16 Memorial Day Weekend Shows: Homegrown Festival, Father John Misty, Float and More

Danny Hurley
A shot from last year's Homegrown Music & Art Festival
Homegrown Music & Art Festival
Saturday, May 26, at Main Street Garden Park
For the third annual installment of Homegrown Music & Arts Festival, the margins for bands have expanded to include all Texas acts. So this year's bill will feature Black Joe Lewis, Hayes Carll, Octopus Project and many more. Not a bad band in the bunch.

Father John Misty, Har Mar Superstar
Friday, May 25, at Sons of Hermann Hall
In this week's print edition, we spoke with Father John Misty's Josh Tillman about his seemingly new persona. He no longer comes off as the introspective, solemn artist he did during his solo career in the early Aughts or with his stint as Fleet Foxes' drummer. Now, he's sort of a lovable, wise-cracking smart-ass, and it's all over his new album, Fear Fun.

Sunday, May 27, at Lake Lewisville
Spune Productions brings us a day of floating on Lake Lewisville while listening to acts like Ray Wylie Hubbard, James McMurtry, Wayne Hancock and more. There will be sunburns.

David Ramirez
Thursday, May 24, at Poor David's Pub
It's seems that Austin-by-way-of Dallas singer songwriter David Ramirez has shed his penchant for Damien Rice songs, which is a good thing. Or at least he hides it well. Check out this ever-improving artist tonight.

Friday, May 25, at House of Blues
Tomorrow is i93's summer kickoff party, featuring Jojo, whose career peaked a few years back. You can't buy tickets to this show, you just have to listen to 93.3-FM to win.

Turnpike Troubadours
Friday, May 25, at Granada Theater
Old time country meets red dirt. That's a pretty general yet fitting description for Oklahoma's Turnpike Troubadours, who will be joined on the Granada stage by the Dirty River Boys and Thieving Birds.

David Garza, Dan Dyer
Friday, May 25, at The Kessler Theater
The Kessler Theater loves them some Dallas music history. David Garza is a big part of that. Over a decade ago, he would frequent Deep Ellum clubs, playing with the likes of Edie Brickell. Garza has since moved to Austin, and rarely comes up to Dallas anymore to perform. When he does, it's at The Kessler.

Eternal (of Wu Tang)
Friday, May 25, at Hailey's Club
There are well-known members of the Wu-Tang Clan: Method Man, RZA and GZA, Ghostface Killah. Unfortunately, Eternal is not one of them. 

Saturday, May 26, at The Door
One of the early champions of emo music in underground Christian circles, MeWithoutYou has grown up a bit over the last decade, and so have their fans. I predict Saturday's show at The Door will still be packed.

Styx, Gin Blossoms
Saturday, May 26, at Farmer's Branch Historical Park
Easily making this weekend's weirdest bill, Styx and Gin Blossoms will headline Liberty Fest, brought to you by the fine metropolitan city of Farmer's Branch. If you're dead set on seeing the Gin Blossoms (aren't we all?) but can't make this show, don't fret. The band will be back at Billy Bob's Texas in July.

The Darkness
Sunday, May 27, at House of Blues
I remember when The Darkness played at the Gypsy Tea Room years ago. There were more lights than I've ever seen in a club before. Not sure what fans can expect from Sunday's performance, but it will, no doubt, include the glam metal anthem, "I Believe in a Thing Called Love."

Plants & Animals
Sunday, May 27, at Dada
Canadian indie rock act Plants & Animals, are the perfect way for hipsters to ring in Memorial Day, to which the band will say, "What's that?"

Parking Lot Pool Party
Sunday, May 27, at Double Wide
A great way for the less inhibited hipster to get ready for Memorial Day. If you're not quite ready to jump into the above ground pools at Double Wide, just drink a few rum-spiked Yoo-Hoos and you'll be fine.

Allen City Blues Festival
Sunday, May 27, at Allen Event Center

Allen's first ever blues fest hits the decks with some big names: The Robert Cray Band, Jimmie Vaughan, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Ian Moore Band and Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown. 

Penguin Prison, Class Actress, Datahowler
Monday, May 28, at Dada
What better way to spend Memorial Day than at this dance party at Dada. Penguin Prison is yet another dance-pop act that will probably be much too big for this venue before long. 

Badass Jazz
Monday, May 28, at The Amsterdam Bar
Seriously, if you've never been to Badass Jazz, you really ought to check this out. Shelley Carrol and a group of old-school jazz pros do this every Monday night at what is pretty much the coolest bar in Dallas.

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