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Tuesday music picks: Rob Thomas at Bass Concert Hall

Peter Blackstock
pblackstock@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published April 14, 2014

Rob Thomas at Bass Concert Hall. It’s hard to know what to make of the former Matchbox Twenty frontman’s career at present. His last album, “Cradlesong,” was released almost five years ago, and while his current tour brings him to such respected venues as UT’s Bass Concert Hall and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the itinerary also includes quite a few casino gigs. It’s almost as if he’s now the OTHER Rob Thomas, given that the Austin-based creator of “Veronica Mars” who shares his name has had a higher profile of late. The singer has been a good sport about that, once humbly referring to himself as “The Fake Rob Thomas” in a cocktail-napkin note from a wedding reception that was passed along to the TV exec by a mutual friend. And he sang two duets with Willie Nelson on a 2002 album, which puts him a leg up on the hundreds of artists who’ve managed to wrangle just one Willie duet. $45-$85. 8 p.m. 2350 Robert Dedman Drive. texasperformingarts.org. — P.B.

Also: Take your pick between three big-time guitar stylists: Bluesman Robert Crayis out west at One World Theatre, local rock hero Eric Johnsonis downtown at the Paramount, and surf great Dick Daleis over on Red River at the Red Eyed Fly. … Armenian-born jazz piano virtuoso Tigrancrafts intricate aural soundscapes at the Belmont.