Drop It Like It’s Hot With Snoop Dogg At House Of Blues, Daydream With Big Story At Trees And Be A Winnebago Warrior With Dead Kennedys At The Rail Club.

Happy Friday y’all! If you’re not already reading this post while you’re lined up for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Return of the Jedi, then you could be gearing up for all of the collective activities going on all weekend.

A lot of the nerds in line next to you might also be talking about how the FCC voted yesterday to repeal net neutrality by a vote of three to two.  What does that mean exactly? Essentially, internet service providers such as AT&T and Comcast would be able to charge you not only for access to the web but also add charges to sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.

The rules that were in place before Thursday’s vote basically said that internet providers like AT&T, Comcast, etc. had to treat all websites and services equally, regardless of popularity or importance.

Now, you may be thinking all hope is lost, but the battle to fully repeal net neutrality is long from over. Several states have already prepared to launch a lawsuit agains the FCC for its vote today. There’s also the matter of Congress being able to make laws and there’s a midterm election next November…

Anyhow, you can still enjoy all the internet — and Central Track — you can handle, so feel free to peruse the following list of weekend events and plan accordingly. — Kelly Benjamin


Panic (Smiths/Morrissey Tribute) at Three Links
Panic originated in 1995 in Leeds and has toured much of Europe since then. This evening will be a Steven Patrick Morrissey tribute dedication, as well as The Smiths. Along with Panic, Sedated, a Ramones Tribute band, and Guided by Vices, a Guided by Voices tribute band, will be performing as well. — LK

Big Story at Trees
The five-piece, Dallas based alternative/progressive rock band is riding the completion of its debut record, while touring with the likes of Seether and Letters from the Fire. They will be joined by Serosia Werewolf Therewolf and Crown Lucia. — LK

Sir Alex at The Door
Sir Alex will be headlining the event and will be joined by the MySpace music legend, electric disco DJ Tron Vegas. — LK

Friday’s Foolery with Henry & The Invisibles at Deep Ellum Art Company
Friday’s Foolery got their start by posting YouTube videos of themselves reconstructing popular Disney tracks while rehearsing at their church in 2011. Since then, they have mastered their unique style and boast the motto, “Creativity through Diversity.” The group will be joined by the one-man-band of Henry & The Invisibles, as well as The Jauntee. — LK

Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis (2 Shows) at Kessler Theater
We wonder how long ago these married country performers got tired of being called things like “adorable” and/or “sweethearts.” Their relationship status aside, these two are pretty qualified songwriters in their own right, penning hits for acts like The Dixie Chicks over the years, as well as a 2006 Christmas album that they’ll be drawing heavily upon during a pair of shows at the Kessler this evening. — Cory Graves

Dark Horse Darling Reunion Part at Curtain Club
In its reunion show, Dark Horse Darling will be joined by a number of bands including Light The Fire, Dispositions, The Vanity Affair and Mediums, along with the demo release party of In Resistance. — LK

Disco, TX Mad Men Party at The Stoneleigh
The Stoneleigh and DJ Blake Ward host this Christmas edition penthouse party with a simple theme: when disco meets Mad Men. Come dressed in vintage, up-scale attire and dance to modernized music from the ‘60s and ‘70s. These parties tend to sell out quickly, so grab tickets while they last! — LK

Nearly Naked Nutcracker at Viva’s
This is not your ordinary friendly child play of the Nutcracker. This is for adults only. Come out to the seventh annual event, which will make you see the Nutcracker in a diffrent and nearly naked perspective. — Juan Betancourt

Sam Lao at Main at South Side
By now you should already know who the hottest Dallas female rapper and singer is right now. If you don’t, well, you’re missing out and will have to see her own the stage for yourself. Dj Christy Ray and Todd Faroe open. — JB

Helen Kelter Skelter at Double Wide
The Oklahoma psychedelic rock band have a cool grove of sound, but it was its name that got it listed in A.V. Clubs, “The Year Of Band Names 2017” article. Acid Carousel opens. — JB

