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The Must List: Miranda Lambert and J. Cole come to Houston

August 8, 2018

One of the best

Miranda Lambert is one of the greatest musicians to ever come from Texas. Don’t agree? Turn a few pages and you’ll see her on our list of great Texans, with some contextual evidence. So, by that logic, this is a concert by an all-time great. With Little Big Town also on the bill, it’s looking like a night country fans shouldn’t miss.

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins, The Woodlands

Details: $25-$84.75; 281-364-3010, woodlandscenter.org

Robert Morast

Strange magic

Electric Light Orchestra is closing in on 50 years, doing pretty much what the band did in the ’70s, which is all captured in its name: making the grandest, spaceiest orchestral pop and rock in the cosmos. Ringleader Jeff Lynne is taking ELO out for its first tour in over 30 years. I can’t find record of a Houston show in an even longer spell. Expect grandiose pop hits, lots of lights and visuals likely to include UFO motifs.

When: 8 p.m. Friday

Where: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk

Details: $49.50-$149.50; 866-446-8849, houstontoyotacenter.com

Andrew Dansby

Back to Bakersfield

Dwight Yoakam sounded otherworldly when he showed up in the early 1980s, and while his songwriting and aching whine account for a lot of the attention, much of his trademark sound — a mix of Bakersfield country, rockabilly, Brill Building pop and more — can be attributed to Pete Anderson, the masterful guitarist and producer who helped Yoakam create that world of sound. Anderson and Yoakam parted ways 15 years ago, and Anderson has applied his instrumental virtuosity and Motor City sound to his own music since. His latest is “Live at the Moose,” which offers some insight into what his solo show is about.

When: 9:30 p.m. Friday

Where: McGonigel’s Mucky Duck, 2425 Norfolk

Details: $20-$22; 713-528-5999, mcgonigels.com

Andrew Dansby

Arty block party

Some of Houston’s best-known artists got their start at Project Row Houses. The latest emerging newbies, who were mentored this summer by Regina Agu and Eyakem Gulilat, unveil their installations of the houses during an evening opening party that also features a community market.

When: 4-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman

Details: Free; 713-526-7662, projectrowhouses.org

Molly Glentzer

Selena on the big screen

It’s round two of the Chronicle’s Top Texas Films series at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and we’re bringing back “Selena,” the Jenifer Lopez-led biopic about the legendary singer, which landed at No. 23 on our list. Chronicle pop-music critic Joey Guerra, who knows more about Selena than most people on this planet, will introduce the film and bring along a Selena tribute singer.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday

Where: MFAH, 1001 Bissonett

Details: $7-$9; 713-639-7300, mfah.org

Robert Morast

Rap role model?

J. Cole’s a polarizing figure in hip-hop. The North Carolina native can sell out arenas, so he’s clearly popular. Meanwhile, his critics disregard his work with counters of simplistic ideas and artifice. Who’s right? Does it matter? The guy throws a good party vibe, which he did at JMBLYA earlier this year. Sometimes, that’s all that matters. This party includes appearances by Young Thug and Jaden Smith.

When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: Toyota Center, 1510 Polk

Details: $49.50-$149.50; 713-758-7200, houstontoyotoacenter.com

Robert Morast

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