The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend: Post Malone, George Clinton and More

Post Malone's first headlining show in Dallas takes place at Trees on Saturday
Post Malone's first headlining show in Dallas takes place at Trees on Saturday
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This weekend looks pleasant. Aside from the final string of Dallas Week happenings like Friday's Free Wifi party, 16.Bas.XXX, and Post Malone's homecoming show, there are a great deal of good shows as well. For instance, a God of funk, George Clinton, is performing at the House of Blues. RL Grime and A$AP Ferg hit South Side Ballroom, Jimmy Buffett and Huey Lewis and the News play in Frisco and Rob Zombie is at Gexa for The Eagle's BFD. Check out the rest of the festivities below.

RL Grime
With A$AP Ferg, GTA, Destructo, Jauz and Snakehips, 6 p.m. Friday, May 29, at South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar, 214-421-2021 or southsideballroomdallas.com, $40

The creators of Hard Summer Music Festival and Hard Red Rocks are bringing their neon-injected disco talents to Dallas in the form of 2015's Go Hard Tour. And while each leg of the GHT claims its own diverse lineup, the Dallas installment is headlined by hip-hop/trap production phenom R.L. Grime. Arguably one of the most eclectic producer's to date, Grime has been mashing and beating his way through the music industry since making a name for himself as an EDM and bass DJ in 2011. Since then, Grime has managed to collaborate with just about everyone from Big Sean to How to Dress Well and continues to be one of the most sought-after producers in the industry — especially after his debut full-length, Void, dropped last year. Basically, Grime was probably that guy in school that was impervious to cliques, the guy everyone wanted at the party simply because he was one cool dude. The Wooderson of electronic music, if you will. For anyone who has ever seen him live, you know what I'm talking about. For those who haven't, don't be surprised if one or more of the supporting artists joins him on-stage for some impromptu collaborations. Molly Mollotva

George Clinton
With Parliament Funkadelic and Funk Ark, 8 p.m. Friday, May 29, at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar, 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $29-$49.50

As the man who celebrated One Nation Under a Groove in 1978, George Clinton is the long-established Grand Doctor Funk of the universe. He even came out with a memoir last year titled Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard On You? in which he waxes on about all four decades of his quest to funk up planet earth, the pitfalls of drug abuse, being a pop culture phenomena and the evolution of pop, rock and soul music. His musical beginnings trace all the way back to the mid-1950s with a barbershop quartet in Plainfield, New Jersey called the Parliaments. Throughout the '60s, Clinton wrote songs for Motown and found richer success in his soul and funk acts Parliament and Funkadelic, with whom he still performs to this day. As a solo artist, Clinton hasn't released anything for seven years but his latest contributions include “Wesley's Theory,” a track off Kendrick Lamar's latest album To Pimp A Butterfly. He's also collaborated with Funky Taurus on a CD released by MTV on UFO Le Funk. Pablo Arauz

The Rentals
With Rey Pila, Radiation City, 8 p.m., Friday, May 29, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., $15-$18
The Rentals are fronted by Matt Sharp, the original bassist for Weezer. He up and quit Weezer after Pinkerton to focus on the Rentals, who draw on some of the same sonic principles as Weezer with their execution of power pop. The band's heavily distorted guitars and melodies are easily digestible and have an uncanny ability to have you humming them along the street, which is probably the band's strongest point. Thanks to Sharp taking a break from the band to record solo material in the earlier part of the last decade, the band's only released three albums up to this point. Their latest, Lost In Alphaville, came out last year. H. Drew Blackburn

Post Malone
With Lil Uzi Vert, 7 p.m., Saturday, May 30, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $20-$25

About .000008 seconds after “White Iverson” blew up on Twitter, everyone started digging into the background of Post Malone to see what they could find on the hottest new talent in the game. What we learned wasn't much: He's from Dallas and moved out to L.A. at 18 to try and make it in the music business. He used to post videos of himself covering Bob Dylan songs on YouTube, and there was a video of him rapping about Minecraft that was up for about a second. The most important fact is obviously the Dallas connection, and Saturday's show at Trees is a big homecoming for the most lit artist on social media right now. Seeing him headline a venue this big should be enough to attract everyone under 25 to Deep Ellum, and maybe catch a glimpse of the future. Jaime-Paul Falcon

