It's Labor Day weekend, and the parties will be happening all over town.
One of the most interesting is the Expo Park Jazz Festival's "The Many Faces of Jazz." This two-day jazz festival will happen at Amsterdam Bar on Sunday and Monday and will feature 14 local and national jazz acts, including Shelley Carrol, Yells at Eels, Paul Slavens and more. The cost? Twenty bucks for a single-day pass or $30 for both days. Well worth it, we think.
If that seems a little too steep for you, here's a much cheaper option happening right down the street: The kings of the summertime party at The Double Wide will be celebrating this year's final Parking Lot Pool Party on Sunday with the help of Rhymin' and Stealin' and DJ Hammertimez for only $5. And, just a few miles away, The Libertine is hosting their free Labor Day Rock Out with Somebody's Darling.
If you're in Denton and don't feel like making the drive south, Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios finishes Free Week with performances from Nervous Curtains, New Science Projects, Pinkish Black, and Delmore Pilcrow tonight, and with Mind Spiders, Sunnybrook, Melting Season and Land Mammals on Saturday.
Before we start sharing some other shows worth your while this weekend, here are some others we've already told you all about...
On Friday, The King Bucks will be back on their old stomping grounds at Adair's Saloon, and at City Tavern, The Phuss will play very loud rock and roll with the help of King Of The Rabbit Trail and Jungle Rockers. Dale Watson, meanwhile, will bring his neo-traditional country to Lola's in Fort Worth.
On Saturday, The Prophet Bar will have Jokersdeck, Tweed EQ, and 3 From Texas, and Andy's Bar in Denton will be graced by Colorado's Drag The River, and Lalagray will release her debut album at La Grange.
See more of this weekend's show options after the jump.
Amandla, Record Hop, Here Holy Spain
Friday, September 3, at Double Wide
Ween was just here last weekend, but if you missed them, this weekend offers a chance to see their drummer Claude Coleman Jr.'s solo project, Amandla. His music seems just as all over the map as Ween's.
Asleep At The Wheel
Saturday, September 4, at Billy Bob's Texas
Austin-based Grammy Award-winning band Asleep at the Wheel will have everyone at Billy Bob's dancing to their Western Swing hits. They'll probably play a bunch of new stuff from their newly released album, It's a Good Day, too.
Sounds Like presents: Kiki, Opencloud, DragonLazer
Saturday, September 4, at The Cavern
Berlin-based DJ Kiki joins two local DJs, Opencloud and DragonLazer, for a tempered rave at The Cavern. Cast your votes for the most ridiculous name on this bill. My money's on DragonLazer.
John Mayer, Owl City
Saturday, September 4, at Superpages.com Center
The Ataris, Gasoline Heart, Don't Panic, Spector 45
Sunday, September 5, at Trees
The Ataris are most famous for their cover of a guy who lives in Dallas. (They covered Don Henley's "Boys of Summer," in case you didn't know.) So, that's worth something, right? No? I lost you at John Mayer, didn't I?
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Block Party Sundays: Labor Day Edition
Sunday, September 5, at M Street Bar
R&B singer Raheem "Mr. Everything" DeVaughn is on the bill over at Superpages.com Center's Budweiser Superfest on Sunday night, but, afterward, he'll be hosting the Labor Day Block Party at M Street Bar along with RC Williams & The Gritz Band. This party starts at 4 p.m., and costs $10 to attend.
The Real Femcees Of Dallas
Sunday, September 5, at The Green Elephant
Allow this weekend's performance at The Green Elephant to set the record straight: There are, indeed, some female rappers in town. And some of them, actually, are pretty good. This show, hosted by Vicious Cycle, will feature performances by six local female rappers--including the DC9-approved Ni Taylor--for only $10.
Tex Zimmerman & His All-Star Revue
Monday, September 6, at Dan's Silverleaf
Imagine if the Polyphonic Spree were 25 years older and only played Bob Dylan songs. That's this, basically.
...and that's it from us. Have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend, and add anything we missed in the comment section.