Top Shows Coming to Town for 12/11/15-12/17/15

So I think I’m mostly caught up again. Like I said last week, these end of year weeks are probably going to be a little thin. I think Polyphonic Spree may be the first local “band” to take the top slot (Leon’s been there a couple times).

1 Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza @ Majestic Theatre (Dallas) Sat 12/12/15

I still haven’t made it out to one of these. I bought tickets for this year, but then realized it was the same day we’re taking Asa on the North Pole Express in Grapevine, so I’m missing it again this year. The Spree generally do a holiday set and a traditional set at this show and it always features some family friendly guests. True all ages rock shows make me smile. They also take donations for the North Texas Food Bank and Toys for Tots. I’m gonna make it out one of these years.

2 Fall Out Boy w/ James Bay and George Ezra @ South Side Ballroom (Dallas) Tues 12/15/15

That one band that killed emo for all of us is in town, playing some song that’s catchy af and will be in your head the rest of the week. They’re bringing along a couple of rising stars in James Bay and George Ezra.

3 Wild Child w/ Telegraph Canyon and Criminal Birds @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Fri 12/11/15

Austin’s Wild Child are a band worthy of their considerable buzz the last few years. Their national tour brings them back through Dallas with local favorites, Telegraph Canyon and Criminal Birds.

4 Lucero @ South Side Music Hall (Dallas) Sun 12/13/15

A Southern Rock band with a bit of a cult following, Lucero makes one of their regular Dallas stops at the South Side Music Hall this week.

5 the Brian Setzer Orchestra @ Allen Event Center (Allen) Fri 12/11/15

The 2nd Holiday Show on the list this week, the former Stray Cats frontman will have you Jumpin’ and Jivin’ to the holiday hits in style.

6 Wade Bowen @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth) Sat 12/12/15

A little Red Dirt Country in Cowtown, because why not?

7 !!! @ Dada Dallas (Deep Ellum) Fri 12/11/15

The world’s most un-google-able band (even more so than Girls) takes the stage in Deep Ellum. The art-rockers are known for their live shows, so it should be a good one.

8 the Grotto’s 7th Anniversary Birthday Bash @ the Grotto (Fort Worth) Sat 12/12/15

The Grotto celebrates its birthday in style with several local favorites. Prophets of Rage (Rage Against the Machine tribute), the Hanna Barbarians, Mountain Kid, Vodeo and Hightower are all slated to appear and there are supposed to be “a few surprises” as well.

9 Dead Kennedys @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill (Dallas) Fri 12/11/15

Punk rock royalty, but without Jello Biafra, so they end up this far down.

10 (hed)P.E. & Alien Ant Farm @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Tues 12/15/15

Look, you guys, it’s some “meh” bands from my college days.

Also in town this week:
Fri 12/11/15
Jacob Furr @ Live Oak Lounge
Legacy 4 @ Magnolia
Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward @ Sundown at Granada
Kim Walker-Smith @ Verizon Theatre
Dom Kennedy @ South Side Music Hall
Mike Ryan @ Billy Bob’s
the Infamists w/ the Wheel Workers, Tungsten Wake & Mammal Virus @ Lola’s
the Milk Carton Kids @ Majestic Theatre
Reckless Kelly w/ Ruby Jane @ the Kessler
the Raven Charter w/ Distant Lights, Aaron Pose, Betray the Dreamer, Sound of Sirens @ Prophet Bar
A Merry Little Christmas Show w/ Ricki Derek @ Scat Jazz Lounge
the Satans of Soft Rock w/ the Speedlights & Fishboy @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Skinny Cooks @ Harvest House
My Jerusalem @ Double Wide
Obie Trice @ the Grotto

