So you already know about tonight's mariachi-meets-country show at Dan's in Denton and Dallas Dub Assembly at the Green Elephant, tomorrow's Baboon, Smokin' Joe and Dave Matthews Band performances, and the Cex show at Rubber Gloves on Sunday. And our Night + Day pals filled you in on tonight's Joe Firstman show.
That's just the tip of the iceberg, though. After the jump are a few other D/FW/d live music options.
Fourth Anniversary Party
Friday, August 15 Saturday, August 16 at Granada Theater Tomorrow night, the Dallas Observer Music Award-winning venue celebrates its fourth anniversary with a lineup that features fellow DOMA winners Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights and Dove Hunter, along with Dallas' Flat People and Austin's fantastic Black Joe Lewis. Make sure to be there in time for Lewis' 10:30 p.m. set. "["Bitch, I Love You"], from his self-titled 2006 debut, marries Lewis' foul-mouthed man-done-wrong verses (Come home late at night/Bitch, you know it just ain't right/Keep making Black Joe blue/Baby, I'm gonna beat the hell out of you) with a melody and arrangement reminiscent of an early James Brown track that culminates in a hilarious tirade—complete with a shout-out to his idol, Lightnin' Hopkins: 'Fuck the mojo hand, I got the back of my hand, motherfucker!' wrote Noah Bailey in his April interview with Lewis, and I'd be hard-pressed to come up with a better description of Lewis than that.
Skate or Rock featuring Pikahsso and Tahiti, Television City, more 1 p.m. Saturday, August 16 at Alliance Skatepark, Grand Prairie OK, so the lineup isn't perfect. But there are at least a couple of acts worth checking out if you're in the area. Plus, along with the music, there'll be skate and BMX contests, a mini-motocross jam and graffiti art. Pikahsso and Tahiti are both always reliable for a great hip-hop show, and, on the opposite end of the musical spectrum, the punk-rock Television City is promising as well.
Bridges and Blinking Lights Friday, August 15 at Cafe Rembrandt I've never seen a show at Cafe Rembrandt, so I'm not sure what you can expect from the place as a venue. Hopefully the joint's setup can highlight Jake Wilganowski's awesome vocals and bring out the subtleties and dynamics that separate Bridges from the majority of Dallas' boring-ass roots-rock acts.
The Demigs Saturday, August 16 at Lee Harvey's Darryll Smyers compared these guys to Brit-pop, The Pixies and Bob Mould when describing Yardling, one of just two local albums he listed in our Best of 2007 issue. I'll cosign his hearty recommendation of the band, and besides, Lee Harvey's is a pretty cool place to hang out regardless of the music.
Pinebox Serenade, Burntsienna Trio, The Make Believers Saturday, August 16 at Hailey's, Denton A good rootsy, sorta-rock, sorta-country from top to bottom. This paper has already shown some love for Pinebox and BST. Suffice it to say, they remain favorites. The Make Believers is Aaron White's new band, and I really dig the deeply reverb-drenched R&B-influenced songs posted on the band's MySpace page.
So who did we leave out? Let us know in the comments section, please.--Jesse Hughey
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