Top Shows Coming to Town for 12/18/15-12/24/15

So, more holiday shows, and several artists from Texas and neighboring states in this slow season for concerts. So here goes…

1 Josh Groban @ Music Hall at Fair Park (Dallas) Tues 12/22/15

Josh Groban brings his majestic voice to class up the joint this week. I’m assuming there will be Christmas songs to be heard.

2 Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue @ South Side Ballroom (Dallas) Sat 12/19/15

An emerging New Orleans powerhouse, Troy Andrews, has really taken off the last few years. Also, he has the distinction of being Asa’s first concert, when he played Concerts in the Garden a couple years back.

3 Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Myerson Symphony Center (Dallas) Tues 12/22/15 and Weds 12/23/15

From an emerging New Orleans powerhouse to the city’s musical stalwarts, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be spending a couple nights at the Meyerson this week, you know in case Groban didn’t class up your week enough.

4 Drowning Pool w/ Adakain, Dead Scene Believers, Mothership, and Alison Red @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Fri 12/18/15

Forget all this classy stuff. Let the bodies hit the frickin’ floor with the Dallas legends, Drowning Pool.

5 Mingo Fishtrap @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff) Sat 12/19/15

These Austin (by way of Denton) boys play Soul infused Funk with a lot of energy while they do it.

6 Cody Canada & the Departed @ Shipping and Receiving (Fort Worth) Sat 12/19/15

The “Canadian” part of Red Dirt legends, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Cody Canada comes through with his new band.

7 Dirty River Boys @ Granada (Lower Greenville) Sat 12/19/15

These cats from El Paso put on a super-fun live show. A little bit of anything, they’re a multi-genre, multi-instrumental powerhouse.

8 Mannheim Steamroller @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Sun 12/20/15
Trans Siberian Orchestra @ American Airlines Center (Dallas) Sun 12/20/15

Well, since you’d have to pick one, I’m just gonna put these together. Do you like your gimmicky Christmas music synth or guitars?

9 Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff) Fri 12/18/15

Jeff Liles is killin’ it this week. Texas’s favorite husband and wife duo play their annual Holiday show at the Kessler.

10 Salim Nourallah w/ Billy Harvey & Alex Dezen @ Sons of Hermann Hall (Deep Ellum) Sat 12/19/15

Fresh off one of the best local records of the year, Salim Nourallah’s playing one of Deep Ellum’s most historic spaces.

Also in town this week:
Fri 12/18/15
Son of Stan (DJ Set) w/ Blue, the Misfit, Color TV, Sudie & the Misteries @ Club Dada
Doug Burr w/ Dove Hunter @ Harvest House
Steel Panther @ House of Blues
Randy Rogers @ Billy Bob’s
Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat w/ Bnois King Quartet @ Sons of Hermann Hall
Alexandria Rhea @ Dreamy Life Records Happy Hour
Roaming Soldiers @ Gas Monkey Bar n Grill
Mountain Sprout w/ Bad Mountain, Panther City Pickers & the Blondettes @ Shipping & Receiving
Big Tasty and the Moonshiners @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
the Dangits w/ Bad Blonde, West Side Drunk Punks & Hello Lover @ Lola’s
Zac Wilkerson @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
Red Admirals w/ Caliche Burnout, Satellite Dream & Invisible Signal @ the Grotto
the English Beat @ Granada Theater
Moreland & Arbuckle Buggaboo @ Sundown at Granada
the Ten Tenors @ Verizon Theatre
Hal Ketchum @ Live Oak
Roar Shack w/ Fun Button, Animal Spirit, & Off World @ Rubber Gloves
the Holler Time w/ George Hughen of Black Oak Arkansas @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Sun Over Sea w/ Blue Jay Soul @ the Foundry

Sat 12/19/15
Charley Crockett @ Revolver Brewery
the O’s w/ the Phantom Shakers @ Sundown at Granada
Randy Rogers @ Billy Bob’s
Oh Whitney @ Lola’s
Maajr w/ Lowin @ the Foundry
Colin Boyd @ Live Oak Lounge
Twas the Night: David J Pierce & His Holiday Orchestra @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
Mike and the Moonpies w/ Charlie Shafter & the Gnomes @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
Welch Family @ Live Oak Music Hall
Holiday Hoedown: the Shady Rest Band w/ Bomber Spur, Armadillo Creek & Western Skies @ the Grotto
Aaron Watson @ House of Blues
Broken Gold w/ Party Static & Hate Your Friends @ Rubber Gloves
Mushroomhead @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill
Reinventing Jude @ Harvest House
Here Holy Spain @ Double Wide

