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Sam Smith and Ringo Starr top best weekend events in Dallas

Sam Smith and Ringo Starr top best weekend events in Dallas

Sam Smith
Sam Smith will play at House of Blues Dallas on October 9. Sam Smith/Facebook
Ringo Starr at the International Peace Day celebration at John Varvatos store in California
Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band will play at Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie on October 11. Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for John Varvatos
Luke Wade on The Voice
Luke Wade will bide his time waiting for the next round of The Voice by playing at Sammons Park on October 9. Photo by Tyler Golden/NBC
Marvin Hamlisch
The late composer Marvin Hamlisch will be honored by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra with three concerts, October 10-12, at Bass Performance Hall. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis
Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis will be among the entertainment at the Southwest Airlines Freedom to Fly Celebration at Klyde Warren Park on October 12. Photo courtesy of Bruce and Kelly
Sam Smith
Ringo Starr at the International Peace Day celebration at John Varvatos store in California
Luke Wade on The Voice
Marvin Hamlisch
Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis

It's another music-heavy weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth, with events featuring a couple of living legends, an homage to a recently-passed master, a newcomer who's taken the world by storm and a local singer who may be about to break out nationally.

Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.

Thursday, October 9

Patio Sessions: Luke Wade & No Civilians with Kirk Thurmond
Fans of The Voice were wowed along with the coaches when Fort Worth's Luke Wade belted out Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is" in his blind audition. While he waits for the live shows to start, Wade will play a free show along with his band, No Civilians, as part of the Patio Sessions series in Sammons Park. They'll be joined by opening act Kirk Thurmond.

Dallas VideoFest 27
It may not have the cachet that other film festivals in the area do, but for 27 years Dallas VideoFest has been home to a wide array of thought-provoking movies. Now through Sunday at Alamo Drafthouse in Richardson and next weekend at Angelika Film Center Dallas, the Video Association of Dallas will screen hidden gems from around the world you won't get to see anywhere else.

Sam Smith in concert
There may be no bigger singer in 2014 than Sam Smith. The Brit released his debut album, In the Lonely Hour, in May, and thanks to hit songs like "Stay With Me" and "I'm Not the Only One," he's been a staple on radio ever since. The lucky few who have tickets will be able to listen to his soulful voice in the relative intimacy of House of Blues Dallas; the next time he comes back to town, he's sure to be in a bigger venue.

Friday, October 10

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch
There are famous composers, and then there's the late Marvin Hamlisch. One of only a dozen people to reach EGOT status (those who have one at least one Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony Award), Hamlisch left his mark all over the entertainment industry throughout his nearly 50-year career. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and guests like Jodi Benson and Donna McKechnie will honor Hamlisch's legacy with three concerts Friday through Sunday at Bass Performance Hall.

Living Colour in concert with Buffalo Black
Last year, Living Colour came to town to celebrate the 25th anniversary of its debut album, Vivid, which featured the iconic "Cult of Personality." Now the group is coming back to the Kessler in support of its upcoming new album, Shade, with support from opening act, Buffalo Black.

Saturday, October 11

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band in concert
No matter what he's done in the 44 years since the Beatles broke up, Ringo Starr has always come across as the least valuable of the Fab Four. His fans know better, of course, and they'll pack Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie to hear him and his All-Starr Band, which now includes people like Todd Rundgren and Gregg Rolie, play the hits.

Steppin' Out Live with Ben Vereen
Ben Vereen is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actor whose career has been as versatile as it gets. He'll show that nimbleness in this show at Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts in Richardson, when he pays homage to Broadway, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr. with a program full of song and dance.

Art Garfunkel in concert
The name Garfunkel has come up again in pop culture recently, but in a funny way, as the comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates have used Art Garfunkel's notorious second fiddle status as a way to earn laughs. Like Ringo Starr, Garfunkel deserves better, and there's no way to better appreciate his music than by attending this concert at Majestic Theatre.

Friday, October 12

Southwest Airlines Freedom to Fly Celebration
In case it's somehow flown under your radar, the Wright Amendment, which kept Southwest Airlines from flying directly from Dallas to any state that it didn't border, finally comes to end on October 13. To celebrate the amendment's demise, Southwest is holding a free blowout party at Klyde Warren Park, complete with performances from Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Jack Ingram and Robert Earl Keen.