You Know You Could, But Why Would You Want To?

Hey thrill jockeys, looking to test your intestinal fortitude this weekend? Why not follow in this reporter’s footsteps by traveling to the new, world’s longest and highest glass bottom bridge in China — and trying to smash out one of the panels holding you up with a sledgehammer?

Sounds like a lot of work, and kinda like a waste, tbh. Like they’d really use a type of glass breakable by us mere mortals on a structure like that.

For some other ways to entertain yourself both closer to the home and closer to the ground, check out the rest of the options we’ve found for you below. — Cory Graves

Friday
Dallas Arts District Summer Block Party
The first peek of summer is an exciting phenomenon. There’s a certain essence to Dallas summers that’s unique to everywhere else in Texas. The city is all the more unique to those who chose to live here. To help mark Dallas’ awkward seasonal transition, the Arts District will hold its annual summer block party, which includes free tours of every museum, plus all manner of street performers and vendors. — Calvin Cashen

Lil Jon at Avenu
Lil Jon; Top 40 darling, DJ, entrepreneur, professional hype man. See this man of many talents spin his favorite jams whilst entertaining the people of Uptown. Whaaat? Yeahhhhhhh!! — CC

Bruce Wood: Six June at Dallas City Performance Hall
Dancing is one of the few things we humans have that transcends culture. Tonight, the city’s own Bruce Wood Dance Project kicks off its sixth season with the company’s classic Anything Goes plus a few world premiere pieces. — Sidney Johnson

The Ticket’s Summer Bash at Little Elm Park
As the triple fake Justin Bieber frequently sings, if you like going to Ticket stuff, then you should go to Summer Bash. The nation’s most popular sports radio station holds its annual summer party tonight in Norm’s backyard, aka Little Elm Park on Lake Lewisville. — CG

Sunflower Bean at Three Links
Just when you thought the new band section was closed and done for the year, buzzing up-and-comers Sunflower Bean hit the blogosphere and demand ever-so-politely to be heard. Come on out for a fuzzy foray into slacker garage rock. DFW’s Bummer Vacation opens. — CC

Stand By Me at Inwood Theatre
This film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Body finds four young boys on a quest for a dead body. Along the way, several invaluable life lessons are learned, including: “Don’t walk on a freaking train-track.” Self-reflection and typical tween unease is involved in the process. Yeah, its message is a little jaded, but don’t tell me you didn’t love this movie growing up. — CC

Darius Rucker, Dan + Shay at Gexa Energy Pavilion
Commonly known as the frontman of Hootie & The Blowfish, Rucker hits town with his country solo project. Since it’s at Gexa, remember to bring those beach towels and bug spray. — SJ

Heartbyrne, A Live One at Granada Theater
Shying away from a copy-paste formula can make or break a tribute band. Heartbyrne is a Talking Heads tribute act with a charming reverence for the group’s entire discography. What separates them from the tribute band faction is its patent appreciation for the source material. You can see the act perform Remain In Light in the style of Stop Making Sense on the turn of a dime. Also on the bill is A Live One, a band that takes on the impossible task of covering Phish. — CC

Local H at Trees
In the band’s 25 year span, Local H has had a few up’s and down’s with its members. For this one, the “Bound For the Floor” rockers celebrate the 20th anniversary of its best album, As Good As Dead by playing it in full. — SJ

Los Punks: We Are All We Have + Punk Rock After-Party at The Wild Detectives
As the name would suggest, the film details the punk-rock scene in the Hispanic dominant suburbs of Los Angeles. If interested in catching its Texas premiere, entrance is a mere $5. Attendees will also be treated to a punk rock party and concert beginning after the short film. — SJ

Rustin Luther Benefit Show at The Rail Club
Urizen bassist Rustin Luther found out while on a recent tour in New Orleans that he has an inoperable, incurable brain tumor. To put it bluntly: He’s dying. Not one to cry about it or ask for help, friends and family of the 30-year-old have set up a Go Fund Me campaign to help shoulder some of his medical costs. Similarly, a handful of benefit shows like this one at The Rail Club have been organized to help raise some additional cash. Like many musicians around town, the hard-rocking bassist and owner of TomCats West doesn’t currently have health insurance. We wish him and his family the best. — CG

