The Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase and The Rest of Your Weekend Shows...

This is one of our favorite weekends of the year, where a good handful of acts nominated for the Dallas Observer Music Awards perform all over Deep Ellum on Saturday night.

The much-anticipated headliners, Toadies, Old 97's, Centro-Matic and Sarah Jaffe will perform on Elm Street in the lot across from The Prophet Bar, and the other 48 bands, which you can read more about in this week's paper edition, will be scattered in clubs throughout Deep Ellum.

It's the biggest show this weekend, but it's not the only one. Here are some others that we've been talking about all week.

Tonight, The Black Angels, Dead Meadow and Spindrift will be in The Prophet Bar big room, and The Avett Brothers will play the first of their two-night stint at Palladium Ballroom. Oh, and Bela Fleck and the Flecktones (original lineup) will be at the AT&T Performing Arts Center.

On Sunday, Judas Priest, Thin Lizzy, and Black Label Society will be at the Allen Event Center.

Hit the jump to see some more of this weekend's shows.

Bob Log III, Mr. Free, The Satellite Freakout
Friday, October 14, at Double Wide

Bob Log is a pretty interesting act. It's a one-man show in which he plays the slide guitar while wearing a jumpsuit and pilot helmet. A phone receiver glued to the inside of the helmet gives his voice an overblown, gritty sound, which is especially hilarious on songs like "Boob Scotch."

Chris Brown, T-Pain, Tyga
Friday, October 14, at Gexa Energy Pavilion

The easy thing to do here would be to make a joke about domestic violence, but my editor would literally beat me up.

Peter Frampton
Friday, October 14, at House Of Blues

I didn't think much of Peter Frampton until I saw that he posted this on Facebook. Then I thought he was kind of an all right guy.

NRBQ, El Cento
Friday, October 14, at Dan's Silverleaf

NRBQ is a legendary, genre-defying act that has been around for almost 45 years. The band's biggest point of interest is the eclectic mix of material it plays. One song could be sunny pop, followed by a country or jazz number. Thing is, the band plays every style well. And, while they may be getting up in age, this will be a great show to see tonight.

Bryan Adams
Saturday, October 15, at Majestic Theatre

You gotta hand it to Adams for making even the cheesiest song "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You" sound kind of cool. I mean, that guitar solo halfway through rules. And over a decade removed from his last big hit, he's still selling out places like the Majestic.

Sunday, October 16, at House Of Blues

O.A.R. seems to be on the downward slope, but you can't slight them for trying to take advantage of Dave Matthews Band's year off. By default, these guys seem to be the champions of college folk/funk/rock.

...and that's it for us. We hope to see you at the Dallas Observer Music Award Showcase. And, after that, we'll see you back here on Monday.

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