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Preston's picks: Greg Allman, John Hiatt, Guster

Posted 10:15am on Wednesday, Jan. 02, 2013

Gregg Allman at Verizon Theatre

The year gets off to an impressive start, concert-wise, with a heavy-hitting trio of artists swinging through town. The 65-year-old Gregg Allman, a classic-rock icon and bluesman extraordinaire, is touring behind his most recent solo effort, the T Bone Burnett-produced Low Country Blues. Allman also released My Cross to Bear, a blunt and widely praised autobiography, last year. Allman will be joined by two other rock titans: singer-songwriter John Hiatt (performing in support of his recent LP, Mystic Pinball) and white-maned singer, songwriter and pianist Leon Russell (fresh from his Burnett- and Elton John-aided rehabilitation known as The Union). With the Royal Southern Brotherhood.

7 p.m. Friday. Verizon Theatre, Grand Prairie. $10-$65.

Guster at Meyerson Symphony Center

Boston-based foursome Guster will blow into town this week to collaborate with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in one of the finest concert spaces in North Texas. Pop and/or rock shows featuring orchestras can be uncertain propositions, if only because an orchestra has a few more moving parts than a rock band. Still, when the two parties gel, it can be a thrilling experience. With breezy singles like Fa Fa and Satellite, Guster, on the road in support of its latest release, the On the Ocean EP, should get a serious lift from the DSO's pros.

8 p.m. Saturday. Meyerson Symphony Center, Dallas. $29-$105.

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