The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend: JMBLYA, Leon Bridges and More

Vic Mensa and more perform at ScoreMore's JMBLYA Fest this weekend
Vic Mensa and more perform at ScoreMore's JMBLYA Fest this weekend
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This weekend is looking very packed. Leon Bridges is performing one (actually, two) of his many shows leading up to the release of his debut album, Coming Home — all of which seem to be sold out but industrious folks know how to get their hands on sold out tickets in 2015. JMBLYA festival has a robust slate of top-notch rap acts in Deep Ellum. Dirty South Rydaz take on Denton. Yelawolf performs at The Bomb Factory. Warren G regulates at Gas Monkey Live! and ther's plenty more to take in. Have a good weekend.

Dirty South Rydaz
With ComeUp Kingz, Jimmi Kindi, June Jetson, Masa Lopez & Zilla, Big Hurt, T-Lue, AD,
7 p.m., Friday, June 19, at Hailey’s, 122 W Mulberry St, Denton, 903-808-6096, $20-30
After five years away, the perennial Dallas rap group Dirty South Rydaz are rising from the ashes and dusting off their throwbacks to make some new music. Before the process is complete, they've gotta do a welcome reunion show. The crew of Big Tuck, Tum Tum, Double T, Fat B, Lil' Ronnie and Addiction head to Hailey's to make all of us millennial rap fans a little bit nostalgic. HDB

Heartbyrne: Talking Heads Tribute
With The Effinays 8 p.m., Friday, June 19, at at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., $15

You won't see a Talking Heads reunion anytime soon and that's if soon meant never. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees left their stamp on rock throughout the duration of their career, but over time the art school kids soured on one another. Thankfully, before the band dynamic went downhill, they were able to release a few wonderful albums. Remain in Light, '77, and More Songs About Buildings and Food all live on as great records. Talking Heads also helped shape shape the genre of new wave and build the legend and lore around the East Village punk venue, CBGB. The next best thing is to seeing these guys is the great cover band and that's is Heart Byrne. HDB

JMBLYA
With PartyNextDoor, Travis Scott, G-Eazy, Kaytranada, Vic Mensa, and more, 12 p.m., Friday, June 19, at Deep Ellum Outdoors, 2551 Elm St., http://www.jmblya.com, $60-150

Each year the good folks over at ScoreMore put on a one-day festival with some of the hottest burgeoning rap acts. This year's includes PartyNextDoor as your headliner.;Kanye West fan fiction artist, Travis Scott; one of the best producers out in Kaytranada; Roc Nation signee Vic Mensa, and many, many more. On the local tip, A.Dd+ and Blue, the Misfit open as well as a set from the rambunctious youngsters Crit Life who won their slot through a vote on Twitter. HDB

Darius Rucker 
With Brett Eldredge, Brothers Osborne, A Thousand Horses, 7 p.m.,  Friday June 19, at Gexa Energy Pavillion, 3839 South Fitzhugh Ave, 214-421-1111, $25-45
Darius Rucker is Hootie from Hootie and the Blowfish. You can certainly expect at least a few drunk assholes to yell this at him over the course of the evening. It's inevitable. Rucker's solo stuff is a bit different than his work with the Blowfish. He sheds the heartland rock skin for rockish country. Currently, Rucker is touring on his fourth solo album, Southern Style, which was released through Capitol Nashville. HDB

Yelawolf
With Hillbilly Casino and Klever, 8 p.m. Friday, June 19, at The Bomb Factory, 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6507 or thebombfactory.com, $20-$99

Bushwalking misfit Catfish Billy, known more popularly as Yelawolf, was born in a narcoleptic railroad town called Gadsden, Alabama. But he canvassed much of the continental U.S. as the oldest of two children born to a nomadic bar-rock devotee; at one point his mother found her desired cowboy in Randy Travis’s tour manager. Prior to becoming a ward of the Interscope umbrella (Eminem signed him to his Shady Records imprint in 2011), Yelawolf built a loving fan base. He did so on the strength of his sloshed, distinctly sloppy drawl (similar to cock-rap sensation Lil Boosie) and affinity for brackish, kudzu-choked Southern gothic melodrama. 2010’s “Pop the Trunk” chronicled a morning in the life of an Alabama farm hand. New album Love Story is his most freeform, sonically integrated to date: Yela retrofits the bridge between hip-hop, country-pop and mossy, prairie-dusted folk music. It’s an oddly collated but delightful jumble of ideas. M.T. Richards