Uno the Activist at RBC
Uno the Activist is a rapper who has gotten quite a lot of attention in the hip hop community. In August, he released his Sorry For The Wait EP and since then, he has released hit singles in his Soundcloud account. Houxanbanfauni and Warhol.SS will open. — JB

North by North at Armorury D.E.
The Chicago duo has not released an album since last year, but it’s been on a non-stop tour, playing 234 shows this year. The Danner Party and The Delzells also perform. — JB

Star Wars Episode VIII: THe Last Jedi at Texas Theatre
Finally, the wait is over. The saga continues in the continuation of the previous episode. So many questions that need to be answered. So many, that we can’t bare to wait any longer. Who are Rey’s parents? Will she become a Sith? And what’s the deal with Luke? — JB

Holiday Block Bash at Spinster Records
Avoid the over crowded mall and shop locally at Spinster Records. There will also be cocktails, food and music curated by CultureHype. —JB

Midnight Madness: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World at Inwood Theatre
At this edition of Midnight Madness, watch the story of Scott Pilgrim as he is forced to battle Ramona Flowers seven evil exes. The upbeat film has some of the coolest garage punk music and mixes well with the arcade game-style film. —JB

Deck The Hall Coffee Pop Up Shop at Common Desk
Taste some delicious custom holiday coffee and maybe pick up a few grounds to gift to your coffee-loving friends and family members at Dallas’ first ever Christmas Coffee Pop-up Shop. —JB

Cara Mia Theatre’s Where The Earth Meets Sky at Latino Cultural Center
Catch a reading of CaraMia Theatre’s production Where The Earth Meets Sky, a futuristic play about socialization and environmental destruction. This reading is free and open to the public and means anyone in attendance will see the play before its full run next April. —  Obed Manuel


Hair Metal Monday with Ace Frehley at The Bomb Factory
The mini metal festival hosted by Eddie Trunk of VH1’s That Metal Show and DJ Joy Scandalous will consist of performances by L.A. Guns, DangerousToys Rock, SuperNova Remnant and many more. The legendary former KISS guitarist, The Spaceman himself, Ace Frehley will headline. — LK

Fit For A King at Trees
After a short hiatus, the group has returned to the stage with vengeance and new music inspired by real, deep events of death and despair. Along with them, In Hearts Wake will be performing. — LK

Jay Scroggs at The Prophet Bar
Along with Scroggs is Gak and Harry Edohoukwa, A.K.A. DJ Harassment from UNT, as well as GXX performing for an evening of rap and hip-hop. — LK

December Artists Market at Deep Ellum Art Company
The local artists exhibition is the perfect opportunity to cross off some gifts on your list while supporting Dallas based artists. The bar will be open and a DJ will be spinning, along with a live painting and fire turning. — LK

Rapsody at Club Dada

Citing influences like Lauryn Hill, Jay-Z and Mos Def, the rapper approaches music with a mentality of “Culture Over Everything,” meaning that for her, it’s not about the money — it’s about the music. — OM

Bonnie Bishop at Kessler Theater
The country rock singer-songwriter from Houston, Texas released her latest album, Ain’t Who I Was last year and it is certainly her best yet. She was ready to throw in the towel and going to grad school before recording the album, but she met producer, Dave Cobb and her luck turned around. — Marlene Núñez

Go Fever, Rosegarden Funeral, Polystarra at Armoury D.E.
At this edition of Locked & Loaded, it’ll be a trio of indie bands with sounds that range from punk rock to soft rock to new wave and some synth. As always, the show is free. — OM

White Rock Holiday Market
Good Locals Markets is hosting a holiday themed farmers market filled with holiday meals and locally crafted deals fit for the whole family. — LK

Dallas Santacon Bar Crawl 2017
Citymixr is bringing the New York original event Santacon to the D. The event begins at Playground Bar Uptown and will run through several venues in the area, drink specials and holiday music at participating locations. There may be several bar crawls this season, but this is the only Santacon original! — LK

