The Best Concerts In Dallas This Week, 1/19-1/25

It's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day today. You can do a number of things to pay homage to the civil rights activist like watch Selma, read up on his legacy or just plain be nice to one another. I suggest buying and reading How To Be Black, a satirical book of essays on race by former The Onion editor Baratunde Thurston. You will laugh, you will cry and you might even dream. There also happens to be a ton of concerts this week you can see with people of different creeds and codes, which is probably what Dr. King would've like best.

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The Funky Knuckles 10 p.m., Monday, January 19, at The Free Man, 2626 Commerce St.,, Free The Funky Knuckles have been together for over six years. The fusion jazz band released an album called Meta-Musica in 2014 that climbed to No. 1 on iTunes' jazz charts on the first day of its release. Together, they Knuckles are a force to be reckoned with. That's because, individually, they're all seasoned players who've worked with superstars like Beyoncé, Erykah Badu, Chrisette Michelle, Talib Kweli, Puff Daddy and the Polyphonic Spree. H. Drew Blackburn

Beats & Booze With Blue, the Misfit and DJ Niro, 10 p.m. Tuesday January 20, at Andy's Bar, 122 North Locust Street, Denton, TX, Free You may be familiar with Blue, the Misfit as one of Dallas' most decorated up-and-coming musicians. Aside from being a producer and rapper, he's also a DJ who sets up shop at clubs all around North Texas. Every Tuesday, he and DJ Niro head north of the dial to Denton and tag team a DJ night at Andy's Bar. It's a night full of loud rap and electronic tracks and, most importantly, cheap drink specials. Head on out to get the club going up on a Tuesday. HDB

Super Bob 8:00 pm, Wednesday, January 21, at Gas Monkey Live, 10110 Technology Blvd Dallas, TX.,, Free Super Bob claims to play 240 shows a year, so they either really, really love what they do or really, really hate themselves. Either way, that's a lot of work, which is commendable. The Washington, D.C.-based rock band has released three albums in their career. Their live shows are said to be an energetic experience, which is to be expected from a heavier rock band that incorporates rapping and slight elements of electronica. HDB

Billy Joel 8 p.m. Thursday, January 22, at American Airlines Center, 2550 Victory Ave., 214-222-3687 or, $70-$146.81 Billy Joel is a music icon. He is a New York icon. When we talk about music from the Big Apple, Joel's music is forever cemented in its foundation. With songs like "You May Be Right", "New York State of Mind" and "The Piano Man" (which has since become Joel's nickname), his music has stood the test of time, no matter what the haters would have you believe. There's a reason why he is the only musical artist in history to hold residency in an ARENA -- a fact made more awe-inspiring because the arena in question is none other than Madison Square Garden (where Joel plays once a month). Joel has it all: class, style, and attitude. To hold such sway over the hard-to-please New York City audience is a testament to Joel's ability both as a songwriter and a showman. This week, Joel takes a break from holding domain over NYC to come to Dallas' American Airlines Center and bring a little bit of the Big Apple to the Big D. James Khubiar

Giraffage With Spazzkid, Datahowler, 8 p.m., Thursday, January 22, at Three Links, 2704 Elm Street,, $13-$15 Charlie Yin is a smart guy, smaaaart guyyyy. He graduated from the University of California, Berkley with a degree in Political Economics. Still, you've got to follow your passion and things of that sort, so he became a musician and adopted the name, Giraffage. Currently, he's signed to the independent taste-making label, Fool's Gold. Girrafage's music features sample based electronica, which is all the rage with the kids these days. HDB

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H. Drew Blackburn

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