Make Damn Sure With Taking Back Sunday, Get Trapped With Gucci Mane, Go Despacito With Justin Bieber And More To Do Around Dallas This Week.

If you need some motivation to start preparing for the week ahead, then look no further than professional poker player Walter Fisher, who found himself $100,000 in debt in July of 2016.

He started eating massive calorie amounts at the poker and blackjack tables and eventually gained about 50 pounds, leaving his body fat percentage at 33 percent. Overweight and indebted, a few poker friends approached him around December and collectively bet him $1 million that he couldn’t lose the weight and reduce his body fat to less than 10 percent in six months.

But Fisher didn’t need six months — he did it in four. And his friends had to pay up, allowing him to pay off his debt and rebuild his bankroll.

This week, maybe you’ll make some friends who are well-off and will bet you a $1 million dollars to do something Fisher-esque. Maybe you’ll find these rich friends at one of the following upcoming events.

If not, you can still have plenty of fun regardless. — Obed Manuel

Monday (7.24)

Taking Back Sunday at Gas Monkey Live
Make damn sure. — OM

Beer Garden Fun at Dick’s Last Resort
Drink beer, build a garden. — Pauline Esguerra

New Math Mondays with Foisey and House Shoes
Release party for Foisey’s new album with a DJ guest set. — PE

Goat Head Trivia and Half Price Food at The Nines
Rude, crude trivia dudes. — PE

Madaline, Mad Dog & 20/20s, Friendship Commanders, Dump Trumps at Three Links
A quattro of punks to get your blood moving. — PE

National Tequila Day at Happiest Hour
Can it truly be the happiest happy hour without tequila? — PE

The Bachelorette Watch Party with Luke Pell at Chelsea Corner
Watch Dallas’ own break out the roses. — PE

National Tequila Day at El Bolero
Frozen, on the rocks, with salt, with sugar— anyway you take it, it’s hard to go wrong. — PE

All Linkin Park Everything: Honoring Chester Bennington at The Dirty 30
Raise money for suicide awareness programs. — OM

Tuesday (7.25)

RavenEye at Prophet Bar
Heavy rockers from the UK hop the pond on their latest tour. — PE

Playboy Carti at South Side Music Hall
Wake up like this. — PE

Sleepy Sun at Club Dada
Dark, multilayered rock jams from this Bay Area group. — PE

September Mourning at Rail Club
This gothy hard rock project creeps into Dallas. — PE

Tory Sound, The Jameson Fog at Sundown at Granada
Smooth party rock. — PE

Bike Night: 2 Wheel Tuesdays at Mother Truckers
Having your biker event on a Tuesday is one way to weed out the weekend warriors. — PE

The Bodyguard at Music Hall Fair Park
For fans of Whitney Houston and the motion picture classic of the same name, here’s the musical adaptation you’ve been waiting to come to town. — PE

Cephalotripsy, Incinerate, Splattered, Kill Everything, Astyanax at Tomcats West
Brutal. — PE

Wednesday (7.26)

Rozwell Kid at Three Links
Noise pop that’s out of this world. — PE 

Sabrina Carpeter De-Tour at Majestic
Why? Why not? — PE

The Wind Rises at Angelika
Another epic tale with the theme of finding one’s self in the world. — PE

Raw Dallas: Fixate at GMBG
The latest in Gas Monkey’s ongoing exploration of arts and culture in Dallas. — PE

Dynamite Rabbit at The Rustic
So misunderstood. — PE

Woolly Jammeth, Whiskey Wednesday at Sundown at Granada
Half off whiskey and jams. — PE

Bears Among Men, Samsara, Dispositions and more at The Rail Club
Your weekly dose of heavy metal. — PE

Writer’s Bloc: A Writer’s Workshop at Deep Vellum Books
Don’t think you need an editor? Well, you’re wrong. Get some help on that thing you’re writing. — PE

Thursday (7.27)

Khalid at House of Blues
Send me your location. — PE

This Wild Life at Club Dada
California-based rock duo brings their acoustics to the next level. — PE

Rodney Atkins at Rockin Rodeo
Bringing country music dedicated to repping the countryside. — PE

Eminence Ensemble at Sundown at Granada
Progressive rock music fused with their signature heavy punk vibes. — PE

Josh Heinrichs at Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
You pick my feet up off the ground. — PE

Unsane, Fashion Week, Cold Wives at Three Links
Some live music never hurt. — PE

Generation Idol, Sedated at Trees
Tribute bands for your Thursday. Reminiscence on your favorite rock artists—Billy Idol and The Ramones. — PE

David Bowie Laser Light Show at Andy’s Bar Denton
For all you David Bowie fanatics. — PE

The Lowdown: Kassidy, Fropsi, The Lowdown: Kassidy, Fropsi, Space Chase, Aleah Axiom, and Quad Fifty at The Nines
A bunch of DJs spinning their best tracks in celebration of the weekend. The best part is? It’s free. — PE

