Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Live music events in Dallas-Fort Worth: Labor Day weekend
With three days off of work, you deserve to kick back and listen to some tunes.
Labor Day signals the official end of summer. As you celebrate and enjoy the three-day weekend ahead of you, here are your best bets for live music.
Gaston Light — “Half Awake”
At The Door in Deep Ellum, newly-formed band Gaston Light makes its debut. Although frontman Jason Corcoran has been a musician for a while now; he worked on his musical chops in Los Angeles and has now made his return to Dallas. A modern day troubadour and self-proclaimed “Bible belt Bruce Springsteen,” Gaston Light performs with newly formed indie pop/rock band Bigelow Station on Thursday evening. Crystal Yates opens.
Burning Hotels — “Beard”
Fresh off the release of their self-titled album, Burning Hotels fills the (hot) summer evening with their new tunes, and maybe some old ones, at Magnolia Green Park in Fort Worth. The Hanna Barbarians, who blend rock 'n' roll, blues, and psychedelic rock, will also perform. Their music harkens back to underground bands from the ‘60s.
The Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff welcomes spaghetti folk extraordinaires The Whiskey Folk Rambers to the historic theater’s stage on Friday night. Denton indie rock duo RTB2 also performs. (RTB2 has a busy weekend; half of RTB2, Ryan Thomas Becker, performs at the Kessler the night before; the band performs in Denton the night following.) Opening the show at the Kessler on Saturday is Americana band Hell, Tx.
- Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios
409 E. Sycamore St.
- Age limit: 17+ Free - $5
Denton is the place to be if live music is what you seek on Saturday night. We start with Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio, which plays host to the annual Free Week. Pinkish Black, Shiny Around the Edges, The Angelus, New Science Projects, and RTB2 will each take their turn at entertaining the newly-arrived students, and a few old ones, from the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University. It's free for students, $5 for everyone else.
122 Mulberry Street
- Age limit: All ages Free - $5
Or, move over to Hailey’s, also in Denton. Here, there is a cover for students, but it's worth your dough. Peopleodian, Young and Brave, The Hope Trust, Manned Missiles, and Mother Falcon bring the music. All they need is you.
The O’s — “We’ll Go Walkin”
Club Dada in Deep Ellum hosts a show Sunday night that could be the most interesting gig all weekend. Dallas duo The O’s and Slobberbone play alt-country tunes. Singer/songwriter Greg Schroeder will play tracks from his EP, Bluebird; and Sorta will bring the rock 'n' roll.
Boxcar Bandits have been the entertainment each Monday night at Dan’s Silver Leaf in Denton for the past few months and Labor Day is no exception. Get ready to witness incredible talent as the band performs a beautiful blend of bluegrass, swing, and country music that is sure to get your feet moving.