The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, 12/19-12/21

Happy trails to Centro-Matic. Bon voyage!
Happy trails to Centro-Matic. Bon voyage!
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On the docket this weekend is a trio of Centro-matic's last shows at Dan's Silverleaf. The final show is on Sunday with Daniel Markham and Patterson Hood opening. If you have some way too get tickets to these coveted and long sold-out shows, we suggest that night because it's the last one. It only makes sense. If you aren't so lucky, there are other fine concert events taking place this weekend as well. Jill Scott does WinStar, A.Dd+, Larry g(EE), and Sealion have a holiday show at Club Dada, as does the Polyphinic Spree at the Lakewood Theater, and Sudie opens for the Blow at Three Links. Here are the rest of your picks:

See also: The Best Dallas Concerts of 2014 The Biggest Dallas Concert Shitshows of 2014

Jill Scott 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 19, at WinStar World Casino and Resort, Thackerville, OK, 1-800-745-3000,, $70/$115

Since the start of her career, Philadelphia-bred songstress Jill Scott has created a rich and encapsulating artistry. She began her performing career as a spoken word artist, before she was discovered by the Roots' Questlove. Since her 2001 debut LP Who is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds Vol. 1, her music has blended jazz and R&B intonations, spoken word lyricism, powerhouse vocals and soulful hip hop. Scott's work includes collaborations with musical greats such as Anthony Hamilton, Erykah Badu, Doug E. Fresh, Eric Benet and Common. Now more than a decade into her professional recording career, Scott has received three Grammy awards in lieu of maintaining a highly successful acting career. In 2011, she released her fourth studio album, The Light of The Sun, which debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 100 chart with 135,000 copies sold in its first week. Join the Jill Scott experience at the Winstar World Casino for a live exposition of timeless music and tailor-made neo-soul sounds.

Morganne Cameron
The Blow With Sudie, 8 p.m., Friday, December 19, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., 214-653-8228 or, $10-$12

One of the longest-running independent acts to come to fame in the heady days of indie rock's take off in the early 2000s is the Blow. They've managed to maintain their run and their fan base mainly due to mastermind Khaela Maricich's ability to adapt with any sound through the year while working with various collaborators. And it's the variety in the sound that makes the band so damn interesting: They don't genre hop, so much as evolve with the larger sound around them. Instead, the Blow make sad bastard love songs for people who want to dance. It's unique and it's hard to dislike, hence why the fan base follows along on the musical journey. Dallas' Sudie, fresh off highly praised performances at the Dallas Observer Music Award showcase and ceremony, opens, and will be an absolute can't-miss.

Jaime-Paul Falcon
Madison King 10 p.m., Friday, December 19, at Twilite Lounge, 2640 Elm St., 214-741-2121 or, Free

Just like the good ol' days of Sarah Jaffe at Dan's Silver Leaf, Madison King is playing shows at the bar she tends. It must be a North Texas singer-songwriter thing, eh? King, whose sophomore album,

Onward and Upward

, was released earlier this year, has music that nods most heavily to country folk. She's got upbeat twangy numbers like "Whiskey in the Morning" and "Saved by a Son of a Gun," but isn't shy about ballads like "Dallas Summer Nights." Check her out on her home turf at Twilight for the always beautiful price of free.

H. Drew Blackburn
Flaco Jiménez With Max Baca and Los TexManiacs, 7 p.m., Friday, December 19, at Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St.,, $20-$30

Naming an album

Legends and Legacies

is such a grandiose gesture that you'd assume a rapper did it. However, it's not the work of a rapper, it's a collaborative album between Flaco Jiménez and Max Baca and Los TexManiacs, who are quite frankly legends with legacies, so the name is earned and warranted. Jiménez and Max Baca and Los TexManiacs are pioneers of conjunto tejano, a Latin American genre of music that features a button accordion, bajo sexto, electric bass, and drum kit. Grammy award winning tejano legends, what else could you want?

