Gorilla Vs. Bear Fest II Sets a Date, Plus More Show Announcements
Saturday, July 28, at Granada Theater
Hard to believe we're almost a year removed from the first Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival, which took place in an ice-cold Granada Theater during the hottest part of last summer. You can expect this year to be another oasis, both physically and musically. Though, no bands have been announced, the success of last year hints that this event will be even bigger and better. Place your bets: Who will be the first act announced?
Glossary, Austin Lucas
Sunday, May 20, at The Foundry, Free
Perhaps one of the worst names in terms of Google searches, Murfreesboro, Tennessee's Glossary has put out seven full length records without the help anyone else other than the band members and their fans. One fan in particular, Centro-matic's Mark Hedman, reached out to make sure this show on Sunday isn't overlooked, which is as big a recommendation as you can get around here.
A Hard Night's Day, Holt & Stockslager
Friday, May 25, at The Dallas Zoo, $12-$15
The Kessler and Dallas Zoo have teamed up for this family-friendly event. Sure, these are local tribute acts, but when's the last time you were able to hear the Beatles while looking at a tiger? Kudos to The Kessler for making this event happen.
Friday, May 25, at House of Blues
My favorite Jojo song is the one that guy from Grizzly Bear sings. Gotta be honest, though. I'm partial to her version.
Solar Powered Music Festival
Saturday, June 16, at Panther Island Pavilion, Free
Looking for a place to see The Romantics, The English Beat, Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights, Ishi, That 1 Guy and Whiskey Folk Ramblers? This free event will take place on the banks of the Trinity River, which is probably the coolest thing about this show.
Ramblin' Jack Elliot
Friday, June 29, at Poor David's Pub, $27
Rambin' Jack is a national treasure. He'll be 81 one month after this show, a testament to his incredible wherewithal. He studied under Woody Guthrie in the '50s and has been on tour ever since. See him before you can't anymore, though he seems like he's got decades left to go.
Reel Big Fish
Sunday, July 15, at House of Blues, $20
Incredible that this band is still on tour. I'm told their shows are fun, at least.
All Star Tour
Sunday, August 26, at Palladium Ballroom, $27.75
Here's the lineup for this show: Suicide Silence, Unearth, The Word Alive, I See Stars, A Sky Lit Drive, Winds of Plague, Stick To Your Guns, Attila, For The Fallen Dreams, Stray From The Path, Make Me Famous, Betraying The Martyrs, Obey The Brave and Ice Nine Kills. Need I say more?
Lamb of God, Dethklok
Sunday, September 9, at Verizon Theatre, $15-$45
This show should make a brutal way to end your summer. Lamb of God has grown more popular with the release of each album, peaking with their 2009 album, Wrath. They are touring in support of this year's Resolution.
State Fair of Texas Lineup
October, at the Chevrolet Main Stage
I was recently barbecued in the comments, for failing to mention a show at The Kessler from Rebirth Brass Band in a weekend roundup post. It was a fair criticism, as the band has a Grammy under their belts. I bit my tongue when I thought, "I'll write about them when they return in a few months." Sure enough, they're one of the first bands playing at the State Fair this year on October 6, just a few hours before Ruthie Foster. Check out the full lineup here.