Sat 12/12/15
the Unlikely Candidates @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
Lee Brice, Tyler Farr, Dan + Shay, Canaan Smith, & Jamie Lynn Spears @ Verizon Theatre
Charlie Ramos @ Live Oak Lounge
Daniel Markham Does Neil Young @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Savage and the Big Beat w/ Landrest, Switchblade Razors, & Turtle Rush @ Rubber Gloves
Slimshine Brown w/ Ghosts of November, the Robot Bonfire, & Picnic, Lightning @ Lola’s
Parker McCollum w/ Blue Highway Band @ Magnolia
Ricki Derek @ Granada Theater
A Live One (Phish Tribute) @ Sundown at Granada
Mr Gnome @ Dada Dallas
Hot Club of Cowtown @ Live Oak
the Beat Dolls w/ How’s My Driving, Primo Slam, the Buzzkills & Hate Your Friends @ 1912 Club
DDFW Master of the Mic @ Trees
Raised Right Men w/ Mike Stinson @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Gary Wilson & the Blind Dates @ Double Wide

Sun 12/13/15
Animal Spirit w/ Roar Shack, Cleanup & Tornup @ the Grotto
Kenny Uptain @Live Oak Lounge
Jay B and the Zydeco Posse @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Kirk Franklin Gospel Brunch @ House of Blues
Willow James w/ Wade McGee, Patrick Kinsley & Zachariah Red @ Lola’s
TC Fambro @ Magnolia
School of Rock @ House of Blues
Bradley Hathaway w/ Least of These & the Red Door @ the Door

Mon 12/14/15
Open Mic Night with Luke McGlathery @ Lola’s
Jody Jones Songwriting Showcase @ Magnolia
Psychomagic w/ Pearl Earl & William Austin Clay @ Rubber Gloves
Bell Witch @ Double Wide

Tues 12/15/15
Torquila Tuesday: Quaker City Night Hawks @ Lola’s
Cody Culberson @ Live Oak Lounge
Matt Tedder @ Magnolia
10 String Symphony @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Rack Focus Dallas Film Competition @ Granada Theater
Linear Downfall @ Double Wide

Weds 12/16/15
Bobby Duncan @ Live Oak Lounge
Cavanaugh (Open Mike Eagle + Serengeti) & Doc Illingsworth @ Dada Dallas
Jacob Furr @ Magnolia
Chris Luther & Blake Parish @ Lola’s
Saviours & the Roller @ Three Links
Burn Halo & Black Tide @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill

Thurs 12/17/15
Greg Schroeder @ Live Oak Lounge
Lannie Flowers Band w/ Carey Wolff @ Live Oak
Boxcar Bandits @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Mike Dillon @ Sundown at Granada
Stewart Mann w/ Statesboro Revue @ Billy Bob’s
Ryan Tharp @ Magnolia
Charles Kelley w/ Maren Morris @ House of Blues
Girl in a Coma w/ Lonely Horse @ Dada Dallas

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

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Top Shows Coming to Town for 12/4/15-12/10/15

Alright, let’s do this. Nothing super huge this week, but there’s some cool stuff coming through anyway. It’s the holiday season, so we’ll be seeing a lot of Christmas shows and a shortage of actual tours. In case you forgot or haven’t heard, Leon Bridges will be on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Anyways, let’s get to it.

1 How the Edge Stole Christmas @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Weds 12/9/15

Icelandic Folk-rockers Of Monsters and Men headline the annual event that includes Sublime (minus the important part), Panic! at the Disco (who will spend half the show telling you the name of the song coming up), the Neighbourhood, the Struts, and Atlas Genius (if there are posters for Atlas Genius, someone grab one for my wifey, the Geography teacher).

2 Jeff the Brotherhood/Diarrhea Planet @ Dada Dallas (Deep Ellum) Fri 12/4/15

A double headlining bill of epic proportions. This should be a rocking good time. That’s not even to mention, there are a few local faves on the bill too, Sealion, War Party and Psycho Magic. Sweeeet!

3 King Diamond w/ Exodus @ House of Blues (Dallas) Sat 12/5/15

Danish Heavy Metal legends, King Diamond, are back again after a successful run of dates in 2014.

4 Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase 2015 @ Deep Ellum Sat 12/5/15

So, this will be pretty much everyone in town playing a set in Deep Ellum. 40+ bands across 9 venues in Deep Ellum. This year’s event includes Wesley Geiger, the Outfit, TX, Ishi, LEV, Lord Byron, Yells at Eels, Rahim Quazi, Le Cure, Justin Pinckard, Pearl Earl, Charley Crockett, Oil Boom, Rat Rios, Blue, the Misfit, the Boombachs, In Memory of Man, Bad Mountain, Claire Morales, Buffalo Black, Vandoliers, the Azalea Project, Kaela Sinclair, and Party Static, amongst others.