Bruce Robison With Kelly Willis, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, December 20, at Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or, $20-$30

Bruce Robison is one of country music's best-kept secrets. His brother Charlie Robison experienced a brief burst of fame in the late '90s and early aughts, but Bruce mainly stayed in the background, writing songs that would eventually go on to become No. 1 hits recorded by some of country music's most influential artists. Now Robison has mostly been doing the family man thing, with occasional jaunts on the road showcasing his much-beloved melancholy songs about love and loss, the kind of thing you expect from a guy that so vividly represents the Nashville of days past. On this stop at the Kessler Theater, Robison will perform catalog faves and holiday tunes with his equally talented wife, singer-songwriter Kelly Willis. This may be a departure from Robison's usual format, but it will likely be a joy nonetheless.

Amy McCarthy


The Christmas Party with A.Dd+ With Larry g(EE) and Sealion 8 p.m., Club Dada, 2720 Elm St.,,$Free.99-$3

Do you hear that? Hark! The herald angels sing, glory to this event right here. In honor of Christmas, Printed Threads and Central Track are throwing this party with some pretty solid music. A.Dd+, the seasoned and talented rap group with the impossible to pronounce name, headlines. R&B act Larry g(EE) and the punk outfit Sealion round out the bill. It's promised to be a high-energy night with some of the best local acts we've got in this sprawling metropolis. Also, it's free before the show date and as we all know free is good.

Down With Orange Goblin and King Parrot , 8 p.m. Saturday, December 20, at Gas Monkey Live, 10110 Technology Blvd., 214-350-1904 or, $28-$50

Down is an all-star lineup of metal musicians. You've got vocalist Phil Anselmo from Pantera, guitarist Pepper Keenan of Corrosion of Conformity, bassist Pat Bruders of Goatwhore, drummer Jimmy Bower of Crowbar and Eyehategod, and guitarist Bobby Landgraf of Honky. The band originally formed in the early '90s and has released three albums since. The band's latest release is from May, and EP called

Down IV - Part II

. Down makes up for their lack of an expansive discography with heavy and loud metal grooves executed by skilled practitioners.

Ecocide With Dead to the Dying World and They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy, 10 p.m. Saturday, December 20, at Double Wide, 3510 Commerce St.,, $5

Not to be confused with a band from Holland bearing the same name, Ecocide formed in San Antonio back in 2007. They released some demos, a single and one album before calling it quits in 2011. In late 2012, another album of unreleased tracks appeared and the band did a reunion tour. Almost exactly two years later, this is expected to be Ecocide's final North Texas show. Their music is creepy and slow burning, starting off with a violin and sounding almost like a slightly faster Godspeed You! Black Emperor. From there, they typically pick things up with sludge metal before going into full thrash-metal mode. The real surprise kicks in when violinist Heidi Moore takes to the mic and lets out some especially vicious hissing vocals you would expect to hear from a death metal band. The lyrical themes are often environmentalism, animal and human rights. This should be an epic farewell show, especially for the price.

Jeremy Hallock
The Polyphonic Spree 7 p.m., Saturday, December 20, at Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Road, 214-821-7469

Yes, it's true: The Polyphonic Spree has approximately 635,994,432,254 members. Another statement of fact is that the Dallas-based choral band will play at the Lakewood Theater in honor of Christmas. This is a pretty cool present if you ask us. Tim DeLaughter and gang are going to be decked out in robes performing their psychedelic polyphonic pop and it will build and build until they play that one song that we all know at the end -- "that one song," of course, being "Light & Day." Enjoy and be sure to drink the Kool-Aid.

Centro-matic with Daniel Markham, Patterson Hood, 7 p.m., Sunday, December 21, at Dan's Silverleaf, 103 Industrial St, Denton, TX 76201,, Sold Out

All good things must come to an end, so by default, Centro-matic must end. The famed Denton band formed in 1995 and released 11 albums in their near two-decade existence. This is the last show of their three-day run at Dan's Silverleaf and the last show they'll ever play (prospectively). This is your last chance to ever see Cento-matic live barring everything goes planned for them. This is a can't miss. Good night and good luck to the guys.


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