Friday (7.28)

Electric Football Championships at The Westin
Hey, it’s board game football. — PE

Sheri Shepherd at Arlington Improv
You’ve seen her everywhere from The View to Everybody Loves Raymond. Now see her on stage. — OM

Stars of ‘Nashville’ Tour at Verizon Theatre
Join Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, Scarlet O’Connor and your favorite Nashville stars. — PE

Silas Nello Record Release Listening Party at Spinster Records
Another rock vinyl hits the market. — PE

Vans Warped Tour at Starplex Pavilion
She said “What?” and then I told her that I didn’t know. — OM

Mark Chesnutt at Billy Bob’s
Honky-tonk with an attitude. — PE

Michelle Branch at Kessler Theatre
All you wanted was somebody who cares. — PE

A Midsummers Soiree at Crown Plaza Galleria
Dress your best. — PE

August Alsina at House of Blues
Man he luv this shit. — PE

IMomSoHard Tour at Majestic Theatre
Moms gone wild. — PE

DJ Jazzy Jeff at It’ll Do Club
Parents just don’t understand. — PE

A Life In Waves at Texas Theatre
A glimpse into the world of electronica. — PE

Guns 4 Roses at Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
You guessed it, a Guns N’ Roses tribute. — PE

Gucci Mane at Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
Its Gucci! — PE

Texas Queerlesque Festival: Welcome to Unicorn School at Sue Ellens
A lot of burlesque dance classes. — PE

Texas Queerlesque Festival: Rhinestone Riot & Rainbow Revolution at Viva’s Lounge
The same type of thing but if you aren’t into dancing, at least you can watch. — PE

Cure for Paranoia, Sandovall, Thaddeus Ford Band, and DJ Frances Jaye at Three Links
Free live music to wash away your sorrows. — PE

Saturday (7.29)

Addison Summer Series: The Lao Tizer Quarter at Beckert Park
Classic contemporary jazz. — PE

5th Annual Dallas Hip-Hop Festival at The Majestic
They’re smooth on their feet. — PE

Justin Bieber at AT&T Stadium
Is it too late now to say sorry? — PE

Nickelback at Starplex Pavilion
Enough with the memes, and look at this photograph. — PE

Slightly Stoopid at The Bomb Factory
Every single genre of music you can think of into one clusterfuck genre. — PE

Whiskey Myers at Billy Bob’s Texas
Rock with a signatue southern flare. — PE

King George at Granada
George Strait the second never sounded better. — PE

Latino ComicCon at Latino Cultural Center
Celebrate your favorite latino superheroes. — PE

I Am Rapaport Stereo Podcast at Texas Theatre
Funny and opinionated. — PE

Rock Against Alzheimer’s at Trees
Live rock music with a cause. — PE

Punk Rock Karaoke DFW at Three Links
Bust out your falsetto. And scream a little bit. — PE

Lady Miss Kier at It’ll Do Club
NYC based DJ has an east coast groove. — PE

Locked & Loaded: Shaquan Bivens, Children of Indigo, Grant English at Armoury D.E.
More free live music.  — PE

Sunday (7.30)

Idina Menzel at Verizon Theatre
Let it go. — PE

Strangelove at House of Blues
English rock band travels across the pond with some Beatles vibes. — PE

Styx, REO Speedwagon at Starplex Pavilion
Classics Sunday. — PE

Vesperteen at Curtain Club
We all make a different sound when we break. — PE

Meek Mill at Southside Ballroom
All eyes on you. Un-featuring Nicki Minaj. — PE

Froggy Fresh at Club Dada
He’s the baddest. — PE

Lowrider Expo at Fair Park
For those who love to ride low. — PE

Big3 Dallas at American Airlines Center
Old dudes ballin’. — OM

Texas Red Dirt Roads at Billy Bob’s
Hottest new country and honky-tonk music. — PE

Sunday Funday at Panther Island Pavilion
Free yoga class and some food truck eats. — PE

Balcones and Ironroot Whiskey Dinner at Rye
Some craft food and drink to grub on. — PE

The Endless Summer at Texas Theatre
Some surfers prefer the hairy thrill of a big wave. — PE

School of Rock Continental Tour Finale at House of Blues
Your last chance to see some young talent. — PE

Lonely Hearts Benefit Show for NAMI at Opening Bell Coffee
Rock out to your favorite Beatles tunes and participate in a raffle for a good cause. — PE

KNON’s 8th Annual Harmonica Blowout at Poor David’s Pub
Harmonize with your harmonicas. — PE

Claude Von Stroke at Sisu Uptown
Like Claude Monet but except art on a canvas, it’s art on the track. — PE

Cover Photo by Karlo. X Ramos. To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our event directory.

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