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Tuesday music picks: John Legend, Sabbath Crow

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published July 21, 2014

John Legend at Cedar Park Center. In a musical age rife with audience fragmentation and polarized opinions, rare is the artist who can become both universally known and widely appreciated. Nine Grammys attest to R&B pop star John Legend’s combined commercial and cultural appeal, and his decade-long career as a solo artist is just now hitting its peak, with last year’s smash hit “All of Me” becoming his first chart-topper. This tour finds him in a stripped-down acoustic format, accompanied by a string quartet. Marsha Ambrosius opens. $39-$69. 7:30 p.m. 2100 Avenue of the Stars, Cedar Park. cedarparkcenter.com.

Also: Left-of-center, multi-artist bills just off the Red River corridor include Sabbath Crow, Familiar Looking Strangers and Butcherwhite at Red 7, and Bad Blood, Hill & Range, Dwight Smith and Jacob Elliott at Holy Mountain. … Robert Cline Jr. & Earl “Peanutt” Montgomery play a George Jones tribute show at the Roost. … UT campus-area offerings include an Austin Songwriters Group show at Cactus Cafe and a Hole in the Wall indie triple bill with John Doe Stompers, Izzy Cox and Colton Cerny & the Trespassers. … Local jazz options include Karen Tennison Quartet at Brass House, the Marcus Wilcher Quartet at the Elephant Room and the Ephraim Owens Experience in the late slot at the Continental Gallery. … Preceding Owens at the Gallery at 8:30 p.m. are top-notch singer-songwriters BettySoo and Michael Fracasso.