Get Us While We're Hot.

So, things may look a little more rain than shine this weekend, which is a bummer considering how many outdoor events are in store. From big concerts, to beer festivals, bike rides, fun runs and Scottish festivals, there's certainly a lot at stake.

Just remember, wicked witches aside, a little water never hurt anyone. Don't let it ruin your fun. Of course, if you do fear melting, there's plenty else going on, too.

Oh yeah, and maybe don't forget to vote this Saturday, too. — Cory Graves

Margaret Cho at Addison Improv
The notorious C.H.O. has been in the comedy game a long time, getting her start at age 16, and winning a contest to open for Jerry Seinfeld not long after. This weekend, the successful actress and comedian returns to the D.F. Dub for three days of stand-up sets. —Lauren Rushing

Torres at Dada
Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, Torres, otherwise known as Mackenzie Scott, keeps her mind going. Her ideas, memories, and dreams create a sense of inspiration until she creates a song. Her husky voice stands out producing a unique sound with the overall soft indie feel — especially when she's singing songs about the “king of Fort Worth, Texas.” Aero Flynn opens. — LR

Greg Allman at Verizon Theatre
Getting old is weird, huh? It's funny, anyway, to think that one of the guys that inspired the wild ass band in Almost Famous is the same guy playing at a place like Verizon. Or that a guy that helped write songs like “Midnight Rider” will play a set that ends well before the witching hour. — CG

Dinner and Bikes at Dallas Bike Works (Oak Cliff)
Bicyclers are pretty hip, yeah, but the people behind Dinner and Bikes take things to a whole 'nother level — like, on-par-with-Portlandia level. First off, the food served at this event will all be vegan and gluten free. And while everyone chows down on some fake meat and rice-based carbs or whatever, they will discuss local problems and initiatives, with what we imagine will somehow tie in with bikes. The short films they'll show after the discussion all center around community movements that all relate to bicycles, anyway. — Carly Seitz

Robert Ellis, The King Bucks at Shipping & Receiving
Houston native, Robert Ellis has been influenced and inspired by old records of blues, folks, and southern country. His latest album, last year's The Lights From The Chemical Plant, contained one of NPR's favorite songs of 2014. Tonight he'll be sharing the stage with more Texas boys, our own King Bucks. — LR

Friday on the Green at Magnolia Green Park (Free)
Friday on the Green happens once a month, and features live music and food from the Near Southside area in Fort Worth. It's basically a giant picnic, but with live music. This month's event is on Friday, and The Quaker City Night Hawks, Kevin Aldridge & The Appraisers and Vincent Neil Emerson are all set to perform. So grab some blankets and friends and head over for a relaxed night filled with good music and good vibes. — CS
This event has been moved to Friday, May 15.

Ex-Cult, Föllakzoid at The Foundry (Free)
Previously known as Sex Cult, Ex-Cult creates a sound all its own by combining elements of several historic genres: '60s psychedelic rock, '70s post punk and '80s U.S. hardcore. It appears Ex-Cult is the headliner for this show, despite Föllakzoid being more popular with more than double the Facebook fans and having been reviewed by The New York Times. — CS

Ed Kowalczyk at Cambridge Room
It's been about a year since we have seen ex-Live frontman Ed Kowalczyk has performed in the Dallas area. It's hard to forget who Kowalczyk is with distinctive bald head and intense eyes. He still performs all the band's old material, too, albeit solo acoustic these days. — LR

Amelie at Inwood Theatre
Audrey Tatou is so effin' cute, and she's probably the most well-known French actress out there. But not just because of how adorable she is; she's also super talented. And her role in Amélie is all the proof you need of that. If you haven't already seen it, well, you need to. You along with those who'd like to see it again can catch it on the big screen at Inwood Theatre this Friday and Saturday at midnight. — CS

Art Con(cert) at Kirk Hopper Gallery
ArtCon(cert) is hosted by Art Conspiracy, a local nonprofit organization that aims to brings artists and musicians together, expand awareness about creative programs, raise funds and more. This Friday's intimate con(cert) will feature Kaela Sinclair, an indie/pop/alternative singer/songwriter from Denton and Fort Worth's Rachel Gollay. — CS

