10 best concerts of the week: Jade Bird, Jack Barksdale, Corey Taylor and more
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What a week to see a show. Singer-songwriters dominate our list this week as we patiently wait for the big names to return to North Texas. Jade Bird and Jack Barksdale bring their songwriting prowess to the Kessler stage on separate parties while Justin Cashion takes his Paranoid story at the Deep Ellum Art Co. and Jackie Venson shows the people of Arlington why Austin city limits was so quick to find her. It is also a week for the great performances of Phantomelo and Upsetting at Three Links. The Wee-Beasties are also back in town for a birthday show like no other. Don’t let the luck of the rain stifle your desire to go out this weekend and enjoy some great live music.
5:30 p.m. and 8:15 p.m., Thursday, May 20, at the Kessler, 1230 W. Davis St., $ 22 and more at prekindle.com
A few years ago, English singer-songwriter Jade Bird became the darling of independent radio stations with the singles “Lottery” and “I Get No Joy”. Known for combining upbeat rock with stream of consciousness songwriting, Bird has gained critical acclaim for her raw sound and jagged voice. Her latest single “Open Up the Heavens” was released earlier this year and shows the singer finds more comfort in the style and sound that have carried her so far. American folk artist Savannah Conley opens sets early and late for Bird Thursday night at the Kessler.
7 p.m., Friday, May 21, at Deep Ellum Art Company, 3200 Commerce St., $ 10- $ 15 at prekindle.com
Justin Cashion is obsessed with conspiracy theories. His first album Paranoid story is a concept album that explores a wide range of conspiracies, from the legitimate to the crazy batshit. Combining a bit of folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll, Cashion’s approach to it is sometimes serious, sometimes humorous, and sometimes just plain dark – a perfect mix for a promising American artist. Cashion’s Friday show at Deep Ellum Art Company will be supported by Christian Sparks & The Beatnik Bandits and Jake Quillin.
7 p.m., Friday, May 21, at the Kessler, 1230 W. Davis St., $ 99 at prekindle.com
A past Dallas Watcher Music Award nominee for “Best Blues Act” Jack Barksdale is a 13 year old blues prodigy who can make you cry with the best of them. Born with a keen eye for reading people’s motives and intentions, Barksdale writes songs that might not have been from someone his age, but they somehow do. A multi-instrumentalist, Barksdale began performing at the age of seven and has a repertoire of over 100 songs. He will perform on Friday night as part of The Kessler’s Spring on the Green series held outdoors on the lawn behind the theater.
8 p.m., Friday, May 21, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., $ 10 at seetickets.us
Phantomelo is more than it looks in videos and recordings. While you might get the impression from their recorded release that they’re just another indie rock band in the vein of Vampire Weekend, their stage show has an almost post-rock feel with their complex instrumental breaks. and heavy. A group deeply concerned about the environment, “The Tempest” is an environmental song written ironically from an apathetic perspective on the world’s impending demise. See them at Three Links on Friday night with Mean Motor Scooter and Gorgeous Jetson before it’s too late.
10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 21 and 22, at Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, $ 20 to $ 80 at axs.com
Known for his rebellious lyrics and loud gigs, Gary Allan is bringing the good times to Billy Bob’s Texas this weekend with performances Friday and Saturday night. Active for over 20 years in the world of country music, Allan topped the pop charts with his latest release, 2013. Free yourself. Since 2015, the musician has been teasing a tenth studio release titled Hard way for which he released four singles (including “Waste of a Whiskey Drink”). While you’re at Billy Bob’s, be sure to check out the Honky Tonk Kitchen and the Handprint Wall of Fame.
7 p.m., Saturday, May 22, at Deep Ellum Art Company, 3200 Commerce St., $ 7 at prekindle.com
Blending rock, funk, hip-hop and blues, Children of Indigo has delighted fans with their incredible show for over 50 years now. Release of their long-awaited fourth studio album Native alien In mid-2020, Children of Indigo barely had a chance to support the album with live performances. That all changes on Saturday night when they head the show at the Deep Ellum Art Co. Jam, the Mahagonie trio opens the set that night with some choice grooves.
9 p.m., Saturday, May 22, at Reno’s Chop Shop, 210 N. Crowdus St., $ 15 at the door
The Wee-Beasties are on a mission. After hosting a successful punk rock car wash and heading back to the studio, the band returns to Deep Ellum on Saturday night at Reno’s Chop Shop for GM Amber Bradshaw’s birthday party. Seeing The Wee-Beasties should really be an item on DFW’s bucket list, as there really isn’t any other group to put on such an engaging and electrifying show. Be sure to join the party early to see Electric Vengeance and Corkscrew Nosedive heat up the crowd.
8 p.m., Sunday, May 23, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., $ 10 at seetickets.us
There’s been a lot going on behind the scenes with Upsetting since the band released their debut album, Everything I’ve done so far after changing her name to Teenage Sexx. During the pandemic, the band released a handful of singles and videos, played a few livestreams, took a virtual tour, and added a fourth member, guitarist Drew Kee. Their Sunday night show at Three Links with Clifffs and No Place Like Home will be their first live show since the lockdowns, and they’re sure to bring it. Rumor has it the band are working on a cover of Brooks & Dunn’s “Brand New Man”.
8 p.m., Sunday, May 23, Levitt Hall, 100 W. Abram St., free
Austin singer-songwriter Jackie Venson performs Sunday night at the Levitt Pavilion in Arlington with local support from Court Hoang as part of the venue’s summer concert series. After Venson’s 2020 plans were ruined by the pandemic, the singer got to work releasing five music albums, which caught the attention of the Austin city limits TV shows. Venson made his domestic debut last November on the series and has garnered attention ever since. Sunday’s free show may be the last time you can catch an artist of this caliber for such a low cost.
8 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, May 24 and 25, at Gas Monkey Bar ‘n’ Grill, $ 400 at eventbrite.com
Whether you know him from nu metal band Slipknot or his alternative rock band Stone Sour, Corey Taylor has definitely made his mark on the music world. Taylor’s current hard rock solo project is unlike any of his other bands. CMFT was released late last year with generally positive reviews. The album is an exploration of many genres that have interested the singer over the years, with Taylor contributing vocals, guitar and piano to the tracks. His Monday and Tuesday night shows at Gas Monkey Bar ‘n’ Grill will be opened with the Cherry Bombs rock cabaret act.
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