Royal Thunder
With Wild Throne, Venomous Maximus, 8 p.m., Saturday, May 30, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St., $10-12
For the life of me I never completely understood how an album like Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was made. How exactly do folks who just broke up go into a studio for an extended period of time and make songs without murdering one another. It’s all types of crazy to imagine adults being level headed. Royal Thunder just released the hard rock version of such with their album Crooked Doors. Besides the whole break up and record and album thing, there’s some even more intriguing past details involving the band, like drug use and a cult. Whoo. Rock 'n' roll. HDB

Kanye West Glow In The Dark Party
9 p.m., Saturday, May 30, at Alamo Drafthouse, 100 South Central Expressway, Richardson, 972-534-2120, $12

About seven years ago, Kanye West had this tour that's pretty much legendary called the Glow in the Dark Tour. I remember when it came through Austin, about 45 miles south of the town I grew up in. I asked my mother if I could go to this concert. She said no and I wound up being a child left behind from what was probably the greatest concert of all time. #ThanksBush. Kudos to Alamo Drafthouse for replicating this sensibility the best they can with some of Kanye's best music videos (directed by Himself, Spike Jonze, Hype Williams, and others) with a great idea for a sing along dance party. "Can't Tell Me Nothing's" stark video hits the screen and you laaaa laaaaaa  laaaa laaaa, wait 'till I get my money right along with a room full of Kanye fans. Sounds beautiful. The moral of this story is that Kanye is the best. 

Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band
with Huey Lewis and The News, 7 p.m., 9200 World Cup Way, Frisco, TX, $45-$126

Jimmy Buffett is the Don Corleone of yacht rock. in this instance, though, getting wasted means margaritas and piña coladas. Buffett is a gagillionaire outside of music with countless business ventures under his name. But his dozens of albums have garnered him legions of buzzed and sunburned fans with a nickname, like rabid teenage fans of a modern-day pop star. Buffet fans are "Parrotheads." We prefer the nomenclature "Pretty Drunk Right Now and Should Just Have Some of This Waters." Also on this bill are Huey Lewis and the News, whose early work was a little too new wave for Patrick Bateman's tastes, but when Sports came out in '83, he thought they really came into their own, commercially and artistically. Anywho, pop culture references aside, the band is good and "Stuck with You" is a phenomenal song, perhaps their best. HDB

16.Bars.XXX
With the Outfit, TX, 40 Oz Van, bemyfriend, Kissed Killed, 11 p.m., Ash Studios, 3203 Ash Ln., $12

We wrote about the DIY projects making way in Dallas this week with the focal point around the king of the circle, 16.Bars.XXX. This month's party features the graphic designer from New York City, 40 oz Van as the host, bemyfriend and Kissed Killed on the ones and twos and the Outfit, TX performing. Since this is kind of the end of the last event to happen during this week's branded string of hip-hop related events, Dallas Week, and takes place right after Post Malone's show at Trees, it's sure to be the evening ticket in town. HDB

Bobby Patterson
12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rogers Freeway, 214-716-4500 or klydewarrenpark.org, Free

In the course of a career that spans over five decades, Bobby Patterson has played the role of producer, songwriter, musician, engineer and singer with the likes of such legendary artists as Albert King, Fontella Bass, Chuck Jackson, Bobby Womack, Flat Duo Jets and ZZ Hill. He also carved himself a niche as a beloved Dallas radio disc jockey at KKDA 104.5 FM before being let go in 2012 amidst a mass layoff.? Never one to settle, Patterson hit the studio with Zack Ernst of Black Joe Lewis fame and released the well-received I Got More Soul! in 2014. With the doors of the funk and soul revival being kicked open by the likes of Sharon Jones, Lee Fields, Mighty Mocambos and Charles Bradley, the timing for Patterson's comeback was perfect for an introduction to a new audience. The album also features a fantastic cover of the Dirtbombs' garage rock classic “Your Love Belongs Under a Rock,” reworked with a soulful Patterson twist. Wanz Dover

Rob Zombie
With Breaking Benjamin, In This Moment, Halestorm, The Pretty Reckless, We Are Harlot, All That Remains, 3 p.m., Sunday, May 31, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 3839 South Fitzhugh Avenue, $10-90

When you actually sit down and think about it, Rob Zombie is one of the prominent artistic persons of our generation. Seriously. He was in the band White Zombie in the '80s and '90s until finding himself going solo as Rob Zombie. He's made some scary-as-shit metal music as Rob Zombie and it would only make sense that he convert his ideas to the silver screen. Zombie is responsible for a handful of horror films, including a reboot of the Halloween series. He's like the fake blood all over my face version of Jared Leto or something. Also of note on the bill is a post grunge band called Breaking Benjamin founded by a chill dude named Benjamin. HDB

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