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Strong women and alt artists set new concert dates to rock Dallas stages

Strong women, alt artists set new concert dates to rock Dallas stages

Heart band
Heart will play at Dos Equis Pavilion with Elle King on August 23. Photo courtesy of Live Nation
Ben Platt
Ben Platt will perform at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving on May 19. Photo by Julian Broad
Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge will play at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on April 23. Courtesy of melissaetheridge.com
Heart band
Ben Platt
Melissa Etheridge

Music fans, get out your calendars. Live Nation has announced a slew of new concerts coming to the Dallas area in 2019, including Ice Cube on March 16, Melissa Etheridge on April 23, Ben Platt on May 19, Beck and Cage the Elephant on July 27, and Heart on August 23.

Ice Cube, who's enjoyed a bit of a music career renaissance since the release of the 2015 movie, Straight Outta Compton, will play at South Side Ballroom in support of his 2018 album, Everythang's Corrupt. The album was his ninth solo album and first release in eight years; he also released two albums with N.W.A. Tickets will go on sale on February 15.

Etheridge, who just marked the 30th anniversary of her 1988 self-titled debut album, will play at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory in Irving in support of her forthcoming 15th album, The Medicine Show, which will be released on April 12. In a theme that will continue in the Heart concert, Etheridge will be joined by another strong female performer, Liz Phair. Tickets for the date will go on sale on February 15. Etheridge will also be in New Braunfels as part of the tour.

Ben Platt is an actor and singer who will be releasing his debut album, Sing to Me Instead, on March 29. Platt first gained notice when he took on the role of Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, which led to him originating the titular role in Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway, for which he won a Tony Award. The concert, taking place at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, will also feature opening acts Wrabel and Ben Abraham. Tickets go on sale on February 22. Platt will also be in Austin as part of the tour.

Alternative artists Beck and Cage the Elephant will co-headline a concert at Dos Equis Pavilion as part of their The Night Running Tour. Beck has made an impact on moviegoers in recent months, releasing songs in association with both Roma and The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Cage the Elephant will release their fifth album, Social Cues, on April 19. Tickets for this concert, which will also feature an opening performance by Spoon, go on sale on February 15. The tour will also go to Austin and Houston.

Finally, the legendary duo of Ann and Nancy Wilson — aka Heart — will bring their female-heavy Love Alive tour to Dos Equis Pavilion. Elle King will be the opening act for the Dallas concert, but other dates will feature such powerhouses as Sheryl Crow, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Brandi Carlile. Tickets for Heart, whose most recent album was 2016's Beautiful Broken, will go on sale February 15. Heart will also be in Houston as part of the tour.