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Preston's picks: Dukes of September at Verizon Theater, Rascal Flatts at Gexa Energy Pavilion

Posted 9:20am on Wednesday, Jul. 11, 2012

Dukes of September Rhythm Revue at Verizon Theatre

A triumvirate of rock talent with decades of experience among them, Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald are the Dukes of September. The trio formed two years ago (the interpersonal relationships among Fagen, McDonald and Scaggs stretch back years), and while it has yet to record an album, has convened for a tour that will find the supergroup pulling equally from its three members' solo careers, as well as playing a wide variety of covers. Expect a monstrously talented nine-member band and ample doses of blue-eyed soul and R&B.

8:30 p.m. Saturday. Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $35-$85.

Rascal Flatts at Gexa Energy Pavilion

Critics often hold up Rascal Flatts as the sort of glib, bland perpetrators of what passes for country music these days, yet the trio remains as bewilderingly popular as ever. (To date, the group has sold 21 million albums and a staggering 25 million digital downloads.) The band released its eighth studio album, Changed, in April (Allmusic.com's critic said it "erred on the side of caution," which is what you call damning with faint praise), and will crisscross the country in support of it throughout the summer. With Little Big Town, Thompson Square and Edens Edge.

7 p.m. Friday. Gexa Energy Pavilion, Dallas. $31.50-$66.75

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