Have A Close Encounter At Hailey’s This Weekend

Keep Dallas Observer Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Dallas and help keep the future of Dallas Observer free.

On April 19, 1897, a great airship reportedly crashed and exploded in Aurora, TX, destroying a windmill. Among the strange debris, townspeople reportedly found the body of the ship's pilot. Though it was badly disfigured, they determined that it was an extraterrestrial--and then buried it in the town’s cemetery.

Because the Aurora Cemetery Association resisted efforts to exhume the body--and perhaps because of alleged military intervention--the case has continued to baffle scientists and UFOlogists.

So what does that have to do with local music? Well, this Saturday is the 111th anniversary of the crash, and Hailey’s in Denton, just a 40-minute drive from the site, will host the UFO Festival!, a night of music that boasts a lineup of great local bands--some of which create music that occasionally approaches the strangeness of the story the event will commemorate.

Performers include Violent Squid, Zanzibar Snails, Silk Stocking, Mad Scientists and Delmore Pilcrow, among others.

And, just in case that’s not strange enough for you, the night will also feature films from Short Attention Span Theater. We can only hope the shadow government doesn’t intervene. --Jesse Hughey

Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.


Join the Observer community and help support independent local journalism in Dallas.