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Preston's picks: The Mavericks at Granada Theater, Lights All Night at Fair Park

Posted 4:19pm on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012

The Mavericks at Granada Theater

Fans of neotraditionalist country music were elated to learn this year that the Mavericks, which disbanded in 2003, had reunited, not only to tour, but to record the band's first album in a decade ( In Time is due out Jan. 29). A Grammy-winning quartet led by the silky-smooth baritone of Raul Malo (who enjoyed a critically acclaimed solo career in the interim), the Mavericks inject a little Tex-Mex flair into their country stylings to fantastic effect. Hopefully, this reunion sticks and the Mavericks will continue to tour and record for years to come. With the Michael Guerra Band.

8 p.m. Friday. Granada Theater, Dallas. $35-$100.

Lights All Night at Fair Park

Electronic dance music (or EDM, if you prefer) became a staple of mainstream pop music this year, with superstar DJs like David Guetta, Skrillex and Avicii making a splash beyond warehouse parties and remix albums. To close out 2012, several heavy hitters from the EDM scene will descend upon Dallas' Fair Park for three nights of nonstop beats. Performers scheduled to appear include Avicii, A-Trak, Calvin Harris, Ghostland Observatory, Diplo, Nervo, Tiesto and many, many more. In addition to the music and festive atmosphere, theatrical performers (think fire spinners and professional dancers) will roam the grounds, making Lights All Night a mind-melting experience.

3 p.m. Saturday-Monday. Fair Park, Dallas. $89-$999.

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