By Jim Schutze
By Rachel Watts
By Lauren Drewes Daniels
By Anna Merlan
By Lee Escobedo
By Alice Laussade
By Scott Reitz
After years of bitching, we've finally decided to put our money (OK, someone else's money) where are mouths are, in the form of the cumbersomely titled Dallas Observer Music Awards Spring Concert Series, which happens every Thursday at Pegasus Plaza, located at Main and Akard. (By the way, if you turn the name into an acronym, DOMASCS, it almost looks and sounds like "Damascus," so feel free to use that instead.) The objective, in simplest terms, is to get more people into downtown after business hours and/or give the folks already down there something to do. The shindigs kick off April 24 with a show by A Hard Night's Day (voted best cover band in our recent music awards) and Oliver's Army, followed by Eleven Hundred Springs and Tweed (May 1), Deadman and Colin Herring Band (May 8) and Sorta and the Lonelies (May 15). Each show starts at 5:30 p.m. and lasts until around 9.
The best part--besides the music, of course--is that it's all free, thanks to our alliance with Downtown Partnership Inc. (a nonprofit with hopes to revitalize, no kidding, downtown) and Budweiser, which has forked over plenty of scratch. The bands have all asked for (or accepted, at any rate) much less than they normally get, and Budweiser is putting all money from beer sales back into the program. The series lasts 12 weeks, so look for more bands to be announced. And look for us to start whining again after that. It's what we do best. That and sweeping floors. Seriously, we're surprisingly thorough.
One correction from last week: The Polyphonic Spree's American television debut, courtesy of Jimmy Kimmel Live, happens on April 29, not April 30 as we originally reported in the blurb we wrote for the band's Best Act Overall and Avant-Garde/Experimental wins in the DOMA issue. We are aware of the date change because seemingly everyone who has ever seen the band e-mailed to tell us so. We were tempted to put in the wrong date again just to see what would happen, but we're pretty sure the Observer's tape-and-twine server would not be able to handle the traffic. So there you go...
Hand stamps: The New Final Friday happens April 25 at Gypsy Tea Room, with DJ Rerog, DJ Nature, Pikahss, 2 Kol' Syndicate, Desperato Boyz, Sivion of Deepspace 5 and Cientro-Fixion, and it's hosted by DJ EZ Eddie D; The New Year is also at the Tea Room on April 27; The Hochimen and Tweed open for Ian Moore Action Company on April 26 at Trees; Radiant* and Far Star play Club Clearview on April 24, followed by Mur on April 25; Green Room Productions and Warner Bros. present a showcase at Curtain Club on April 24 featuring Red Animal War, Alan, Elisthe and the Broadcast; Liquid Friday Hip-Hop happens April 25 at Liquid Lounge, with Dot Matrix, Bavu Blakes, Original Soul and Mooncricket; Heaven is a Hotel performs April 30 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios. And we're out.