Rhett Miller, Corn Mo at Kessler Theater
John Cunningham, or Corn Mo, is a Denton native and, at times, a one-man-band. His homecoming performance will be as the opener for Rhett Miller, successful Texas-bred country singer and member of the Old 97’s. The pairing of the two is interesting, let’s see where this takes us. — SJ

Noah Jackson & the Immolation at Double Wide
It’s been a long, strange musical journey for Dallas’ Noah Jackson since the dissolution of the short-lived Denton “electro-synth giants” of Ghosthustler several years ago. Just as that band started receiving heaps of national attention — before ever releasing a full-length — it broke up. But musicians keep on making music. It’s what they do. And while Jackson’s former bandmate Alan Palomo has since stuck to a pretty similar sonic path with his subsequent VEGA and Neon Indian projects, Jackson’s ventured all over the place. After leaving behind the dance music world, he’s dabbled in things like gospel, shoegaze and psych-rock. Toronto’s Dead Broke and Dallas’ Seres open. — CG

Siberian Traps (Album Release) at Shipping and Receiving
These guys may have hailed from Nashville once upon a time, but after moving to the 817 a few years ago, they’ve assimilated mightily into the local music scene. The band’s latest LP, Stray Dogs comes out June 17, and it couldn’t possibly sound any more Fort Worth-y. Recorded by Fort Worth’s Britt Robisheaux, mixed by the band’s drummer Peter Wierenga (who also plays with Fort Worth’s Jake Paleschic) and mastered by the progenitor of the modern Fort Worth sound, one Jordan Richardson, they’ve certainly followed the template. Regardless, it’s a steady and capable pop rock album that no fans of Oil Boom, Son of Stan, Kevin Aldridge, VVOES, et al, will be able to deny. — CG

John Anderson at Billy Bob’s
Honky-tonk is as Texas as mid-day Jim Adler commercials. And if you’re Jonesin’ for your fix of boots and live music, John Anderson is at Billy Bob’s. The country artist has been rocking shows for over 30 years with five No. 1 singles on the Billboard country music charts to date. — SJ

Royce Da 5’9″ at The Loft
Once popular in the Detroit rap game, the rapping half of PRhyme is back spitting out rhymes like he had nearly two decades ago, only to smaller audiences. The one-time Eminem collaborator is in town, but for a limited time only, so catch him while Mr. 5’9″ is still sorta warm, at the smoke-free Live Oak in Ft. Worth. — Evan Henry

Prashe Fashion Show at One Arts Plaza
Fashionistas get your wallets and purses ready; couture designer Prashi Shah is hosting a fashion show this Friday. To see her contemporary and Eastern-eclectic style in person you must fork over a pretty penny, with tickets ranging from $48 for general admission to over $150 for the ballers in VIP. But, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Dallas Black Dance Theatre, so feel good about your purchase SJ

The Come Up at Wits End
For this month’s edition of The Come Up, groovy DJ and Dallas native, Brett Johnson will play a set of his trance infused house at the rooftop bar. But if you fancy some hip-hop with that Keystone Light, there will be local artists performing downstairs. No promises there’ll actually be any Keystone. — SJ

Radiohead: Live from a Moon Shaped Pool Instore Event at Good Records
Imagine, if you will, a record store. Now, imagine that store is Greenvilles’ go-to record shop, Good Records. Finally, picture yourself there shopping some vinyls from their extensive collection while exclusive Radiohead tracks stream in-store. Artist Stanley Donwood will have his artwork on display and there will be prizes given to three customers. — SJ

The Blind Café at Atlantis Business Center
A pop-up venture called The Blind Café aims to show patrons what it’s like to live with blindness with a dinner and show in complete darkness. An evening at the touring restaurant will feature a vegetarian dinner, followed by a discussion on what it is like to live with blindness. The event takes place June 16-18 from 6 to 8:30 at the Atlantis Business Center in Carrollton. — Porttia Portis

Giovanni Valderas: “Forged Utopia” at The MAC
The MAC presents Forged Utopia, a series of pieces by Giovanni Valderas. “Forged Utopia” is themed around the prolonged marginalization of Latino communities; utilizing images synonymous with white gentrification. The solo exhibition starts this weekend and will continue through June 25th. — CC

