The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week: The Monkees, Leon Bridges & More

Leon Bridges (almost) coming home to play WinStar should be enough to get your blood running red, white and blue this week.
Leon Bridges (almost) coming home to play WinStar should be enough to get your blood running red, white and blue this week.
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It's no secret that the work days before a holiday, especially one illuminated in fireworks and smothered with barbecue, seem to drag on. We're a whole week away from celebrating America's 240th birthday, but don't let that get you down. Whether revisiting the glory days of '80s metal with Quiet Riot, recalling your emotionally-charged high school career with Dashboard Confessional or swooning over Leon Bridges, there's plenty to get excited about in the week ahead.

Paul Slavens and Friends
10 p.m. Monday, June 27, at Dan's Silverleaf, 103 N. Industrial St., Denton, TX  76201, 940-320-2000, or danssilverleaf.com

Paul Slavens is a local legend. He was the frontman of the late '80s and early '90s outfit, Ten Hands. He’s a renowned radio host at KXT 91.7 FM. He also does this kooky little thing at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton every Monday. He takes song title suggestions from people and makes up a song right there. It’s like a freestyle. Whatever you do, don’t be the dick that tries to make him rhyme orange. H. Drew Blackburn

The Monkees
8 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at The Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., Dallas, TX  75201-2415, 214-880-0202, or attpac.org

Hey, hey they’re the Monkees, and it seems as though they’ve been monkeying around. This American rock band has seen numerous reunion tours and albums since splitting (for the first time) in 1971. Trying to follow in the footsteps of the Beatles, the Monkees formed in Los Angeles in 1965, before their American-aired TV show in began running in 1966 — a year later than their British cohorts. In fact, The Monkees TV show only aired for two years, while the Beatles beat them out with an additional year of programming (and plenty of other measurable achievements, we might add). The Monkees revived in 1986 for the recording of "That Was Then, This is Now,” a track that was refused vocal contributions from Davy Jones. They got back together in the '90s to record new music and did a U.S. tour in '97 that preceded another hiatus, this one until 2001. They got back together, again, in 2011 for a world tour but not before cancelling 10 last-minute additional shows due to internal band issues. Jones passed away in 2012 and was soon replaced by Michael Nesmith. The (new) Monkees did a 24-date tour in 2013 and are now coming through Dallas on their newest tour that began in 2015 in celebration of their 50th Anniversary. Sara Button

G-Eazy 
With Logic, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave., Dallas, TX  75210, 214-421-1111, or gexaenergypavilion.net

G-Eazy isn't a stranger to Dallas, with a handful of stops through town in the past year or so. The rapper recently released a well received second studio album When It's Dark Out, which dropped late last year. Tracks such as "Random" and "Sad Boy" both made the U.S. Billboard Top 100. Considered by many to be up-and-coming, G-Eazy's fresh aesthetic and genuine persona is slowly but surely garnering him the attention he deserves. This show will also be a chance to catch Yo Gotti weeks after his Bomb Factory gig was canceled. Diamond Victoria 

Quiet Riot
With Rize Above and Hush Money, 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 29, at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, 10261 Technology Boulevard E., Dallas, TX  75220, or gasmonkeybarngrill.com 

Quiet Riot's most famous song isn't even an original — rarely is a band's legacy summarized so succinctly. Not technically a one-hit wonder, just a one-album wonder (which is somehow less endearing), the current tour is made up of folks loosely associated with the single decent thing flown under the Quiet Riot flag: 1983's Metal Health, which topped the Billboard charts, and remains known for its title track and the Slade cover "Cum On Feel the Noize." The latter is their only real enduring contribution, stripping rock to its essentials in both the words and music — and then it gets a little weird and a little sleazy, as rock tends to do. After putting out what’s arguably the first heavy metal album to hit No. 1, Quiet Riot has limped through various disappointing follow-ups, breakups, lineups and reunion tours — lead singer Kevin DuBrow was found dead of an overdose in 2007. Drummer Frankie Banali, now their closest thing to a band leader, initially responded to DuBrow's death by swearing off future live shows. Ain't it just like this band to keep going long after the noise has faded. Brian Peterson

Taste of Chaos Tour
With Dashboard Confessional, Taking Back Sunday, SAOSIN and The Early November, 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, at South Side Ballroom, 1135 S Lamar, Dallas, TX  75215, 214-421-2021, $45

