Everything Is Purple.

As you're likely aware, the date Marty travels to in Back to the Future II was in October of 2015. As such, we've known for some 25 years exactly what to expect from this month, like the fact that the Cubs are going to win the World Series.

Unfortunately, they didn't have time in that classic flick to cover every single event going down this year, let alone this weekend. It's all good, though, because as far as these next three days are concerned, we've got you covered. — Cory Graves

The Reunion Dallas at The Lawn at Reunion
Remember when Bruce Springsteen played a free, outdoor concert on the site of the old Reunion Arena? Yeah, that was pretty effing incredible. The Boss' closing-night blowout was one of several huge performances the NCAA brought to town in April of last year to hype its annual championship tournament, which was being held in Arlington. Even cooler than Bruce, though, was the revelation that Reunion Park was a pretty damn special tract of land, as evidenced by the fact that our Springsteen-nut of an editor's review of that show spent more time pondering the field's potential future than on the Wizard of Asbury Park himself. That's almost exactly what's happening this Friday to ring in Texas-OU weekend with performances from Weezer, Fitz and the Tantrums and Trombone Shorty on the same spot. — CG

Fidlar at Dada
Since Fidlar was here last, its frontman Zac Carper kicked his addictions to crack, heroin and meth. But, like Carper told us in a 2013 interview, you don't have to do drugs in order to write a good drug song. Good thing, because the recently released Too is filled with much of the same bratty, caution-to-the-wind punk as before. — CG

A$AP Rocky, Tyler the Creator, Danny Brown, Vince Staples at South Side Ballroom
If the cult musical collective Odd Future was a champion of teenage rebellion, then it's founding member — Tyler the Creator — is the pied-piper of the movement. And despite hurt feelings about the group's recent “disbanding,” Tyler's hold over youth culture remains as strong as ever, as his sold-out performance at The Bomb Factory earlier this summer clearly evidenced. The fact that he's not even top billing here just goes to show how massive this show is going to be. — Porttia Portis

American Aquarium at Kessler Theater
Earlier this year, the North Carolina-bred country rockers released their sophomore long-player, Wolves. After burning through over 20 different bandmates, the album is one that finds the band's hard-partying, road warrior frontman B.J. Barham finally locking down a more solidified lineup. At least you won't be drinking alone tonight. Shane Smith & the Saints open. — CG

Fortune Feimster at Addison Improv
After moving to Los Angeles and trying her hand at a number of odd jobs, including entertainment journalist, Fortune Femister eventually found herself a member of the same Groundlings Sunday Company that sprung Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig. Most recently you might remember — or more likely, not, zing! — as the stagehand on John Mulaney's failed sitcom. — CG

The Von Ehrics at Three Links
Something old, something new, something drunk and, well, I forget the rest. But some of that should apply to this local rock show which not only commemorates The Von Ehrics' 15th year together, but serves as the album release for upstart band the Sleepin' Rattlers. Fellow homesprung powerhouses Convoy and the Cattlemen and Mo Robinson make this one hell of a bill from top to bottom. — CG

Friday on the Green at Magnolia Green Park (Free)
Reoccurring monthly, weather-permitting, is Friday on the Green a local summer concert series gracing Fort Worth's Magnolia Green Park. For the final installment of 2015, Whiskey Folk Ramblers closes out an evening of fine 817-centric tunes that's sure to be fun for the whole family. Jetta in the Ghost Tree and Un Chien also perform and, lucky for you, the whole night's free. Bring your own lawn chair, pets and cash for the food trucks. — Evan Henry

Fort Worth Ink and Art Expo at Will Rogers Memorial Center
Music by Saving Abel, guest appearances from the Tattoo Nightmares crew, suspension demonstrations and a whole lot of tattooing will go down at this three-day convention. — CG

The Bride of Frankenstein at Inwood Theatre
Just when audiences in 1935 thought Frankenstein('s monster) was dead, director James Whale (no relation to this writer, sadly) wanted folks to know that he's alive(!!!) and well. Additionally, the creature now has a babe on his side, too, in this classic sequel. — Chase Whale

Dustin Ybarra at Hyena's (Plano)
For its second season, Gotham added Dustin Ybarra to its cast as an Arkham Asylum resident with a taste for human flesh. When not playing a cannibal on TV, Ybarra gets his kick telling jokes. — CG

