As we've reported, Denton's 35 Conferette is well underway, and the first set of reviews have already trickled in. We'll have plenty more for you as the festival continues on over the weekend, so if you find yourself with a little extra dough, head north for the weekend.
But if you'd rather stay within the confines of the Dallas city limits, there's plenty to do -- including this Dallas Observer sponsored St. Patrick's Day Concert featuring the Toadies.
Toadies, and openers Ume, Ishi, True Widow, and Here Holy Spain, will perform at the Energy Square Parking Lot on the corner of Greenville Avenue and University Boulevard. It's 21-and-up, and it takes place during Greenville Avenue's St. Patrick's Day festivities, so leave the kids at home.
But that's not all. We've got plenty of shows this weekend, starting with the ones we've already mentioned.
On Saturday, a reunited Dove Hunter will perform at Lola's Saloon in Fort Worth along with opening act The Cush, and at Mad World Records in Denton, which just celebrated its grand opening yesterday, Pinebox Serenade, Brent Best, and Dim Locator will perform.
Check out more of this weekend's shows after the jump.
ADd+, Damaged Good$, Mohicans, Killa MC, G. Bailey, Tunk
Friday, March 11, at Club Dada
Just weeks away from the release of their highly anticipated, Picnictyme-produced, full-length debut, When Pigs Fly, ADd+ is headlining this stacked hip-hop bill at Club Dada. A.Dd+ is one of the handful of hip-hop acts in Dallas who are ushering us into the Golden Age of Dallas Hip-Hop, so expect a big turnout at this sure-to-be-fun showcase.
Big Hud, Tum Tum, Trai D, Inertia, DJ Smallz
Friday, March 12, at House Of Blues
What are the odds that this big, mostly local hip-hop show would be on the same night as the one we just mentioned? Getting better all the time, actually. This show should draw fans of the simpler, smoother sound of Big Hud, who will be backed by live band Deaf2Radio. And Tum Tum, whose latest mixtape, Purp Kobain, impressively samples Nirvana, should similarly draw crowds.
Drowning Pool, Trust Company, Static Cycle, Reckless Intent
Friday, March 11, at Trees
After the death of original singer Dave Williams, Drowning Pool seems to have gone through lead singers like Spinal Tap goes through drummers. Nevertheless, their show at Trees tonight will no doubt be packed with old-school Dallas metal fans. And while their hit single "Bodies" may not pack the same punch without Williams behind the microphone, we're sure the mosh pit will send plenty of people to the floor tonight.
Friday, March 11, at House Of Blues
During a somewhat brief window of time in the fifth and sixth grade when I religiously listened to The Top Nine at Nine on KJMZ-100.3 FM Jamz, Mint Condition's song "Breaking My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes)" pretty much dominated the countdown. Almost 20 years later, their still taking their soulful R&B hits on the road.
Ian Moore & The Lossy Coils
Friday, March 11, at Kessler Theater
Austin musician Ian Moore has been a familiar name on Dallas venue marquees for years. He's kind of a jack of all trades with some acting chops, appearing in the movie Sling Blade, but he's a guitar player at heart. He just came off of a busy 2010 as Jason Mraz's touring guitarist, and now he's touring with his new backing band The Lossy Coils.
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Bob Schneider, Quiet Company
Saturday, March 12, at House Of Blues
Speaking of Austin artists who spend a lot of time in Dallas, Bob Schneider has been making the TCU, UNT, and SMU frat boys laugh for years. But if you've seen Schneider a zillion times, there's still a reason to go to this show: Opening act Quiet Company are on the rise. Once known as The Connotations, The New York Times recently named them as one of the "top eight local acts that could make and impact at South By Southwest."
Dead Playgrounds Of The World Metalfest
Saturday, March 12, at Reno's Chop Shop Saloon
Scott Clute is a scary dude. He looks more like a professional wrestler than the guitarist of the local metal act Warbeast. He's also a big advocate for metal, which is why he's putting on the Dead Playgrounds Of The World Metalfest. The festival is bringing in Man Of Kin from the United Kingdom, Livin Garden from Brazil, and local acts Scrap Iron and Creeper.
Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Taddy Porter, The Happen-Ins
Saturday, March 12, at Granada Theater
We're not the only folks capitalizing on Lower Greenville's St. Patrick's Day Parade. The Granada is throwing the parade's official after party. And who better to keep the party going than Jonathan Tyler & The Norther Lights? Drink your green beer and enjoy.
... and that's it from us. Whatever you choose to do this weekend, be safe and have fun. We'll see you back here on Monday.