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Three cheers for the red, white and blue, and, no, we’re not talking about the 17-games-out Texas Rangers. We speak, of course, of tomorrow's festivities (and tonight's, early-starters), and if you’re the type who prefers bands and beers to Mom and apple pie, here are a few select Independence Day shindigs you might want to check out.

Club Dada July 4th Backyard BBQ: Club Dada is putting that awesome oasis of a back patio to good use as they host a BBQ Fourth with the Celtic power-pop (really) of Killdares and the Lost Immigrants. Doors are at 5:30 p.m., Lost Immigrants go on at 6:30, followed by the Killdares (second set starts at 9:30). It’s all-ages, with sparklers, grill grub and some fire-centric activities. Anyone who’s attended any of Dada’s backyard barbecues know it’s a laid-back, home-y kinda feel, so if your Fourth groove is mellow, check it out. No cover.

Lone Star Blues Festival: Taking place at the Lone Star Country Club in Coppell, the fest will have two stages with local blues performers, including the Josh Daniels Band, Jackie Don Loe, Jimmie Lee Reeves and a whole bunch more, plus sand volleyball and BBQ. Tickets are $7.

Ringing in the Fourth with American Roots Music: Pearl at Commerce hosts this wingding tonight with a very cool concept: three sets of music, each in a style of American blues. Joel Foy will kick it off with acoustic blues, Hash Brown and the Blue Royals follow with early electric blues, and it's topped off with Mike Morgan’s modern electric blues. Kick off your Fourth off and head down there tonight; doors are at 8 p.m., it's a five-buck cover, and, of course, the barbecue's free. --Jonanna Widner

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