Music News: Texas Country, A Holiday Extravaganza and a Mesquite Revival

Joy Williams is coming to Dallas.
Joy Williams is coming to Dallas.
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Texas country tunes, holiday DJ bashes and a slew of exciting club and small theater shows make up the happenings of this week's concert calendar. If you live in Mesquite, or might be looking for a reason to travel to our area's fine eastern 'burb, then this calendar also provides some reasons to get rowdy without leaving town.

  • Texas Country star Wade Bowen is out on the road traversing his usual array of packed calendar dates. Touring behind his latest album, Higher Ground, Bowen and his band will head to Dallas' House of Blues for a Nov. 10 appearance. Tickets will go on sale Sept. 7 at livenation.com.
  • Rap and hip-hop group, Brockhampton are making an appearance at Dallas' South Side Ballroom on Oct. 10. Formed in San Marcos, the heady collective has seen their stock rise heavily as they've become fan favorites on the festival circuit. As things go, their Dallas show falls between their weekend appearances at ACL Fest. Tickets are on sale Sept. 8 at livanation.com.
  • British indie-poppers The Kooks have been out on the road making joyously twisted music for well over a decade now. As they've matured in age, so have they matured in sound. Their latest album, the band's fifth overall, finds them making strides in sound and clarity, with more funk-filled emotion shining through. Catch them Nov. 23 at the Granada Theater. Tickets are on sale Sept. 7 at prekindle.com.
  • The Granada Theater will also host a Jan. 9 show by famed guitarist Monte Montgomery. Named one of the "Top 50 All-Time Greatest Guitar Players" by Guitar Player Magazine, he has also won the "Best Acoustic Guitar Player" Award at the SXSW's Austin Music Awards seven years in a row. Tickets are on sale Sept. 7 at prekindle.com.
  • Singer-songwriter Colter Wall brings his hardscrabble collection of songs to The Granada Theater for a Dec. 6 performance. Often compared to Sturgill Simpson, Wall's songs have the same lived-in, authentic feel but are presented with a unique, provincial southwestern spin. Tickets are on sale Sept. 14 at prekindle.com.
  • Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening will be touring across North America once again this fall. The new 21-city journey kicks off Nov. 8 and appears locally on Nov. 15 at The Bomb Factory. These shows are a pretty close replication of what you would have seen back in Led Zep's early '70s heyday. Tickets are on sale Sept. 7 at ticketfly.com.
  • Austin's Grateful Dead Tribute will bring their soulful interpretations to the Deep Ellum Art Company on Dec. 1. Founded in 2010, DeadEye celebrates the entire catalog and shares their energy and passion on a regular basis. They're loyal to tradition while bringing a fresh, modern approach to the Dead's music. Tickets are on sale Sept. 7 at prekindle.com.
  • American DJ sensation, Nghtmre is bringing his Nghtmre B4 Xmas tour to the South Side Ballroom on Nov. 24. Expect a rowdy and whirling beginning to the holiday season with this performance. It will be a far cry from the bevy of more traditional holiday-packaged shows that are filling up the local calendar. Tickets are on sale Sept. 7 at livenation.com.
  • Psych-rock band, The Bright Light Social Hour bring their trippy and dynamic stage show to The Kessler Theater for a performance on Oct. 6. Nestled between ACL Fest appearances, the longtime Austin rockers have built a steady reputation and a sturdy following as they've canvassed the country for many years now. Tickets are on sale Sept. 7 at prekindle.com.
  • Joy Williams, formerly of the four-time Grammy Award-winning Americana duo The Civil Wars, is out touring behind her forthcoming solo album, Front Porch. With a beautifully harmonic voice and an author-like penchant for songwriting detail, Williams is sure to continue to build off the success of her prior endeavor. She'll appear at The Kessler Theater on Dec. 8. Tickets are on sale Sept. 7 at prekindle.com.
  • Energetic Houston collective, The Suffers, bring their joyous and soulful songcraft to The Kessler Theater for a Nov. 30 appearance. An NPR favorite and frequent guest on festival marquees, the band has achieved a great deal of success since exploding onto the scene in 2015. Tickets are on sale Sept. 7 at prekindle.com.
  • The Mesquite Arena is breaking back into the concert business. The local venue on the outskirts of town has announced a trio of shows for the late fall/early winter months. The Charlie Daniels Band bring their nostalgic, fiddle-tinged tunes to Mesquite on Nov. 30. The next night, Dec. 1, brings forth an appearance by R&B hitmaker Keith Sweat. Eight days later on Dec. 9, Motown legends The Commodores round things out with a performance. Tickets for all three shows go on sale Nov. 12 at ticketmaster.com.

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