Hot weather means some hot shows ahead on the concert calendar for music fans in the metro area. This week, we’ve compiled a mix of cool local acts, touring indie darlings and influential rappers. Check out all the details below.
- Ice Cube is perhaps the biggest show announcement this week, performing with Bun B at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory on Aug. 18. The iconic rapper and actor has wide-ranging appeal, and whether fans first came to Ice Cube from his role in the groundbreaking gangsta-rap act N.W.A, his solo albums and singles, or his starring roles in films like Boyz n the Hood, Barbershop or the Friday film series, he is an undeniable icon of pop culture. Tickets are on sale Friday at livenation.com.
- Diehard fans of Bernard "Bun B" Freeman won’t want to miss his sure-to-sell-out show June 22 at Andy’s Bar in Denton. Bun B rose to fame in the influential rap duo UGK, so catching the influential H-town rapper atop a lengthy bill in the much more intimate setting of Andy’s promises a memorable evening that transports longtime fans to early Bun B shows. Remarkably, the show hasn’t sold out yet. Tickets are on sale at eventbrite.com.
- South African choral group Ladysmith Black Mambazo will perform Aug. 16 at Winspear Opera House. Performing and recording since the early '60s, the five-time Grammy Award-winning group’s sound is a mix of isicathamiya, mbube, mbaqanga and other traditional South African styles. Many fans of the group first heard its memorable style of singing and storytelling as a result of a controversial collaboration with Paul Simon on Graceland — a collaborative record that helped Simon win a Grammy for album of the year in 1987. Tickets go on sale Friday at attpac.org.
- Singer-songwriter Will Johnson and his Denton-based Centro-matic crew bring their more introspective and subdued South San Gabriel songs to two area stages this summer. After an eight-year hiatus, South San Gabriel performed a handful of live shows last summer in Dallas, Denton and Austin, so the two back-to-back local shows (as well as one at the Mohawk in Austin on Aug. 11) this summer should come as no surprise. Tickets for South San Gabriel on Aug. 8 at The Kessler and tickets for Dan’s Silverleaf Aug. 9 are on sale at prekindle.com.
- Johnny Marr stops by the Granada Theater on Oct. 9 while on a lengthy North American tour supporting his latest solo release, Call the Comet, due out June 15. Marr is a remarkable musician and singer-songwriter, perhaps best known as the guitarist and co-songwriter of the Smiths. After many years of session work and time spent with The The, 7 Worlds Collide and Modest Mouse, Marr released his debut solo album, The Messenger, in 2013 and followed that up with a second solo album, Playland, in 2014. Both were well-received by critics and fans alike. Tickets go on sale Friday at granadatheater.com.
- The Rich Girls remain one of the best local cover bands. After forming as a New Year’s dare in 2010, the Hall & Oates tribute band quickly gained a local fan base, and the unforgettable group won a Dallas Observer Music Award for best cover band in 2014. Catch them for free (with an RSVP) July 21 at The Rustic. RSVP at prekindle.com.
- Daniel Francis Doyle returns July 20 to Denton for his first solo show in ages. Doyle, originally from Plano, was a staple of the Denton music scene in the late 2000s before and after uprooting and heading to Austin in 2003. Neither Doyle nor his full band, the Dreams, has played in Denton since the summer of 2013. For this show, he’ll play solo, doing vocals, drums and guitar loops. Eat Avery's Bones, another popular Denton act from the late aughts, opens. It's the band’s first show since 2016. Tickets are on sale at danssilverleaf.com.
- Dream-pop duo Beach House returns to Dallas at The Bomb Factory on July 30. It's touring to support 7, the duo’s simply named seventh studio album, which was released on May 11. Tickets are on sale at thebombfactory.com.
- Last Chance Records Summer Hangout, July 6-8 at Dan's Silverleaf, promises three days of hot fun in the summertime with “BBQ, beer, and bands!” The three-day event features more than a dozen fantastic local artists and bands, including Slobberbone, Daniel Markham, Kim Nall & the Fringe, Isaac Hoskins & the Glass Mountain Orchestra, Austin Lucas, Danny Diamonds, Hamell on Trial and Adam Faucett & the Tall Grass. Tickets, $30 per day or $75 for all three, are available at prekindle.com.
- Influential indie group Yo La Tango will perform Sept. 20 at Granada Theater while touring in support of the band’s 15th album, There’s a Riot Going On, which was released earlier this year. Tickets are on sale at granadatheater.com.
- Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin will perform an acoustic set Sept. 7 at The Kessler. Tickets are on sale at prekindle.com.
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