Go For Broke with Phoenix.
This weekend, maybe we can all take a note from the five standing Presidents that were in town yesterday to celebrate the dedication of the George W. Bush Center at SMU. While these men clearly all have incredibly different political stances — and even perhaps harbor some deep hatred for one another — none of that mattered during yesterday's festivities. They simply put their differences aside and came together to celebrate.
That's a sentiment we can certainly get behind. And, thankfully, these next few days are making it easy enough to do so.
Just look at all the things going on this weekend. There are jazz celebrations, charitable events benefiting great causes, album releases and, hey, even the windbreaker master himself, Sinbad, is in town.
I mean, c'mon. It's the freakin' weekend, for crying out loud. Let your hair down. Have some fun.
Denton Arts and Jazz Festival
The 33rd annual arts and jazz festival kicks off early this evening, and the free, three-day affair is jam-packed with some of the region's best musical acts and most talented artists showcasing their best efforts. (For a full list of performers click here.)
Pauly Shore at Addison Improv
That's right: Your favorite '90s weasel is kicking off a special weekend engagement in Addison tonight. So why not head out to one of his shows and ask him to “wheeze the juice,” or whatever?
Clinic at Danâ€™s Silverleaf
These post-punk, synth-heavy blokes from Liverpool will be hitting up Dan's tonight with Montreal-based punk-psych outfit, No Joy.
Boris at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
For 21 years now, Japanese doom metal trio Boris has been going strong, breaking down literal borders and genre barriers alike with their heavy, heavy sound. That alone should make this show an enticing deal. But so too does this: Rubber Gloves owner Josh Baish once lost his ear at a Boris show, so you just know he's stoked to be hosting the band that did that to him. (No, seriously. He totally is. He's a big fan.)
Papadosio at Trees
The self-proclaimed rock-psych-folk-jam from of Ohio are on the final leg of their “Future Forest” tour, and this Dallas date is one of their last stops.
Foals, Surfer Blood and Blondifre at the House of Blues
Riding high off of the success of their latest album, Holy Fire, English indie rock outfit Foals hits Dallas tonight with some seriously kickass support via Surfer Blood.
Man or Astro-Man? at Club Dada
These guys have a different sound. It's hard to describe, but let's give it a shot, anyway. Does “extraterrestrial electronic rock” work? Sure, I think so. But, hey, if that doesn't sound too interesting to you, maybe the fact that they tour with high0voltage Tesla coils spewing lightning bolts at their crowds will.
Quintron and Miss Pussycat at the Double Wide
This husband-and-wife musical and puppeteering team straight out of New Orleans brings its eclectic type of entertainment — known as “swamp tech” — to the Double Wide tonight. Fun fact: Quintron is known for inventing the crazy machines he uses in his performances, such as the “spit machine” and the “disco light machine.”
Lisa Lampanelli at the Majestic Theater
You might recognize her from her work asone of the meanest comedians on those Comedy Central roasts, slinging insults that cut deeply. But did you also know that Lampanelli's actually quite generous? She totally is.
Jenna Jameson at LeVu
Sometimes, porn stars tour the country for their birthday.
Fu Manchu at House of Blues
The long-running skater punks are hitting up the Cambridge Room at the House of Blues tonight to play some of their popular hits from their 1997 The Action is Go album.
Burlesque Hall of Fame Queens Tour at the Kessler
Just as the title suggests, some of the best burlesque performers from around the country will perform at this event.
Bondage Expo at Crown Plaza Hotel
Bondage enthusiasts should rejoice about this affair being in town — that is, if their masters allow them to show any kind of emotion. All weekend long, this 10,000-square-foot space will be packed with gizmos, gadgets and ball gags, along with live demonstrations and a variety of other generally NSFW fare. So, y'know, grab your favorite gimp and head on out to this very adult event.
HauntCon at the Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel
All weekend long, you're invited to explore and enjoy events related to all things horror, including, even, a hearse and parade car show.
Sinbad at the Winspear
I hope Sinbad will be wearing something made out of windbreaker at this affair! (C'mon. It's an It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia reference. Anyone? Anyone?)
Black Rebel Motor Cycle Club at House of Blues
These swaggering garage rockers from the west coast have been doing their thing for over a decade now, if you can believe it. It's probably a safe bet that you'll hear some Howl and Baby 81 cuts at this show, but, more than likely, you're gonna get a heaping spoonful of their earlier-this-year-released seventh LP, Specter at the Feast.
