An Eclectic Lineup, All Under the Stars and Skyline
Including Herbie Hancock, Lila Downs, an ABBA tribute, Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo, Zakir Hussain & Dave Holland, and more!
Fall concert season is one of the best times of the year and Strauss Square is hosting an eclectic lineup of artists that will keep audiences smiling throughout the end of the year. Located right next to the Winspear Opera House, Strauss Square is truly one of the crown jewels of Dallas and an incredible place to catch a show. A cool Texas autumn evening under the stars catching world-renown performers is a setting that Strauss Square will be bringing you this fall. Let’s take a look at who’s coming to Strauss!
ABBA The Concert – August 19
So technically this concert is in the late summer, but it will still be an incredible show! Since forming in 1996, ABBA The Concert has positioned themselves as the best tribute to ABBA in the world. With more than 20 national (and a few international) tours under their bell bottoms, ABBA The Concert has perfected their ABBA-esque performance and sound. So if you’re a fan of the evergreen pop melodies that ABBA brought us in the 70s, then take a chance on the group that critics say “is the closest thing to ABBA you’ll ever get.”
TajMo – September 20
TAJMO is the new collaboration from blues legends Taj Mahal & Keb’ Mo’. The pair merged their two distinctive voices, guitar styles, and personalities to create vibrant blues that’s firmly rooted in tradition and still explores the good-time elements of the blues. Their debut album was released earlier this year and received rave reviews.
“…a milestone event, emphasizing the vitality and relevance of the blues.”
“This is how you create a masterpiece…”
Take Me To The River Live – October 1
Take Me To The River Live will feature performances from Grammy winners William Bell, Bobby Rush, and Charlie Musselwhite. Based on the documentary film of the same name, TMTTR Live will be one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to see these legends share the same stage. William Bell is one of the OG soul-singers, gaining recognition when he wrote the blues standard “Born Under A Bad Sign” back in 1967. His voice is as good as ever, evoking Sharon Jones & Charles Bradley vibes.
At 83, Bobby Rush won his first ever Grammy Award in the Best Traditional Blues category for his album Porcupine Meat. With the voice and harp skills of someone half his age, Rush proves that he still has that Southern charm.
When you’re talking about great blues harmonica players, you have to mention Charlie Musselwhite. With more than 30 albums to his credit, Musselwhite show little signs of slowing down.
Lila Downs – October 6
For two decades, Lila Downs has traveled the world reinterpreting the roots of music, from blues, jazz, and soul to cumbia. One of Mexico’s most successful artists, Downs’ 2015 release Balas y Chocolate earned Downs her fourth Latin Grammy. Her three-octave vocal range shines in songs whether they be sung in English or Spanish.
“Ms. Downs has multiple voices, from an airborne near-falsetto down to a forthright alto and a sultry, emotive contralto.”
“The Anglo-American pop world has no equivalent to Lila Downs.”
Triplets of Belleville Cine-Concert– October 12
Oscar-nominated film The Triplets Of Belleville, captured the imagination of audiences across the world and remains one of the most bizarre and enchanting animated films ever made. The beloved film is screened as composer Benoit Charest leads the eight-piece Le Terrible Orchestre de Belleville in a live performance of his original score for the film.
Herbie Hancock – October 13
One of the most celebrated living jazz musicians, Herbie Hancock has won 14 Grammy and recorded more than 40 albums, over his career that spans five decades. Once a member of the Miles Davis Quintet, Hancock helped redefine the role of jazz. In 2016, Herbie Hancock was rewarded with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement honoring his contributions to music.
“Herbie Hancock is arguably the most influential practitioner of modern jazz piano.”
Crosscurrents: Zakir Hussain and Dave Holland – October 25
Zakir Hussain is appreciated as a classical table virtuoso of the highest order. His brilliant performances have not only established him as a national treasure in his home country of India, but also gained him worldwide fame. Hussain’s latest collaboration is with legendary bass player Dave Holland whom NPR refers to as “a jazz bassist’s bassist”. This collaboration pays tribute to pioneering musicians and composers on opposite sides of the world.