb. 22, 6 & 7 p.m. and Sat., Feb. 23, 6 & 7 p.m.

Midwestern progressive jam band Umphrey’s McGee will be making its return to Detroit as part of a special two-night run. Known for its eclectic and improvisational two-set shows, Umphrey’s McGee has developed a devout fanbase after performing thousands of sets throughout the band’s two-decade career. Expect on-the-fly mash-up covers of popular songs, funky solos, and a party-hearty crowd. $29.50+

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The Fillmore (map)
2115 Woodward Ave.
Downtown Detroit
phone 313-961-5451
Umphrey's McGee

Friday Night Live!: The Music of J Dilla

Fri., Feb. 22, 7 & 8:30 p.m.

February is bittersweet for J Dilla fans. Born on Feb. 7 in 1974, the legendary Detroit hip-hop innovator spent his brief 32 years creating one of the most influential bodies of work through his many solo projects and as a founding member of Slum Village. Dilla, who died of cardiac arrest on Feb. 10, 2006, will be honored in an annual celebration at the DIA. Composer Miguel Atwood-Ferguson has, once again, arranged important moments from Dilla’s catalog to be performed by members of Rebirth. Free

Detroit Institute of Arts (map)
5200 Woodward Ave.
Midtown
phone 313-833-7900
Friday Night Live!: The Music of J Dilla

A Bowie Celebration

Sat., Feb. 23, 8 p.m.

There’s a “Starman” waiting in the sky — his name is David Bowie. Since his death in 2016, a lot has ch-ch-changed. Keeping with tradition, A Bowie Celebration will return to the Royal Oak Music Theatre starring alumni players from Bowie’s many recording and touring bands. Led by Mike Garson, Bowie’s longest-standing member, the lineup boasts guitarist Earl Slick, Gerry Leonard, Carmine Rojas, Mark Plati, Charlie Sexton, and others. At this point, for many of Bowie’s supporting rebels, the material is a marriage of muscle memory and the preservation of legacy, but the team’s collective priority is to get it right. For some, this is the closest they will get to a Bowie performance. For others, it’s a time capsule of rock ‘n’ roll’s golden years. $35+

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Royal Oak Music Theatre (map)
318 W. Fourth St.
Downtown Royal Oak
phone 248-399-2980
A Bowie Celebration

Dennis Coffey

Tuesdays, 8 p.m.

Tuesdays at 8pm w/ Motown Funk Brother Thursdays at 8 p.m. Dennis Coffey will deliver Acid Jazz. Free

Northern Lights Lounge (map)
660 W. Baltimore St.
New Center
phone (313) 873-1739
Dennis Coffey

Hamtramck Music Festival

Thu., March 7, Fri., March 8 and Sat., March 9
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This three-day festival packs the best local bands into a walkable footprint of Hamtramck's bars. Plus, it's for a good cause; festival proceeds go to Ben's Encore, a nonprofit that provides instruments, music lessons, and scholarships to inspired young musicians and underserved school music programs. TBA

http://hamtramckmusicfestival.com

Spiritualized

Wed., April 10 & 7 p.m.

If you're a Spiritualized fan, you have to take your pleasures when you can. Frontman Jason Pierce is known to take years between records — his latest, And Nothing Hurt, dropped in September, the psych-soul project's first since 2012's Sweet Heart Sweet Light. Somewhat alarmingly, he told The New York Times, "Every time I make a record, I forget everything I’ve learned about how to make a record." He has also said that And Nothing Hurt — a decidedly stripped down record compared to his 1997 breakthrough Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space — could be his last. Fortunately for Detroit area fans, Spiritualized has announced a 2019 North American tour, with an April 10, 2019 stop at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. TBA

https://www.spiritualized.com/live
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Royal Oak Music Theatre (map)
318 W. Fourth St.
Downtown Royal Oak
phone 248-399-2980
Spiritualized

DMX

Fri., May 3, 9:30 p.m.

$29.50

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Saint Andrew's Hall (map)
431 E. Congress St.
Downtown Detroit
phone 313-961-6358
DMX

Florence + the Machine

Fri., May 24, 7:30 p.m.

$25.50+

DTE Energy Music Theatre (map)
7774 Sashabaw Rd.
Greater Detroit Area
phone 248-645-6666

Michael McDonald

Wed., June 19, 8 p.m.

$50-$62

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Sound Board (map)
2901 Grand River Ave.
Downtown Detroit Michael McDonald
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