Be Grateful With Dead & Co. At The American Airlines Center, Hoop It Up At Community Beer Company And Take It Back To The Early Odds With Ja Rule And Ashanti At The Bomb Factory.

It’s been a pretty interesting week, especially for Dallas native Bill Young, who happened to go viral this week on Instagram by posting about….carpets? Normally, when people go viral, it’s due to some kind of chaos, a really funny meme (shoutouts to Roadman Shaq) or a heartfelt message to try to get a point across. In this case, Young was doing something completely different.

Young, Dallas native, photographer, and pilot, has owned his IG account, @myhotelcarpet since around since 2015. It wasn’t until his daughter Jill posted on her Twitter that all she wants for Christmas is her dad’s Instagram account to go viral. Low and behold, suddenly a surge of followers began to come after the tweet was sent.

It’s everyone’s goal to be internet famous nowadays, but the key to it all seems to be to not try and just be yourself. For some, it’s meant to happen and for others it just isn’t. That and there’s all the baggage that comes with being internet famous.

So as the Young family prepares for what will probably be a busier than normal weekend, but you can at least take the time to go out, have fun and maybe nonchalantly try to go viral? And feel free to use the guide below for plenty of opportunities to get internet famous. — Kelly Benjamin


Dead & Company at American Airlines Center
This classic rock band consists of legendary rockers and former Grateful Dead members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Bob Weir. The trio also employs the presence of John Mayer, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti. — Marlene Núñez

AJJ at Club Dada
The Phoenix Native American folk punk band is known for its strong lyrics and deep, intimate song themes that explore themes of religion, social anxiety, poverty and politics. Originally formed as Andrew Jackson Jihad, the group officially changed their name to AJJ in 2016 after fans started the trend. — Lauren Keuning

Molotov at The Bomb Factory
The band from Mexico formed back in 1995 and has been captivating audiences with its genre blend of rap, metal, nu metal and hip hop. Since each member raps and performs, do expect a hot show as the band’s name suggests. — Obed Manuel

R. Kelly at Music Hall at Fair Park
Another problematic figure is in town tonight.  And in case you didn’t know, now you do. — OM

D.R.I., Kaustik at Trees
The Dirty Rotten Imbeciles formed in 1982 in Dallas’ sister city of Houston and its music has been an accurate representation of hardcore punk and aggression, known as the pioneer of fusing punk with thrash metal. Kaustik, Electric Vengeance, Rapid Face and Fatebringer are also on the bill. — LK

Groovement: Dead & Co After Party at Deep Ellum Art Company
If you didn’t get enough of Dead & Co at AAC, the funk-rock 6-piece from Arkansas will be hosting the official after party. The group has a Led Zeppelin like sound mixed with a little soul and is on tour promoting their second album, Clouds. — LK

Ruthie Foster with Grace Pettis at Kessler Theater
The Austin-based artist has an impressive resume featuring a duet with Bonnie Raitt, three-time nominee for Best Blues Album at the Grammys, along with seven Blues Music Awards and three Austin Music Awards, among other impressive feats. — LK

Michael Austin Sorrells & The Influence at Curtain Club
The up and coming group draws influences of blues, rock, jazz, soul and oldies and is riding the wave of its newest album release, Bear Claw Sessions, Pt. 1. — LK

An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper & Andy Cohen at Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
The Andys will be discussing pop culture, world events and questions from the audience in a live dialog performance, their deep friendship is sure to add a personalized, intimate feel to the evening’s show. — LK

Ricardo Montaner at Majestic Theatre
The Argentinian artist has been in the music industry since the ‘70s and has released more than 15 albums, selling more than 22 million records globally. Expect classic Latin pop tunes from the sensual Montaner. — LK

Little Image at The Dirty 30
The Dallas local indie rock 5-piece band was named one of the top five bands under 25 in Dallas by the Observer, joined by Honey Lotus and Sad Cops. — LK

Duncan Fellows, The Hendersons at Double Wide
Austin indie rock group recently dropped the music video for their first single, Fresh Squeezed, and released their debut album, Both Sides of the Ceiling, this past August. — LK

Chevelle at South Side Ballroom
The pop rock band, formed in 1995, got their start in Chicago where its members began playing in the club scene when their youngest member Joe was only 14-years-old. The group has released multiple albums and played venues across the country since. — LK

Oasis Brewing Tap Takeover at Katy Trail Ice House
The Austin-based brewery, known for its session beers, is taking over the Uptown hot-spot with to bring a taste of its unique rustic flavor. — LK

Todd Barry at Texas Theatre
The comedian is touring in celebration of his 30th anniversary of working in comedy, but he’s doing things differently this time around. Instead the usual stand-up set, the whole show will consist of audience interaction and participation. So we guess Barry is celebrating 30 years of stand up by not doing stand up? Either way, it’s gonna be hella funny. — LK

Flower Graves, The Fibs, Slim Lemon (EP Release), Plandroid at Armoury, D.E.
Headlining garage psych band Flower Graves will be accompanied by a few other bands while Slim Lemon will celebrate the release of its new self-titled EP. — LK