5 Daniel Markham w/ Siamese @ Sundown at Granada (Lower Greenville) Fri 12/4/15

This might be the highest rated local show by anyone not named Leon in the history of this list. Product of a slow week, perhaps, but either way, if you’re in Dallas, and haven’t gotten a chance to catch the talented Denton rocker, you might want to get out to this. Also, I just talked to him here.

6 Great White/Slaughter/LA Guns @ Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Fri 12/4/15

The Eagle’s Hair Metal Holiday concert brings a nice batch of has-beens, that apparently packs enough has-been power to make the list. Also featuring Dangerous Toys, Generator, and Supernova Remnant.

7 Pokey LaFarge w/ Deslondes @ the Loft (Dallas) Weds 12/9/15

Another of those old school sounding groups, I hear they’re supposed to be a lot of fun live. Also, I like the Loft.

8 Dance Gavin Dance w/ A Lot Like Birds, Dayshell and Strawberry Girls  @ Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Fri 12/4/15

Let’s rock the F out with Sacramento post-hardcore group, Dance Gavin Dance.

9 Marcia Ball w/ Daphne Willis @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff) Fri 12/4/15

Another week, another legendary Texas artist at the Kessler. Jeff Liles just keeps churning them out.

10 Jojo @ Dada Dallas (Deep Ellum) Sun 12/6/15

The former teen star, still just 24, is all grown up and in town playing to a sold out crowd in Deep Ellum.

 

Also in town this week:
Fri 12/4/15
Moonlight Native w/ Robert Cody Maxwell and the Gentlemen Vain, the Autumn City, and Vinylboss @ Lola’s
Dead Mockingbirds, ABACABA, Jesse Gage, Christian Medrano @ Shipping & Receiving
Brave Combo @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Eleven Hundred Springs @ Double Wide
Colt Ford @ Billy Bob’s
Dripping Wet w/ Goldenjoy, the Single Issues & Playlists @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio
Gaelic Storm @ South Side Music Hall
Sam Baker w/ Keegan McInroe @ Live Oak Music Hall
Love and Theft @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
Colin Boyd @ Live Oak Lounge
Blindside @ the Door

Sat 12/5/15
the Beaumonts w/ the Me-Thinks & Vincent Neil Emerson @ Fred’s Texas Cafe
TobyMac w/ Britt Nicole & Colton Dixon @ Verizon Theatre
Trout Fishing in America w/ Dana Louise & the Glorious Birds @ Live Oak Music Hall
Huffer (CD Release Party) @ Lola’s
Baroness @ Double Wide
Jacob Furr @ Live Oak Lounge
the Brook Meggs Band @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Cody Johnson @ Billy Bob’s
Ghost Town w/ Danger Kids @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
Daniel Martin Moore @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio
Skagg Philips @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Paul Thorn w/ the Mastersons @ the Kessler
Graham Wilkinson w/ Western Youth & Christopher Paul Stelling @ Magnolia

Sun 12/6/15
Michael W Smith & Amy Grant @ American Airlines Center
Between the Buried and Me w/ Enslaved, Intronaut, & Native Construct @ House of Blues
Kenny Uptain @ Live Oak Lounge
TC Fambro @ Magnolia
Dean Dillon w/ Courtney Patton & Jason Eady @ Live Oak Music Hall

Mon 12/7/15
Jody Jones Songwriting Showcase @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
Open Mic Night w/ Luke McGlathery @ Lola’s

Tues 12/8/15
Torquila Tuesday: Quaker City Night Hawks @ Lola’s
Matt Tedder @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
Black Dahlia Murder w/ Goatwhore, Iron Reagan, Entheos & Artificial Brian @ Trees
Garrett Wingfield Quartet @ Live Oak Music Hall
Holy Grail w/ Night Demon @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
Cody Culberson @ Live Oak Lounge

Weds 12/9/15
Jacob Furr @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
Kaleo @ Dada Dallas
Beenzino @ Granada Theater
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult w/ Bit Rot, Flesh Welder, & Just Another Monster @ Trees
Kamelot w/ Dragonforce @ House of Blues
Little Jack Melody Christmas Show @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Bobby Duncan @ Live Oak Lounge

