Demi Lovato, Ray Benson and This Weekend's Top Shows

A lot of people are home for Thanksgiving nursing food hangovers and hanging out with family, which explains why most of this weekend's shows are from local acts. That doesn't mean there aren't some big shows happening this weekend, like the one from Dallas' own Demi Lovato tomorrow at Verizon Theatre.

But, if you're not in the mood to pay $20 in parking fees, here are more of this weekend's shows, starting with the ones we've already mentioned.

Tonight, Asleep At The Wheel's Ray Benson will be at the Uptown Theater in Grand Prairie, and Eleven Hundred Springs will be at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton along with Possessed By Paul James. Speaking of country acts, Ryan Bingham will be at Winstar World Casino in Oklahoma.

On Saturday, Salim Nourallah, Apache 5 and Kevin Aldridge will be at Lola's Saloon in Fort Worth, and The O's will at Barley House. Also, Turnpike Troubadours and The Dirty River Boys will perform at South Side Music Hall, and People On Vacation will celebrate the release of their new record The Carry On EP at the Kessler Theater.

Hit the jump for more of this weekend's shows.


Lance Lopez, The Red 100's, Marcus Wolverton
Friday, November 25, at Trees

The DC9 comment sections have had more than their share of arguments about which Dallas blues artists are legit or not. Lopez is a somewhat polarizing figure in the arguments, thanks to his high-energy, hard rock take on the genre. Tonight at Trees, Lopez celebrates the release of his new record Handmade Music, a record that, judging by a handful of previews, somehow manages to fuse the blues with '80s metal.  

Charlie Robison
Friday, November 25, at Hank's in McKinney

This Robison guy really gets around. The Granada Theater just announced a January performance from him, and he just played the Kessler less than a month ago with his brother Bruce.

Trinity River Folk
Friday, November 25, at All Good Cafe

There is always a good familial vibe at Trinity River Folk shows, which is perfect for this time of year. So, trade in your dysfunctional family tonight for this one. There will be more drinking, singing and chicken-fried steak-eating. Also, it should be noted that a member of the band works in an office only a few feet away from mine, and can edit this blurb to be as gushing as he wants.

Carolyn Wonderland, Daphne Willis, Tracy Shedd
Friday, November 25, at The Kessler Theater

Carolyn Wonderland's new record Peace Meal was produced mostly by Asleep At The Wheel's Ray Benson, who will be over in Grand Prairie tonight. Her vocals are soulful and thick, a lot like Janis Joplin, whose song "What Good Can Drinkin' Do" Wonderland covers, along with a handful of bluesy takes on songs from Bob Dylan, Etta James and some originals. So, if that sounds like your kind of thing, this show shouldn't disappoint.

Black Dotz, Dim Locator
Saturday, November 26, at Bryan Street Tavern

There's a lot of noise going on in Wanz Dover's act The Black Dotz. Thankfully so. It's sort of like Dover's roundabout return to shoegaze, though that's not entirely accurate. While there are moments of shoegaze -- blaring, echoing guitar, epic drums -- there are elements of free-form jazz and post-punk as well. It's certainly one of the more interesting projects in North Texas.

Saturday, November 26, at PM Nightlife Lounge

Spinderella used to be Salt-N-Pepa's DJ, so that's gotta be worth something, right?

He's My Brother She's My Sister
Sunday, November 27, at Wild Rooster Bar

Los Angeles whimsical alt-country act He's My Brother She's My Sister is on the road supporting their 2010 self titled EP. The music sounds a lot like "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" at points, and at other moments like the gypsy folk of Beirut.   

The Queers, Stoogeaphilia, Knock Out
Sunday, November 27, at Lola's Saloon

According to The Queers' Myspace page, the band now resides in Atlanta, which explains the frequency at which they perform in North Texas -- at least a few times a year. Still, they are considered one of the legendary punk acts to come out of the Northeast.

... and that's it for us. Enjoy all the Thanksgiving leftovers, and we'll see you back here on Monday.

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