Gotta go sometime

The Grown-Ups call it quits, kind of

For the time being, that will be the only place to see crazy shit from the Grown-Ups. After a three-year reign as Denton's best (and only) ska band, the band is ready to move on.

"We could conceivably recruit new members and keep the Grown-Ups going, but we don't have the energy," Bailey says. "We've been playing these songs for a long time and for us it would be better, we would be more enthusiastic about starting something brand-new.

"It was a lot of fun, and we're going to miss it. It's really painful for me when teen-age kids stop me on the street and bitch me out for breaking up the band. But you know, change is not necessarily a bad thing."

--Zac Crain

Scene, heard
Soul Food Cafe releases its first full-length studio album in four years with so bright so blind, and will be celebrating with a CD release party August 24 at Club Dada...

The band Israel Vibration and spiritual reggae star Pato Banton--perhaps best known for his hit, "Settle Satan"--headline Dread'N Irie's first annual Deep Ellum Jamaican Street Festival August 25. Local reggae bands also will play throughout the day. The event, which will feature vending, food, and crafts, will be located just south of Crowdus and Main streets and starts at 10 a.m...

Look for Meredith Louise Miller's If I Had a Hi-Fi sometime next month. Miller, recently signed to Crystal Clear Sound's Steve Records, cut the follow-up to 1993's excellent Bob in Austin, assisted by Broose Dickinson and Michael Moore...

Beth Wood, a bright, incisive singer-songwriter in Miller's mold, celebrates the release of Wood Work, her debut album, at Poor David's Pub August 22...

Same place, on August 23 and 24, local guitar hero/institution Bugs Henderson celebrates the 21st anniversary of his deciding to form a band. Henderson, around for the formation of the Dallas rock scene that produced the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan and Doyle Bramhall, played in the essential protopunk band, Mouse and the Traps, and has worked steadily ever since, long enough to now feature 18-year-old son Buddy on drums (along with bassist Keith Jones). Bugs reports that many former associates stop by these anniversary shows, a unique opportunity to check out a cavalcade of what he hastens to specify are "mature, not old" Dallas rockers.

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