Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Live music events in Dallas-Fort Worth, February 11-12
There are too many good shows for you to sit at home this weekend.
Friday and Saturday are your go-to days for live, local music this weekend.
So many local music choices, so little time! At least one of these shows is bound to hit your favorite genre of music:
- The Kessler Theater
1230 W. Davis St.
- Age limit: All ages $15
For those who like a low-key evening at one of the coolest venues in Dallas, the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff hosts a night of local singer/songwriters. Nicholas Altobelli's third album isn't out until spring, but he sure is gigging a lot in preparation. (The folk music extraordinaire also has some of his catalog available for free on his website, if you want a preview.) Local songstress Heather McCready – whose bluegrass influenced music has been compared to Alison Krauss – will also be performing. Nashville singer/songwriter and piano master A.J. Croce headlines. Tickets are $15.
Local music legend Reverend Horton Heat brings an eclectic blend of rockabilly, psychobilly, and country to the House of Blues. The beloved band will be laying down tracks from their newest record Laughin’ & Cryin’, which has been described as “a record full of country-heavy tunes about bad habits, well-meaning but clueless husbands, ever-expanding beer-guts and, well, Texas.” The Von Ehrics – who combine country and gospel with punk and metal – perform their brand of country punk. Can’t grasp it? Think high-intensity country music. Also performing will be Deep Ellum band The Doubledowns, whose rockabilly 1950s sound goes right along with Reverend Horton Heat. Tickets range from $11 to $40.
- Club Dada
2720 Elm Street
In Deep Ellum at Club Dada, a slew of local musicians from multiple genres will perform: Bluegrass folkies The O’s; alternative folk rockers The Orbans; new wave-influenced band Binary Sunrise; experimental folkster (and one half of RTB2) Ryan Thomas Becker; and acoustic power pop singer/songwriter Scott Riegel. With all those incredible local musicians performing, there is bound to be a little something for everybody.
And in Denton at Dan’s Silver Leaf, an all-Denton show takes place for local music lovers to the north. The Hope Trust will play tracks from their newly-released sophomore album Light Can’t Escape, which we reviewed last week and features an excellent infusion of Americana blended with rock and roll hooks. Matthew and the Arrogant Sea performs a final show before they play at the 35 Conferette. Shoegaze ambient musicians Baruch the Scribe also performs.
Local music superstar Sarah Jaffe lays down her low-fi melodies at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theater in Dallas. She's joined by fellow Denton songstress Bosque Brown. Both musicians and their bands create a low-key atmosphere that forces listeners to pay attention to the details. Tickets range from $15 and $25.
If you are a fan of reggae influenced local music, head up to Andy’s Bar in Denton to get your fix. The Effinays, along with Melody Memory, will be laying down beats that are guaranteed to get your booty moving. Both bands are influenced by reggae and a little funk, so bring a date and your dancing shoes; you are going to want to move all night long.