Saturday
Best Little Brewfest in Texas at Old Town Lewisville
Forget whether or not North Texas actually still needs beer fests, there’s no better feeling than an ice-cold beer after a hard day of anything — except may e when 100 percent of the proceeds from that purchase goes to charity. This event will host over 90 breweries and 300 craft beers for your drinking pleasure. You’re not an alcoholic, it’s for the children. — SJ

Selena Gomez at American Airlines Center
Selena Gomez’s ever-increasing plot for world domination starts with her music. After a brief stint as Disney’s poster child, Gomez took on the obligatory singing career route. She soon drew an immense fanbase that has yet to diminish. In fact, she’s more massive than ever. — CC

The Avett Brothers at Gexa Energy Pavilion
The Avett Brothers seem to have a lot going on in their music. The group is described as dabbling in bluegrass, punk, pop, rock ‘n’ roll, honky-tonk and even ragtime, among others. With this surprising mesh of genres, it may be time to create a new one to describe these guys’ ever-popular catalog. — SJ

Local Education Fest II at Three Links
King Camel will celebrate all things local with its second annual Local Education Fest. The event, of course, takes its name from the semi-regular all-local bookings the area promoter throws at this same venue. This year, Dark Rooms, Party Static, Akkolyte, Pearl Earl, Field Guide, VVOES, Honor System and R!U!O!K! will be performing on that fest’s — count ’em! — two stages. — CG

Boho Market at Fair Park
The event is a pop-up marketplace, traveling the land searching far and wide for buyers of their handcrafted and vintage items. The event is intended to showcase local artists, giving them an outlet to sell their work. Tickets are just $5 and “Hipster-be-gone” will not be sold. — SJ

Leon Russell at Granada Theater
Leon Russell is, in a word, prolific. It’s near impossible to clump him with any sort of style because he transcends the limitations of genre. Russell has dabbled in everything from pop to country, bluegrass to gospel and everything in-between. Witness this living, breathing legend at the Granada. — CC

A Place to Bury Strangers at Texas Theatre
There’s something unequivocally visceral about an APTBS show. And, at this point, that’s really become this band’s calling card and draw. In the 12 years that have passed since Oliver Ackermann formed this three-piece, space rock-indebted shoegaze outfit, the group’s been touring the country, beating up P.A. systems and eardrums alike with its impossibly loud live sets. Along with True Widow, the band’s performance will follow an OCFF screening of the Death by Audio doc Goodnight Brooklyn. — Pete Freedman

Los Van Van at The Bomb Factory
Blame Obama for fixing U.S. relations with Cuba after more than 50 years. Not that it has any bearing on Cuban salsa band, Los Van Van rocking out in the states, but, yeah. They are the band to beat in their native country and are bringing it all to town this Saturday. — SJ

Kimbellfest: France at Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum’s third annual Kimbell Fest is a free fest that celebrates all things France. To make things even more alliterative, the fest is inspired by the museum’s exhibition The Brothers Le Nain: Painters of Seventeenth-Century France. So, that makes this a free French festival. — CC

Martin Lawrence at Verizon Theatre
Let’s have a show of hands for those who grew up on the Martin Lawrence show in the ’90s’? Everybody? OK, well the funnyman of 1,000 faces will be in town bringing the flavor that only he can. You can expect Otis, Sha-Nae-Nae, Dragonfly Jones and the fan favorite Jarome to make guest appearances as well. Big momma should stay put though. — Sidney Johnson

David Lowery Presents: Flight of the Navigator in Bishop Arts District (Free)
Local director David Lowery and ex-Polyphonic Spree member Toby Halbrooks will present a screening of the enigmatic Disney film Flight Of The Navigator. This free outdoor event is one of many screenings to take place at the Oak Cliff Film Festival. After the film, Lowery and Halbrooks will unveil a trailer of their latest project: a Disney remake of Pete’s Dragon. — CC

Eleven Hundred Springs at Double Wide
The long-haired hippie freaks may not be your conventional country artists, such as the late Merle Haggard or Hank Williams, but Eleven Hundred Springs has carved out their own lane in country music. With over 20-years experience and nine albums to date, these guys have been on the scene. Clean those boots and get to steppin’. — Sidney Johnson

Deep Ellum Night Film Walk
Capturing the perfect photo can be gratifying, to say the least. You can feed that eager shutter finger of yours this Saturday at the Deep Ellum Night Filmwalk. An idillic night of photography is one thing, but the chance to shoot in Deep Ellum is a no-brainer. — CC

