The Five Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend

Charles Bradley

Find more of this weekend's best shows in our shiny new concert calendar.

Fort Worth Music Festival
Will Rogers Memorial, Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29

Whether it's the deep soul of Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, the tears-in-my-beer ballads of Hayes Carll, or the smooth jazzing of Kevin Eubanks, this weekend's Fort Worth Music Festival has something for even the most discerning festival-goer. The Supersuckers, Dr. Dog, Hudson Moore and more round out an impressive two-day bill. On the local tip, make sure you catch the Relatives, the Southern Renaissance and the Cush. - Audra Schroeder

Wanda Jackson
Thursday, September 27, at the Granada Theater

Wanda Jackson has reached a unique point in her still vibrant career, where she's now collaborating with a new generation that grew up admiring her robust country songs. There was her collaboration with Jack White, 2011's The Party Ain't Over, and Justin Townes Earle produced her new album, Unfinished Business, out October 9. Seeing her live is always a divine time.

John Prine
John Prine, Alejandro Escovedo
Friday, September 28, at the Majestic Theater

If the oft-employed term "influential" still has meaning in today's musical universe, then a massive amount of its worth lives within the work of John Prine. A legend without being a household name, Prine's songwriting is a force that's turned many aimless youth into wonderful artists in their own right. Catching him live is like hearing a short story collection from the author's own mouth. Pair that with Austin treasure Alejandro Escovedo, and you've got two skilled storytellers on the Majestic's beautiful stage. - Kelly Dearmore

Rock-a-Tron 5000
Saturday, September 29, at the Wherehouse

In its second year, Up To Eleven Entertainment's musical gathering, Rock-a-Tron 5000, makes its way back to Fort Worth, where many of the bands on its lineup reside. Locals Sally Majestic, How's My Driving?, Southern Train Gypsy, Here Holy Spain, Perdition, Mothership, The Dangits, The Phuss, One Fingered Fist and The Vatican Press join Houston's psych vets Linus Pauling Quartet and Austin's riff-friendly Scorpion Child. Punk torch-bearers The Queers and Guttermouth headline. Yet another festival to add to your fall schedule. - Audra Schroeder

Free Pussy Riot Benefit
Saturday, September 29, at Rubber Gloves

In the wake of Russian punk band Pussy Riot's famed prison sentencing for "hooliganism with religious hatred," following their February arrest in Moscow, two North Texas activist groups are hosting a benefit show at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios. The groups include the International Socialist Organization and the Radical Alliance for Gender Equality, with punk bands Electric Vengeance, Snatch Punch, Kid Beer, Noise Tanks and The Kremlings performing. "One reason I was personally motivated to have a benefit show for Pussy Riot is because music, and punk music specifically, had a large influence over the formation of my early anti-capitalist views," says ISO organizer Liz Clinton. "We were outraged that these activists and performers were locked up simply for voicing opposition to the status quo." - Rachel Watts

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