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 BlackburnAll 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.
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.HDBZiggy 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 HallockJason 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.JPFNorth Oak Cliff Music Festival: Edie Brickell and New Bohemians With Seryn, South Dallas Funk Revue and more, 11 a.m. Saturday, October 25, at Lake Cliff Park, 300 E. Colorado Blvd., $25-$75
It's been about eight years sinceEdie Brickell and New Bohemians
played a show. Lead singer, Edie Brickell, has been a little busy over the years, releasing an album with Steve Martin and recording material with the indie rock band, The Heavy Circles. Guitarist, Kenny Withrow, is an active member of Dallas' music community performing in the Grateful Dead Tribute band, Forgotten Space. And a few of the members live in Austin. The logistics of a reunion have were cobbled together for a headlining gig at the North Oak Cliff Music Festival, a place the Dallas natives might consider familiar turf. Other performers include Seryn, South Dallas Funk Revue (featuring The Relatives, Bobby Patterson and The Disciples), David Garza Trio, Fox and the Bird and more.HDBB.o.B. With Kevin Gates, 7 p.m., Saturday, October 25, at The Prophet Bar, Friday, October 24, at The Prophet Bar, 2513 Main St., $28
Early on in his career B.o.B. had no real clue what he wanted to offer. He wore many hats, that of a rappity rapper, a country musician and a pop star. It seems as though he temporarily found his lane back in 2010 with the help of Bruno Mars with "Nothin' On You." He was a pop-rap superstar, but with the release of last year'sUnderground Luxury
, he's shifted to a more full-on hip hop-centric persona. And if having the Baton Rouge trap rapper, Kevin Gates open for you doesn't illustrate that point, I'm not sure if anything else will.HDBMacy Gray With Cary NoKey, Emotion and the Cosmos, and Leon Bridges, 7 p.m., Saturday, October 25, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $35-$60
Macy Gray had a No. 1 hit with "I Try," in 2000. It was her second single and a more than adequate introduction to her brand of adult contemporary R&B. In the decade and a half since her debutOn How Life Is
, she's been steadily releasing music and acting in a slew of TV shows and movies (The Paperboy
,That's So Raven
). Her latest album,The Way
, is more or less a manifesto about how mainstream music doesn't have much to offer an adult listener. Not sure it really has in a long, long time, but she does have a point here.HDBTexas Rap Festival With Geto Boys, Bun B, Slim Thug and more, 1 p.m. Sunday, October 26, Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave, Dallas, TX 75210, livenation.com, $34-$99
Since the 1990s Southern rap has become one of the most influential sub-genres of American hip hop. It was around this era that the chopped and screwed ontology emerged from the Houston scene, creating a new wave of crossfading sounds. But the slowed tempo, skipped beats, record scratching and stopped techniques created a different type of musical adoption, one that was chopped up but never slopped up. The city of the purple sprite slowed the records "dyne" to emphasize the trill lyrical storytelling, deep-seated bass frequencies and mellowed sound. But the Dallas emergence of dirty south pioneers extended the slow motion music appeal into full blown down South bangers. The land of the trill meets slowed and throwed for one common goal: To produce a vapor wave of good-ass music. William Green and Tony Draper present the official Texas Rap Festival with over 40 Texas rap artists hosted by Greg Street. The lineup features a slew of heavyweight southern artists including Bun B, Lil Flip, Slim Thug, Geto Boys, Paul Wall, Zro, Mike Jones, Lil Keke, E.S.G, Big Pokey, Chamillionaire, Michael 5000 Watts, Dorrough, Fat Pimp, Big Chief, T.Cash, Lil Will, TRILL Lee & Prince Rick, plus more. For one afternoon at Gexa, Dallas will the place be where legends meet locals at the center of hip-hop's southern gravity.Morganne CameronA Flock of Seagulls 7 p.m., Sunday, October 26, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., treesdallas.com, $16-$21
Though the lead singer, Mike Score, has embarked on a solo career and the band officially broke up in 1986, A Flock of Seagulls are going to Trees. Score has released music and toured under the moniker over the past nearly three decades without any of the original founding members, but don't let that deter you. The New Wave sound is still apparent and the 1980s come back alive with "I Ran" and "Space Age Love Song." No word if that shitty haircut is still alive. That should definitely die.HDB
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Aside from having what might be the greatest band name of the 21st century, Benny the Jet Rodriguez is a pretty good band as well. They've got the energy, swiftness and do-it-yourself aesthetic that any and every punk band needs. But what may set this band apart is their looseness and overall disposition that's so sunny it can easily paint a picture of the sunset on the Long Beach shoes in which they reside.HDB