Good Friday: Def Leppard, The Romantics, and the Best Shows of This Weekend

This weekend offers a pretty decent selection in the concert department. And if you'll notice the exciting red and black signs just up above this blog and over to the sides, yes, Def Leppard and The Romantics are coming to the Gexa Energy Pavilion on Saturday.

But if you need your drummer to have more than one arm (sorry, I had to), there are plenty of other show-going options for you to pick from, starting with the ones we've mentioned already this week.

Tonight, Ours frontman Jimmy Gnecco and his full band will be at The Prophet Bar, and over at House Of Blues, Reverend Horton Heat and Nashville Pussy will perform. Also, Avi Buffalo will be at Dada, and Tally Hall will be at House Of Blues.

On Saturday, the cigar-smoking Jewish guy who was almost our Governor, Kinky Friedman, will be at the Sons Of Herman Hall.

And, on Sunday, Aussie singer Sia will be at The Granada Theater along with Oh Land, and Ximena Sarinana.

But that's not all, hit the jump for more of this weekend's shows.

Sara Hickman, Kristin Center
Friday, August 5, at The Kessler Theater

20 years ago, this would have been a massive show in town, what with Sara Hickman being the acoustic-rock superstar that she was back then. But we have a feeling that this show will still be a pretty big deal. Hickman hasn't seemed to slow down either, still performing in town every so often.

THe BAcksliders
Friday, August 5, at The Free Man

Remember a few weeks back when we told you about this new cajun restaurant and live music veunue coming to Commerce Street in Deep Ellum, right next to Adair's in the old Sol's Taco Lounge spot? Well, it opens this weekend with a set from booze rock faves, THe BAcksliders. Worth checking the spot out if only for their sweet new neon sign alone.

Brave Combo
Saturday, August 6, at Dan's Silverleaf

Contrary to popular belief, it is not too hot to polka. At least that's what Brave Combo wants you to believe. The heat will fuel the drinking -- a key ingredient to enjoying a polka show -- which will then fuel the dancing. But the Chicken Dance might be a Fried Chicken Dance this time around.

David Allan Coe
Saturday, August 6, at Billy Bob's Texas

Country music outlaw legend David Allan Coe hasn't showed any signs of slowing down. Just last month, he played at Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic, and a few months before that he played at Trees. Now he's back. Again.

A Hard Night's Day
Saturday, August 6, at Granada Theater

The quintessential Dallas Beatles tribute act used to have a regular gig at Dada back when it was called Club Dada. (Bet you didn't know they changed the name! They did, quietly.) But now their shows are few and far between, making them pretty big affairs. Last time they played the Granada, the place was packed. Expect the same tomorrow night. 

Maze, Frankie Beverly, Boyz II Men
Saturday, August 6, at Verizon Theatre

Boyz II Men opening the show? It looks like they may have come to the end of the road.

Shiny Around The Edges, Tre Orsi, The Demigs, Neeks, Kaleo Kaualoku
Saturday, August 6, at Airlock Studios

Chris Demiglio, leader of the Denton act The Demigs, has decided to open his own venue. Airlock Studios is his response to everything he sees wrong with other venues around town. So, to kick it off, he's booked this solid bill. And like every show they plan to book in the future, this one will be all ages and free.

Pool Party w/ Tejas Brothers, Grant Jones & The Pistol Grip Lassos
Sunday, August 7, at Double Wide

One of the best things about Double Wide in the summer is the pool parties that they occasionally throw. They blow up a few above-ground pools in the parking lot and give bar-goers a chance to cool off. Grant Jones and Tejas Brothers will be providing the soundtrack for this one.

...and that's it from us. We hope you have a great weekend, and we'll see you back here on Monday. Oh, and be sure to leave anything we missed in the comments below.

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