The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week: The Buck Pets, Kenny G & More
What's better than a concert at The Bomb Factory? How about a free concert at The Bomb Factory.
Shake, shake, shake your booty this week, Dallas, and get down tonight (or tomorrow night, or the next). Yep, if it isn't obvious already, KC and the Sunshine Band is funking things up this week, thanks to Mark Cuban's concert series at The Bomb Factory. But if you can't find your boogie shoes, don't worry, there are plenty of other great concerts going on. Kenny G, L.A. Guns and the Buck Pets are just a few of the shows happening that don't require a disco ball.
8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, at The Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., 214-880-0202, or attpac.org, $69 to $105.
It’s Kenny mother effin' G. He can melt your panties off with his smooth saxophone sound. He’s a god among jazz musicians. He was an original investor in that unknown coffee chain called Starbucks. OK, the jury is still out on all of that — except the Starbucks thing, that's totally true — but we know you know him and love him, if not just for his weird, curly hair. Paige Skinner
With My Iron Lung and Save Us From The Archon, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, at The Door Dallas, 2513 Main St., 214-742-3667, or thedoorclubs.com, $12 to $14.
Blending together members of Dance Gavin Dance, Stolas, Hail the Sun and A Lot Like Birds, Sianvar proves to be the post-hardcore supergroup fans didn't know they needed. Donovan Melero (vocalist and drummer for Hail the Sun) puts his sticks aside and delivers falsetto-like vocals weaved throughout good old fashioned screamin' and hollerin', while Will Swan (Dance Gavin Dance) and Sergio Medina (Stolas) make up the rhythm and Michael Franzino (A Lot Like Birds) the bass. After releasing their first full-length LP, Stay Lost, a month ago, Sianvar landed themselves six spots on Billboard last week, including a debut at No. 5 for Top New Artist. Diamond Victoria
KC and the Sunshine Band
8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6501 or thebombfactory.com, Free.
Mark Cuban wants your aunt and uncle to see the new Deep Ellum, and he’s making sure they have every opportunity to with his concert series at The Bomb Factory. Cubes has already given Dallas’ Baby Boomers a chance to catch the reunited Monkees, and fans of ’80s excess a chance to cringe at Brett Michaels; now he’s bringing the dance party with ’70s icons and State Fair mainstays KC and the Sunshine Band. For 43 years, KC and the boys have been asking “Do You Want to Party,” and the answer from audiences has been a resounding “Let’s Get Down Tonight.” As further incentive, the AXS TV Concerts Hosted By Mark Cuban series is free with an RSVP and broadcast live, meaning you, your date, most of Deep Ellum and, yes, your aunt and uncle could get your mugs on TV, “Boogie Shoes” and all. Jaime-Paul Falcon
With Rize Above, 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at Trees, 2709 Elm St, 214-741-1122, or treesdallas.com, $15.
Having spent 32 years rocking with an ever-changing lineup, L.A. Guns returns to Dallas — not one single original member in tow. The current lineup has been together since 1987, and before that it was a convoluted mashup of random prominent members of the hair rock community. In fact, Guns N’ Roses was a merger of the original L.A. Guns lineup. That’s right. Axl Rose led L.A. Guns all the way back in 1984. He and L.A. Guns’ founder, Tracii Guns, split to form Hollywood Rose, the first assemblage of Guns N’ Roses, with Tracii Guns quickly replaced by Slash. L.A. Guns spawned plenty of glam and hard-rock bands in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Sara Button
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band
6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Billy Bob's Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, 817-624-7117, or billybobstexas.com, $16 to $30.
This far into his 20-year career, Kenny Wayne Shepherd has proven time and again his relevance in blues and country — and he's only in his 30s. Yeah. This guy's career technically started when he was 13 years old when blues guitarist Bryan Lee invited Shepherd on stage to play alongside him. And similar to members of the Beatles, Elvis Presley and Stevie Ray Vaughn, Shepherd hasn't let his inability to read music get in the way either, making it abundantly clear that some folks are just inherently talented. He pays homage to some of the great blues artists who inspired him in his latest album, Goin' Home, released in 2014, as a collection of covers. DV
With Pallbearer, 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, at Ganada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933, or granadatheater.com, $30 to $34.