Tanya Tucker at Arlington Music Hall
Tanya Tucker became a country darling back in the '70s with her hit “Delta Dawn.” She remained on the charts for a little while, before slowly fading out of the spotlight. But she's always kept playing live shows and tonight is no different. Check her out Friday when she plays the strip-mall wormhole you pass through on the way to Fort Worth. — Diamond Victoria

Prophets and Outlaws at State Fair of Texas
Most weekends you can find them at the soul shop. It's where there daddy taught them how to rock. This is not most weekends. As such, this locally-sprung roots rock act will be serenading your bacon-rimmed margarita shenanigans. — CG

Brew-Haha Comedy Series at The Collective Brewing Project
Laugh until Tropic Thunder comes out of your nose as the North Texas brewery stand-up series hits this Funky Town taproom. — CG

Ed Wood at Texas Theatre
Before lo-fi, do-it-yourself, guerrilla filmmaking was cool, there was Ed Wood, doing it just for the love of the game. This is the guy who made a handful of ultra low-budget science fiction and horror films, among a few other genre titles. The one you probably have heard of is Plan 9 from Outer Space. Here, he's given the biopic treatment from Tim Burton, the only guy weird enough to properly pull it off. And he's played by the only character actor who could ever pull him off, too, the ever-eccentric Johnny Depp. — CW

Stray From the Path at Trees
Unbridled anger and RATM mimickry abound on the recently released seventh LP for New York hardcore outfit Stray From the Path. The band heads a long and loud bill that also includes sets from Comeback Kid, Being as an Ocean, Major League and Misconceptions open. — CG

Tragically Hip at House of Blues
With the Dallas Stars kicking off its season yesterday, and the Rangers currently embroiled in a post-season battle with the Toronto Blue Jays, there's probably no love lost for Canada around North Texas at the moment. Don't hold it against iconoclastic Canadian rockers The Tragically Hip too much, though. — CG

The Sword at Gas Monkey Live
Three years after its last record, heavy Austin rockers The Sword ditched much of its Sabbath-mining ways in favor of a more throwback-inclined sound. MetalSucks writer Axl Rosenberg calls the aptly-named High Country “totally retro” and “designed for use with marijuana.” Kadaver opens. — CG

Mutemath at Dada (Sold Out)
Vaguely Christian overtones aside, Mutemath's pretty fun. Their drummer is a machine, their music is peppy and last time through town, their frontman rode atop the audience on a mattress. Mutemath's got spunk, folks! They got moxie! Quiet Entertainer opens. — Pete Freedman

Overkill, Symphony X at The Bomb Factory
Although Overkill might not have quite the same name recognition as, say, any of the Big 4, they were every bit as essential as their brethren in Anthrax (with whom they coincidentally shared a member early on) spreading thrash metal throughout the east coast and beyond. Thirty years and twenty albums later they're still at it, this time with New Jersey prog metal outfit Symphony X on board as co-headliners. In Search of Sight, Creeper and Cull the Heard open. — CG

Marian Hill at House of Blues
After making its national television debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden back in September, this jazzy Philadelphia duo has risen fast. They're also playing Austin City Limits this weekend… — CG

Nervous Curtains (Album Release) at Double Wide
Since the band's first LP, Out of Sync With Time, Nervous Curtains has been adding some great music into the robust Dallas scene. The post-punk synth celebrates the release show of its record, Con, which frontman Sean Kirkpatrick recently spoke with us about. Also on the bill: Grave City and The Satans Of Soft Rock. Bloody Knives and Wire Nest open. — H. Drew Blackburn

10th Annual BeerFeast at Flying Saucer (Fort Worth)
Tasting cards for the Flying Saucer's 10th annual BeerFeast will score you 12 samples from some 80-plus beers, representing over 50 breweries. Food, live music and additional samples will be part of the proceedings, too. — CG

Blank-Men (Album Release) at City Tavern
Local synth-punk outfit the Blank-Men releases its sophomore LP this weekend. That one — recorded by Robisheaux at Fort Worth's Cloudland Recording Studio — does a much better job than its predecessor of matching the intensity of the group's blistering live shows. Pick up a copy at this one, where Bullet Machine, Insubordination and Stealers also perform. — CG

Second Chance Prom at Rubber Gloves
Buy an earlybird ticket to next spring's 35 Denton festival and get admission to this Purple, Well Hung Heart, Bad Beats, Hella Zealous, Goldenjoy concert for free. You'll still have to buy your own corsage, though. Limos optional. — CG

