Friday: Leon Bridges

March 4

Soul-rocker Leon Bridges is a major-label artist, so it's no surprise the '60s-inspired singer is in the midst of a worldwide tour taking him all across America and over to Japan. But his stop in Baltimore carries a bit of added significance, in that it is his first time in town since the premiere of his video for 'River,' shot in Baltimore. Three different stories show the struggles African American men and women face every day, while also humanizing their subjects—and director Miles Jay enlisted Tawanda Jones and Diane Butler, relatives of Tyrone West, who died in police custody in 2013, and a local church to give the video a bit of local authenticity. 'River' has gospel gravity, but rest assured that Bridges' retro sound should offer plenty of fun, too. 8 p.m., The Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, 12 N. Eutaw St., (410) 837-7400, france-merrickpac.com, $45-$205. (Brandon Weigel)

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