Friday, April 30, 2010 , Updated 3:31 p.m., July 15, 2010
UPDATED: Great lineup of local bands coming to AT&T Performing Arts Center’s “Patio Sessions”
It all starts May 6 with Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son.
DALLAS UPDATE: This weekly event has been extended through October 10. Please scroll down to see the added artists for July -- and come back and see us for updates on future events and artists.
On Thursday, May 6, the AT&T Performing Arts Center will launch “Patio Sessions,” a free music series in the Center’s Sammons Park. The weekly Patio Sessions features an eclectic lineup of emerging artists and “the best bands you haven’t heard yet” from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, starting with Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son. The performances, aimed at the downtown, after-work crowd, begin at 5:30 p.m., adding to an already vibrant lineup of activities in the downtown Dallas Arts District on Thursday evenings.
“Now that we are seven months into the inaugural season of the AT&T Performing Arts Center, we are thrilled to add Patio Sessions to our diverse offering of performances,” said Mark Nerenhausen, president and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. “Sammons Park was always envisioned as a lively, stand-alone destination that people can enjoy even if they are not attending an event inside one of our buildings. Patio Sessions gives people the perfect reason to do just that—to enjoy the Park while listening to great music, and all for free. If you are not familiar with the local music scene, Patio Sessions will provide your introduction.”
Patio Sessions will take place on the eastern side of the Center’s Winspear Opera House, on the outdoor patio and the Mary C. and David M. Crowley Lawn, across Jack Evans Street from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. Concessions will be available for purchase, including beer and wine (cash only), and visitors are also welcome to bring their own food. The only alcoholic beverages permitted will be those purchased at the Center.
Currently, Patio Sessions is scheduled every Thursday, beginning May 6. The lineup is comprised entirely of local musicians, including emerging new artists and favorites of the area’s indie rock scene. The first six weeks feature the following:
Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son is a band from the DFW area that pays homage to the beauty and soul of Cuban Son and traditional Cuban music. The group's instrumentation consists of three percussionists, bass, tres, trombone, and vocals.
Singer-songwriter Salim Nourallah has had 4 full-length solo cds come out since 2004: polaroid (2004); beautiful noise (2005); snowing in my heart (2007), and constellation (2009), plus the a way to your heart EP (2004), live at pleasantry lane (2007), and ciphers from snowing (2008). Popmatters.com calls him “one of the best artists you haven’t heard.”
Since the summer of 2000, the four-member Radiant have put out three EPs and two albums and played concerts with Longwave, The Killers, Eisley, Mutemath, Switchfoot, Better Than Ezra, Midlake, The Polyphonic Spree, Lovedrug, and others.
This evening will feature two performances: Rockestra, a youth rock orchestra comprised of high school students from a variety of schools, and the debut of Anaphase, the Dallas Rock Orchestra.
Doug Burr's flavor of backwoods roots and smart pop hooks has been described as conjuring Lucinda Williams on a revival high. After years of wood-shedding his songwriting in Denton, Burr emerged from a local favorite to quietly winning people over recieving international press. One blogger put it best, “If Doug Burr is not your favorite singer-songwriter, it's because you have not heard of him yet.” The Denton resident’s third album, O Ye Devastator, will officially be released on May 4, 2010, but is already available on iTunes.
Seryn, having only played together since March 2009, have created something truly special in their short existence. Using a variety of instruments including guitar, ukulele, kalimba, accordion, bass, drums, viola, percussion, and more, Seryn’s understanding of dynamics shines brightly and has earned them a sound that is not easily defined, but proven triumphant. According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "This Denton outfit is one of the buzziest bands in the region. Thanks to folk-flecked compositions and powerful harmonies, Seryn is fast becoming a must-see."
From Denton, Bosque Brown released their second album, Baby, in 2009. Baby's rich musicianship reflects Bosque Brown's increasing stature as a live band. As always, Baby's chief strength lies in the vocals. Principal songwriter Mara Lee Miller's voice is frequently doubled with her sister Gina's, allowing for a richer, more textured sound. In her often personal lyrics, Miller reflects on her small-town Texas upbringing, coming to terms with her history. On "Oh River," references to old-time hymns mix with the imagery of a dark, cold, flowing river -- perhaps a subtle reference to Texas' Bosque River, for which the group is named. Bosque Brown Plays Mara Lee Miller found its way onto many Top 10 of 2005 lists, and was named the top release of 2005 by the Dallas Observer.
The Beaten Sea has emerged as one of the bands to watch from Dallas’ “neo folk” scene. Their first, self-titled release mines folk, alt-country, and old-time music to create a sound that is at once haunting and beautiful. They have been nominated for six awards for the Dallas Observer 2010 Music Awards, including Best Album, Best Song (“Doctor’s Not Gonna Cure Our Ills”), and Best New Act.
An Arkansas native who moved to North Texas in recent years, Jacob Metcalf is part of growing folk scene in Dallas and is one of the founders of the collective Dallas Family Band.
Mimo Morreale is part of the country duo Something in the Wheel. He sings, plays the banjo, guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, captivating audiences with his down-home sound. Something in the Wheel released their first album, The Life and Times of Ol’ Nathaniel.
July 29: Sarah Jaffe
This 24-year-old Texan and her guitar continues to wow audiences every night. After three successful tours as main support for Midlake, Norah Jones, and Lou Barlow, she’s had an amazing response from the press and fans on the release of her debut album Suburban Nature -- out now on Kirtland Records. Jaffe’s live performances are filled with hints of country, indie-pop, blues, and folk intertwined with a delivery that has been described as slightly mesmerizing. She can silence a room with the heaviness of her music and then joke with the audience following the last note, warming her way into people’s hearts and psyches after slaying them with her songs and lyrics.
Source: AT&T Performing Arts Center
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