Diorama-O-Rama at Jefferson Towers
If you who frequently say things like, “I like this, but I wish that it was smaller” or “Toy train sets are the best!” you'll find yourself at home at the Diorama-O-Rama, where “cool” is measured in inches. Contestants will bring their own dioramas to auction off to benefit the Texas Theatre and The Oak Cliff Foundation, and, for a small donation, you will get to witness the majesty of multiple dioramas in one place. Yes, I said multiple dioramas! If you didn't just get incredibly excited by that thought, you can talk to a miniaturized model of my hand. — Chelsea Upton

Red River Showdown at The Cotton Bowl
Unlike it has most years for the past decade-and-a-half, the 110th meeting of Texas and Oklahoma won't be one of the best games in the country this weekend. Hell, 10th ranked OU and the four-loss Longhorns probably won't be much of a contest at all. The biggest reason we've thrown this event in here is to give you a heads up how crazy packed the Fair is going to be this weekend. — CG

Joe Jackson at Majestic Theatre
English-born, New York-based '80s jazz-pop musician Joe Jackson has put out 19 albums thus far. But he'll always be the “Steppin' Out” guy to us. — CG

Michael Jackson Dance Party at Alamo Drafthouse
Grease up your moonwalkin' kicks for this sing-along/dance-along party, where the King of Pop's best videos will play on the big screen. — CG

Kevin Fowler at State Fair of Texas
As country as country could possibly get, Kevin Fowler nearly redefines the genre with his hardcore honky-tonk tendencies. Fowler's impeccable talent for turning complete clichés into full-fledged, kind of enjoyable songs, and his familiar local bar dude sound and attitude are hard not to like — or at least not actively loathe. Anyway, two-step your way over to the State Fair this weekend if you're looking for an answer to the question: “How country are ya?” —Chrissi Chetwood

Crazy Water Festival at Mineral Wells' Historic Famous Water Pavilion
They're so crazy about their naturally-occurring mineral water out in Mineral Wells that they throw a two-day festival dedicated to it. Rabbit Hole's using the stuff to brew up a special batch of its Mike Modano-themed beer just for the occasion, too. — CG

Avers at The Foundry (Free)
Another of SXSW's quote-unquote winners, Avers plays a free Dallas gig thanks to some ACL spillover action. The Richmond, Virginia “supergroup” boasts a member of the Head and the Heart, for whatever that's worth to you. Oh, and chicken. — CG

Dallas Brew Bus Funkytown Tour
You drink, they drive. It's not that complicated. For its October tour, the Dallas Brew Bus will be hitting Panther Island, Collective Brewing Project and Community. — CG

Cyclesomatic 2015: Swaptoberfest at Community Beer Co.
One of many bike-friendly events planned to coincide with this month's Cyclesomatic activities, this one will feature a good ol' fashioned bike swap. Buy/sell/trade bikes, pick up parts and accessories from on-site vendors and grab samples of Community's award-winning brews while you're there. — CG

Sealion, Son of Stan, Siberian Traps, Pearl Earl at Three Links
In the past four years or so, Sealion has become one of the most visible bands in Deep Ellum. That's not altogether surprising: To the band's credit, it's nearly impossible to find a parking meter or bar bathroom in that neighborhood that doesn't sport at least a remnant of an old Sealion sticker. More likely, though, the band's increased visibility has more to do with the frequent shows that the band has played in Deep Ellum as it has established its patented brand of margarita punk as one of neighborhood's most stabilizing forces. Like the rest of the locals on this bill the band's shows are always a good time. — CG

Counting Crows at Allen Event Center
To say they're pumped about Counting Crows hitting the burbs this weekend is an understatement. Tickets to this sucker went on sale back in April. Pass me a bottle, Mr. Jones. — CG

Jimmie Vaughan at Kessler Theater
Despite being raised not too far from this venue, the older brother of Texas blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan is known as “The Godfather of Austin Blues.” As a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, he popularized “Tuff Enuff” and “Wrap it Up,” two of the most used songs in the history of advertising, we'd guess. Tonight, he'll return to perform near his old stomping grounds.– CG

New Found Glory, Yellowcard at Gas Monkey Live
When you get a yellow card in soccer, it's a warning to stop fucking up or you'll be out of the game. When you get a Yellowcard in music, it's a reminder that rock from the early '00s ain't dead, no matter how hard you wish it was. The so-called “Godfathers of Pop-Punk,” New Found Glory, open. — CG