A Very Merry Cascade Tree Lighting at Oak St. Drafthouse
The Drafthouse will be getting its patrons in the holiday spirit, with nine different sours available for tasting from Cascade Brewing. The Denton Tree Lighting Festival falls on the same day, and what goes better with Christmas lights than beer or alcohol in general? — LK

Denton Holiday Lighting Festival 2017 at Downtown Denton
The annual holiday event will be bringing the community together with family friendly fun, live local music acts, good food and a toy drive for Elves Shelves. — LK


Roger Creager at Canton Hall
The award-winning country Texas singer has not released an album since 2014, but has stayed active in touring. Creager usually sings the same old country style composure as other country stars, but has also use other elements in his music such as Cajun, jazz and Latin beats which adds a nice mix in the country genre. — Juan Betancourt

Dear Rachel at Double Wide
The Dallas pop-rock band’s first album But Really, Only Your consists of songs about the good, the bad and the crazy makings of a romantic relationship. Give the local artist some love by checking out its album before the show. With Quiet On The Set and The Robot Bonfire — JB

The Soul Music Revue Show at Deep Ellum Art Company
Come out and boogie with Nicole Butler, Kyndal Robertson, Kristen Bond and Nikka Morton. Come out as and watch these divas, take you back to the Motown era of the 70’s and 80’s of music. Dressing up is not required but recommended! — JB

Matt Tedder with Shadows of Jets Album Release at Kessler Theater
For those who follow with NBC’s hit singing competition show, The Voice, will probably remembered, Adam Levine hitting the buzzer and being impressed by the Fort Worth native blues singer. And if it’s good enough for Levine, it’s good enough for you. Shadows of Jets and Calhoun also perform. –– JB

Adakain at Curtain Club
Come see the Dallas hard rock band who will rock out the show with its heavy riffs. Check out its hit single ‘Hey Girl’ which can be heard in local radio stations. With Innrcor, Dark Avenue, Junk, IQ Music, Tyler Sloan and Monkey Shyne. — JB

Second Annual Hops for Hounds at Community Beer Company
The folks at Community Beer Co. are aiming to raise $10,000 for local nonprofit DFW Furgotten Friends at this event where there will be games, food trucks and pets for on-site adoption. Just $20 gets you in and three beers. Live auction begins at 8 p.m. — OM

Teezy F After Party at Curtain Club
The Afterparty will be headlined by Teezy F ill headlined and Chicago Haze will open. Various other artists will play, so be sure to keep an eye out for the updated list.  –– JB

Dream Theater at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
The progressive metal rock band have been rocking it out since the late ’80s and has not stopped releasing music since. It’s last album, 2016’s The Astonishing, made it a total of 13 studio albums for the Boston band formerly known as Majesty. —JB

Trophy Eyes with Free Throw at The Dirty 30
The post hardcore band is currently on its North America 2017 tour. Check out its second studio album Chemical Miracle for a solid measure of what this band is all about. Free Throw and Head North open. — JB

Dallas Holiday Parade
For 30 years, Downtown Dallas has been transformed into a holiday wonderland with the parade running down Commerce street.This year will be no different, so don’t miss out on this Big D tradition. — LK

DFW Tamale Festival and Christmas Market at Dallas Farmers Market
The third annual festival will be filled with sounds of Christmas music, a skating rink, local vendors, kid activities and tamales. Lots of tamales. — LK

Christmas at The Castle at Texas Pythian Home
The Castle is getting a holiday makeover. Bring the kids to tour the light show and get the family in the Christmas spirit. No cost to attend! — LK

LIMIT Scanning Day at Emily Fowler Central Library (Denton)
The Local / Independent Music Initiative of Texas will be hosting a scanning party where attendees can scan memorabilia such as photos, handbills, programs and anything else flat that will help preserve Denton’s history. — LK

Pin & Patch Show at Strangeways Dallas presents this showcase where artists and brands will be selling goods based around all things pins and patches. — LK

Panther City Bazaar Extravaganza at The Tin Panther
Newly opened, The Tin Panther will be kicking off the Panther City Bar Bazaar with a Christmas edition. Shop holiday goodies from local vendors and take a picture with Santa and his elves. — LK

Emo Nite at RBC
In its final event before the new year, Emo Nite will host the party with many surprises in store for its guests and fans. Click the link to visit their Facebook page and make song requests prior to the event. — LK

First Annual Chill’n-N-Denton Music Festival at The Parker’s Plantation
Hosted by The Parker’s Plantation and for the first time ever, the small scale music festival will feature food trucks and vendors along with continuous performances from artists like Anchored, LoveSick Mary, Rmain, Puddin Tain and more. — LK

Winter Wonderlights Holiday Show & Tree Lighting at Klyde Warren Park
With activities like holiday kids crafts, face painting, food trucks and free photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, the whole family will be getting into the holiday spirit. Don’t forget your Toys for Tots donations! — LK