Jah Born at The Prophet Bar
Dallas-based super producer Jah Born has been frequently referred to as a “sample surgeon” thanks to the mathematical prowess of his live sets. To Erykah Badu, though, he's simply “the god.” She'd be the one to know; Jah Born is not only a member of her Cannabinoids backing outfit, he produced “On and On,” the 1998 track that put Ms. Badu on the map. Tonight he'll be joined by virtuoso guitarist Eric McFadden and openers The Effinays and Jenna Clark. — CG

Bandit Run Classic Car Show at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
The Bandit Run started back in 2007 as a reenactment of the Texarkana-to-Atlanta journey portrayed in Smokey and the Bandit, and has since become an annual thing. This year's run starts in Albuquerque and winds up at Dallas' Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill, where they'l host a classic car show and dinner. — LR

Blackberry Smoke at House of Blues
Earlier this year, Georgia southern rockers Blackberry Smoke released its Hold All the Roses LP, its first since leaving Zac Brown's Southern Sound record label. They're doing just fine on their own, though. Playing 250 dates a year, the band has long honed its James Gang-like sound on the road. — CG

Bang Angels (Album Release) at Wits End
Bang Angels is a new Dallas-based glam rock outfit featuring members of The King Bucks, The Servo, Berry Street and Ghost of Ria. Tonight the band releases its new six-song debut EP. — CG

Christopher “Kid” Reid at Hyena's (Fort Worth)
In the early '90s, there was really nobody you'd rather have crash your pad all Cat in the Hat-style and throw a dance-centric rager while your parents were away than Kid 'n Play. Christopher “Kid” Reid's best Funky Charleston days are perhaps behind him — and his hair's a fraction of its former height these days — but far as we can tell from his frequent appearances on 1310-AM The Ticket, he's still maintained his sense of humor. — CG

HomeGrown Music and Arts Fest at The Bomb Factory
This Saturday, the HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival returns to Main Street Garden Park moves to The Bomb Factory for its sixth incarnation, with a lineup that includes Spoon, Old 97's, Shakey Graves, Bobby Patterson, Black Pistol Fire, The Rocketboys, Sealion, Oil Boom, The Orbans, -topic, Wrestlers and Sphynx. Rain or shine, it should prove, once again, to be one of the single greatest days in Dallas this year. — CG

Untapped: Fort Worth at Panther Island Pavilion
Untapped Festival organizers are thrilled to announce that the 9th edition of Untapped will take place at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth. Now in its fourth year, Untapped is more exciting than ever. With 84 plus breweries offering samples of some 250 different craft brews, and live music from the likes of De La Soul, Big Data, The Lone Bellow, The Sword and Ariel Pink, among others. What more could you really ask for? — LR

Lana Del Rey, Courtney Love at Gexa Energy Pavilion
The best thing about Lana Del Rey — even better than her biting lyrics and sultry vocal delivery, atmospheric backing tracks, and carefully-crafted femme fatale image — is the fact that not everyone, it seems, is in on the bit. More often than not the cultural subsets most criticized by her satirical pop culture references, and who are largely oblivious to this fact, are often Rey's biggest fans. — CG

Dirty South Rydaz at Trees
There are only a handful of songs that Dallas hip-hop heads will unanimously concede as being local classics. It's a list that's, I dunno, four or maybe five songs long? Max, really. But this much most will agree upon: Two of the songs that inarguably belong in this canon — Big Tuck's “Southside Da Realist” and Tum Tum's “Caprice Music” — came from a singular crew called Dirty South Rydaz. On the strength of those songs and other, smaller regional hits, DSR — led by Tuck and Tum (sometimes Zillaman), but also featuring Lil Ronnie, Fat Bastard, Double T and Additicon — stood atop the Dallas hip-hop heap for much of the '00s, riding that wave to a deal with Universal Records in 2005. Granted, that deal never spawned much — over time, each member went his own way — but the reputation that the DSR crew on the whole boasts to this day remains high: You'd be hard-pressed to find a hip-hop night worth its salt in this city that doesn't drop at least one DSR song with some regularity. So this, then, is exciting news: Almost a decade after its initial peak, DSR is now in the midst of a full-on comeback. J Whoa, DJ Ju$trill, Laydee Savage, AV the Great, The Outfit, TX, Kottonmouth & Rey T and Fat Pimp will be there too. — Pete Freedman