Jack Ingram at Billy Bob’s
The “Wherever You Are” singer brings his five No. 1 singles and healthy back catalog back to the town that first put him on the map. — CG

Sarah Jaffe, Doug Burr at Shipping and Receiving
Sarah Jaffe and Doug Burr are proof that Denton is a true-to-life music hub; and not just in terms of producing quality music. The college town has put Jaffe and Burr at the forefront of its music scene, giving them the leverage to rank among Austin, Athens, hell, even Seattle. The two have performed together several times in the past. Guess what? They’re doing it again this Saturday — albeit in Fort Worth. — CC

Jacquees at The Loft
Still looking for his big breakthrough, Cash Money rapper Jacquees brings his grind to the South Side. — CG

Sidney Samson vs Kennedy Jones at Lizard Lounge
The duel of the summer: Sidney Samson vs. Kennedy Jones. The two DJs will chop and sample their way to glory. Only one shall stand victorious. — CC

Broken Gold at Lola’s Trailer Park
If Austin-based punk band Broken Gold comes off as a more obscure version of the Riverboat Gamblers, it’s because two-thirds of the members jumped of the same boat. But the three members pulled together their own resources and personal influences to embark on a musical journey that worked for them. Daniel Markham opens. — PP

Kutt Calhoun at Trees
Kutt Calhoun is a Tech N9ne affiliate with a flow capable of igniting flames. A member of the rap game since the late ’90s, Calhoun initially started as N9ne’s hype man, but has since branched out into a solo career. This Saturday, you can see the rapper hype Trees the only way he knows how. — CC

Superheaven at Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
Back in 2014, Philadelphia emo outfit Daylight changed its name to Superheaven citing legal reasons. Worry not, says the band’s press release, no members have changed and the band will continue to perform all the same tunes. Whew. — CG

Rebel on the Runway Fashion Show at Dallas Market Hall
This runway fashion-show will feature a line of designs by Fallen pearls, K.Y. and Speachless Vulgarity. Except to see a lot gender bending. Hey, self-expression isn’t black and white; or in this case, male or female. — CC

Joe Savage (Album Release) at Lola’s
Record at Fort Worth’s Eagle Audio, Savage’s old-school country debut features a who’s who of Funky Town players, from Andrew Skates and Jeff Dazey (both of Leon Bridges’ band), Tone Sommer (longtime Robert Ealey guitarist), Abel Casillas (accordion player for Luke McGlathery, among others), Trey Ownby (former Whiskey Folk Ramblers drummer) and the entire lineup of The Gypsy Playboys, to name a few. There’s even a Theremin, y’know, just for good measure. — CG

Sunday
Fathers and Sons: Butch Hancock & Jimmie Dale Gilmore at Kessler Theater
The bond between a father and son is unmatched. This Father’s Day, take the time to call your dad. Better yet, take him out to see Texas music legends — and two-thirds of The Flatlanders — Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale Gilmore perform alongside their own sons. — CC

Neon Bull at The Wild Detectives
The Texas premiere of Brazilian writer-director Gabriel Mascaro’s fictrional bullfighting feature comes thanks to OCFF. — CG

Thomas Jack at SiSu
Laid back Australian DJ Thomas Jack controls the tuneage at this pool party. — CG

Feed Her to the Sharks, Tear Out the Heart at The Prophet Bar
There’s an ongoing trend in metalcore: Who can come up with the most convoluted band name? More often than not, these band names encapsulate metalcore as a whole; unintentionally hilarious, yet fiercely powerful. Feed Her To The Sharks’ metal onslaughts will match that level of extremity this Sunday. — CC

Glenn Miller Orchestra at Levitt Pavilion
The legendary Glenn Miller Orchestra has been churning out swing and big bang music since the ’30s thanks to its founder, Glenn Miller, who died in the ’40s. It took a while for the act to become successful but eventually rose to become one of the most iconic bands in its genre. Check out the long-running big band outfit this weekend at Levitt Pavilion Arlington. — Diamond Victoria

Scotty Boy at Bungalow Beach Club
Dallas’ swankiest beach club is celebrating a birthday this year. Scotty Boy’s birthday to be more specific. Bungalow books world renowned DJs every week, all summer long, for a series fittingly titled, Splash. This week sees Scotty Boy performing not coincidentally on his birthday. Come and rave for the birthday boy. — CC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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