Thurs 12/10/15
Guy Forsyth & Carolyn Wonderland @ the Kessler
Kottonmouth Kings w/ C4 and Nitty Grits, Chucky Chuck, RVDPVCK @ Trees
Prophets & Outlaws @ Billy Bob’s
Ryan Tharp @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
Chris Knight @ Live Oak Music Hall
August Burns red w/ Every Time I Die, Stick to Your Guns, Polyphia, & Wage War @ House of Blues
Preston Lacy (From Jackass) @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
A Merry Little Christmas Show w/ Ricki Derek @ Scat Jazz Lounge
Sara and the Sara Tones @ Live Oak Lounge

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

Top Shows Coming to Town for 11/27/15-12/3/15

I tried to pop this out at the last second on Wednesday, but couldn’t get it finished on time. Hope everyone had a great time with their families for Thanksgiving. I still haven’t had time to update my spreadsheet recently so I’m sure I’m probably missing stuff at this point. Hopefully, I can get my spreadsheet updated again soon after the holidays. Have fun with your Christmas rush, and get out and see some shows.

1 Willie Nelson @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth) Sat 11/28/15

Ok, it’s gonna be pretty hard to keep Willie out of the top spot when he’s in town. He’s one of the greatest songwriters of all time, one of the most beloved Texans of all time, and possibly the one seed in that age old question “guy you’d most like to have a beer (or a joint) with”. Pure legend.

2 Muse w/ Phantogram @ American Airlines Center (Dallas) Weds 12/2/15

Some of you may have jumped ship when these Brits were Stephenie Meyer’s idols and contributed to every Twilight film. Muse is apparently true to their name for Little Miss Twilight. That being said, they’re still some of the most energetic performers you’ll see among this generation’s bands, and they still play those tracks you love from back in the day. Besides, you haven’t lived if you haven’t seen Muse play “Knights of Cydonia” live.

3 Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox @ Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Thurs 12/3/15

Man, I’m really stacking up my nerd points today. I kinda enjoy what Postmodern Jukebox does giving a super old school twist on modern hits. I might have tried to go to this, if I didn’t already have a busy week.

4 Azealia Banks @ House of Blues (Dallas) Sat 11/28/15

Not sure this Harlem raised rapper has really lived up to the hype. Who knows, maybe she’ll start a new Twitter beef during the show, or maybe Ms. Erykah Badu will come settle their Twitter beef on stage. That could be entertaining.

5 Jingle Ball @ American Airlines Center (Dallas) Tues 12/2/15

I guess at some point, I have to reference this s— show that’s probably the hottest ticket in town. One Direction, Calvin Harris, Demi Lovato, 5 Seconds of Summer, Ellie Goulding, Zedd, Shawn Mendes, Tove Lo, Charlie Puth, DNCE will have your tween daughters totally losing their s—. Make sure to pack some headphones.

6 Big K.R.I.T. w/ BJ the Chicago Kid @ the Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Fri 11/27/15

(K)ritically acclaimed Mississippi raper, Big K.R.I.T. makes a stop in the big D.

7 Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat w/ Charley Crockett @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff) Sat 11/28/15

One of the greatest living guitarists, Jim Suhler (George Thorogood & the Destroyers), takes the stage, following an opening set by one of my favorite cats, Charley Crockett.

8 Jennifer Nettles w/ Brandy Clark & Ryan Kinder @ House of Blues (Dallas) Thurs 12/3/15

Best known as the frontwoman for Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles returns to Dallas with talented Country songwriters, Brandy Clark & Ryan Kinder.

9 the Band of Heathens w/ Wesley Geiger @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Fri 11/27/15

One of Austin’s most revered rock and roll bands makes the trek up 35 to Granada. Wesley Geiger opens.

10 Dead Flowers w/ Goodnight Ned, Hell Texas & the Van Sanchez @ Three Links (Deep Ellum) Sat 11/28/15

This is a pretty sweet lineup of local favorites. Check it out if you’re in that neck of the woods.

