Good Friday: Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival and the Rest of the Weekend's Shows

If you've been keeping up with DC9 in any capacity over the last few weeks, or if you've seen the cover story of this week's Observer, then you know we're pretty psyched about Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival this weekend. Not only is there a carefully curated handful of brilliant national acts playing the Granada Theater's stage on Saturday, but Tim DeLaughter's new band Preteen Zenith will make its debut.

But if you're not heavily influenced by area taste-making blogs, we've got plenty of other weekend shows for you, too; starting with the ones we've already mentioned this week.

Tonight, Kristy Kruger will perform at All Good Cafe, and Christina Perri will be at House Of Blues.

On Saturday, kids' cartoon character Gustafer Yellowgold and his creator Morgan Taylor will be hold a concert and craft party at Good Records.

And on Sunday, Mission Of Burma, Ume, and Tre Orsi will be at the Granada Theater.

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

Hunter Hendrickson, Oil Boom, Kirk Thurmond
Friday, July 22, at The Kessler Theater

There ought to be a pretty good mix of blues and rock at The Kessler tonight. Youngster Hunter Hendrickson headlines, while Black Keys sound-alikes Oil Boom provide support.

Subservient Experiment Presents: Sea Lion, The Zoltars, Cory Coleman
Friday, July 22, at Double Wide

Looks like Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival isn't the only area blog holding a show this weekend. Tonight, Subservient Experiment has a pretty good host of local acts on its bill over at Double Wide, and don't they know it. Yesterday, they tweeted @SEALIONband > @Preteen Zenith. Them's fightin' words.

Big Guns, Hadden Sayers
Saturday, July 23, at Lee Harvey's

Hadden Sayers is known as a Texas blues troubadour, so when he was added last minute to the Big Guns bill at Lee Harvey's, a little bit of buzz surrounding the show started to grow. Local surf-rock act Big Guns headlines the show.

Brave Combo, El Cento
Saturday, July 23, at Dada

Speaking of classic Texas artists, Dada is hosting the undisputed greatest polka band in the world, Brave Combo, tomorrow night. The Denton act's shows are always fun, and since El Cento is the opening act, the concert will be solid from start to finish. 

Robert Ellis
Saturday, July 23, at Dan's Silverleaf

In his press photos, Robert Ellis looks like Kid Rock's kid brother. Luckily, his brand of classic country is far better. The Houston singer will end his US tour at Dan's Silverleaf on Saturday night.

Fiances, Flowers Of God, Baruch The Scribe, Sam Robertson
Saturday, July 23, at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios

There's a lot of competition in Denton on Saturday, thanks in part to this show featuring some of  Denton's best bands. Fiances is a new band made up of Matthew and the Arrogant Sea's Matthew Gray and Denton music hero Paul Slavens. Technically, Flowers Of God is a mostly Oak Cliff band now, but you could have seen lead singer Andy Young walking around Denton all the time 10 years ago.
Update: Flowers Of God dropped off the bill because of illness, according to the band's Facebook page.

A Perfect Circle
Saturday, July 23, at Verizon Theatre

A guy from Tool is in this band, so there's that.

Stardeath & White Dwarfs, Sundress, Record Hop, Final Club, Soviet & More
Saturday, July 23, at Hailey's Club

This is the other Denton show on Saturday night, giving the competition a tough break. Billed as the first annual Stella Fest, this show starts at 2 p.m. and features 13 bands, and a headlining performance by Stardeath and White Dwarfs, who opened for The Flaming Lips at 35 Denton back when it was called NX35.  

Sade, John Legend
Sunday, July 24, at American Airlines Center

The best performance of a Sade song was done by a California country-psych outfit called Beachwood Sparks when they covered the R&B star's "By Your Side." "Smooth Operator" isn't half bad either.

... and that's it from us. Have a good weekend, and we'll see you back here on Monday.

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