The 14 Best Unofficial 35 Denton Shows

There will be approximately one million bands in Denton this weekend.
If for some reason you find yourself in Denton this weekend sans the shiny wristband required for entry into 35 Denton, the town's four-day, walkable music festival, don't fret! There's still plenty of cool shit to do and excellent music to see that costs absolutely nothing. Below is a list of the best unofficial events, house shows and day parties that we could dig up. Enjoy.

Pre-35 Denton Festing with Last Joke, Cozy Hawks, I'm The One Who's Fighting
Wednesday, March 6, at J&J's Pizza, 8 p.m., Free

If you simply cannot hold out until Thursday to get your festival on, head to the dingy old basement of J&J's Pizza for a little "pre-fest fun" complete with music, beer and pizza. As if Ryan Thomas Becker wasn't busy enough during this time of year, he'll be playing a little "pre-fest" show with his band Last Joke, filled out by openers Cozy Hawks and I'm the One Who's Fighting this Wednesday night.

35 Underground with DJ Titan and Others
Saturday, March 9, at 3730 E. McKinney St., Suite 135, 10 p.m., $5

Saturday night DJ Titan will headline what very well may be one of the cooler "unofficial" DJ events you'll see this spring. About twenty local DJs will fill more than three stages in a 6,400 square-foot office space at 3730 E. McKinney St., Suite 135. The party goes from 10 p.m. on Saturday until 6 a.m. on Sunday morning. A few ground rules include parking in front, not back, avoiding glass containers, bringing your own beer and putting your trash in the receptacles.

DJs include: Passthe40, Ghost Daddies, Max Carritt (Secret Squid), Usual Suspect, SpaceChase, Gleebs, Sofaking, Tyler Brown, Black Frames, DJ MWC, Psymatic, Mooseka, Timeless, Betamaxx, Fropsi, 70/140, Mars Pluto and DiscoJelly. All of that for just five bucks!

Denton Radio on the Square
Thursday, March 7-Sunday, March 10, at the Denton County Courthouse-on-the-Square, Free

If 35 Denton's handful of official venues and two main stages weren't enough to fill your proverbial music cup to the brim, Denton Radio is an online radio show that exclusively plays local music, and will be hosting a showcase from a stage on the Courthouse lawn that will feature more than 40 bands during all four days. Each day starts in the afternoon and goes until evening. Best of all, it's free!
See the schedule below:

4:00 - 4:45 Wise Ruby
5:00 - 5:45 The Awkward Customer
6:00 - 6:45 Mat Grigsby
7:00 - 7:45 The Future Eyes
8:00 - 8:45 Reinventing Jude
9:00 - 9:45 Sonar Lights

2:00 - 2:25 (caruvana)
2:30 - 2:55 Ellie Meyer
3:00 - 3:25 Kelsey Henry
3:30 - 3:55 Billy Bennett
4:00 - 4:25 Big Round Spectacles
4:30 - 4:55 Seth Weaver
5:00 - 5:45 West and the Grooves
6:00 - 6:45 Ellee Morris
7:00 - 7:45 Ashley Gatta & The Free People
8:00 - 8:45 1140
9:00 - 9:45 Woody's Rampage

12:00 - 12:45 Polly Maynard Tiny Big Band
1:00 - 1:25 Richard Gilbert
1:30 - 1:55 Caleb Coonrod
2:00 - 2:25 Dave Thomas
2:30 - 2:55 Jess Dixon
3:00 - 3:45 Sol Tax
4:00 - 4:45 Back Water Opera
5:00 - 5:45 Brave Combo
6:00 - 6:45 Kerry Davis Band
7:00 - 7:45 MockingByrd Station
8:00 - 8:45 Levi Cobb & Big Smoke
9:00 - 9:45 Bone Doggie & the Hickory Street Hellraisers

11:00 - 11:45 Earthshine
12:00 - 12:25 Mr. Joe
12:30 - 12:55 Maria Cecilia
1:00 - 1:45 Jacko Suede
2:00 - 2:45 Molotov Dogs
3:00 - 3:45 Baloney Moon
4:00 - 4:45 Karyna Micaela
5:00 - 5:45 Zach Balch
6:00 - 6:45 My Kickdrum Heart
7:00 - 7:45 The Contingency Clause
8:00 - 8:45 Boombachs
9:00 - 9:45 Star Party

Unofficial, Nonofficial Day Party at Wine²
Thursday, March 7, at Wine², 4:30 p.m., Free

Local wine bar Wine² has a little shop directly on the Downtown Square, making them the perfect location for those wanting to kick off the music festivities as soon as they clock out of work on Thursday, while also keeping an eye on the happenings around the Square's perimeter. The lineup includes Robert Gomez, Team Tomb's Caleb Ian Campbell and Kristy Kruger, although the event promises an interesting little twist: a "special guest," which the event has touted "I MEAN REALLY SPECIAL." Hmm...any guesses? Show up to find out.

The DIME Store Pre-Party and Pop-Up Show
Friday, March 8, at 510 S. Locust St., 6 p.m.; Saturday, March 9, at 7 p.m., Free

A new vintage shop is opening up on Locust Street, and to foster new business, is throwing a pop-up preview of the store before its grand opening in April. The DIME store couldn't have picked a better time or place. Saturday the quaint store will feature local music, although it is unknown yet as to who exactly will perform. Swing by to find out.

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Jane Piper
Jane Piper

OOPS, you forgot Mary Walker and Megan Storie at the Fine Arts theater on the square Friday night.


maricopa county will be the "and more" at the drc day show on saturday!

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