The Rockstar Energy Drink Taste of Chaos tour returns to Dallas for the first time in seven years, but it doesn’t look anything like its old self. After the long hiatus, the tour is back boasting a dreamy lineup of bands for the emo scenesters of the mid-2000s era. Previous lineups of this tour featured post-hardcore and metal bands more befitting of the tour’s name. Co-creator Kevin Lyman, who also created Vans Warped Tour, originally intended Taste of Chaos to be a winter counterpart to the successful summer festival, but ran into a shortage of bands big enough to fit the bill and brand. The return of Taste of Chaos coincides with the return of Dashboard Confessional. Seven years ago, frontman Chris Carrabba put the band on hiatus to pursue other music ventures, but the flame was rekindled after a brief tour with Third Eye Blind last year. This won’t just be a night of nostalgia, though. Dashboard Confessional, Saosin and the Early November have all released new music this year to carry on the emo revival. Mikel Galicia

Leon Bridges
9 p.m. Friday, July 1, at WinStar Casino, 777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, OK  73459, 800-622-6317, or winstarworldcasino.com, $50-$95

If Texas soul singer Leon Bridges was a character in a piece of fiction, you’d be forgiven for thinking the author ought to tone it down a bit. Born in Fort Worth, Bridges worked hard to support his mother by washing dishes while he steadily honed his musical craft at open mic nights around the city. He's an impossibly humble guy with an uncanny sense — both music-wise and fashion-wise — for the golden ages of the 1940s, '50s and '60s, which he developed by haunting thrift shops. He hustled for years before it all paid off in the space of about a year, when he was catapulted to fame on the wings of a couple songs before finally making good on his promise by putting out an excellent debut album in the form of Coming Home. Heck, he’s already even made it big in Japan; you can catch him in the mountains of Yuzawa, Niigata next month. Fortunately, he'll also be a little closer to home this week with a stop at WinStar World Casino across the border in Oklahoma. It seems unbelievable, but it’s true. Bridges is the real deal: A humble artist who has earned his fame. Elliot Wright

Pig & Dan 
9 p.m., Friday, July 1, at RBC, 2617 Commerce St , Dallas, TX, 75226, 469-487-6149, or rbcdeepellum.com, $10

Pig & Dan are a pair of Beatport chart-topping international DJs from Spain, who are making a rare trip to play in the U.S. (and even rarer to being popping up in Dallas). Theirs is a big European techno sound that does not come around these parts too often. For the past decade, they have been regular players on the international club circuit with a sound that carefully balances on the border of dark underground techno and the more innovative side of tech house. Their music is dark, gritty and very dance-floor accessible, while also recalling a vibe more closely associated with the modern Berlin club scene. Catching them playing anywhere in America outside of the coasts is a rare treat. They are arriving in Dallas hot on the heels of their latest Mexico EP, released on the ever-popular Drumcode label after a string of albums and EPs on Sven Vath’s Cocoon label, Bedrock and their own Elevate imprint. Wanz Dover

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
8 p.m. Friday, July 1, at Choctaw Casino Resort, 4216 S. Highway 69/75, Durant, OK  74701, 800-788-2464, or choctawcasinos.com

Joan Jett still loves rock 'n' roll and was a female pioneer in the male-driven world of rock back in the '80s. After leaving her first band, the Runaways, Jett's career soared as she acquired her band, the Blackhearts, and cranked out hits such as "I Love Rock 'N Roll" and "I Hate Myself for Loving you." Her black hair and disregard for the status quo has remained with her throughout her career, and she shows no signs of slowing down. DV

Bobby Sessions
With RC & The Gritz, Paris Pershun, Xes, Zyah and TheJohnStewart, 8 p.m., Saturday, July 2, at Trees, 2709 Elm St, Dallas, TX 75226, 214-741-1122, or treesdallas.com, $6 to $21

This is a modestly priced crash course on essential Dallas music. If you know these names, you already know it's a can't-miss showcase. If not, this is a chance to catch up. Bobby Sessions released the best hip-hop album to come out of Dallas-Fort Worth last year, Law of Attraction. It perfectly captures the sound of a young artist realizing his talents and starting his climb up the ranks of hip-hop. There is no filler on the album, which rewards repeat listens and, having celebrated its release last November with a headlining show at Trees, Sessions returns for round two. The rest of the bill is also essential, featuring RC & the Gritz, who have the best weekly jam session in the city, Paris Pershun formerly of A.Dd+ and John Stewart, who has been packing clubs every week with his themed ALL/EVERYTHING DJ nights. Jeremy Hallock

Molly Hatchet
With Stone Cold Sweat and Triple Lindy, 8 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, 10261 Technology Blvd E, Dallas, 214-350-1904, or gasmonkeybarngrill.com

Molly Hatchet defined Southern rock in the '70s, widely known for their hit "Flirtin' With Disaster." The album of the same name, released in 1979, made it to the U.S. Top 20 and sold 2 million copies. Like many aging classic rockers, they've since gone through quite a roster of members, but their latest original album, Justice, has only reinforced claims of their relevance in rock history. DV


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