The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, 1/12-1/18

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Rebelution With Katchafire, 8:30 p.m., Friday, January 16, at South Side Ballroom, 1135 S. Lamar St., 214-421-2021 or, $36 Rebelution has been around for almost a decade, but it doesn't seem that long ago that they were breaking out with their 2007 debut album Courage to Grow. The Southern California act captured the ears (and more importantly, the hearts and minds) of audiences by playing world reggae music with socially mindful lyrics. As the band's name suggests, they are out to make a difference through pointed commentary in the form of their music. Since then, the group has released three more albums, most recently the 2014 Count Me In. Commercially, Rebelution's albums have regularly been at the top of the Billboard charts. Count Me In debuted at No. 14 on the Hot 200, demonstrating that the band is more than just a fringe genre act, but one with mainstream appeal too. They have played the world's biggest festivals and on January 16 they will be coming to Dallas' Southside Ballroom to put on a trademark Rebelution performance: heartfelt and eclectic. James Khubiar

Gladys Knight 8 p.m., Saturday, January 17, at WinStar World Casino, 777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1-800-622-6317 or, $35-$65 In the beginning of her career, Gladys Knight was one of the driving forces behind the success of R&B and soul in the United States. Fast forward over 50 years and she's still one of the most talented vocalists and performers alive. There is no disputing that the 70-year old Knight doesn't have the same moves that she once did, but the pipes have only gotten richer with age. Knight's stage show focuses more on gospel music than disco these days, but that will suit the crowd at the Winstar just fine. As long as you don't go in expecting Knight to drop a new hip-hop track or otherwise reinvent her own wheel, you'll surely enjoy listening to the Empress of Soul's rich, timeless voice on classic tracks like "Midnight Train From Georgia" and "I Don't Want To Know." Amy McCarthy

Have A Heart Benefit With Beach Fossils, The Appleseed Cast, Leon Bridges, Son of Stan and more, 1:30 p.m., Saturday, January 17, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or, $25-$30 IT'S MINI-FEST SEASON! You know, the season where we get random mini-fests from promoter's who are trying to test if they have the ability to do real fests later in the year when the SXSW spillover hits, and every band on the planet is trying to grab a Dallas date on their way into and out of Austin. Who wins? You do, Mister or Missus Music Fan. You get to catch lots of music and give money to a good cause at the same time, as this particular mini-fest is intended to be a benefit show. Plus look at the list of bands; those are good bands, you need to see those bands. Indian Jewelry is one of the best bands in Texas, if not the country, and seeing them play "Lesser Snake" live is almost life changing. So go to Trees, give them your money, watch music, and try to forget about the mid-January freeze for a few hours. Jaime-Paul Falcon

Artopia 2015 With Ishi, French 75, George Quartz, DJ Sober, 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 17, at Centennial Hall at Fair Park, 1001 Washington St., $35-$80 The no-name publication that you would never be caught dead reading, the Dallas Observer, puts on this event called Artopia annually. This year is the fifth year the crux of the event is to shed an eye on the visual arts in the city of Dallas and procuring dead presidents for winners of our Mastermind Awards. However, there's gonna be some music as well, form Ishi, French 75, George Quartz, and DJ Sober. This line up is better than most shows that are just for music. Keep your eye on it. HDB

Salim Nourallah 10 p.m. Sunday, January 18, at Sundown at Granada Theater, 3520 Greenville Ave., 214-823-8305 or, Free Salim Nourallah has been in the North Texas music scene for two-and-a-half decades. In 1988, he and his brother Faris moved to Denton from El Paso. While in Denton, they formed a band called Moon Festival that performed in the area in the 1990s and released an eponymous album with called, aptly enough, The Nourallah Brothers. Since then, Salim went solo as a singer-songwriter, even having the distinct honor of having a song on HBO drama The Wire. Sheeeeiiiiittt. That's awesome. HDB


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