Tour Buzz: Beyoncé, Willie Nelson and Mayer Hawthorne



TO INFINITY & BEYONCÉ: I don’t know how No Shave November treated you, but my neck beard is itching something fierce. I doubt Beyoncé, who brings her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour to the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 6 ($53-$253), would tolerate a scraggly beard. She’s a known perfectionist and tireless performer, and the irreplaceable Queen Bey has only raised the bar on her current tour. It’s not just personal—it’s also a solid victory for girl power. Beyoncé’s band and backup singers are all female, as are all but two of her dancers. Girls might run the world, but Beyoncé runs this show. If you missed the show when it played Las Vegas at the end of June, here’s your second chance.

FULL NELSON: I’m embarrassed to say there was a time in my life when I didn’t see the value in attending a Willie Nelson concert, which just goes to show you how much I’ve grown as a person. Nelson, who turned 80 in April, plays two shows at the Golden Nugget’s Grand Event Center on December 10-11 ($119-$200), and if his name means nothing more to you than two long braids and a cannabis cloud, it’s time to wise up. Singer, songwriter, activist—the man is an American treasure!

ON SALE NOW: Mayer Hawthorne tried to shed some of his vintage soul and funk-inspired sound on his latest studio album, Where Does This Door Go, in favor of a more contemporary sound. Except for his collaboration with Kendrick Lamar, it sounds like he only got as far as the mid-’80s, so it’s less of a Holland-Dozier-Holland vibe and more Hall & Oates and Steely Dan. Still soulful, still funky, still great. Judge for yourself when Hawthorne plays Vinyl on February 8 ($20-$30). He’s got it; you want it.