Aside from the snow, the big story this weekend is, of course, the NBA All-Star Game and the musicians, celebrities, models, gold-diggers and hookers swarming the city. This week's cover story tells you why this is such an important weekend for Dallas' mainstream-leaning hip-hop artists, and the All-Star Guide inside the paper lists many of the weekend's associated concerts and parties. Seems that, with a few exceptions like the Erykah Badu/Jamie Foxx show at the Palladium Saturday, most of these are going down at the kind of velvet-roped ultra-lounges and clubs reserved for the pretty people, the well-heeled and the $30K Millionaire. But this being a once-in-a-lifetime weekend, some might be worth checking out even if you normally have no interest in rubbing elbows with the glitterati.
Of course, there are non-All-Star events happening this weekend too. Tonight kicks off a two-night Fair To Midland stand at the Curtain Club, which will help raise funds for the band's post-wreck gear, van and medical expenses. And if you've been reading your Weekly Music Newsletter, you know that tonight's a sneakerhead's dream night at All-Star Sneakend at House of Blues; that Doug E. Fresh and DJ Premier will party early in the evening (like, now) at The Boardroom; that Slick Rick, KRS-One and Rakim will be at the Dallas Museum of Nature and Science in Fair Park; and that Texxas Jam 2010 with Klever, Dub Assembly, AC Slater and more is going down at the Lizard Lounge.
Saturday, Fair To Midland returns to the Curtain Club for its second night of fund-raising. Smile Smile plays CD release shows at Good Records (4 p.m.) and later that night at the Double-Wide Bar. Exit 380 (whose latest, according to Darryl Smyers, is "darn good") plays at Lola's Stockyards in Fort Worth. Former Girl On Top Andrea Grimes suggests that if you must celebrate this weekend's capitalism-fueled cliche-fest, one acceptable way is with Dallas' own heir to Frank Sinatra's fedora, Ricki Derek, who opens for a screening of Casablanca at the Lakewood Theater's "Lakewood Valentine." Cocky Americans will flee the monster-girl in their new video to the relative safety of Andy's Bar in Denton, and The English Beat and Fishbone rock The Granada.
And on Sunday, you can check out RJD2's continuing evolution from hip-hop to pop at Hailey's in Denton.
Because of a weather-related flight delay, the Nouvelle Vague show scheduled for tonight at the Granada Theater has been postponed till Monday; same showtime, same opening acts, same ticket price. Already-purchased tickets will be honored, and there are still tickets available.
Unfortunately, the Vic Chesnutt tribute featuring Matthew Gray and members of Centro-matic, scheduled for tonight at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton, is canceled. Final Club, The Polycorns and Roy Robertson will play at Dan's instead.
After the jump, shows that we haven't mentioned yet...
Collin Herring, Jonathan Terrell, Brian Hughes
Friday, February 12, at The Green Elephant
What better place to hear songs about addiction and recovery than at a bar? Collin Herring's very well-received Ocho deals with those issues and more. It's good to see the Green Elephant booking such an intriguing variety of shows, going from last weekend's Mykka Nine hip-hop show to a night of singer-songwriters--especially considering that this bill includes one of the area's most captivating performers.
Seryn, Baruch The Scribe, Western Giants, Mark Apel & The Ghosts
Friday, February 12, at Hailey's in Denton
This lineup's kind of a mixed bag, but if you want to do something that is pretty much the opposite of the All-Star-related hip-hop celebrity jock-riding at Dallas glitz-clubs throughout the weekend, a night of folk and baroque pop in Denton would qualify.
Reverse Cuomo (Weezer Tribute), American Werewolf Academy, Caroline Collier
Friday, February 12, at The Moon Bar, Fort Worth
Another really mixed bag of a lineup. Many of us here at the Observer are big fans of AWA's super-catchy powerpop, but I'm not sure what the band is doing on a bill with a cover band and a singer-songwriter whose music and MySpace bio scream "college freshman."
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The J.C. Experience
Friday, February 12, at LaGrange
The "J.C." in question isn't Jesus Christ, despite the cross imagery on flyers for this show, but rather John Pedigo (The O's, Boys Named Sue) and Chad Stockslager (The Drams, King Bucks) doing a variety show of comedy, skits, guests and music. Check out the video on the LaGrange Facebook page for a sample of their comedic stylings.
Louis Moholo-Moholo, Yells At Eels
Friday, February 12, at Phoenix Project
Don't know much about the headlining South African improv drummer, but Aaron Gonzalez of Dallas' fantastic Gonzalez family band Yells At Eels jazz trio vouches for him, and that's all that I need to know.
True Widow, The Great Tyrant, Darktown Strutters
Saturday, February 13, at the Chat Room Pub, Fort Worth
What a great lineup. They're all super-heavy and dark as a winter night, yet sound nothing alike. Also, it's a chance to see a show at the beloved Chat Room on Fort Worth's South Side. Coulda sworn they weren't going to have shows there any more. Hopefully this won't be the last.
That ain't all, but that's all we've got time for. As always, show suggestions are welcome in the comments.