Mavis Staples, a true living legend, plays the Kessler Sunday night
Mavis Staples, a true living legend, plays the Kessler Sunday night
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The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 3/6-3/8

Well, the second great storm of 2015 in Dallas has passed and while we're complaining about the frigidness of the weather, we should remember that we'll also be cry babies when it's 7,000 degrees outside in three months. It's a valid complaint is since we are in Texas, tand he resources to make the roads drivable are readily available so driving to places isn't all that smart. But, now the roads are clear, so take your ass to some concerts this weekend. We even have some ideas about which ones you should go to.

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Alan Jackson With Jon Pardi and Ashley Monroe, 7 p.m. Friday, March 6 at Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Pl., Grand Prairie, verizontheatre.com, 972-854-511 or $25-$87.50

For those of us who grew up on country music, Alan Jackson will always hold a place in our nostalgic hearts. As we sit and complain about the current state of country music, it's important to remember that plenty of the greats are still around, touring and making good music. One of those greats, of course, is Alan Jackson. Outside of massive hits like "Livin' on Love" and "Chasin' That Neon Rainbow," Jackson has had a solid career recording in multiple genres, including country, bluegrass and gospel. And who could forget "Murder on Music Row," the clairvoyant early 2000s hit Jackson recorded with George Strait that predicted the current sad state of country music. Like the other country music greats, Jackson is still quite the showman, which helps explains why he can easily pack a room with people eager to hear songs that are now almost 20 years old.

Amy McCarthy
James McMurtry With Curtis McMurtry, Bryan Hayes, 7 p.m., Friday, March 6, at Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave, $20-$40

James McMurtry's father, Larry, in one of the greatest writers to have ever come from North Texas. He's got a Pulitzer and and Oscar and has conceived some brilliant characters with his mind. James was conceived, with a different muscle, but he's as equally as wonderful as say a Danny Deck. McMurtry inherited the greater writer gene, and has been putting his gift to use as a country singer for decades. He's touring with his son, the 23 year old Curtis.

Cold War Kids With Elliot Moss and the Vanity, 8 p.m. Friday, March 6 at House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $32.75-$39.83

Once upon a time Cold War Kids were poised for world domination. There wasn't a corner in the world where you were safe from the warbling opening riff to "Hang Me Up to Dry." Granted, the band hasn't exactly fallen from grace, but they've never been able to rekindle the magic of

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. A shift to more pop-oriented sensibilities swapped the band's dissonant wails for a shine that dresses up their one-time minimalism. Regardless, vocalist Nathan Willet has proven that no matter the genre the band employs, he can deliver outstanding performances with his vibrato and vigor. A career-spanning set list combined with the instrumental expertise of the band should placate every level of fan. Even if audience members hail from a different eras of fandom, the band has shown they're capable of a show that'll chill you to the bone. So make sure these Long Beach boys aren't playing for an audience of one, Dallas.

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Three Links 2-Year Anniversary Show Dead Flowers, The Roomsounds, Natural Anthem, Dead Mockingbirds, 9 p.m., Friday, March 6, at Three Links, www.threelinksdeepellum.com, 214-824-9933, $8-$10

Three Links is without a question one of the best venues in Dallas, so that puts it in the upper echelon of clubs in the world. Go ahead and celebrate the venue's two-year anniversary. They've got quite the lineup: Dead Mockingbirds, the Roomsounds and Natural Anthem all open up for Dead Flowers. It's gonna be a lively frenzy lathered in guitar-driven rock, proof that musicians still pug those things into an amp and go to town. Also, they've got another anniversary show the very next day with Lower Class Brats, The Gorehounds, Brief Lives, Sniper 66, Rude King, Threes Away and American Shit Storm on the bill.