Dead Kennedys at The Rail Club
Ghostlight Concerts and Fort Worth Weekly bring you the Dead Kennedys along with a line up of artist such as Avenue Rockers, Casual Relapse, Noogy and more. The hardcore punk group formed in the ‘70s and still rocking today. — LK

Phuss at Lola’s Saloon
The self-proclaimed fast, loud and dirty rockers from Funky Town has been making music since 2008. The three-piece is best described as pure garage rock, so be ready to do some headbanging. — LK

Sixth Annual (Pre) Holiday Hangover with Rhymin’ And Stealin’ at House of Blues
Get festive at House of Blues with Dallas’ own Beastie Boys tribute band Rhymin’ And Stealin’. — OM

Turnpike Troubadors at Billy Bob’s Texas
The Oklahoma residents have made a name for themselves along the interstate, attracting crowds from all over. Playboy named the group as one of three acts to watch in 2015 and its shows sell out – even in 5,000-plus capacity. — LK

Elvis Presley Tribute Show at Opening Bell Coffee
The tribute concert will be all in honor of the King himself, with performances by OBC Barista Band, Christine Hand, Remy Reilly, Sam Moore, Steve Jackson and many more. All performing artists locals, so show them some love. — LK

CrazyTown at Curtain Club
After taking a short hiatus, the group returned to the music scene in 2014 with a worldwide tour and has been thriving since. The group got their start in 2001 selling six million copies of its first album, The Gift of Game. Here’s your chance to sing along to “Butterfly” with the band — you know you’ve always wanted to. — LK

A Merry Little Christmas Show with Ricki Derek at Granada Theater
With magical vocals, performance persona and the ability to engage an audience, leaving them begging for more, the Sinatra-esque jazz performer knows how to work a room. This holiday show will be sure to put you in the festive spirit. —LK

Josh Johnson Live Comedy Album Recording at Main at South Side
The D-FW comedian has been making people laugh since around 2009 and has an impressive resume, having appeared on FOX, Comedy Central and various more networks. And tonight, he’ll be recording a live album. Performing with him will be Wes Corwin, Dalton Pruitt, Taylor Higginbotham and more. — LK

The Mullens at Three Links

The local quintet has been playing pop/punk rock in the style of the New York and Ramones since the ‘90s. The outfit will stick to what it knows best to do come Saturday night. — OM


Paul Wall at Trees
Southern hip-hop legend Paul Wall is hitting up Tress this weekend to take us back in time with his ‘00s hits. Many of us Texans understand how much of an influence that southern rap sound had on hip-hop as a genre, and with Paul Wall classics like “Sittin’ Sidewayz” and the most iconic “Still Tippin,” fans will definitely be getting their money’s worth. Chino XL, Emilio Rojas, and GT Garza open. — KB

Digisaurus at Deep Ellum Art Company
Hailing from London, Digisaurus will be bringing his distinct sound to Deep Ellum Art Company. With a mix of pop, electronic and funk music being utilized for his own futuristic sound, Digisaurus is often times compared to electronic legends like Daft Punk. With Luna Luna opening. — KB

A Very Ghostlight Christmas at Curtain Club
A slew of local bands will be playing for your holiday pleasure over the course of two Sundays. For week one, the lineup will be: Among The Ruin, In Search of Sight, VeiN, The Eureka Effect, Born & Raised, Drown This Kingdom Band and The Augurist Complex. On top of that, buying one ticket gets you into both shows! — KB

The Colors of Christmas at Majestic Theatre
Enjoy some holiday R&B and soul music at the Majestic Theatre. Many artists such as Peabo Bryson, American Idol winner Ruben Studdard, Billy Davis Jr., Marilyn McCoo and various others will be performing a plethora Christmas hits for your holiday pleasure. — KB