Cloudland Canyon at Dan's Silverleaf
Listeners of Animal Collective and Boards of Canada, don't make plans this Saturday: Cloudland Canyon is performing at Dan's Silverleaf. Catching the experimental New York rockers and 35 Denton vets set should make for a real trippy time. Wiving, Diamond Age and The Sour Notes open. — LR

Wanda Jackson at Gas Monkey Bar N' Grill
Ease your restless country heart with country music and the undying rock 'n' roll spirit of Wanda “The Queen of Rockabilly” Jackson. Any fan of rockabilly, Elvis exes or surly seniors is sure to be pleased. — Trace McCaslin

Smoke Camp Class at Lockhart Smokehouse (Plano)
Priced at $100 per person, Lockhart Smokehouse's Smoke Camp may just be the cheapest class you've ever taken. Unless, of course, you take into account that it only lasts a day. But hey, smoking meat is an art, and if you're going to do it, you should do it right. That said, what better way to learn than from the experts over at Lockhart? Space is limited. — CS

Father at The Prophet Bar
How much had you accomplished by the time you were 24? We ask, because 24-year-old Mississippi-born rapper Father is already running his own indie label, Awful Records. But you probably know him from this single. His flow is effortless and bouncy as hell. There's no way you could have a bad experience at a performance of Father — especially considering Maxo Kream and Crit Life also perform. — LR

Boz Scaggs at Verizon Theatre
It was while attending school in Dallas that William Scaggs' classmate first began calling him Bosley, which was later shortened to Boz. A member of Steve Miller's high school band The Marksmen and later the Steve Miller Band, his biggest commercial success was the 1976's Silk Degrees. — CG

Canned Food Show at Double Wide
This Saturday, Double Wide is hosting a benefit concert with Uneasy Pilgrim, Criminal Birds, Lazy Brother and The Heckwithits. The proceeds will go toward North Texas Food Bank, and you can either pay $10 or bring 10 cans of food to get into the show. In fact, Double Wide says they prefer you to bring cans, so clean out that pantry, hit the grocery store and enjoy what's sure to be one impactful show! — CS

Grand Opening Party at Dallas Vintage Toys
If you're into old comic characters, old games and more, Dallas Vintage Toys is the store for you. At its grand opening party, which is set for Saturday, there will be a cosplay costume contest, video game tournaments, free hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., a live DJ and more. Sounds like they did some serious planning for the store's opening, so you don't want to miss it. — CS

Cars and Coffee: Tesla Test Drive Event at Full City Rooster
Did you know there are no Tesla dealerships in Texas? Well, there aren't. There are service centers and galleries, but no dealerships sell the electric cars here. However, you can test drive a Tesla Model S at Full City Rooster this Saturday, and enjoy some coffee from around the world while you're at it. Well, not literally while you're test driving — no one wants you spilling coffee in a new car — but you get what we mean. — CS

Fire Fest Block Party in Expo Park
The 100-year-old Dallas Firefighters Museum will hold a fundraiser that'll see the streets in Expo Park shut down for a block party. The day's activities include tours of the museum, a pizza eating contest at Pizza Lounge, live music, and a firefighter relay among others. An after-party at The Underpass follows. — CG

David Liebe Hart at Rubber Gloves
Depending on who you ask, David Liebe Hart is either a man with alien ancestors who turned down the role of Opie's black friend on The Andy Griffith Show and later learned the art of puppetry from Jim Henson himself or he's a Bluetooth-wearing, mentally-challenged individual being held hostage by his punk rock backing band. The real truth is probably somewhere between these two extremities. New Science Projects, Gross Bitch, Biscuithead and Beth Dodds open. — CG

Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games at UTA Maverick Stadium
The Texas Scottish Festival has just about everything Scottish you can think of. Seriously. From Scottish dance and music performances, to whisky tasting, to an all-Scottish breed dog show — you name it — it will be there. And, if you can convince the people at the gate that you're 17, you can get anywhere from a $4-10 discount, depending on which day you go (maybe, if they don't ask to see your ID). — CS

