The Seven Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, September 5-11
Summer is coming to an end, but not without one more festival to tie the season up with a bow. Paste Untapped is touting about 200 craft beers on deck, so that ought to help you battle out the heat outside Gilley's. Hopefully they won't make the same mistake as The Mad Decent Block Party last week, where Zouk failed to provide more than two bar areas. Dallas clubs and promoters, it is too damn hot outside for your Summer fest to have 6,500 people and less than 5 bar areas. If you're looking for something a little more air conditioned, you could witness a live album recording with Ray Wylie Hubbard at The Kessler. Or, you could sweat through your clothes anyway dancing the night away at Rebirth Brass Band or Mexican Institute of Sound. Either way, make sure you end your Summer right, you'll only get one chance.
Mexican Institute of Sound, Los Master Plus Thursday, September 5, at Trees If you're not familiar, Red Bull Panamerika is one of the internet's strongest platforms for Latin Alternative, Rock En Espanol, Cumbiatronica, and every other genre of modern Latin music. With the Wazzap Tour, Panamerika brings two of the niche's most exciting acts to five Southern US cities. Mexican Institute of Sound is a Mexico City based DJ who works heavily with classic Latin samples of the 20th century. Los Master Plus are a Cumbia crooning duo who have gained notoriety in the past few years for brilliantly done cover versions of Kings of Leon's "Sex On Fire" and No Doubt's "Don't Speak". The dance floor is going to be poppin for this one. Don't be afraid to let some exotic, handsome stranger give you a twirl. Vanessa Quilantan
Ray Wylie Hubbard Thursday, September 5, at The Kessler Theater It is an occasion when Ray Wylie Hubbard plays a hometown show because they only made one cowboy as wry and honest as this one. This is an occasion to commemorate because it will, in fact, be commemorated in the form of a live recording. So go, practice your claps into a tape recorder before hand, but hecklers be warned: Ray's wilier than you. Kiernan Maletsky
St. David's Music Series Presents: Isaac Hoskins, Ryan Thomas Becker & Chambers Friday, September 6, at St. David of Wales No matter your flavor of Flying Spaghetti Monster, there's little doubt that big old churches are more capable of connecting you to some thing that's bigger than you. Our particular flavor of Spaghetti Monster happens to be music, so it's a bit of kismet when a big beautiful church hosts a rock & roll concert, as St. David of Wales occasionally does. You may remember this series as the host of such impressive pipes as Sarah Jaffe, and this weekend's lineup carries the tradition well. KM
Joe Satriani Friday, September 6, at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie Known primarily for his guitar histrionics, Joe Satriani is nevertheless more than just lightning-fast fingers bouncing off a fretboard. Besides creating his ornate solo material, Satriani has played with everyone from Mick Jagger to Deep Purple. His recent stint with Sammy Hagar in Chickenfoot is but the latest move in a career that spans more than four decades. Of his solo stuff, 1987's Surfing with the Alien is certainly the best-known, but the recently issued Unstoppable Momentum has received some of the best reviews Satriani has ever had. Momentum finds the guitarist playing in a variety of styles, thereby challenging himself like he rarely has in the past. By ditching his comfort zone, Satriani seems to have escaped the tedium that has inflicted some of his solo and group work. Darryl Smyers
Paste Untapped Fest Dallas Saturday, September 7, at The Gilley's Complex Local booking entity Spune and Paste Magazine have teamed up to conquer the South using music and beer. Their multi-city Untapped Festival has its second Dallas edition this weekend, and it features a vastly improved lineup from last year's alt-dad festivities. Acts like Blackalicious, Freelance Whales and Leagues cancel out the mehness that is Delta Spirit. The real highlight of the music lineup is New York dream poppers Cults, the band responsible for the song of all summers "Go Outside," which has popped up on video games, commercials and weirdly enough a trailer for Despicable Me 2. Of course, if we're being truly honest, the real highlight of Untapped is the 60-plus breweries and 200-plus craft beers that attendees will eagerly chug down between sets. Beer and indie rock: It's a match made in delicious, boozy, loud heaven. Jaime-Paul Falcon
Rebirth Brass Band Saturday, September 7, at Granada Theater Horns blare in perfect tone, umbrellas speckled throughout the crowd bob up and down, and second-line two-steppers move around you in perfect time. You may not be in New Orleans, but Rebirth Brass Band's live show is the closest Dallas can get. In their four decades, Rebirth Brass Band have become a defining force in New Orleans jazz. Whether they're blowing out their long-standing Tuesday night residency at uptown NOLA's The Maple Leaf, on the set of HBO's critically acclaimed post-Katrina drama Treme, or being greeted at Japanese airports Beatlemania-style, Rebirth bring the Big Easy everywhere they go. This is not just live music, this is a singular cultural experience. Local multi-genre jam-session favorites The Effinays will start the night off at the Granada. Wear your Sunday best and your dancing shoes -- this is going to be one hell of an end-of-summer party. VQ
Black Bananas Sunday, September 8, at Dada Jennifer Herrema has held many roles, most notably in the infamous noise-rock outfit Royal Trux. Her new band recently changed its name from RTX to Black Bananas in order to avoid confusion, and the former Calvin Klein model and her rotating cast of bandmates are touring in anticipation of their forthcoming LP release, Electric Brick Wall. They're bringing their scuzzy brew of disco, blues and experimental glam rock to Dada. Druggy chaos, art-damaged melodies and an insatiable desire to push the envelope have always been mainstays of Herrema's bands, making them wonderfully unpredictable in a live setting. So whether it's a disastrous crash and burn or a glorious triumph, Sunday's Black Bananas show is sure to be a strangely entertaining success. Jonathan Patrick
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