Kacey Musgraves at WinStar World Casino
At the complete opposite end of the rampant, repugnant bro country movement are acts like the Mineola-raised Kacey Musgraves, who blown up in the past couple of years thanks to her honest and tender songs about drinking whiskey, smoking weed and not giving a fuck about conforming to anyone else's standards. It's paid off, too, earning Musgraves took a couple of Grammys last year, with her Same Trailer, Different Park LP, beating out Taylor Swift's Red in the process. More recently she's experienced a bit of crossover success opening for Katy Perry on tour and filming a special together. She brings it live, too. Last time we saw her perform we called her the next Dolly Parton. She's the real fucking deal. — CG

Four-Year Anniversary at Single Wide
Make sure to drop by at some point Saturday and raise a can to another successful trip around the sun for Lower Greenville's favorite little trailer-themed bar. Elvis-themed mini pies will be on hand to further sweeten the deal. — CG

Alcest at Sons of Hermann Hall
Following the release of its first demo, two-thirds of French black metal trio Alcest left the group, which slowly morphed into a shoegaze duo over the ensuing decade. Emma Ruth Rundle and Glasir open. — CG

Ariana Grande at American Airlines Center
Good news; For the second time this year, tall, doughnut-licking infant Awiana Gwande has been granted permission to stay up past her bedtime to sing a few pwetty widdle songs for you tonight. Prince Royce also performs, or whatever. I hate America. — CG

MisterWives at House of Blues
Around for little more than a year, New York indie pop outfit MisterWives has exploded quite rapidly onto the scene with its single, “Reflections,” one of the biggest songs of the summer, and earned them headlining slots at this venue twice in a seven-month span, not to mention this year's ACL. Fellow ACL spillover act Waters also performs, and CRUISR opens. — CG

Adia Victoria at Three Links
Swampy blues rocker Adia Victoria only began touring in early 2015, but big things are no doubt on the horizon. Back in January, Rolling Stone described her as “PJ Harvey covering Loretta Lynn at a haunted debutante ball.” Jack Kerowax and Bosque Brown open. — CG

Dean Dillon at Magnolia Motor Lounge
George Strait earned his “King of Country” nickname thanks to his ability to set indoor concert attendance records and for his 50 No. 1 songs. But — get this! — he didn't write most of those suckers. Nope. For the most part it was Dean Dillon, who wrote that shit. Dillon alone was responsible for 50 of Strait's biggest tunes, songs like “Ocean Front Property,” “Drinkin' Man,” “Famous Last Words of a Fool” and “The Chair.” The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer wrote George Jones' “Tennessee Whiskey,” too. — CG

Oak Cliff Lively Fest at Roots and Culture (Free)
It's the second year for Dallas' only reggae festival. — CG

Beach Boys at State Fair of Texas
The Beach Boys is an act about as legendary as they come, and there's also no denying that the band's Pet Sounds album is among a handful of the very best ever made by any band. Ever. That, of course, was then. The version of the band currently calling itself the Beach Boys features only Mike Love and Bruce Johnston from the band's glory days. — CG

Spooky Folk at Dan's Silverleaf
Right at the end of the '00s, you could've easily made the case that Denton's Spooky Folk was the region's top band. If nothing else, its live shows were certainly among the most exciting, as songs like “Bible Belt” and “Polaroid,” which charmingly blended Americana tinges into an overall college rock-influenced sound, would often turn into full-venue singalongs. But then life intervened and halted the band's rapid ascent: Frontman Kaleo Kaualoku fell in love and bolted Denton for Denver as his bandmates largely stuck around town, but focused their efforts elsewhere. This weekend, Kaualoko returns to town in honor of one of those efforts: This show serves as a fundraiser for a new Denton autism clinic helmed by drummer Christopher Brown. — PF

Cyclesomatic 2015: Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Ride at The Wild Detectives
One of several cycling events as part of this year's Cyclesomatic celebration, this 18-mile ride will make stops at Stevie's childhood home and final resting place on the way to a free screening of When Dallas Rocked over at the Texas Theatre. The whole thing takes place just a day after his brother plays the Kessler, too. Let's get these boys a statue already. — CG

When Dallas Rocked at Texas Theatre (Free)
In his new documentary — which makes its Denton debut tonight — former Buddy magazine editor Kirby Warnock makes a case that in the '70s Dallas was considered the music hub of the entire southwest. Check out the trailer — which immediately comes out of the gate questioning Austin's self-proclaimed status as “the live music capitol of the world” — here. — CG

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