Brave Combo 9 .m., Friday, March 6, at Dan's Silver Leaf, 103 Industrial St, 940- 320-2000, $10

Founded in the music-centric town of Denton, Brave Combo has been a fixture in North Texas for quite some time. For roughly three decades the quintet has offered their unique and often dance-ready takes on everything from covers of the Rolling Stones to samba to original polka songs. They even won a Grammy in the Best Polka category in 1999 for their album


Though their style of play won't earn them the type of widespread accolades as [insert pop star here], the band inspired Bob Dylan at one point and made an appearance on

The Simpsons

at the creator's request. By most everyone's standards, those are pretty high honors.

John Mellencamp 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Ln., 214-768-3139 or smu.edu/mcfarlin, $42.50-$129.50

I was at a large event in Indianapolis a few years ago and my brother suggested that we were in the "most white trash crowd" we had ever been in. It seemed plausible, but I was skeptical. Then suddenly, John Mellencamp came up on the big screen in that Indianapolis auditorium. No, he wasn't on stage. He was in the crowd. I had to tell my brother he was right. But then that's how the artist formerly known as John Cougar and John Cougar Mellencamp rolls: in and amongst his people. "Sucking on a chili dog outside a Tastee-Freez?" What was his reading level when he wrote that? When that song came out you have to wonder how many people asked "Did he just say he was sucking on a chili dog?" every time it was played on the radio. Seriously, no pretension. But then there's that great line, "Life goes on/Long after the thrill of living is gone." Maybe someone said that to him when he was a little kid.

Jeremy Hallock
Bayside With Senses Fail, Man Overboard, and Seaway, 7 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at Gas Monkey Live!, 10110 Technology Blvd E, 214-390-1904, $17.50-$35

Bayside is 15 years strong. It's only right that the band, which is old enough to be a sophomore in high school commemorate the accomplishment with a tour. Bayside was formed in Queens, New York in the year 2000. Throughout the duration of the band's career, they've released six albums and done what every great post-punk emo band should do: play the Van's Warped Tour multiple times. If that's your scene, then catching them at Gas Monkey Live is pretty much the next best thing.

Mavis Staples 7 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or thekessler.org, $35

Go see Mavis Staples play. Go. See. Mavis. Staples. Play. I'll say it a third time if you didn't get the point. You should gather up all of your friends and family and go to The Kessler Theater to see Mavis Staples perform. I'm not going to sit here and type out the giant list of accolades and reasons you need to go see Mavis Staples perform. You're reading the music section of an alt-weekly, which means you know music. Therefore you also know you should go see Mavis Staples, because you know you'll regret it if you never do. Seriously, meeting and seeing Staples perform is one of the highlights of my adult life: She's amazing, she's a legend and she has interesting opinions on Tony Romo. Go see Staples perform live and in person. You won't just have a good time, you'll be a better person for it.

Jaime-Paul Falcon
Dark Rooms With Moon Honey, Jenny Robinson, 8 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at The Crown and Harp, 1914 Greenville Ave, www.thecrownandharp.com, Free

Dark Rooms is an indie-rock outfit fronted by seasoned violinist, Daniel Hart, that incorporates said violin and electronic sounds to create a sensual noir atmosphere. The band's self-titled debut from 2013 finds itself being mysterious and melancholy at times and throttling us into a groove the next. Generally, when we're welcomed into Dark Rooms' luminescent territory, the production is warm and full, developing a photo of unrest coupled with escape. When you hear it (and see it) live, it becomes a wild, rollicking beast, the modern-day incarnate of Talking Heads a la

Stop Making Sense

. Catch them at Crown and Harp with Los Angeles based indie pop duo Moon Honey, and one of Dallas Fiercest rappers, Jenny Robinson.

Boxcar Bandits 10 p.m., Sunday, March 8, at Sundown at Granada, 3520 Greenville Ave., 214-823-8305, Free

Denton based Americana folk five piece, Boxcar Bandits are playing a set at good ole Sundown for free. The group only has two records: 2008's Smells Like Grass and a live album from 2011 called Live at Dan's Silver Leaf. They're currently at work on a follow up called A Tribute to Doc Watson. You should expect some down home tunes that go well with whiskey or an iced cold tea for the kids and has been aptly dubbed "North Texas Skunkgrass."



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