Spring Pub Wride at The Lot
We aren't exactly sure why The LOT and Friends of the Sante Fe Trail have “Wride” in this event's title instead of “Ride,” but we are sure of one thing: it is perfectly legal to ride a bicycle under the influence in the state of Texas. While some other states extend their driving under the influence laws to include bicycles, Texas only applies its DUI laws to motor vehicles. So yeah. Grab your bike and head over to The LOT this Saturday and enjoy the “free” drinks that come with your $20 donation at three stops along the bike trail. — CS

The Wyldz at The Foundry (Free)
Originally from Paris, and now residing in Austin, TX, The Wyldz is a '60s and '70s leaning classic rock-style outfit. Hopefully it also pairs well with chicken. — LR

DJ Maseo at Josey Records
Is it just us, or does 4 p.m. seem a little early to start a DJ set on a Saturday? Well, regardless, it should be pretty cool at Josey Records and Music this Saturday with DJ Maseo of De La Soul. If the name doesn't ring a bell, you may recognize him by his other names: Plug 3 and P.A. Mase. — CS

“FOMO: Works by Erika Jaeggli” (Opening Reception) at WAAS Gallery
Erika Jaegelli's newest exhibition is titled “FOMO,” which stands for “Fear of Missing Out.” And you really don't want to miss out on seeing her work — which focuses on a variety of topics including gender, the economy and climate change — at the WAAS Gallery. But lucky for you, you have plenty of time to head to the gallery to see her art, as the exhibition will be at WAAS until June 13. However, there's only one opening reception, and that's this Saturday. That said, if you're free on Saturday from 6-9 p.m., you should totally check it out during the reception so you can enjoy a complete experience. — CS

Sufjan Stevens at Majestic Theatre
It's always a surprise to see Sufjan Stevens's name appear on tour dates and new releases. Well fans, this year Sufjan has given us the ultimate present with a release of a new album and a 2015 tour! Carrie & Lowell is Steven's latest album that was released in late March. Don't miss your chance on seeing the multi-instrumentalist and singer Sufjan Stevens for a personal and spiritual experience. — LR

Bad Suns at The Bomb Factory
Southern California indie rockers, Bad Suns formed in 2012 and in the short time since its inception, has managed to build up quite the fan base. The band's sound, which mines largely from '80s post punk bands like The Cure and Elvis Costello not only makes you want to dance, but touches your emotions with hints of musical depth beyond its members young ages. After its February show at Trees sold out and then was subsequently cancelled, they opted to move it to the much larger Bomb Factory to sell a few more tickets. — LR

Lost Boys & Dirty Dancing Double Feature at Granada Theater
Is there a more quintessential dance movie than 1987's Dirty Dancing — other than Breakin' 2, of course? Thanks, in part, to a killer soundtrack, it was the first film to ever sell a million copies on VHS, for whatever that's worth. At least this weekend you won't have to try and track down a VCR to re-watch it. Or Lost Boys either, for that matter. Both screen as part of Granada's regular double feature events. — CG

Johnny Stimson at Cambridge Room
Johnny Stimson is a Dallas-based pop singer that was an official performer at this year's SXSW, though it was another local that wound up winning the thing. Oh well, you win some, you lose some. — CG

Lord Huron, Leon Bridges at South Side Music Hall
Though they make two completely different types of music, Lord Huron's Ben Schneider and Fort Worth's Leon Bridges both seem to have been transported here from another time. Schneider channels his retro leanings through his old-timey brand of rustic indie folk, while Bridges is oft hailed as Sam Cooke reincarnate. — CG

Mai Day at Epocha
Although Epocha is a shoe store, Trina Mai is having her Sappy Poem Book release and book signing there. Also at the event, there will be several performances by other poets, as well as vinyl DJ set by 5-D and live music by raché. — CS

2015 Bagel Run at the Jewish Community Center
What we know about the 2015 Bagel Run: 1) it's hosted by the Jewish Community Center (JCC), 2) this year marks the 29th year for the annual run, 3) there's a “Kid's K,” a 5K and a 10K to choose from. What we don't know about the 2015 Bagel Run: if bagels will be there. Believe it or not, the JCC failed to address this on its webpage for the event. — CS

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


















































No more articles