Over The Weekend: Centro-matic, All-Con, Texas Guitar Competition
Centro-matic at Granada Theater
Despite things being cold outside, the Granada was packed Saturday night when we showed up to see Centro-matic, Robert Gomez and South San Gabriel (photos). It's always a thrill to watch Centro-matic's Scott Danbom on stage – the man appears so at home. He and the three other members of the Denton indie rock group kept the crowd engaged. Openers South San Gabriel and Robert Gomez impressed, too.
We took a trip to geek heaven this weekend. Who knew we could find geek nirvana in Addison? Admittedly, we weren't as impressed by the appearances (e.g. Aaron Douglas of Battlestar Galactica) at this weekend's All-Con, but it was quite possibly the best people watching we've done in a bit. Lots of costumes. The best part of all the costumes? Easy. The superhero pageant.
Texas Guitar Competition
Last week we hit up the School of Rock-style battle of the bands up at UNT. It must be battling season, because this weekend we found ourselves over at UT Dallas watching the Seventh Annual Texas Guitar Competition. This wasn't just local shredders, though. Guitarists came from all over the U.S. (plus a handful of other countries) to vie for the title and prize money ($3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 for first through third places respectively). I'm pretty sure I'll never be as good as these guys, but I admit it left me wanting to practice a whole lot more. -- Chelsea Ide