Sun 12/20/15
Classic Cult w/ Mantra Love & Siamese @ Three Links
Kenny Uptain @ Live Oak Lounge
TC Fambro @ Magnolia
Raised Right Men w/ AM Ramblers, Brent Best, Isaac Hoskins and Glass Mountain & Kim Nall and the Fringe @ Dan’s Silver Leaf

Mon 12/21/15
Brave Combo (Christmas Show) @ Meyerson Symphony Center
Grant Bloom @ the Grotto
Jody Jones Songwriting Showcase (the last one, I think) @ Magnolia
Open Mic Night w/ Luke McGlathery @ Lola’s
Paul Slavens and Friends @ Dan’s Silver Leaf

Tues 12/22/15
Torquila Tuesdays: Quaker City Night Hawks @ Lola’s
Open Mic Night w/ Bobby Dade @ the Grotto
Cody Culberson @ Live Oak Lounge
Matt Tedder @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
J Fernandez w/ Wray @ Double Wide

Weds 12/23/15
First Class Fever w/ This Gravity, Whiskey Sour, & Anthony Abdo @ Trees
Bobby Duncan @ Live Oak Lounge
Jacob Furr @ Magnolia Motor Lounge
Song Swap Soiree #3: Andy Pickett, Nicholas Altobelli, Matthew Gray, & Cameron Matthew Ray @ Live Oak Lounge
Rock-A-Holics @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill

Thurs 12/24/15
Ryan Tharp @ Magnolia Motor Lounge

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

Get out there and see some shows!


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!

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 11/20/15-11/26/15

I didn’t update the calendar this week, so I hope I’m not missing anything major. Got some more venues I need to add next time I do update. Again, if I missed your show, let me know, I’m happy to add it. Anyways, here we go. I had Gwar on the list for a second, but with no more Oderus Urungus, so…..

1 Metric w/ Sarah Jaffe & Hibou @ Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Fri 11/20/15

Emily Haines and the Toronto indie darlings are headed your way, after a recent pass through opening for Imagine Dragons.

2 GZA @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Fri 11/20/15

Gary Grice, AKA GZA, AKA the Genius, AKA the mastermind behind the Wu Tang Clan.

3 Bone, Thugs n Harmony @ Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum) Sat 11/21/15

And while we’re on the subject of throwback hip hop groups….

4 JD McPherson w/ Parker Millsap @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Fri 11/20/15

JD McPherson is an old soul from Oklahoma. His latest album, Let the Good Times Roll, takes cues from Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and dozens of other old school touchstones of rock n’ roll.

5 Rhett Miller @ Gas Monkey Live (Dallas) Sat 11/21/15

I believe this is the Old 97’s frontman’s annual fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis.

6 Mark Kozelek @ Sons of Hermann Hall (Deep Ellum) Sat 11/21/15

Sun Kil Moon vocalist and guy that Run the Jewels hate, Mark Kozelek, everyone.

7 Blue Healer w/ Jacob Furr @ Sundown at Granada (Lower Greenville) Fri 11/20/15

Blue Healer is a pretty great emerging band out of Austin (members formerly of Sons of Fathers). They were just in Fort Worth supporting Heartless Bastards, but now they’re back for a headlining show on the roof with local favorite, Jacob Furr.

8 the Stone Foxes w/ Vodeo @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth) Sun 11/22/15

The Stone Foxes are a pretty rockin’ bluesy band out of San Francisco. Locals Vodeo (formerly Shake the Moon), who you may be knowing better soon (wink), lend support.

9 James Bay @ House of Blues (Dallas) Mon 11/23/15

the 25 year old British singer swept to popularity with his single “Hold Back the River”, although I thought his commercially successful record, released in March, was kind of disappointing.

10 the Orange w/ Jetta in the Ghost Tree and Moon Waves  @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff) Weds 11/25/15

Quaker City Night Hawks @ Lola’s (Fort Worth) Weds 11/25/15

I’m going with a tie between these 2 great local shows on Wednesday. I guess you should just catch the one near you.

