Friday, September 20, 2013
10 best concerts to rock DFW this summer
Which ones were your favorites?
Dallas-Fort Worth played host to some of music's most popular names this summer -- from Bruno Mars to Fleetwood Mac and everything in between -- and our critics were there to recount the memorable moments. Here's a look at 10 summer concerts we loved best.
Bruno Mars (August 12, American Airlines Center): It's pretty astounding that Mars spent so much time writing songs for others to turn into hits before he had his own shot at stardom. Mars was destined to do this. He soaked up all of that old-school flavor in the nick of time to bring it to an appreciate crowd. -- Mario Tarradell
Jonas Brothers (August 6, Gexa Energy Pavilion): "First Time," which opened the concert, has a swirling, nocturnal, adult vibe. "Pom Poms" is all catchy chorus and stomping beat, while "Found" is a slinky, mid-tempo pop number. ... "What Do I Mean to You" unleashes a rock edge that I've never witnessed on a Jonas Brothers cut. -- Tarradell
Brad Paisley (July 27, Gexa Energy Pavililon): Brad Paisley stood at the center of a semicircular catwalk that extended from the main stage. He was singing "Southern Comfort Zone" while a series of laser images danced above his head. A sheer black curtain draped in front of his six-man band on the main platform reflected the computerized drawings in pencil-thin red, white and blue colors. The scene was completely high-tech, and yet somehow down-home. -- Tarradell
Fitz and The Tantrums (July 12, House of Blues): At the center were the vocals, the throaty interplay between Fitzpatrick and Scaggs. Both have big, strong pipes, but they don't compete for attention. Instead they work together to complement each other as they keep the songs moving. It was especially noticeable during the stomping, dramatic "House on Fire." -- Tarradell
Willie Nelson (July 4, outside Billy Bob's): Nelson can be one of country’s boldest guitarists by mixing flamenco and jazz into improvised solos that recall his idol Django Reinhardt. And at times Thursday, he was magical: During “Help Me Make It Through the Night,” Nelson conjured up 1930s Paris on his guitar as a fireworks finale exploded behind him. -- Thor Christensen
New Kids on the Block (June 28, American Airlines Center): The band’s teen fans are in now their 30s and 40s, with careers and mortgages and Bieber-lovin’ daughters of their own. But the moment the five reunited New Kids walked onstage at American Airlines Center, the near-capacity crowd shrieked and swooned like it was 1988. -- Christensen
Tim McGraw (June 23, Gexa Energy Pavilion): The country superstar was at his effortless best during "Everywhere," "Just to See You Smile" and the reflective, philosophical "The Cowboy In Me." These are songs that endure, that he embraces with his artistic heart. He didn’t write them, but he did them justice. He still does. -- Tarradell
She & Him (June 15, Verizon Theatre): Deschanel, known to television viewers as the star of New Girl on Fox, has a quirky-cool presence onstage. She wasn’t particularly chatty but didn’t shy away from tossing offbeat comments to the audience. Nothing felt forced; she said exactly what popped into her head. But this show wasn’t about talk between songs. In fact, the duo stuffed nearly 30 tunes into the set. -- Tarradell
Fleetwood Mac (June 4, American Airlines Center): These songs hold up. (Lindsey) Buckingham's stinging "Go Your Own Way" still shakes your insides. It's an anthem with a soaring kiss-off chorus. Onstage, arriving just before two encores, it was madcap fun. The crowd, myself included, was on its feet singing at full blast. It's easy to get caught up in the rush of timeless music. -- Tarradell
Smashing Pumpkins (May 14, Palladium Ballroom): The capacity crowd greeted the new songs politely, but saved its biggest cheers for songs from Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness: From “Rocket” to “Zero” to the show-closing “Today,” Corgan reminded you just how intoxicating one good guitar riff can be. -- Christensen