It’s Officially Festival Lineup Announcement Season! Also: Independent Bar + Kitchen Gets In The Show Game and Maren Morris Loves The “Kick-Ass” Quaker City Night Hawks.
As has become customary (cliché?) to say this time of year, it might not be festival season just yet – in spite of how the unseasonably warm 70-degree January day would make it seem – but we are very much in the thick of another festival announcement season.
And true to its reputation, we did happen to get word on announces regarding no fewer than four spring music festivals this week.
First up, KHYI’s 21st annual Texas Music Revolution returns to Plano’s Oak Point Park & Amphitheater for the second straight year. Just like last year’s edition, it’ll once again be two days, those being March 24 and 25. This year’s headliners will be Kacey Musgraves, Josh Ritter and 24’s Kiefer Sutherland, along with opening sets from Zane Williams, The O’s, Castro the Band, The Buffalo Ruckus, Paul Cauthen, The Bird Dogs, Red Shahan, Vandoliers, Mark David Manders, Kevin Deal, Eleven Hundred Springs, Tejas Brothers, Max Stalling and Austin Cunningham. Tickets are currently on sale here.
Also returning is the ScoreMore-produced JMBLYA, which is entering its fifth straight year. It’ll go down on Friday, May 5, here in Dallas, and then move down to Austin the next night to do it all over again. They’re two lineup announces in at this point, with more still to come. Confirmed acts to date include Steve Aoki, Lil Uzi Vert, 6lack, Young Dolph, Snow Tha Product, YFN Lucci and Pell. The location is still under wraps, although we will say we thought last year’s Fair Park-held edition was pretty dope. Tickets are currently on sale here.
Meanwhile, Billboard reports that the Something Wonderful festival is expanding this year to a two-night deal on Saturday, April 22, and Sunday, April 23 at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Porter Robinson and Tchami will headline Saturday’s offering, and DJ Snake and Jauz will handle top-of-bill duties on Sunday. More acts will be announced shortly, but tickets are available here already.
And, as we broke late last week, Homegrown will be back for its eighth go-round this spring, taking over Main Street Garden on May 13, with headliner Tripping Daisy playing its first show in 17 years. More performers will be announced shortly, but a limited amount of tickets are already on sale here while supplies last.
Oh, and not to be forgotten, #NSFWKND and So What?! Music Festival recently announced parts of their March lineups as well.
Speaking of the team behind Homegrown: They’re also kicking off a new free weekly music series at their Deep Ellum restaurant Independent Bar & Kitchen. Tomorrow is the first installment of Live at Regal Room, named after the bar’s back room, which will henceforth be known as Regal Room. Akkolyte, Cygnus and Lord Byron each perform. In the coming weeks, the following shows will also take place: Ten Foot Beast, Oil Boom and PVC Street Gang on January 18; Little Beards, Fuzz Puppet and TEEN SLUT on January 25; Creepeth, Paper Saints and Rei Clone on February 1; and EATQS, Mirror Box and iill on February 8. More shows will be announced in the coming weeks, but they’ll all feature DJ Wanz Dover with his Soul Funktion sounds in the main bar space, free entry into the back room for shows and $3 wells and domestics at the bar.
Moving on, Maren Morris added this week to her list of award nominations. On top of her multiple CMA and Grammy nods, she’s now also up for an iHeartRadio Music Award in the Best New Country category. Other locally-tied acts up for awards at the ceremony include Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson and Todrick Hall. Winners will be announced on March 5. Morris also was announced this week as a performer at this April’s big Rock The Ocean’s Tortuga Music Festival in Florida. While speaking to Southern Living ahead of that performance, she mentioned that she thought Quaker City Night Hawks were “really kick-ass.” See? Girl’s totally local.
Speaking of QCNH: Their sometime producer Jordan Richardson also got some shine this week. He was the center of an NBC 5 news segment thanks to his work on the film Manchester by the Sea, which was up for five Golden Globes.
Also on the small screen this week were a number of acts that recently put out music videos in the past month. First up is the non-local Keize Montoya, who is actually a rapper from Phoenix. But like many folks from Arizona – especially when the Cardinals suck – he’s a Dallas Cowboys fan. And now he’s got an official video out for that Zeke Elliott-loving “Feed Me” song that they’ve been playing in the stadium this season. Hopefully we’ll be seeing it for at least another month.
Next up is the new-ish Dallas rapper Aye-D, who certainly knows all the right people to work with. His “Remember My Name” single was produced by the Grammy nominated J. Rhodes. The video, meanwhile, was directed by Jeremy Biggers. Check it out below, and download his debut LP for free here, if you feel so inclined.
Also, in the most recent edition of our Songs of the Week column, we introduced you to Androppolis, the Dallas rapper who is all about Dallas. Now you can put a face, and some moving images, to the name/MP3s.
The last video of the week comes from Bullet Machine. The band’s “I Drink Your Blood” clip plays like an awesomely gory b-movie horror show. It’s perfect for anyone who has trouble remembering the name of the song.
Also, in last week’s White Noise, we mentioned a bunch of bands with January album release shows, but we forgot one! Corner Suns has a Good Records in-store on January 29 to promote its debut LP. The band will feature the all-star lineup of John Dufilho, Brandon Carr, Jason Garner, Andy Lester, Rich Martin, Jeff Ryan and “a few surprise guests…”
Elsewhere: Dallas producer AFK was named one of Tune Collective’s 60 Dance Music Artists To Watch In 2017; the efforts of some dozen or so bands at Three Links on Sunday to raise money for local music supporter Sara Pope after she was hurt in a recent car crash resulted in more than $5,000 in funds raised for her recovery; and local Dead Kennedys cover band Dallas Uber Alles is currently looking for a new guitar player.
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