Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Live music events in Dallas-Fort Worth, January 6-9
The must-do event this weekend is Thursday's musical memorial for 24-year-old rocker Frankie Campagna.
Next week is supposed to be one of the coldest North Texas has had in decades – so cold that temperatures could hit record breaking lows. Yuck! Before the cold snap comes and you are stuck inside wishing for hot summer days by the pool, hit up your favorite haunts. It's a great remedy for your mid-winter blues.
In the early morning of New Year’s Day, local music unexpectedly lost one of its most prominent musicians, Frank Anthony Campagna – better known by fans and friends as Frankie 45. The lead singer of greaser punk band Spector 45, Frankie was often seen in Deep Ellum performing or bartending at Amsterdam in Exposition Park. This Thursday night at the newly re-opened Club Dada, a place where he once worked, a memorial concert for Frankie will take place. More than 600 people have confirmed their attendance via Facebook, so be prepared to show up early to pay your respects to the loved musician and his family. Doors will open at 7 p.m. with a concert featuring Leg Sweeper, The Phuss, and more beginning at 8 p.m.
One of our bands to look out for in 2011, North of Autumn, kicks off the weekend right at Lochrann’s Irish Pub & Eatery in Frisco. Now don’t be afraid to make your way out of Dallas; this suburban venue will not disappoint you. And North of Autumn's catchy mix of pop, blues, rock, and soul with a little bit of country will get your booty out of your seat and moving on the dance floor. The show, presented by Spune and Wellhouse Co., starts at 8:30 p.m. and is free.
Down in Dallas by way of Deep Ellum, hometown trio Oil Boom celebrates their band “birthday” at LaGrange. Come for their blend of rock and roots, but stay for Fort Worth rockers The Quaker City Nighthawks, who will be putting out a record sometime this year. The show starts at 10 p.m.; grab a bite at Angry Dog or Deep Sushi before you make your way to LaGrange.
- The Kessler Theater
1230 West Davis Street
- $8 - $10
They “sweat too much for a folk band, drink too much for a pop band, and rock too much for a country band.” Who is “they?” The O's. And they'll perform a combination of the three – mixed with a little bluegrass – at the Kessler in Oak Cliff. Since this band features one of our artists of the year, John Pedigo, we highly recommend that you hit up the Kessler and experience The O’s for yourself. Singer/songwriter and member of the Dallas Family Band Wheeler Sparks also performs along with Southbound Lane and Luke Wade. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the show starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
Denton duo Novaak hosts a CD release party at Hailey’s for their debut full-length album I Am, You Are. Be sure to get there early and check out Peopleodian – another duo and one of the only bands in the DFW area to feature a Gameboy as an instrument. Eyes and Ears, a band that both appeals to hearing and seeing by performing music while creating art such as paintings, also performs. (You may recognize one part of the Denton duo as Nathan Allen, the guitarist for Seryn.) Allen improvises on his guitar while artist Bethany Eden creates beautiful and interesting paintings. Doors open at 8 p.m. $6 to $8 cover.
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