Top 11 live shows to see this month in Houston: May 2016

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Take in a country show from the legendary ‘Coal-Miner’s Daughter’ herself, ‘latch’ onto the mainstream house music superstars in concert instead of over the radio, and experience hip-hop royalty in the form of Ms. Lauryn Hill.

We’ve got more than enough excellent shows and concerts to keep you busy with live music this month.

Top 11 Live Shows to See this Month in Houston

  • Ms. Lauryn Hill in Concert at Revention Music Center | Sunday, May 1 – Best known for her time spent as a member of renowned R&B group The Fugees, Lauryn Hill has been helping to change the hip-hop landscape since the mid-1990’s. Raised in New Jersey, Hill rose to fame with The Fugees who became known for their fusion of soul, hip-hop, and Caribbean elements. Between her career with The Fugees and her solo work outside of the group Hill has accumulated 7 Grammy Awards and became the first woman to receive 10 Grammy nominations in a single year. Tickets start at $50, but you may find cheaper, better or hard-to-find seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace.
  • Beyoncé in Concert at NRG Stadium | Saturday, May 7  Fresh of her debut of Lemonade, welcome Queen B back to Houston and watch her perform live as part of The Formation World Tour at NRG. Tickets start at $45, but you may find better or otherwise hard-to-get seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace.
  • Flatbush Zombies in Concert at Warehouse Live | Sunday, May 8 – Formed in Brooklyn, the popular Flatbush Zombies have been gaining momentum since their start in 2010 through a combination of mixtape and music video releases. The group, associated with the “Beast Coast” hip-hop movement, six years into their career have just released their first proper album, 3001: A Laced Odyssey. See what all the hype is about when the self-made trio out of Flatbush Brooklyn make their way to the Warehouse Live Ballroom in EaDo. $23 in advance; $30 at the door.
  • Disclosure in Concert at Revention Music Center | Tuesday, May 10 – See hit English electronic duo Disclosure as they tour their way to Houston in the midst of their second and latest album, Caracal. Known for their 2014 chart-topping radio single “Latch”, which features guest vocals by solo artist Sam Smith, the Grammy nominated duo made up of brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence are a concert not to be missed. Tickets start at $35; but you may find cheaper or better tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace.
  • Loretta Lynn in Concert at Arena Theater | Saturday, May 14 – Hear the groundbreaking country music of ‘The Coal Miner’s Daughter’ when she graces Arena Theater’s stage. With a career spanning six fruitful decades, Lynn has become the most awarded female country music artist of all time. Expect “The First Lady of Country Music” to bring all of the hits that have decorated her with accolades plus more quite fittingly to one of Houston’s most historic concert halls. Tickets start at $45, but limited discounted $24.50 tickets are available. 8:30pm.
  • The Cure in Concert at Toyota Center | Saturday, May 14 – Friday, you’re in love, but come Saturday, May 14 you’re watching The Cure live Downtown instead of dancing half-heartedly at the usual 80’s themed dance nights around town. Hear the legendary English group, lead by frontman and guitarist Robert Smith, play hits like “Fascination Street”, “Just Like Heaven”, and “Boys Don’t Cry” amongst many more of their countless hits. Tickets range from $25 to $85, but you may find cheaper or better tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace.
  • Hall & Oates in Concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Sunday, May 15 – The self-dubbed “rock and soul” duo from Philadelphia bring their blue eyed soul to the sunny lawn of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. The group achieved their greatest fame from the late 1970’s to the mid-1980’s with their six No. 1 hits and in all have amassed 34 Billboard chart hits. Tickets start at $25 for lawn seating; but a limited number of $65 reserved tickets are discounted to $40.
  • Florence and the Machine in Concert with Grimes at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Tuesday, May 17 – Fronted by the whimsical vocals of Florence Welch, the absurdly popular baroque pop group out of England have been making waves on the radio since their formation in 2009. With three albums under her cloak there’s sure to be something there to draw in the casual listener. Be sure to show up early enough to catch standout electronic pop opener, Grimes who’s hot off the release of her highly-lauded and latest album, Art Angels. Tickets start at $31, but you may find cheaper, better or hard-to-get seats on TicketNetwork’s resale marketplace.
  • Journey in Concert with The Doobie Brothers at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion | Saturday, May 21 – Known most notably for their later instrumental work… just kidding. Don’t. Stop. Believing! Find out what happens when a city boy born and raised in South Detroit and a small town girl’s lonely worlds collide on a midnight train going anywhere. The legendary band (and arguably one of the most popular to karaoke) bring all their hits to The Woodlands joined by the rock stylings of The Doobie Bros. Tickets start at $43.50, but you may find cheaper, better or hard-to-get tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale.
  • The Lumineers in Concert at White Oak Music Hall | Saturday, May 21 – Kick the mud off your boots to the beat and if you aint got shoes well then tap your toes to the folky sounds of The Lumineers at the newly opened White Oak Music Hall. Citing Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen as influences, the band deliver just that. Expect unpretentious; straight ahead folk ballads aimed transparently at the group’s influences. The Lumineers are here to have fun not reinvent the wheel. First run tickets are sold out, but you may find hard-to-get tickets on TicketNetwork’s resale market.
  • Memorial Day Blowout with The Flaming Lips at White Oak Music Hall | Sunday, May 29 – Located in Houston’s historic Near Northside, White Oak Music Hall (or WOMH for short) will span over five acres at the intersection of North Main and North streets, just a mile north of Downtown. Pegstar Productions, perhaps best known for organizing the annual FPSF music festival and booking Fitzgerald’s until last fall, will be booking and operating the venue. WOMH will more or less be kicking the newly installed doors off of their building with a huge Memorial Day party that features psych rock legend Roky Erickson, psych rock ambassadors The Flaming Lips, plus Nada Surf, and Lucero amongst many others. Tickets start at $35.

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Cody Swann is a writer and musician born and raised in Houston. When he isn't recording or touring the country with his band, Wild Moccasins, he can be found covering live music and arts events for 365 Things to Do in Houston.