The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, 5/1-5/3

Dwight Yoakam sings the heartland country.
Dwight Yoakam sings the heartland country.
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It looks like a good weekend for some live music. Reptar hits sons of Hermann Hall with our favorite high school band, the Azalea Project. Yellowcard takes us to Ocean Ave at Gas Monkey. Dwight Yoakam is sure to set Gas Monkey Live ablaze. IAMSU! does Trees with Atlanta's Rome Fortune. Bob Dylan and ZZ Top do nights at Winstar. This week's a doozie. Have fun.

Yellowcard With Finch and the Downtown Fiction, 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, 10261 Technology Blvd., 214-350-1904 or, $20-$40

Somewhere nestled in one of your middle school mix CDs during the crest of the pop-punk bubble, there was an unavoidable track titled "Ocean Avenue" by the genre's dead-horse beaters, Yellowcard. Whether you were sleeping all day or staying up all night, there was absolutely no escaping this anthem that has endured through sheer catchiness with no logical explanation. To give some sort of metric to musical endurance, the band's most-played track on Spotify is, of course, "Ocean Avenue," which was released in 2003 and has twice as many plays (16 million!) as the next most popular song. In fact, the top four songs are all from that 12-year-old album despite being followed up by five additional albums -- including one last year. So whether through some time-defying wormhole or a cockroach-like longevity, the band's clearly here to stay; even if it means being trapped in some early '00s Hot Topic-branded amber.

Matt Wood
ZZ Top With Jeff Beck, 7 p.m. Friday, May 1 at Winstar World Resot and Casino, 777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1-800-62206317 or, $65-$95

Known as much for an abundance of facial hair as for the music, Houston's ultimate blues-rock masters' astounding career hasn't slowed down much over 45 years. This time around, stops will include old friend Jeff Beck. When guitarist and overall mastermind Billy Gibbons was in pre-ZZ Top psychedelic group Moving Sidewalks, the Jeff Beck Group was often on the same bill. It has come full circle now as two rock maestros share a stage at WinStar's Global Event Center. ZZ Top has never lost the ability to combine a hip-shaking groove and some of the most tonally unique and technically awing blues riffs around. Recently, Gibbons was exposed to a new generation of music lovers after being featured in the HBO series Sonic Highways, which was directed by Dave Grohl. The generally sterile Global Event Center isn't a venue worth getting excited about, but if there's a band to give it some attitude, it's the kings of Texas boogie.

Kristin Lockhart
Kacey Musgraves 8 p.m., Friday, May 1, at Billy Bob's Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, 817-624-7117, $20-$40

Kacey Musgraves hails from Northern Texas, like almost Oklahoma, Texas. She mad waves in the country seen as a youngin getting scooped up by the record label Triple Pop at the tender age of 19. In 2013 she released her debut album

Same Trailer Different Park

through Mercury Nashville and it was met with a ton of critical acclaim and album sales, as the latter is just what country music does. Her follow up,

Pageant Material

, is set to release in June.

Kaiser Chiefs with Priory, 7 p.m., Friday, May 1, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $25

You know the song. No, you most certainly do.

Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Rubyyyy, do ya, do, ya, do ya?

It was the hook to the Kaiser Chiefs' number one single in the United Kingdom from 2006 called "Ruby," of course. Don't worry, they have a cache of other high powered guitar heavy tunes they're sure to belt out on this faithful evening.

Reptar With Party Plants, the Azalea Project, 8 p.m., Friday, May 1, at Sons of Hermann Hall, 3414 Elm Street, $12

Reptar is named after the legendary cartoon character from Rugrats. I mean, based off of the strength of just that fact this could be one of the greatest bands to have graced the face of the Earth, because Rugrats is dope and the transitive property and all that. Reptar is an inventive and upbeat indie rock band. They don't stray away from vocal manipulations and electro beats incorporated into their ferociously upbeat guitar riffs and drum beats. Also on the bill is the Azalea Project, a gang of high school students well beyond their years.



