You don't have to be a huge fan of his music to know that Bruce Springsteen is one of the greatest American lyricists of our generation. And that's not just an opinion — it's a matter of fact. How else would the Boss have landed 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and his name on both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Sure, from the surface it may seem as if Springsteen simply writes songs — for instance — about doing anything to get his lover back, even drive all night to buy her a pair of shoes (metaphorically speaking, of course). But if you dig deeper, you'll find that the Jersey boy's music is filled with dark imagery, deep thought, and, at times, strong political statements. Check out the Boss this week as he hits up the BB&T Center in celebration of the 35th anniversary of his fifth studio album, The River, and release of The Ties That Bind: The River Collection — which includes 52 tracks on four CDs with unreleased material, along with four hours of never-before-seen video.
Tuesday, February 16, 7:30 p.m. BB&T Center, 1 Panther Pkwy., Sunrise; 954-835-8000; thebbtcenter.com. Tickets cost $55 to $150 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
The Mersey Beatles
There are Beatles tribute bands, then there is the Beatles tribute band — Liverpool's Mersey Beatles fall into the latter. Having worked as the resident band at the world-famous Cavern Club — where John, Paul, George, and Ringo got their start — for more than a decade, the Mersey Beatles have performed in 20 countries and sold out shows across the globe, and now they will finally be making their U.S. debut. Not only do you get to hear all the classics but John Lennon's sister Julia Baird will be in attendance signing copies of her latest book, Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon.
Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. Crest Theatre, 51 N. Swinton Ave., Delray Beach; 561-243-7922. Tickets cost $39 to $59 plus fees via delraycenterforthearts.com.
From making rock-music videos in reverse to documenting the real-life love story of an 82-year-old man who transformed his home into a memorial in honor of his wife of nearly 60 years, Mutemath's music has certainly evolved from their "Typical" days. Experience the new sounds of the NOLA band as it hits up Revolution Live this week with new music off its latest album, Vitals — its first full-length production in four years — and some classics.
With Nothing but Thieves. Thursday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954-449-1025; jointherevolution.net. Tickets cost $22 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.
An Evening with Brandi Carlile
After a solid decade-long career, Brandi Carlile has finally received a Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album of 2015 for The Firewatcher's Daughter. This week, though, the singer/songwriter will be getting intimate with Fort Lauderdale as she brings her Grammy-worthy tuneage to the Parker Playhouse.
Friday, February 19, 8 p.m. Parker Playhouse, 707 NE Eighth St., Fort Lauderdale; 954-761-5374; parkerplayhouse.org. Tickets cost $44 to $74 plus fees via ticketmaster.com.