Elysian Oracle Psychic Fair at Omni Dallas Hotel
Have you ever been interested in the powers that manifest within our auras and energy? Look no further. Elysian Oracle Psychic Fair, hosted by Timitha’s Intuitive Services. There will be tarot card and angel Readings, palmistry, energy Healing and many more activities available. — KB

Dog Day Afternoon at Deep Ellum
What’s better than being surrounded by a bunch of dogs at a dog park? A whole day devoted to puppers! Inspired by the Tihar Festival in Nepal, there will be a Dog Day Afternoon in Deep Ellum devoted to our pupper’s loyalty and friendship. There will be treats, garlands and many funtivities for your fur babies. — KB

Generation: Girls – An Art show on diversity and inclusivity at Mitchell Lofts
This interactive art show will be focused on showcasing diversity and promoting inclusivity by promoting the work of 15 young women in the Dallas area. The exhibition will feature multiple art mediums from paintings to sculptures. Part of the proceeds will go towards The Malala Fund, an organization dedicated to providing education to young girls. — MN

D and Chai at The Dirty 30
In its last show of the year, The Dirty 30 will be hosting some Dallas favs such as Remy Reilly and Blue Apollo, along with headliner D and Chai. Help the local venue celebrate the end to a great year of shows. — LK

Snoop Dogg at House of Blues
Drop it like it’s hot with the Doggy Dogg himself. Legendary California rapper Snoop Dogg will be performing at the House of Blues this weekend, and you can be sure he’ll be playing all of his legendary joints (get it)? “Drop It Like It’s Hot” “Nuthin But A G Thang,” and various other classics will definitely be in the cut for this show. — KB

Def Sundays at Off The Record
Hit up Off the Record for a cool mix up of music. Reminder, $3 Jameson, Tito’s and more every Sunday. —JB

Dallas Cowboys Fan Frenzy Watch Party at Cold Beer Company
The Cowboys are out of town this Sunday but the fans will cheer them on at the Cold Beer Company. It’s another must-win game for the ‘Boys, so come on out and support the team as it tries to keep its hopes of a wild card spot alive.. —JB

Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops at Dallas Symphony Orchestra
Enjoy some of your favorite holiday tunes at the Annual Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Christmas Concert. — JB

All Rihanna Everything at RBC
Do you love Rihanna’s music and want to enjoy it and dance to it with other like-minded souls? Well, come out to RBC, where The John Stewart and Blue, The Misfit. will be spinning all her hits. —JB

Drag Show with Cassie Nova at Hyena’s Dallas
Come out to Hyena’s and see its first drag show of the venue in which Cassie Nova will perform her act. —JB

The Colors of Christmas at AT&T Performing Arts Center
The 25th anniversary tour, will have a variety of R&B and soul artists who will perform holiday hits. —JB

Krampus Nacht at The Church
The Church is hosting this appropriately festive night that will feature Christmas horror flicks, vendors and a Krampus Costume Contest. The toy drive will benefit the New Beginning Center of Garland. —JB

Brunch Lady Toy Drive at Barcadia Fort Worth
Come out for some cheer and beer as you enjoy a sloppy Christmas brunch. Make sure to bring an unwrapped toy to donate and enter the Super Sloppy Raffle. —JB

Scarface at Gas Monkey Live
The Houston hip hop artist has appeared on The Source’s top 50 Lyricists of All Time in 2012 at #16, received the I Am Hip Hop award at the 2015 BET Hip Hop Awards and has even made appearances in a few films throughout his career. Performing with him will be Gorgeous George, Michael Heathen and more. — LK

A Night For The Rutherford at Renos Chop Shop
The charity event will benefit local artist Jerry Rutherford after he has suffered a severe stroke and is currently hospitalized. All proceeds as well as service staff tips will go towards living expenses and medical bills for The Rutherford. — LK

Late To The Party POP UP at Double Wide
Do some last-minute shopping as several local vendors will be on site at Double Wide to sell their handcrafted goods — and just in time for the holidays. — OM

To find out what else is going on today, this week and beyond, check out our event directory.

Cover image via Dead Kennedys Facebook Page.

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