Good evening my friends, and happy Monday! It is time for my weekly featured shows. I would like to remind readers that this is not the end all be all of acts in DFW, it’s just acts I’d like to highlight. More events can be found here. If you are a venue, a booking agent, or a band with a Facebook presence, and would like to have your events added to this calendar, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org stating so, and an invite to the events you’d like me to add on Facebook. Together we can bring music to the whole Metroplex! Let’s kick this thang off!
Monday 5/10We start out the week with a free show at Sundown at Granada. Mondays in June feature the David Willingham Project, a Funky Reggae Band, playing a free set for the patrons of Sundown at Granada. As all of the Granada’s events, they post that it “Goes Good With: Bob Marley, Burning Spear, Cas Haley, SOJA, Dennis Brown, Luciano, Ugly Lion, Easy Star All-Stars, Black Seeds, and many more…”.
Info on the show can be found here.
Going a little Cajun on Tuesday as we head to Deep Ellum for the Free Loaders. They’re a 6 piece Jazz/Blues band fronted by graveled voice singer/drummer John Jay Myers. Their sound is self-described as "Tom Waits doing Jazz Standards". It will be held at the Freeman Cajun and Creole Restaurant, and as the name states, this is a free event (but strongly encouraged to tip the musicians). The Freeman also has some great Cajun food and a full bar…lots of fun for them Jazz fans.
The Free Loaders play the Freeman 7pm-10pm. More info here.
Wednesday, Minor Decline and The Neckties play at Lola’s in Fort Worth. Minor decline is a Punk-Metal band based out of Chicago, while the Neckties are based locally blending Rock with Soul for a very entertaining performance.
Info on this event can be found here.
Levitt Pavilion in Arlington (posted about it recently) will be hosting the American Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, a local professional big band, born in 2010. Started by some jazz professors at the University of Texas at Arlington, the American Jazz Composers Orchestra is dedicated to promoting and documenting new works for large jazz ensembles that are created by American composers.
Unfortunately, I could not find any video for them, but the event information is here.
While myself and many others will not get to see Tab Benoit and Jason Elmore & Hoodoo Witch, two killer Blues acts, I’d like to give a shout out to them, and anybody attending their show. Granada sold out of tickets for this show, leaving fans like me to wait for Benoit’s next visit. If you’re lucky enough to go, you are in for a great time! Though it might not help, the info is here – shout out
Starting the night is Ducado VeGa and Zenya Vi at the Doublewide in Deep Ellum. They are a Husband and Wife band like you’ve never seen. Him giving off a very Hendrix vibe, her more of Fergie one, but when they get together they jump from instrument to instrument making FunK/Jamtronica that rocks the house.
More info on Ducado VeGa and Zenya Vi and the show can be found here.
And why not head over to Sundown at Granada for a little free show from the Eric Tessemer Band? A master at guitar, he blends Rock and Blues in to a crisp, clean listening experience.
More info on the show here.
So I’m going to end out the week in shows, with a couple of excellent tribute bands. First is the Jeff Beck tribute, El Becko playing at Dan’s Silverleaf in Denton. I couldn’t find a video of the band, but here is a bunch of Asian kids covering Jeff Beck.
More info on that show here.
Then at the Granada, it’s A Hard Night’s Day, Beatles Tribute extraordinaire. These guys are really good, and know a huge catalog of Beatles tunes. I’d definitely check ‘em out!
More infor here.
So that’s it for this week, next week, I will start on Sunday as to incorporate the whole week of activities. I love feedback and comments, and please, please, please, tell your friends! Keep on jammin’!