Good Friday: Vans Warped Tour Launches During A Busy Weekend of Shows

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It's that time of the year again, when the heat has all of our teenage angst at an all-time high. The folks behind the Vans Warped Tour planned accordingly with this year's installment of the fest, which will be at Gexa Energy Pavilion today. So, if you're extremely pissed at your mom and dad and have no idea why, grab your board and sideways cap and get over to Gexa.

But, on the other hand, if you're totally cool with Mom and Dad these days, we've got plenty of shows to tell you about -- starting with the ones we've already mentioned this week.

Tonight, The Gourds and Patrick Sweany will drink some "Gin and Juice" at the Kessler Theater, and The Derailers will perform at the Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, which is a real place. Also, Joe Ely will be at the Granada Theater tonight with Somebody's Darling and Colton O'Neill Band.

On Saturday, Here Holy Spain, The Red 100's, and War Party will be at Lola's Saloon in Forth Worth, and folk music legend Ramblin' Jack Elliot will be at Poor David's Pub.

And, on Sunday night, the Old 97's will perform at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden for the "Concert In The Garden" music series. Meanwhile, the combination of New Kids On The Block and Backstreet Boys will surely get a mostly female crowd to scream like schoolgirls, though they will now be much older sounding. And, oh yeah, Fort Worth Weekly is having their annual music awards showcase all over the 7th Street corridor out in the Fort. So there's that.

For even more show-going options this weekend, hit the jump.

Cody Canada & The Departed
Friday, June 24, at Billy Bob's Texas

It looks like Cody Canada tried to get the rest of his Cross Canadian Ragweed bandmates to adopt part of the band's name as their last names via the Ramones. None of the other guys went for it though, which is why, we assume, he branched out on his own. This is a joke. Really, the band is on hiatus, so Canada has taken his Texas country sound solo with a new backing band.

The Hammerknockers, The Naptime Shake
Friday, June 24, at Sons of Hermann Hall

Not sure exactly who the Hammerknockers are. According to their Facebook page, they're a bunch of old guys who are in a country-folk-bluegrass band. What's interesting is that The Naptime Shake has recently been added to this show. And, even more significantly, the show's proceeds will benefit Simple Heart, who basically do a bunch of cool stuff to help underprivileged kids.

Ishi, Burning Hotels, Air Review, Lion Worship
Friday, June 24, at Trees

It's been about a month since Ishi split in two, leaving the less attractive lead singer with all of the vocal duties. The remaining members of the band will be joined tonight by Becky Middleton, who will be making her debut with the band as departed vocalist Taylor Rea's replacement. Not sure if she has the same allure as Rea, but who knows, maybe her subtle folk-rock stylings will take the band in a new direction.

Joe "King" Carrasco & The Crowns
Friday, June 24, at Poor David's Pub

Nearly 30 years ago, local act Joe "King" Carrasco opened for The Police at Reunion Arena. His blend of punk and Tex-Mex landed him a deal on Nick Lowe's Stiff Records in addition to several world tours. Tonight, he reunites with the original Crowns at Poor David's Pub.

Kirby Brown, Oil Boom
Friday, June 24, at La Grange

Oil Boom's twitter feed is pretty awesome. Props.

Spooky Folk, The Fox and the Bird, The Beaten Sea
Friday, June 24, at Dan's Silverleaf

The Dallas Family Band is back together again at last!

Chris Isaak
Saturday, June 25, at Billy Bob's Texas

This guy's done pretty well with his one big hit song, "Wicked Game," from two decades ago -- especially considering that he was merely an extra in the provocative video that accompanied the song. Helena Christensen, star of the video, kind of put him on the map, really. But, now, thanks to her rolling around on the beach, Isaak's croon on the chorus will live on into perpetuity.

Dove Hunter
Saturday, June 25, at Dan's Silverleaf

This band seems to live in fast forward. They played in town every weekend, sometimes two or three times, then broke up for a few months, and now they're back at it again. Seriously, though, they're one of the better bands in town. Let's hope they don't burn out again.

Homespun Remedies, Mission to the Sea, Camille Cortinas
Saturday, June 25, at Dada

Homespun Remedies is a supergroup of sorts, compiling members of longtime Dallas acts. Tablet's Paul Williams, who has spent the last decade or so producing acts like The Polyphonic Spree, plays guitar. And Sorta's Trey Carmichael is back behind the drumkit for this old-fashioned country-bluegrass act. Tomorrow night marks the release of their new record, Great Depression.

...and there you go. Feel free to add your own show suggestions in the comments. We'll see you on Monday.

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