Concerts

The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 10/24-10/26

There's a ton of great shows to check out this weekend. If you love Lynyrd Skynyrd enough to head north to Oklahoma that's an option. If Oklahoma is way too much for you to handle right now Red Bull Sound Select is bringing Chevy Woods, Fat Tony, Sam Lao and Goldyard to The Prophet Bar for an extremely affordable sum. Edie Brickell and New Bohemians reunite at the North Oak Cliff Music Fest. Ziggy Marley headlines a show at GranadaTheater, The Texas Rap Festival takes place at Gexa Energy Pavilion, and in a not at all surprising news a good punk band is playing at Rubber Gloves.

Red Bull Sound Select Dallas Presents: Chevy Woods With Fat Tony, Sam Lao, and Goldyard, 8 p.m., Friday, October 24, at The Prophet Bar, 2548 Elm St., $3-$10 Take it or leave it, but a strong part of the music experience is and always will have a connection to weed. Before you #notallmusic this, just remember that of course this has nothing to do with every single thing connected to music. However, oh so often, you'll go to a show and as soon as the band comes out, the smell of weed is louder than the stuff coming out of the speakers. Chevy Woods is a stoner rapper who is signed to Wiz Khalifa's label, Taylor Gang. So, tonight there will absolutely be an abundance of the ganja. H. Drew Blackburn

All Them Witches With Adam Faucett and the Tall Grass and Mothership, 10 p.m., Friday, at Double Wide, October 25, 3510 Commerce St., $8 All Them Witches formed in what is advertised as the home of country music, Nashville. And yeah, Nashville is an unparalleled force when it comes to country music, but their blues rock and hard rock scenes are robust as well. All Them Witches puts their unique twist on blues rock. It often sounds as loud and hard as, say, Wolfmother and it's a bit psychedelic too. But the mood never particularly leaves a valley of sullenness, the vocals are raw and the lyrics have a distinct tinge of Americana one can only find below the Mason Dixon. HDB

Lynyrd Skynyrd 9:00 p.m., Friday, October 24, at WinStar World Casino, 777 Casino Ave., Thackerville, Oklahoma, 1-800-754-3000 or windstarworldcasino.com $55-$85 Yes, this is rock 'n' roll. The swagger, the riffs, the whole lot of it. But, it's technically pop, as in popular music, as well. You don't generally have this type of longevity in pop, especially when only one original member of the band is still in the band. Lynyrd Skynyrd has had a revolving door of members throughout the past four decades, but the spirit is alive and well. It's still slow-cooked Southern rock, from the name that pioneered the genre. It still punches you in the teeth. Just don't be the asshole that screams "Free Bird," because someone might literally punch you in the teeth. HDB

Ziggy Marley With Sing Kumba, 7 p.m., Friday, October 24, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $39 Much like Sean Lennon, Ziggy Marley is music royalty. His dad was ridiculously successful at spreading Rastafari around the globe and created some of the greatest music ever recorded. Ziggy Marley has been making music since 1979 when he performed with his siblings and father in the Melody Makers and he is now a multi-instrumentalist with several occupations. In 1986 the group changed its name to Ziggy Marley & the Melody Makers and quickly found great success. In 1988 they recorded an album with members of Talking Heads that helped kill the comparisons to Marley and his father and the group won the Grammy award for "Best Reggae Album" two years in a row. Solo since 2003, Marley is now touring on his latest album, Fly Rasta. You can expect a very large band of world-class musicians complete with two female vocalists and the crowd will be rapturous. You'll definitely get your money's worth. Jeremy Hallock

Jason Aldean With Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 First Ave., 214-421-1111 or livenation.com., $43-$78 Bro-country is the scourge of all music. It's the worst thing on the radio. It's the worst thing in the history of all music, and that history includes metal singer Vanilla Ice, Rapper Rodney Dangerfield, Billy Bob Thorton and the "All About That Bass" girl. It has turned one of the most purely American creations into a cesspool of auto-tune, Bud Lite Lime and overt nostalgia for a non-existent lifestyle. Country has morphed from ballads about the struggles of blue collar people, to the glorification of an anti-intellectual approach to life. Few are as guilty of this crime as the dual threat that takes over Gexa Energy Pavilion this weekend. Jason Aldean, and Florida Georgia Line make some of the most insipid music being broadcast today. That's as kindly as it can be put, but it doesn't matter; they're gonna sell out their show because people still lap this stuff up. The rest of us will have steer and hope it eventually goes away, never to come back. JPF

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