The Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, 12/26-12/28

The Christmas season is over. As is Hannakuh and Kwanzaa is just starting up. Shout out to all the people who are celebrating and celebrated their respective winter season holidays. The perennial party evening, New Years Eve is right around the corner, but before you hit that move, there's a few shows this weekend for you to take in. Austin, Texas blues band Shakey Graves, does the Kessler Theater. The electronic music festival, Lights All Night takes place at the Dallas Convention Center. And Chaka Khan and The Temptations do Choctaw. Here are your concert picks for the weekend.

Shakey Graves with David Ramirez, 7 p.m., Friday, December 26, at at the Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., thekessler.org, Sold Out

Alejandro Rose-Garcia has had the pleasure of being murdered by Mickey Rourke in Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, popping up in a Lifetime movie and landing a role in Robert Rodriguez's Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over. Basically, he's been in a bunch of shitty films. However, he did play The Swede in Friday Night Lights and most importantly is a blues folk singer from Austin, Texas. His latest album And the War Came was released earlier this year and was met with plenty of praise thanks to its lo-fi, pop-addled folk beauty.

H. Drew Blackburn
Forgotten Space 7 p.m. Friday, December 26, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $18-$40

Well, there are plenty of tribute bands out here. They cover the legendary bands of yesteryear. This is generally a great thing because you typically can't ever see these bands live. Forgotten Space is a Grateful Dead tribute that jams at least half as well as the OGs. Deadheads flock to it. You'll most certainly be in for a treat. Be grateful.

Lights All Night With Skrillex, Armin Van Buuren, Zedd, Disclosure and more, 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, December 26 and 27, at Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St., lightsallnight.com, $84.99-$224.99

Austin can keep all of its fests. In Texas, Dallas is the home of the state's premier EDM event: the annual Lights All Night festival. Lights All Night, celebrating its fifth year, has not lost any pace in their goal to bring the world's best in EDM to Dallas. It is also the fest's second year occupying the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in downtown Dallas. The 2014 edition, taking place December 26 to 27, is no different than years past. The fest's first night is headlined by global sensation Skrillex while featuring the likes of Zedd, Boys Noize and DJ Mustard. The second night is nothing to laugh at either. It's headlined by trance icon Armin Van Buuren while also featuring a DJ set by Disclosure and performances by Zed's Dead and the Chainsmokers. This is all in addition to dozens of other established and up-and-coming EDM acts. If you have any kind of interest in EDM whatsoever, then Lights All Night is the perfect place to dance your way into the new year.

James Khubiar
Somebody's Darling With Dead Flowers, Goodnight Ned, Van Sanchez, 8 p.m. Saturday, December 27, at Trees, 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122 or treesdallas.com, $12

How could Dallas be Dallas without some top-notch Americana? It's inconceivable, really. Somebody's Darling falls along those lines with their rootsy blues sound. Adult Roommates, the band's latest album, was produced with the help of Matt Pence (drummer for Centro-Matic) and Beau Bedford (formerly of Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights and producer for Larry g(EE)). The culmination is an excise use of lead singer Amber Farris' strong voice and a masterful take on old-time Southern rock 'n' roll.

Hello Lover With GOLDD, iill, and Tidals, 9 p.m., Saturday, December 27, at Three Links., 2704 Elm Street, http://www.threelinksdeepellum.com/, $5-$8

If you're one of those folks that's too cool to dance--that felt a spiritual connection to Fat Joe when he described how gangstas dance--Hello Lover might not be for you. The band's been together for about a decade and has christened their music "sex rock." That is, it's upbeat dance punky tunes. So, move your ass dammit. Also on the bill is GOLDD from Washington state, Dallas experimental band iill (they're, uh, pretty ill), and Fort Worth punk band, Tidals.

Chaka Khan and The Temptations 7 p.m. Saturday, December 27, at Choctaw Event Center, 3735 Choctaw Road, Durant, Oklahoma, 888-652-4628 or choctawcasinos.com, $46-$67

Chaka Khan got her start in the 70s funk band Rufus. The band's released some song's you're probably highly familiar with, such as "Tell Me Something Good," "Sweet Thing" and "Ain't Nobody." Towards the end of the band's run she went solo and started etching her name in the stone of legendary vocalists, namely with songs like "I'm Every Woman" and "Through the Fire." The Temptations, meanwhile, are pioneers of the Motown soul era having released a handful of standards in the genre like "My Girl," "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" back in the label's '60s heyday. You can see them both at Choctaw in one of those situations where you deeply ponder who the hell is going to open for who.

Hayes Carll With Band of Heathens and Ronnie Fauss, 7 p.m. Sunday, December 28 at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933 or granadatheater.com, $25

At one time, Hayes Carll was poised to be the biggest thing in country music since, well, anyone. 2011 was a strong year for Carll, fresh off a (likely) lucrative gig writing songs for the terrible Gwyneth Paltrow movie Country Strong. Paltrow aside, Carll is still a talented songwriter and performer with a strong Americana sound. In 2014, Carll wrote the great "Chances Are" for LeAnn Womack, a soulful and retrospective track that has graced many a publication's "Best of 2014" list. Carll's performance at Granada Theater just three days after Christmas will be heavy on soulful renditions of self-described "degenerate" love songs. If you're tired of all the bitching we've done this year about bro-country, finish 2014 off by supporting better music. Go see Hayes Carll do his thing.

Amy McCarthy
Hazardous Dukes 10 p.m. Sunday, December 28 at Granada Theater, 3520 Greenville Ave., 214-823-8305 or granadatheater.com, Free

Why have one lead singer when you can have two? Why even have two when you can have three? It seems as though, the Hazardous Dukes are on to something here. The band who merges the idealism and sound of country and rock n roll parlays a little bit of uniqueness with those two intensely American artforms with their a headed lead singer lineup. Throw on you boots and 10 gallon and check the guys out at Sundown for free.


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