Newt’s top 10 Vancouver concerts to see in the first half of 2023

Jason Isbell plays the Queen E

By Steve Newton

Bowie Ball: the eighth annual tribute to David Bowie and fundraiser for the BC Cancer Foundation, featuring performances by local acts the Bad Beats, Rebel Valentine, Ophelia Falling, China Syndrome, Ford Pier, Cherry Maraschino, Mime, Left Spine Down, and Rat Silo. January 7 at the Rickshaw Theatre.

Anthrax: American thrash-metal legends perform on their 40th-anniversary tour, with guests Black Label Society and Exodus. January 20 at the PNE Forum.

TrailerHawk and Robert Connely Farr: local Americana rock ‘n’ roll band joins forces with transplanted Mississippi bluesman. January 21 at the Fox Cabaret.

Larkin Poe plays the Commodore

Larkin Poe: roots-rock band from Georgia, fronted by sisters Rebecca and Megan Lovell, with guests Vista Kicks. February 3 at the Commodore Ballroom.

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: Americana singer, songwriter, and guitarist, former member of the Drive-By Truckers, leads his current band, with guest Kathleen Edwards. March 5 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

John Mellencamp: rock legend from Bloomington, Indiana performs two shows. March 13 and 14 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Red Hot Chili Peppers play BC Place

Red Hot Chili Peppers: rockers from L.A. play tunes from new albums Unlimited Love and Return of the Dream Canteen, with guests City and Colour and King Princess. March 29 at BC Place Stadium.

Matt Anderson: blues-roots singer-songwriter and guitarist from the Maritimes plays two shows with his band the Big Bottle of Joy, with guests the Hello Darlins. April 5 and 6 at the Hollywood Theatre.

Crowded House: Australasian pop band (“Don’t Dream It’s Over”) led by singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Finn. May 2 at the Orpheum Theatre.

Plini plays the Rickshaw.

Plini: Australian prog-rock guitar wizard, with guests Sungazer and Jakub Zytecki. May 2 at the Rickshaw Theatre.

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