Deep Ellum Outdoor Market
Come check out this inaugural event where local businesses and vendors will be selling their wares just in time for your holiday shopping. — OM

Doughboys at Texas Theatre
The comedic podcast hosted by Mike Mitchell and Nick Wiger will be discussing the sacred Texas food-chain, What-a-Burger in the duo’s first show in Dallas. — LK

Krampus Walk 2017 at Wits End
The Krampus Society Walk returns to Dallas for its fourth year on its tour spreading the love and legend of Krampus throughout North America. — LK

Dallas Observer 29th Annuel Music Showcase at Trees, The Green Room, Three Links, Reno’s Chop Shop, Off The Record, Club Dada, The Prophet Bar and The Door

See the 50+ bands performing across 9 stages in Deep Ellum to be named the best of the best in Dallas’ musical community. — OM


Susto at Club Dada
The Charleston group, named after a medical syndrome that is loosely translated to Spanish as ‘panic attack’, was founded in 2013. Since then, the band has been touring and doing its thing, but its sound is more likely to relax your nerves rather than give you a Susto. Esme Patterson and Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner also perform. — LK

Joe Sib at Three Links
The comedian and co-founder at SideOneDummy Records will be joined by JT Habersaat and Asher Allen at this free show. — LK

Ja Rule and Ashanti at The Bomb Factory
Iconic duo Ja Rule and Ashanti will be playing at The Bomb Factory this weekend. Get ready for a ridiculous of early ‘00s hits, like “Mesmerize” and everyone’s favorite “Always On Time.” And don’t worry, we’re actually expecting Ja to show up for this one, unlike a certain festival he itched. — Kelly Benjamin

All Future Everything at RBC
Five bucks gets you in to this party where thejohnstewart and Blue, The Misfit. will be playing All Future Everything. — OM

Metalachi at Trees
Ever heard mariachi and black metal together at once? Well, here’s your chance with Metalachi coming to play at Trees this weekend. Influenced by legendary bands such as Black Sabbath, it takes the elements of black metal and infuses them with mariachi sounds. If you’re looking to hear something super interesting, Metalatchi is definitely it. — KB

Double Wide Flea Market Xmas Edition
Come sell your wares and maybe find some gifts for your loved ones. And grab a YooHoo Yehaw while you’re at it. — OM

Corkscrew Nose Dive at Curtain Club
A slew of brands play at the Curtain Club for your entertainment pleasure. Bands such as Jesse & The Meow Meows, Meet My Fate, Lovely, and many others will be playing. Doors will open at 6PM. — KB

Rockefeller Christmas at Majestic Theatre
This family-friendly show has several times, so be sure to check out which one of those showings works best for you and your crew. The show will feature jazz, tap and ballet dancing as well as scenes from The Nutcracker. — OM

Tweed Ride 2017
Sunday’s weather may not seem optimal for this kind of ride, but hey, maybe we’ll get lucky a cold front will come in, making the three-hour bike ride in tweed a bit more comfortable. The ride kicks off at 12 p.m at Union Station. — OM

The Grotto Final Show
The Grotto in Fort Worth will be hosting one final show. With bands like Arenda Light, The Hendersons, and many others, the Grotto will be sure to put on one last hurrah for the final moments of the venue. — KB

4th Annual Miss Gay Fire And Ice USofA Pageant at S4
The fourth Annual Miss Gay Fire And Ice USofA Pageant will be taking place at S4 this weekend. There will be an honoring of Miss Nina Di’Angelo, as she will be stepping down from her position of the pageant. Along with the reigning champion, Roxie Hart, there will be an incredible line up being shown at the club. Get your tickets online today! — KB

The Princess Bride/Big Trouble In Little China at Coyote Drive-In Lewisville
The two ‘80s classics will play this weekend at the Coyote Drive-In. And all we can think of is how good a mashup of these films would be. Picture it. Jack Burton and Princess Buttercup rolling through Little Florin roundhouse kicking everyone in the face. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. — OM

The Wolf’s 10-Man Jam at Billy Bob’s Texas
Not down for all these rock shows going on this weekend? No worries! Billy Bob’s will be hosting a ton of country artists this weekend for your listening experience. With music from the likes of Jerrod Neimann, Roger Creager, Gary Alland, Midland, and many others, you’ll be sure to have your thirst quenched. So get your cowboy hat, your spurs and some cold ones to have a good time. — KB

Mountain of Smoke, Bargoyles, Partaker at Armoury D.E.
A free metal show with plenty of headbanging opportunities to close out the weekend? You bet your ass we’ll be there! — KB

Televangelist, Lady Razor, The Goofs, Doggo, Abelia, Cinema For The Blind at The Prophet Bar
Nyx Presents serves up this showcase where the six different artists will be playing at The Prophet Bar come from ranges all across the musical spectrum. Headliner Televangelist recently released its EP BE Brave exactly a month ago, so expect a special show from the Austin band. — KB

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