Dwight Yoakam With TJ Broscoff, 8 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Gas Monkey Live, 10110 Technology Blvd. E,, $49-$78

Dwight Yoakam is feeling some massive success right now. Yokam has been around country music for quite some time, but it's safe to say he might be seeing a bit of a career revival. His latest effort,

Second Hand Heart

is seeing some widespread critical acclaim.

Second Hand Heart

is sure to play well live as it's got the feel of Bruce Springteen, but what if he spoke for ranchers and oilmen as opposed to factory workers? That's cloud pleasin' music.

The Boom 94.5 Music Festival With Scarface, Bun B, Mystikal and more, 11 a.m. Saturday, May 2, at Fair Park, 3809 Grand Ave.,, $25-$30

Let's Get Ready and Tarantula is the greatest one-two punch in hip-hop history. Mystikal was the best rapper alive at the turn of the century. This is not debatable. Bun B is the most important rapper in the history of Texas. This is not debatable. Scarface and the Geto Boys are the most memorable rappers in the history of Texas, and they have Mike Judge to thank for it. This is not debatable. Without Juvenile, we most likely wouldn't have had the rise of Lil Wayne, because Juvi carried Ca$H Money Records in it's early days. This is not debatable. And you can see all of these artists for just $25! Yes, Boom 94.5 doesn't just play the luminaries of hip-hop every day, they also bring them to Fair Park and give you a ton of zydeco and blues acts to check out. It's time to party old school-style and get down on some Dirty South and third coast hip-hop. You know you've wanted to since '97.

Jaime-Paul Falcon
Bob Dylan 8 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Winstar World Resot and Casino, 777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1-800-62206317 or, $75-$150

The man needs no introduction, but when I saw Bob Dylan in Austin a few years back, they announced him onstage as "the Poet Laureate of Rock 'n' Roll," and I doubt we'll come up with a better title. But needless to say, it's laughably far from definitive: Just this year, the genuine folk 'n' roll legend released a set of bewildering-but-sorta-lovely interpreted classics, Shadows in the Night, and against all odds it's something of a Sinatra tribute. Dylan is and always will be a songwriter above all, but any real fan can go long and loud on his nuanced performance-style and under-appreciated vocal virtuosity at the drop of a hat. And yes, at 73 years old, his voice isn't even a shadow of its former self; it's practically a new entity, some sort of Louie Armstrong gargle filtered through a combination of age and affectation that can, admittedly, be a hindrance to listening pleasure. But even a casual fan should still go see him, given the opportunity. I don't wanna be a downer, but it's pretty simple math; you've only got so many chances. And let's be real -- the dude can still do it.

Brian Peterson
IAMSU! With Rome Fortune, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $15-$20

It's been an exciting year for 25 year-old Richmond, CA native, Sudan Williams. Williams, or as he's known in the music industry, IAMSU!, is the founder of the The HBK Gang, member of the production team the Invasion as well as an up-and-coming rapper who has been making the collaboration rounds on tracks with the likes of E-40, Wiz Khalifa and Too $hort. Following the May 2014 release of Williams' debut album, Sincerely Yours, the young MC joined Wiz Khalifa, Jeezy and Ty Dolla $ign on the Under the Influence of Music tour as well as his third SXSW appearance this past March, IAMSU! officially kicked off his Eyes On Me tour. With all of the buzz surrounding IAMSU!, there's no doubt his show at Trees will be a spectacle -- which leads those newer to his music to ask what all the fuss is about. In an interview last week with the Sound of Boston, Williams explains the exclamation point in his name by stating, "I'm a laid back person, but my music has a lot of energy. It represents my inner turn up." All I have to say to that is: Bring. It. On.

Molly Mollotova
Erykah Badu, AKA DJ Lo down Loretta Brown 2-9 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at Gas Monkey Live, 10110 Technology Blvd. E,, $10-$800

Well it's not exactly Erykah Badu, but DJ Lo down Loretta Brown, which is nearly as good. Badu is a veteran who has worked with the best so she has great music taste. No doubt about it. And she's gotten some DJ cues from Questlove too. It's not the typical spot you'd expect to see Badu, but she's for the people. Have fun.


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