Warren G
With DJ Quik, 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 19, at Gas Monkey Live!, 10110 Technology Blvd. E., gasmonkeybarngrill.com, $25-$45

If it suddenly feels like 1993 around here, there's a good reason for it: the world's greatest regulator is headed to town. That's right, Warren G, along with fellow West Coast rap legend DJ Quik, is about to grace Dallas with the "G Funk Experience." But you can't be any geek off the street, you gotta be handy with the steel (if you know what I mean). The 213 rapper hasn't put out a studio album since 2009's The G Files, but that has done little to dampen his street cred. From ventures into the world of natural male enhancement to this year's ultimate duet of "Regulate" with Kenny G, it's clear that there are no limits to Warren G's creativity. With talk of a new album — featuring unheard Nate Dogg hooks and verses from Bun B, Too $hort and E-40 — dropping this month, G's tour seems to be the perfect way to stir-up classic hip-hop fans, as well as a few new ones. So 214, if y'all are ready for a whole new level of the G-Funk, then mount up. It's time to regulate. Molly Mollotova

Leon Bridges
7 p.m., Saturday, June 20, Scat Jazz Lounge, 111 W 4 St. #11, Fort Worth, (817) 870-9100, $17.50

Leon Bridges has gotten a lot of hype thrown his way and it’s just about to reach a critical moment. The retro soul singer who was once a busboy in Fort Worth is releasing his debut album, Coming Home, through Columbia Records the Tuesday after he plays these two very sold-out shows at Scat Jazz Lounge. We’ve heard nearly half of the album already through singles and videos and it looks like it might be a stellar project. Seeing this eventual star the weekend before his debut album in his hometown is sure to be an electric moment – if you’re lucky enough to get in. HDB

The Orange
With Jetta in the Ghost Tree, Dove Hunter, Exit 380, The Azalea Project, 7 p.m., Saturday June 20, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave.,  $12-24

The Orange hadn't released a project since their 2008 EP, A Sonic Collection of Short Stories from La La Land. That's quite some time, but the band is back and ready to garner your attention. They put on a record this spring called Sharing Vitamans, which is a loud and lively show of punk rock spirited by the eccentric frontman, Scott Tucker. The local acts are headlining a show at the Granada, which is quite a feat with a few other great acts in support, like one of our favorites the precocious gang of Booker T. kids, the Azalea Project. HDB

Local Education Fest
With Teen Slut, The Black Dotz, Blue, the Misfit, Sudie, The Outfit, Tx, Fogg, and more, 6 p.m., Saturday, June 20, Three Links, 2704 Elm St., $11.50

Dallas’ music scene is filled to the brim with great acts. Look no further than booking company King Camel to bring us an eclectic mix of some of the finest ones. That includes the headliner, Teen Slut, who are purveyors of punkish techno. They’re sharing the bill with some of our other favorites like stripped-down songstress Sudie and the futuristic grimey-rap-funk trio, the Outfit, TX. Oh, and there’s also one of the rockingest metal bands around, Fogg. Do your education. HDB

Jodeci
With Tony! Toni! Toné! and Troop, 7 p.m. Sunday, June 21, at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie, 972-854-5111 or verizontheatre.com, $39.50-$69.50

Hip-hop reunions are all the rage this summer, and finally we're getting some new jack swing thrown into the mix. After 18 years apart, Jodeci, better known as “The Bad Boys of R&B,” kicked off a reunion tour earlier this month. Growing up in Charlotte, the two pairs of gospel-singing brothers united to form the group, whose name is a combination of the four members’ first names, in the 1980s. The zealous group headed to NYC with a demo in hand, hoping of sealing a record deal. They first signed with Uptown Records under Sean “Puffy” Combs, who would mold them into a smooth R&B act. That work paid off: The group would go on to release three multi-platinum albums before breaking up in 1995. Influenced by the likes of Keith Sweat, Teddy Riley and Stevie Wonder, Jodeci would in turn serve as inspiration for mainstream artists like Mary J. Blige and Dru Hill. In the late '90s and early 2000s, each group member went on to record and work separately, but the Hailey brothers (K-Ci and Jojo) would eventually see monstrous success as they paired off and began recording and touring as a duo. They first reunited late last year and recently Past, Present and Future, their first album in 20 years. Devin Papillion

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