Tonight, Tonight: Los Lonely Boys at House of Blues, Rebirth Brass Band at The Granada, Danny Balis at Renfield's, The Orbans at City Tavern, and Jason Elmore at Pearl
Hurray, it's finally hump day! And the musical offerings tonight have a very melancholy, mid-week blues kind of vibe.
Los Lonely Boys at House of Blues
San Angelo's Los Lonely Boys have come a long way really fast since forming in 1996. Hell, the three Garza brothers' first single, "Heaven," made it to No. 1 on the adult contemporary charts back in 2004 and the band hasn't looked back. "Texican Rock n' Roll" is what these boys call what they do and it's a fairly inspired combination of rock and roll, blues, soul, country, and Tejano. That such mix has produced multi-platinum success is one of the cooler ironies of the popular marketplace. Anyhow, Los Lonely Boys' yet-to-be-titled fourth studio album was originally slated for this coming fall. However, due to bassist Jojo Garza's vocal cord injury, the album has been pushed back. The band also had to cancel a handful of tour dates in late April, but, thankfully, for tonight's appearance in Dallas, the band is good to go.
Rebirth Blues Band at the Granada Theater
Hailing from (where else?) New Orleans, the Rebirth Brass Band is one of the most acclaimed brass bands in the country, if not the world. Second only to the Dirty Dozen Brass Band in popularity, brothers Phillip and Keith Frazier have been leading Rebirth for going on 30 years at this point. In that time, the band has released a dozen albums, each one featuring stellar playing and an undeniable spirit. Musicologists and those seeking out a unique, multi-cultural experience need to get to the Granada tonight post haste.
Danny Balis at Renfield's Corner
KTCK-1310 AM The Ticket personality Danny Balis brings far more to the table the his over-the-top dramatic on-air ramblings. A longtime prominent figure in the local music community, Balis has made his mark on local fans in a number of projects, including the sadly defunct Sorta and perhaps the best country band going in town right now, The King Bucks. But it might be in his solo material where Balis' best work can be heard. Tender, true Nashville (but not mainstream) country, Balis' solo debut in 2009 was a tribute to his fallen friend and musical collaborator Carter Albrecht. Back at the time of the album's release, Balis said solo performances would be few and far between. But with a rabid and still-growing fanbase--not to mention a slew of new songs he's been offering at recent shows--that's all changing. Which is a very good thing.
The Orbans and Paul Slavens at City Tavern
City Tavern recently handed over the reigns to its silence-is-golden Wednesday night acoustic performances to Spune Productions and, already, the local booking agency is making its mark felt on the weekly event. Tonight's show sees area piano virtuoso (and KXT-91.7 FM radio host) Paul Slavens opening up for the Fort Worth's country-rockin' The Orbans, whose debut full-length, When We Were Wild, is a serious contender for album of the year, local or otherwise. Don't expect a very raucous crowd tonight, though; City Tavern takes this event's silence-is-golden policy pretty darn seriously. There's reason, though: Each of the performances gets posted online at the venue's web site, where you can download them for free.
Jason Elmore at Pearl
Jason Elmore lives in Denison but is constantly making his way into our area to play the blues. Elmore hits Pearl at Commerce every Wednesday to delight fans of both acoustic and electric blues. Elmore and his band Hoodoo Witch recently released their debut effort, the hard charging Upside Your Head. Dallas has always been a nice spot for the blues. Perhaps that explains the way the Cowboys played on Sunday. But either of the three acts playing this evening should help alleviate any remnants of pain.