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Music in March: The best shows happening this month

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OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s never been a better time to be a music fan in Oklahoma. Tulsa venues such as Cain’s Ballroom and BOK Center continue to attract top-rate performers, both intimate and spectacular. Oklahoma City’s local music scene is only continuing to grow with the recent downtown addition of The Criterion. And while a lot of tours may overlook Oklahoma in favor of Texas, Dallas is luckily just a short drive away for those once-in-a-lifetime shows you’re just dying to see. 

So take out your credit cards and mark your calendars, because the next few months are set to be a concert season filled with something for everyone. Whether you’re a fan of 80’s new wave, 90’s folk-rock or current-day pop, there’s plenty to enjoy.

Stevie Nicks – Monday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. ($49-$149.50) – What hasn’t already been said about the former Fleetwood Mac front-woman and White Witch herself, Ms. Stevie Nicks? She’s the definition of a living legend, and the 24 Karat Gold Tour is only further proof of her status as such. The fact that The Pretenders are the opening act is just the icing on the cake. As someone who caught this tour when she brought it through Dallas back in October, take it from me: If you only go to one concert this year, please for the love of Stevie make it this one.

Where & How: BOK Center in Tulsa, OK (https://tinyurl.com/h9yqza6)

Key Songs: “If Anyone Falls” + “Edge of Seventeen” + “Stand Back”

For Fans Of: Fleetwood Mac + Joni Mitchell + Sheryl Crow

Green Day – Tuesday, March 7 at 8 p.m. ($29.50-$69.50) – Finally a concert punk rock kids and their parents can go to. Green Day have been churning out hits since the ‘90s and along the way become one of the most beloved bands across the world. And given the current social and political climate, expect the outspoken group, led by Billie Joe Armstrong, to let loose on the crowd at their live show.  

Where & How: BOK Center in Tulsa, OK (https://tinyurl.com/z9fnmck)

Key Songs: “American Idiot” + “21 Guns” + “Basket Case”

For Fans Of: Red Hot Chili Peppers + My Chemical Romance + Nirvana

Jimmy Eat World – Friday, May 10 at 8 p.m. ($27-$42) Fans of early-00’s alt-rock icons unite! The four-piece initially earned a devoted fan-base for their breezy lyrics and catchy melodies, and that appeal has followed them into 2017. Their new material is just as fresh as their iconic Bleed American album, and their set list is sure to convey that. 

Where & How: Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK (https://tinyurl.com/jemsprg)

Key Songs: “The Middle” + “Sure & Certain” + “Hear You Me”

For Fans Of: Taking Back Sunday + Weezer + Dashboard Confessional

Miranda Lambert – Saturday, March 11 at 7 p.m. ($39.75-$57.75) – Country music is just a brighter place with Miranda Lambert in it. As one of the most consistent performers in the genre, she’s never been one to hide her feelings or put those who’ve wronged her in their place. That fiery energy translates perfectly to the stage, and her lives shows aren’t to be missed. 

Where & How: BOK Center in Tulsa, OK (https://tinyurl.com/jloz6la)

Key Songs: “Vice” + “Gunpowder & Lead” + “The House That Built Me”

For Fans Of: Carrie Underwood + Faith Hill + Kacey Musgraves

Conor Oberst – Sunday, March 12 at 8 p.m. ($22-$37) – He may be known as indie music’s ultimate sad boy, but anyone that’s followed Conor Oberst over the years knows he’s only matured as a musician. With his most recent solo effort, Ruminations, Oberst has officially shed his “mopey teenager” image and replaced it with that of a more confident, self-assured songwriter.

Where & How: Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK (https://tinyurl.com/h7yxmqe)

Key Songs: “You Are Your Mother’s Child” + “Gossamer Thin” + “Barbary Coast”

For Fans Of: Bright Eyes + Monsters of Folk + Jenny Lewis 

Tony Bennett – Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ($75-$85) – I’d call Tony Bennett a living legend, but even that doesn’t do him justice. The man is 89, but performs like he’s still his thirties, further proving that he’s one of the last great jazz performers. 

Where & How: River Spirit Event Center in Tulsa, OK (https://tinyurl.com/gqmmvnb)

Key Songs: “The Way You Look Tonight” + “(I Left My Heart) In San Francisco” + “Body & Soul”

For Fans Of: Frank Sinatra + Amy Winehouse + Billy Joel 

Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo – Sunday, March 19 at 7 p.m. ($29-$225) – The ‘80s is home to some of the greatest female performers of all time, and it’s about time that we recognize Pat Benatar as one of them. Her endless catalog of hits are one thing, but her fiery chemistry with Neil Giraldo onstage is truly something to behold. It helps that she sounds just as fantastic today as she did in 1984. 

Where & How: The Majestic Theatre in Dallas, TX (https://tinyurl.com/h9kbcms)

Key Songs: “Heartbreaker” + “Love Is A Battlefield” + “We Belong”

For Fans Of: Cyndi Lauper + Joan Jett + Blondie

Dawes – Tuesday, March 21 at 8 p.m. ($20-$35) – Like Mumford & Sons without all of the pageantry, Dawes is the indie folk band that everybody can agree on. Combining old-fashioned musicianship with a splash of indie rock, they make folk music that sounds more heartfelt than gimmicky.

Where & How: Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa, OK (https://tinyurl.com/hpuqtea)

Key Songs: “Things Happen” + “When My Time Comes” + “Right On Time”

For Fans Of: The Killers + My Morning Jacket + The Avett Brothers

Samantha Crain – Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m. ($10) – Samantha Crain has been a staple of the local music scene here in Oklahoma for some time now, and everything she releases has the touch of an artist coming into her own. Her performances are worthy experiences in themselves, but you won’t wanna miss this album release show with equally stellar opening act Husbands. 

Where & How: Opolis in Norman, OK (https://tinyurl.com/j8ho379)

Key Songs: “Santa Fe” + “Oh Dear Louis” + “Elk City”

For Fans Of: Joan Baez + Neil Simon + Patti Smith

Margo Price – Sunday, March 26 at 8 p.m. ($18) – Margo Price has been labeled “country’s next big thing” by countless publications, and with good reason. You can’t create the kind of true-blue talent Price possesses by scratch, and everything from her tragic background to her gut-wrenchingly poignant music rings true. Catch her at this small venue show now before she inevitably blows up. 

Where & How: ACM@UCO Performance Lab in OKC, OK (https://tinyurl.com/z4hwwe2)

Key Songs: “Tennessee Song” + “Hands of Time” + “Hurtin’ (On the Bottle)”

For Fans Of: Leonard Cohen + Tammy Wynette + Brandi Carlile

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