Also in town this week:

Fri 11/20
Gwar w/ Born of Osiris @ Gas Monkey Live (Dallas)
Possessed By Paul James @ Dan’s Silver Leaf (Denton)
Vincent Neil Emerson & the Old Souls w/ Josh Newcom @ Adair’s (Deep Ellum)
Rise & Shine (CD Release) w/ Color TV & Natural Anthem @ Three Links (Deep Ellum)
Turbid North w/ Cosmic Trigger, Mountain of Smoke, Brazos River Outlaws & Caddis @ Lola’s (Fort Worth)
David Cook w/ Andrew Ripp @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff)
Shinyribs w/ Grady Spencer @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth)
Moving Units w/ Hope Riot @ the Foundry (Dallas)
Disciple w/ KJ-52, Loftland & the Protest @ the Door (Deep Ellum)
Mayday Parade w/ Real Friends, the Wild Life, & As It Is @ House of Blues (Dallas)
Bart Crow w/ Waterloo Revival @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth)
JT Habersaat w/ Lisa Friedrich & Mike Weibe @ Rubber Gloves (Denton)
Gary Myrick w/ Hardcore Troubadours @ Live Oak (Fort Worth)
SoMo w/ Kirko Bangz & Jordan Bratton @ South Side Ballroom (Dallas)
Colin Boyd @ Live Oak Roof Top (Fort Worth)
the Front Bottoms @ Gas Monkey Bar n Grill (Dallas)
Tommy Emmauel @ Majestic Theatre (Dallas)
Ready Revolution w/ Jonny Gray, Victories, Lovesick Mary & Passing a Starfighter @ the Prophet Bar (Deep Ellum)
E.C. Was Here (Eric Clapton Tribute Night) @ Keys Lounge (Fort Worth)
Q and the Crew @ Scat Jazz Lounge (Fort Worth)

Sat 11/21
Vincent Neil Emerson & the Old Souls @ the Flying Saucer (Fort Worth)
Attack of the Funk Fest ft Mountain of Smoke, Spacebeach, FOGG, New Science Projects, Dome Dwellers, Moon Waves, Andy Pickett, Panic Volcanic, Vicious Firs, slumberbuzz, Hate Your Friends, the Flourescents, the Fibs, Lady Kira, Squanto, Nathan Brown & Tornup @ 1912 Club (Fort Worth)
STS9 w/ AutoErotique @ House of Blues (Dallas)
Last Comic Standing Finalists @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie)
Swan Song (Led Zeppelin Tribute) w/ Crowe Showe & David George & the Roaming Soldiers @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville)
Wayne “the Train” Hancock @ Dan’s Silver Leaf (Denton)
Jane Siberry @ the Kessler
Peter Bradley Adams @ Live Oak Music Hall (Fort Worth)
Savoy w/ A.DD+, Nite & Blue, the Misfit @ Trees (Deep Ellum)
the Holophonics w/ Rude King, Bumpin Uglies, BE LIKE MAX & Pasadena @ Three Links (Deep Ellum)
Ricki Derek & the Vegas Six @ Scat Jazz Lounge (Fort Worth)
Kip Moore w/ Michael Ray & Chris Cavanaugh @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth)
Peter Case @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth)
Cody Culberson @ Live Oak Roof Top (Fort Worth)
An Evening of Laughter with Leslie Jordan, Vince Martinez & Sister Helen Holy @ Majestic Theatre (Dallas)
Stereo Control @ the Foundry (Dallas)
Amaranthe w/ Butcher Babies @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill (Dallas)
Attic Ted w/ Gay Cum Daddies, Lauryn Belmore and Darcy Neal & Psychic Killers @ Rubber Gloves (Denton)
the Bodarks w/ Larry Hooper @ Adair’s Saloon (Deep Ellum)
4 Way Street (CSNY Tribute) @ Keys Lounge (Fort Worth)

Sun 11/22
the Ataris w/ Red Like Heat & Birds of Night @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill (Dallas)
Kenny Uptain @ Live Oak Roof Top (Fort Worth)
Ramblin’ Jack Elliott @ Live Oak (Fort Worth)
A Loss For Words w/ Seasons Change @ Sons of Hermann Hall (Deep Ellum)
Victor Manuelle @ House of Blues (Dallas)
Phil Vassar w/ Madison King @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff)
Carmen’s…Everyone Can Sing with the Band w/ Stefan Prigmore @ Adair’s Saloon (Deep Ellum)
Black Dog Jazz Jam @ Scat Jazz Lounge (Fort Worth)
Kim Nall w/ Western Skies @ Dan’s Silver Leaf (Denton)