Also in town this week:
Fri 11/27/15
Cole Swindell w/ Adam Sanders @ Billy Bob’s
Blue October @ South Side Ballroom
the Hendersons w/ Matt Tedder and Special Guest Lou Quaid @ the Grotto
Soundclash: Pablo and the Hemphill 7 w/ Darth Vato and Sally Majestic @ Lola’s
Possessed By Paul James w/ Holly Golightly & the Brokeoffs
Koe Wetzel & the Konvicts w/ Melissa Ratley @ Shipping & Receiving
King Bucks w/ the Honky Tonkers @ Adair’s
Dalton Domino w/ Austin Meade @ Magnolia
Cody Culberson @ Live Oak Roof Top
Bill Kirchen @ Live Oak
JB & the Moonshine Band w/ Curtis Grimes @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
Denton Comedy Collective @ Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio
Stage Fright: Bar Band Does the Band @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Monte Montgomery @ the Kessler
the Tonemasters @ Keys Lounge
Bobby Sessions w/ the High Standard Family & Justus @ Trees
the Chris Milyo Band @ Scat Jazz Lounge

Sat 11/28/15
Vodeo w/ Arenda Light @ Shipping & Receiving
Spoonfed Tribe @ Trees
Rock Lottery @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
These Machines are Winning w/ True Widow & Megafauna @ Granada Theater
Mike McClure Band @ Sundown at Granada
ZUMA (Big Mike Does Neil Young) @ Magnolia
Tejas Brothers @ Live Oak
Acacia Strain w/ Counterparts @ Gas Monkey BnG
Sleepin’ Rattlers w/ the Honky Tonkers @ Adair’s
Texas Flood (SRV Tribute) @ Keys Lounge
Larry Braggs @ Scat Jazz Lounge

Sun 11/29/15
Kenny Uptain @ Live Oak Roof Top
Jeezy w/ Trapboy Freddy @ Gas Monkey Live!
D.R.I. w/ Protest, Exploder, & Chemicaust @ Trees
Standard Transmission @ Lola’s
Parkway Drive @ House of Blues
Carmen’s…Everyone Can Sing With the Band @ Adair’s
TC Fambro @ Magnolia
Black Dog Jazz Jam @ Scat Jazz Lounge

Mon 11/30/15
Gary P Nunn @ Billy Bob’s
Marc Cohn @ the Kessler
10 Years w/ Spoken, Skytown Riot & Serosia @ Trees
Open Mic Night w/ Luke McGlathery @ Lola’s
Sugarfoote w/ Brian Lambert @ Adair’s Dallas
Jody Jones Songwriting Showcase @ Magnolia
the Interruptors w/ Rude King & Revolucion Oi @ Three Links

Tues 12/1/15
Through the Roots w/ Maoli @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill

Weds 12/2/15
David Bromberg Quintet @ Granada Theater
Tesseract w/ the Contortionist, Erra, & Skyharbor @ Trees
Greg Trooper @ Live Oak
Kenny Uptain @ Lola’s
Darwin Deez w/ Charly Bliss @ Three Links

Thurs 12/3/15
Pale Dian w/ Ill Smiths & Honor System @ Lola’s
Digitour Slaybells Fire @ Granada Theater
Jonny Burke @ Sundown at Granada
Juan Gabriel @ American Airlines Center
Ryan Tharp @ Magnolia

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

Top Shows Coming to Town for 11/6/15-11/12/15

I finally got my concert spreadsheet loaded. Forget you, Pollstar. If I missed something big, let me know. I may have left a venue off of my list.

1 Gogol Bordello w/ Antemasque @ Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Sun 11/8/15

These gypsy punks know how to put on a hell of a show, plus At the Drive-in/Mars Volta buddies Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez’s new project, Antemasque, with Travis Barker sitting in on drums.

2 James McMurtry w/ Eric Tessmer Band @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Sat 11/7/15

One of Texas’s greatest songwriters, Larry McMurtry’s son is back in support of critically acclaimed 2015 release (and Album of the Week) A Complicated Game.

3 Cheap Trick w/ Ian Moore & the American Fuse @ Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Sat 11/7/15

I want you to want this to be Budokan. *Shrugs* I don’t even know what I’m talking about right now.

