Feb 7 | Heights Theater
You’ll never forget the first time you hear Yola sing, whether it’s her album opener, “Faraway Look,” or her cover of Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” The Grammy-nominated roots-rock artist from Bristol, England, has made fans out of big names like Black Keys singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach (who produced her debut album, Walk Through Fire) and Dolly Parton with the sheer power and emotion in her soulful voice.
Tickets $20. Heights Theater, 339 W. 19th. 214-272-8346.More info and tickets at theheightstheater.com
Feb 8-9 | NRG Stadium
Car enthusiasts, start your engines 'cause Grave Digger, Max-D, and El Toro Loco are back in Houston for more high-flying, hood-flattening, window-shattering action.
Tickets from $15. NRG Stadium, NRG Pkwy. More info and tickets at monsterjam.com
We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Feb 9 | The Wortham Center
Damien Sneed is no stranger to Houston audiences. Now, Houston Grand Opera’s former composer-in-residence is bringing his celebration of African American music traditions, "We Shall Overcome: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.," to the Bayou City as part of its current national tour. The performance, which will feature the Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church Choir, pays tribute to the famed civil rights leader and other activities, incorporating recordings of King’s speeches into the concert.
Tickets from $29. Wortham Center, 501 Texas Ave. 713-227-4772. More info and tickets at spahouston.org
Thru Feb 29 | Rec Room Arts, 100 Jackson Street
The Rec Room’s production of Pass Over will certainly grab your attention. Partly inspired by the killing of Trayvon Martin, playwright Antoinette Nwandu fuses Waiting for Godot and the Exodus story into a politically charged look at the never-ending cycle of racism that traps black men in America.
Tickets from $5. Rec Room, 100 Jackson St. 866-811-4111. More info and tickets at recroomarts.org
Thru Mar 19 | Dimmitt Contemporary Art
Artists Sarah Ferguson and Mallory Page have teamed up for a joint exhibition exploring the concept (and colors) of the rainbow. The show, called "Double Rainbow," juxtaposes their individual painting styles, with Ferguson’s deliberate, geometric shapes and Page’s large, flowing brush strokes.
Free. Dimmitt Contemporary Art, 3637 W. Alabama St. Suite 160. 713-0360-6580. More info at dimmittcontemporaryart.com