Mon 11/23
the World is a Beautiful Place… w/ Foxing @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill (Dallas)
Open Mic Night w/ Luke McGlathery @ Lola’s (Fort Worth)
Jeff Satterly & Darrin Kobetich @ the Grotto (Fort Worth)
Edhoculi w/ Ex-Breathers & Gnarwhal @ Rubber Gloves (Denton)
Paul Slavens and Friends @ Dan’s Silver Leaf (Denton)
the Dirty Irv w/ Lights Out @ Adair’s Saloon (Deep Ellum)
Jody Jones Songwriting Showcase @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth

Tues 11/24
Highly Suspect @ Dada Dallas (Deep Ellum)
the Texas Gentlemen @ Lola’s Saloon (Fort Worth)
Cody Culberson @ Live Oak Roof Top (Fort Worth)
Blind Guardian w/ Grave Digger @ Gas Monkey Live (Dallas)
Tatsuya Nakatani + Michael Doneda w/ Lily Taylor, Sarah Ruth, Beth Dodds, Sam Friedland & Reece McLean @ Rubber Gloves (Denton)
E.C. Jacob and the Green Hour Residency @ Dan’s Silver Leaf (Denton)
Ronda Ray w/ the Spud & Mo Show @ Adair’s Saloon (Deep Ellum)
Matt Tedder @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth)
Like a Storm w/ From Ashes to New Stitched Up Heart @ Trees (Deep Ellum)
Straight Ahead @ Scat Jazz Lounge (Fort Worth)
CoLab Friday’s Foolery @ Three Links (Dallas)

Weds 11/25
Snarky Puppy w/ RC and the Gritz & Shaun Martin @ the Prophet Bar (Deep Ellum)
the Vanity @ House of Blues (Dallas)
Devin the Dude w/ Potluck @ Gas Monkey Live (Dallas)
Rock and Roll Over (KISS Tribute) w/ Infestation @ House of Blues (Dallas)
the Good Life @ Dada Dallas (Deep Ellum)
Mac Miller w/ Tory Lanez, Michael Christmas & Njomza @ the Bomb Factory (Deep Ellum)
Kevin Fowler @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth)
the Dick Beldings @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth)
Pavel Chekov w/ the Noids @ Rubber Gloves (Denton)
Uver @ Dan’s Silver Leaf (Denton)

Thurs 11/26
 Luke Wade @ Billy Bob’s (Fort Worth)
Ryan Tharp @ Magnolia Motor Lounge (Fort Worth)
Are You Sick of Your Family Yet? @ Rubber Gloves (Denton)
Frenchie’s Blues Destroyer @ Adair’s Saloon (Deep Ellum)

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

Get out there and see some shows!

Top Shows Coming to Town for 11/13/15-11/19/15

Leon’s back, y’all. A hot ticket show. If you’re a bucket lister, you might want to catch #2 or #4, as well. And if you managed to pull a ticket for Leon and for Nathaniel Rateliff, good on ya. Here we go!

1 Leon Bridges w/ Kali Uchis @ Majestic Theatre (Dallas) Sat 11/14/15

Leon himself might not agree with being ahead of the next one, but this has been a super hot ticket, as Fort Worth’s native son makes his return to the Big D amidst his blowed up tour. Probably the last time he plays a venue this size in DFW for a while.

2 Gladys Knight and the O’Jays @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Sun 11/15/15

This should be a cool show. If I had known about it earlier, and wasn’t going to Leon the night before, I might have bit on this.

3 Chance the Rapper @ South Side Ballroom (Dallas) Fri 11/13/15

One of the hottest rappers in the game right now. Out of Chicago, the 22 year old recorded his first mixtape 10 Day while serving a 10 day suspension in high school. Then, he blew up with his 2nd mixtape, the critically acclaimed Acid Rap.

4 Merle Haggard @ Gas Monkey Live (Dallas) Sun 11/15/15

One of the last remaining old school country legends. You’re gonna have to make a choice on your bucket list shows.