4 Heartless Bastards w/ Blue Healer & Gollay @ Shipping & Receiving (Fort Worth) Fri 11/6/15

Erika Wennerstrom and the gang are back with support from Austin’s Blue Healer (Leon Bridges’ favorite band) & local favorite, Gollay.

5 Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff) Fri 11/6/15

Madisen Ward and his mother make some beautiful folk/roots music. “Silent Movies” is one of my favorite tracks of the year. Been getting a few others stuck in my head as I prepare to head out to this show. See you there.

6 Jane’s Addiction @ Gas Monkey (Dallas) Fri 11/6/15

See what Jane has to say when Perry Farrell and the boys hit Big D this weekend.

7 Desaparecidos w/ So So Glos @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Fri 11/6/15

Conor Oberst’s long-separated group has reunited and comes through Dallas with indie darlings, the So So Glos.

8 Zac Brown Band w/ Drake White & the Big Fire @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Dallas) Fri 11/6/15

Go have some chicken fried steak and go see Zac Brown Band. Sounds like a night to me.

9 Youth Lagoon w/ Moon King & Rat Rios @ Dada Dallas (Deep Ellum) Tues 11/10/15

Trevor Powers in all his solemn chillness arrives in Deep Ellum.

10 Ray Wylie Hubbard @ the Live Oak (Fort Worth) Thurs 11/12/15

Another legendary Texas songwriter takes the stage this week at the Live Oak.

Also in town this week: 11/6 the Robert Cray Band @ Majestic Theatre; Fort Worth Rock Assembly (11/6-8) ft Big Mike, Un Chien, Vodeo, Dead Mockingbirds, Taylor Craig Mills, Moon Waves, Igneous Grimm, and more @ Lola’s; Cody Canada & the Departed w/ Johnny Burke & Vern Stomper @ Granada Theater; Jerrod Niemann @ Billy Bob’s; Buddy Whittington @ Keys Lounge; Holy Moly w/ Collin Herring & Bonnie Whitmore @ Live Oak; 11/7 Hudson Mohawke w/ the Dream @ South Side Music Hall; Lagwagon w/ Pears & Runaway Kids @ Dada; Lewis Black @ Majestic Theatre; Aaron Lewis @ Billy Bob’s; 11/7 Stardeath & White Dwarfs w/ Igneous Grimm & Kites + Boomerangs @ the Grotto; Straight No Chaser @ McFarlin Auditorium; Mike and the Moonpies @ Dan’s Silverleaf; Skinny Puppy w/ Youth Code @ Gas Monkey Live; Dave & Phil Alvin w/ the Guilty Ones @ the Kessler; Raheem DeVaughn w/ Leela James @ House of Blues; Petty Theft @ Keys Lounge; Frontier Ruckus w/ Jared & the Mill @ the Prophet Bar; Peaches w/ Christeene @ Trees; Andy Pickett @ Republic Street Bar 11/8 Girlpool w/ Dripping Wet & the Single Issues @ Rubber Gloves; La Dispute w/ Envy & Wildhoney @ the Prophet Bar; the Psychedelic Furs w/ Max and the Moon @ House of Blues; Kenny Uptain & Sam Anderson @ Live Oak Roof Top; 11/9 X Ambassadors w/ Skylar Grey & Kevin Garrett (11/9&10) @ House of Blues; Born Ruffians w/ Young Rival @ Dada; Modern Baseball w/ Tiny Moving Parts, Jeff Rosenstock & Pup @ Trees; 11/11 Falling in Reverse w/ Attila, Metro Station & Assuming We Survive @ House of Blues; 11/12 Reverend Horton Heat w/ Leftover Crack, Agnostic Front, the Bronx, Mariachi El Bronx, the Briefs & Lower Class Brats @ Bomb Factory; America’s Got Talent Live ft. Emily West & Taylor Williamson @ Verizon Theatre; Maudlin Strangers w/ Strange Names & the Unlikely Candidates @ Dada; the Wonder Years w/ Motion City Soundtrack @ House of Blues.

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

Top Shows Coming to Town for 7/3/15-7/9/15

It’s that time of year again, and the big annual 4th of July music event takes the top spot. If I were from a little further south, #3 would be #1, but as I’m not, #3 should probably be more like #8 or so.