In August 2012, art-metal heavyweights Baroness were touring for their critically acclaimed third album, Yellow & Green, when the brakes failed on their tour bus, launching the vehicle into the air and hurling singer John Baizley into the windshield. He captured the experience in an open letter to fans he shared several months after the accident. Baizley broke his arm and leg in the crash, and other members suffered similarly awful injuries. Bassist Matt Maggioni and drummer Allen Blickle (a founding member) left the group shortly after. However, the accident did not stop the band; rather, it imposed a period of self-reflection. Baizley doubled down on the band and making art. Their latest album, Purple, is a maturation from the band’s previous efforts, with powerful songs, rife with melody and riffs that have made the group one of the most respected in metal. David Accomazzo
The Buck Pets
With Slobberbone and The American Fuse, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346, or thekessler.org, $18 to $28.
The Buck Pets ruled the roost of the local punk/alt-rock scene back in the '80s and early '90s. They even landed a spot in the August 2009 issue of Spin's "Top 100 Greatest Bands You've (Probably) Never Heard Of" with only three full albums under their belt. And it's true, despite a pretty decent following back in their salad days, the Buck Pets never quite got the commercial success they deserved. Six years ago, they played their first show together at Trees after 15 years of stage silence and debuted a collection of previously unreleased material. Critics spun theories of it being their last show ever, but it seems the Pets aren't quite finished. Proving to be a pretty nostalgic night for anyone who was deeply rooted in the music scene 20-odd years ago, Slobberbone joins the bill as well. DV
Reverend Horton Heat
8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122, or treesdallas.com, $20 to $25.
Ah, the early '90s — a time when a Nudie suit-clad rockabilly cat out of Deep Ellum could get signed to Sub Pop with songs about steak and marijuana. If it's hard to believe it's been about 20 years since Dallas' Reverend Horton Heat had his major brush with alt-fame, it's just as hard to believe that he's still alive and kicking. So is this: He hasn't lost a step. Chris Gray
6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3, at Billy Bob's Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, 817-624-7117, or billybobstexas.com, $20 to $35.
Anyone regularly listening to country music 10 or so years ago already knew Lee Brice without actually hearing him. He's the pen behind songs like "More Than a Memory," made famous by Garth Brooks, and other songs by Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean and Eli Young Band. Though he emerged from a class of musicians ushering in the bro-country sound, Brice has managed to keep from venturing too far into the cliche. Just when you're ready to switch off "Girls in Bikinis," you hear something more organic and country-rooted like "I Drive Your Truck," and that's what makes Brice work for so many people. His music spans much more than any one specific sub-genre of country and that's definitely what's made his latest album, I Don't Dance, a success. DV
With JoJo and Victoria Monet, 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 4, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1 Ave., 214-421-1111 or dallaspavilion.org, $19.95 to $79.95.
After the end of many great girl groups like the Spice Girls, TLC and Destiny’s Child, there hasn’t been a group of girls that has stolen hearts and put girl groups back at the forefront of pop music. That was true until 2012, anyways, when contemporary R&B girl group Fifth Harmony was formed by – who else? – Simon Cowell on the second season of Fox’s X-Factor. The girls entered the competition separately, but once they were placed together they were an undeniable force. Although the group didn’t win the competition, they were winners in the long run as they signed to both Epic Records and the U.K.’s Syco Records. They subsequently released two EPs in 2013, which tided their fans over until their debut studio album, Reflections, dropped in 2014. The album debuted at No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, reached gold certification and enabled them to headline their first world tour. Not bad for a first album. This year they’re continuing their girl power reign with another tour for their new sophomore album 7/27, so named for the date the group was created. Aria Bell
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