The big player on Columbia's October concert schedule is the Roots N Blues festival, back Oct. 7-9 with Wilco, Jon Batiste, Tanya Tucker and more.
But the calendar bears other promising options, from country superstars to indie-rock up-and-comers and a jazz stalwart. Here's a look at five concerts you just can't miss in October.
Oct. 7: Newsboys at Jesse Auditorium
Among the enduring bands in Christian rock, the Australia-formed Newsboys released its debut, "Read All About It," some 34 years ago. The band's lineup has turned over a few times but, for the last decade, has seen longtime DC Talk vocalist Michael Tait at the microphone, joining longtime members Jody Davis, Duncan Phillips and Jeff Frankenstein. The band's most recent record was last year's "Stand." Tickets are $30 to $125. Visit https://concertseries.missouri.edu/ for more details.
Oct. 11: Kelsey Waldon at Rose Music Hall
"No Regular Dog," the latest release from this Kentucky singer-songwriter, represents a gorgeous nod to AM radio country, with its string backing, pedal steel cry and — most important — Waldon's naturally textured voice. The record clearly reflects deliberation, yet sounds almost effortless, as if this sound is Waldon's inherent manner of expression. Anyone who loves being taken over by a great country song will find much to love in her work. Emily Nenni shares the bill. Tickets are $15 to $20. Learn more at https://rosemusichall.com/.
Oct. 18: Good Looks at Rose Music Hall
Veteran music scribe Steven Hyden described this Austin, Texas, band as "the forgotten side of heartland rock, with the small-town narratives of John Mellencamp’s mid-’80s records set to the rousing county-fair anthems of The BoDeans." Hyden also zeroed in on Good Looks' single "Almost Automatic" — and with good reason; the cut follows darkly gliding guitars into a West Texas narrative and one of the most sympathetic, pleading choruses in recent memory. Sissy Paycheck and Kyren Penrose share the bill. Tickets are $12 to $15.
Oct. 28: Jason Aldean at Mizzou Arena
The country superstar never seems to take any time off. His Rock N' Roll Cowboy Tour reaches Columbia on the heels of a two-part album named for his hometown — "Macon" released last year; "Georgia" hit the atmosphere in April. Taken as a whole, the record has yielded hits such as "Trouble with a Heartbreak" and "That's What Tequila Does." Chase Rice and John Morgan share a packed bill. Tickets are $46 to $146. Check for availability through Ticketmaster and other ticket outlets.
Oct. 30: Terell Stafford All-Star Quintet at Murry's
An early highlight of the 2022-23 "We Always Swing" Jazz Series season, the trumpeter's appearance promises a well-examined approach to jazz. Stafford's experiences as a bandleader, educator and friend indeed to performers such as Kenny Barron, Matt Wilson and McCoy Tyner fuse and spring forth in his versatile, flexible playing. Tickets are $20 to $47. Visit https://www.wealwaysswing.org/season/2022-2023/ to learn more.
Aarik Danielsen is the features and culture editor for the Tribune. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 573-815-1731. Find him on Twitter @aarikdanielsen.
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