1 4th of July Picnic @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth) Fri 7/3 and Sat 7/4/15

This year’s picnic doesn’t feature Willie (he’s in Austin this year), but it’s 2 days and 2 stages, and features Merle Haggard, Ryan Bingham, Turnpike Troubadours, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hayes Carll, Shinyribs, Green River Ordinance, the O’s, American Aquarium, Chris Stapleton, Rodney Parker + 50 Peso Reward, Corb Lund, and a few others.

2 Third Eye Blind/Dashboard Confessional @ South Side Ballrom (Dallas) Sat 7/4/15

This one takes me back to my high school/college years, and Third Eye Blind’s debut is still in the list amongst my favorite records. I probably would have gone to this, if I didn’t have new family traditions to hold up on the 4th.

3 Mana @ American Airlines Center (Dallas) Sun 7/5/15

the biggest band in Latin Rock. This is a really big deal for one group of people.

4 Widespread Panic @ Winspear Opera House (Dallas) Weds 7/8/15

A jam band with a huge following. Another one that’s a really big deal for a group of people that’s not me.

5 David Gray and Amos Lee @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Fri 7/3/15

2 pretty big indie singer/songwriters on the same bill.

6 3 Doors Down/Seether @ the Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Sun 7/5/15

Speaking of the college years.

7 Alejandro Escovedo @ Shipping and Receiving (Fort Worth) Sat 7/4/15

Legendary Austin rocker hits Funkytown for the 4th.

8 Flyleaf @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Weds 7/8/15

Again with the college years. Wifey and I saw them at ACL the first year we went together.

9 Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band @ Levitt Pavilion (Arlington) Fri 7/3/15

This is the City of Arlington’s official July 4th function. Not familiar with the group, but the material is right, and I like bluegrass alright, plus fireworks.

10 Bruce Robison and Kelly Willis @ the Kessler Theater (Oak Cliff) Fri 7/3/15

The Texas power couple hits the Kessler. I think they’re pretty frequent visitors.

Also in town this week: 7/4 38 Special @ Bakersfield Park (Flower Mound), 7/5 Band of Heathens @ Levitt Pavilion, Courtney Patton & Jason Eady @ Live Oak Music Hall, 7/8 Art of Dying @ Trees, 7/9 Matt the Electrician & Bettysoo @ Levitt Pavilion, Memory Tapes @ House of Blues

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

Top Shows Coming to Town for 6/19/15-6/25/15

Going off of Pollstar screwed me over again, and I missed Leon’s Barefoot at the Belmont (then I guess I blocked it out, cause I was mad I couldn’t get tickets. Oh well, looks like it’s gonna rain there anyway) last week, so I’ve hopped up my attempt to roll my concert calendar into my spreadsheet, so I won’t miss as much. Still mostly going off of Pollstar this week, but maybe I can get everything loaded by the time next week rolls around.

1 Leon Bridges @ Scat Jazz Lounge (Fort Worth) Sat 6/20/15

The kid’s blowing up. Playing 2 shows Saturday at the intimate jazz lounge, to celebrate the release of his debut record. Tickets have been selling on the secondary market for upwards of $200. Don’t worry, you’ll get another chance soon. He’ll be at the Majestic in November (might want to get on that though).

2 Brian Wilson w/ Rodriguez @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Weds 6/24/15

Probably shouldn’t have the young upstart ahead of one of the greatest songwriters of all time, but Leon’s is a much hotter ticket, so I’m going with that.

3 Avett Brothers w/ Old Crow Medicine Show @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Thurs 6/25/15

Seems like these guys are here every month. They’re definitely in town quite often for a band that’s not from Texas.

4 Best Coast w/ Bully @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Weds 6/24/15

Still a little surprised I haven’t seen them yet. Bethany Cosentino makes some of the best beach inspired rock going right now. Maybe not quite on the level of #2 up there, but it’s still solid.

5 Dawes @ Strauss Square (Dallas) Weds 6/24/15

A nice little indie group that craft some lovely songs.

6 Darius Rucker @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Dallas) Fri 6/19/15

Darius “Don’t Call Me Hootie” Rucker does his country thing on Friday. No Blowfish necessary.