Birds of Night Album Release at The Prophet Bar
The Birds are so amped up for their official Dallas album release party that they've decided to hand out free copies to the crowds who show. So arrive early and get yourself a copy. Or just stream it in full right here, right now. Also on tonight's bill? Oil Boom, The Beans and The Continuums.
New Science Projects Album Release at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
With a title like Hard On, it's difficult to believe that this new effort from Denton's New Science Projects supposedly revolves, at least thematically, around the magical quests of an adorable kitten roaming the streets of the big city as the band claims.
Acid Mothers Temple at The Where House
One night after Japan's Boris plays Denton, their countrymen in the extremely psychedelic Acid Mothers Temple head to Fort Worth for a gig on their way out of Austin's Psych Fest. Where's Peelander-Z with a Sunday night Dallas gig when you need them? Missed opportunity, I say.
Edgefest 23 at FC Dallas Stadium
Phoenix. Deftones. Bush. Paramore. AWOLNATION. A Day to Remember. The Gaslight Anthem. The Airborne Toxic Event. Fitz & The Tantrums. Atlas Genius. Capital Cities. Youngblood Hawke. Twenty One Pilots. Robert Delong. The Neighborhood. The Mowgli's. Falling in Reverse. A Silent Film. What else do you need to know? A strong offering from KDGE 102.1-FM The Edge this year, for sure.
Meltdown Festival at LaGrave Field
Note that this event is no longer being held at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie as was originally the plan. Now, the event will instead go down in a Fort Worth park. The performers, however, remain the same. And it's a strong offering, too: Flux Pavilion, 12th Planet, Adventure Club, Bro Safari and a DJ set from Justice are just the beginning here.
Queensryche at the Granada
The original lineup of this iconic heavy metal band is back together and touring the country, which explains why they're hitting up the Granada tonight. Fun fact about Queensryche: Lead singer Geoff Tate has his own line of specialty wines.
Broads and Panties Presents: Cassette Tease at Trees
Perhaps you've seen a burlesque show once or twice before. But have you ever seen a '90s-themed burlesque show featuring a special performance from Blues Traveler's John Popper? Well, here's your only chance at that, ever.
Shaolin Death Squad Album Release at Curtain Club
This operatic metal band based out of Denton will be releasing the vinyl version of their latest album, Intelligent Design, at this one. You can also catch them performing an acoustic set of the same songs earlier in the afternoon at Good Records.
Prairie Fest in Fort Worth
Located in the Tandy Hills Natural Area, the Prairie Fest kicks off early Saturday morning with a full day of family-friendly events at this support-your-local-greenery affair.
Ultraviolet: 7th Annual Rock Show and Art Auction at Club Dada
Rock out and buy some art to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Tonight's performers include The West Windows, The King Bucks, Camille Cortinas, C.H.U.M. and James Dunn.
Prom Squared at the Kessler
This prom-themed gala featuring live music courtesy of Larry g(EE) will also have free boutonnieres and corsages for those in attendance.
Sevendust at Palladium
Send your weekend off with a headbang.
Metric at the House of Blues
At this point, you know what Emily Haines, James Shaw and the rest of the Metric crew are going to give you, strong, melodic indie rock not unlike the stuff offered up by their fellow Toronto-sprung contemporaries in Broken Social Scene, Stars and The Dears.
West End Walking Tour at Founders Plaza
After indulging in a heavy butter- and gravy-laced brunch, walk things off while appreciating the rich Dallas architecture in the West End district.
Wondercrust Movie Watchers Club at Live Oak
The craft beer-loving folks at Wondercrust are presenting a screening of 1982's wonderfully terrible Megaforce, a film that features spandex, motorcycles and a dystopian future reality, plus all the amazing graphics of the 1980s.
Dallas Bach Society Free Concert at St. Matthewâ€™s Cathedral Arts in East Dallas
Spend the afternoon listening to classical music with a Yale-educated singer, maybe?
Texans for West at Strauss Square
As we told you earlier this week, local music, entertainment, marketing and food purveyors have all teamed up to organize a concert benefiting those affected by the tragic events in West, Texas. Do your part. Pay the $20 entry fee. Be a good person.