5 Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats w/ Caroline Rose @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Weds 11/18/15

Like Leon, Nathaniel Rateliff is also a soul singer that’s spent 2015 blowing up. He was a pretty successful folk singer before this new project, but there’s just something different about what he’s doing now.

6 Houndmouth w/ Howard @ Granada Theater (Lower Greenville) Thurs 11/19/15

I really like Houndmouth’s bluesy sound and enjoyed their latest record, even if it didn’t get the best reviews. Howard’s pretty solid too.

7 Israel Nash w/ Jake Paleschic @ Dada Dallas (Deep Ellum) Fri 11/13/15

Israel Nash is a really exciting Alt-Country act to catch live, and he’s performing with one of my favorite local artists, Jake Paleschic.

8 Diana Krall @ Verizon Theatre (Grand Prairie) Sat 11/14/15

This jazz singer was blowing up back when I was a music major. She’s been around a while now (I’m old).

9 Jay Farrar @ the Kessler (Oak Cliff) Sat 11/14/15

Son Volt frontman and former founding member of Alt-Country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, Farrar will be performing Son Volt’s Trace album.

10 Deafheaven @ Trees (Deep Ellum) Sun 11/15/15

One of the few “metal” bands I can tolerate for more than 30 seconds. Their music is often lovely and atmospheric enough that I can ignore that there’s someone in the background fucking growling at me.

Also in town this week: 11/13 the O’s (Album Release Party) w/ Deep Blue Something & Matt Hillyer @ the Kessler, Green River Ordinance w/ Jenny & Tyler @ House of Blues, Keep Shelly in Athens/Different Sleep @ the Foundry, Giada de Laurentiis @ Majestic Theatre, Rat Rios w/ Future Self, a Smile Full of Ale & Ethics @ Rubber Gloves, John Fullbright @ Dan’s Silver Leaf, Mighty Dark to Travel w/ Ben Cosgrove @ Shipping & Receiving, Scotty McCreery @ Billy Bob’s, Keller Williams & EOTO @ Trees, the King Bucks @ Sundown @ Granada, Rise & Shine & Timeline @ Adair’s; Jake Robison Album Release @ Magnolia Motor Lounge 11/14 Health w/ Pictureplane @ Trees, Rebirth Brass Band @ Granada Theater, Lincoln Durham @ the Prophet Bar, Travis Tritt @ Billy Bob’s, Stoney Larue @ House of Blues, Mind Spiders w/ Sealion, Fungi Girls & Slimy Member @ Three Links, Mur w/ Bravo Max! & Mike Graff @ Dada Dallas, Hibou @ the Foundry, Shane Smith w/ Strangetown @ Magnolia, Suicide Girls @ Gas Monkey Live, Wayne “the Train” Hancock @ Gas Monkey Bar n Grill, Petty Theft @ Dan’s Silver Leaf; 11/15 Evanescence @ South Side Ballroom, RAC & Big Data w/ Karl Kling and Filous @ Granada Theater, Kenny Uptain @ Live Oak Roof Top, Jim Heath w/ Revolution Mother, Tiki Bandits & Matt Miller @ Three Links, Little Image w/ NeonNoah & Canvas Bride @ the Prophet Bar, the Fall of Troy w/ Kylesa & Powwers @ the Door; Justin’s Soul Shakedown ft. Josh Weathers, Jake Paleschic, the Hendersons, and Tripp Mathis and the Traitors to benefit the Justin Wade Elliott Scholarship Fund @ Lola’s 11/16 Niykee Heaton @ House of Blues, Hogan & Moss @ Gas Monkey Bar N Grill; 11/17 Plain White T’s w/ Matt McAndrew & Beta Play @ Trees, Circa Survive w/ Rx Bandits & Citizen @ House of Blues, Ratboys w/ Wild Pink, Bedroom Sons & Whimper @ Rubber Gloves, Quaker City Night Hawks @ Lola’s; 11/18 Collective Soul w/ Magnets & Ghosts @ House of Blues, Here We Go Magic w/ Big Thief @ Three Links, 11/19 A Silent Film w/ Flagship @ Dada Dallas, Keegan McInroe w/ Chucho & Jacob Furr @ Lola’s, Rev Run w/ Ruckus @ Gas Monkey Live

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!