7 White Snake @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Mon 6/22/15

HERE I GO AGAIN ON MY OWN!!!! Oh, sorry, got distracted. 3 of the top 7 shows this week are on a week day at Verizon.

8 Jodeci w/ Tony! Toni! Tone! @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Sun 6/21/15

And they’ve got some throw back R&B on Sunday after brunch. Tony! Toni! Tone! opens.

9 Jefferson Starship @ Gas Monkey (Dallas) Thurs 6/25/15

No Grace Slick = meh

10 Charlie Mars @ Live Oak Music Hall (Fort Worth) Sat 6/20/15

SMU Grad, singer/songwriter Charlie Mars heads to Funkytown this weekend.

Also in town this week: 6/19 Yelawolf @ Bomb Factory, Quiet Company @ Nasher Sculpture Center, Josh Abbott Band @ Lone Star Park, Hudson Moore @ Levitt Pavilion, Mark Chesnutt @ Billy Bob’s, the Dan Band @ House of Blues, Heartbyrne @ Granada Theater; 6/20 Delta Rae @ the Kessler Theater, Grupo Fantasma @ Dada, Kevin Fowler @ Billy Bob’s, Black Violin @ Levitt Pavilion; 6/21 Gedeon Luke @ Levitt Pavilion; 6/24 Say Anything @ Gas Monkey; 6/25 Kathy Griffin @ Majestic Theatre, Royal Southern Brotherhood @ Levitt Pavilion

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!

Top Shows Coming to Town for 6/12/15-6/18/15

A big one for you Southern rock folks, and I might finally make it out to the Levitt this season.

1 Lynyrd Skynyrd w/ Blue Oyster Cult @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Fri 6/12/15

2 classic rock legends throwing it down in this comfy little venue.

2 Steve Earle @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth) Fri 6/12/15

Legendary Texas singer-songwriter takes you down to Copperhead Road.

3 Allen Stone @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Sun 6/14/15

Emerging blue-eyed soul revivalist lights up the stage at Granada.

4 D’Angelo @ the Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Tues 6/16/15

R&B heartthrob D’Angelo returned after a long hiatus with one of last year’s most celebrated albums.

5 Ben Folds @ House of Blues (Dallas) Thurs 6/18/15

One of my favorite college/indie songwriters from my growing up years. Last time I saw him, he didn’t play “Brick”. WHAT?!?!?!?!

6 Neon Trees @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Thurs 6/18/15

The show everybody will be talking about? *groans*

7 Jack FM Throwback Festival @ Gexa Energy Pavilion (Dallas) Sat 6/13/15

3 stages full of cover bands. If you haven’t got your tickets yet, don’t worry, someone will be giving them away.

8 Reverend Horton Heat @ House of Blues (Dallas) Sat 6/13/15

Dallas’s own, the “Godfather of Modern Rockabilly” always puts on a fun show.

9 Marcus Miller @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Sat 6/13/15

One of the all-time greatest jazz bass players, Miller has played with Miles and countless others, and had a quite successful career as a group leader.

10 Sarah Jaffe @ Levitt Pavilion (Arlington) Fri 6/12/15

Now that it’s finally gotten dry, I may make my first visit to the Levitt this season for this one. One of my favorite D/FW singer/songwriters.

Also in town this week: 6/12 Jon Bellion @ Trees, Cory Morrow @ Granada Theater, Cody Jinks w/ the Damn Quails, Quaker City Night Hawks @ House of Blues; 6/13 the Kinfolk’s Soul Food Festival ft Salt N Pepa @ Lynn Creek Park (Grand Prairie), Rich Robinson @ Levitt Pavilion, Kelly Willis @ Billy Bob’s, Uncle Lucius @ the Kessler Theater; 6/14 Geto Boys @ House of Blues, Jones Family Singers @ Levitt Pavilion; 6/15 William Fitzsimmons @ Kessler Theater, the Weepies w/ Carsie Blanton @ Granada Theater; 6/16 French Horn Rebellion @ House of Blues; 6/17 Great Lake Swimmers @ Club Dada; 6/18 Aaron Lewis @ Rockin Rodeo (Denton), King Sunny Ade & His African Beats @ Strauss Square

Anyways, that’s all for this week, so……

Get out there and see some shows!