One touring show and a ton of great local talent highlight this evening's musical options...
Colin Hay and Chris Trapper at the Granada Theater
Former Men at Work frontman Colin Hay returns to the Granada Theater tonight for what should be another evening of acoustic treatments of his former band's numerous hits. Actually, Hay has eleven solo albums to his credit, too, so he has other songs he could play, but there's absolutely no chance he won't play such '80s chestnuts as "Land Down Under" and "Who Could It Be Now?" Chris Trapper, former leader of the '90s alternative rock act The Push Stars, opens what should be a nice show for folks in their 40s who are out to enjoy a few memories.
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Descender, Maleveller, Here Holy Spain and The Light Fantastic at Trees
Not to be confused with the metal act from Brooklyn with the same name, Dallas' Descender are actually a high quality alt-rock outfit with long standing ties to the area music scene. As a matter of fact, Descender frontman Casey Hess' involvement in the musical heritage of Dallas goes all the way back to Deep Ellum's initial heyday, when he and his band Doosu reigned supreme. This show, and its powerful four-band bill, comes in celebration of Descender's second full-length release, Dark Water.
Joe Ely at Poor David's Pub
Singer-songwriter Joe Ely is deservedly a Texas legend. Not only has the guy played with everyone from Bruce Springsteen to The Clash, but he also doesn't mind getting back to basics with an acoustic show at an intimate venue. This is as good a chance of any to catch a guy who basically created the alt-country genre some 30 years before it even had a name.
Bravo, Max!, Dovetail, Brumley & Gardner and Brian Martin at Andy's Basement in Denton
The debut from local alt-country outfit Bravo, Max! is due out any day now and the early buzz is that the album is a winner. If that's the case, such kudos couldn't happen to a nicer group of guys. Supposedly, Dovetail is also on the verge of releasing a record as well -- making this the perfect occasion to check out a bevy of great, new local music.
Sore Losers at Beamers
More proof that things are looking up for Dallas hip-hop duo Sore Losers: The group was tapped by the folks at Jack Daniel's offshoot Gentleman Jack to perform at this party, called Art, Beats + Lyrics, which has already been hosted in towns like Atlanta and Houston over the past few years. Combining visual art with live performance, this show should prove quite the scene -- especially since, with registration, the booze is one the house tonight.