The Eight Best Shows in DFW This Week

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The Walkmen play Saturday at The Fort Worth Music Festival.
Is there such a thing as the end of festival season here? I don't know. What I do know is that there are a couple more this weekend -- Fort Worth Music Festival features twang on Friday and fuzzy guitar bliss on Saturday. And Wildflower remains the most fun I can imagine having in the general proximity of 635. But wait, there's more: Nappy Roots, Curren$y, and you'll have to read on for the rest.

Oh, and if you're wondering why there are only eight shows this week, it's just that kind of week. Wait until next round -- things are about to get ridiculous.

Friday, May 17, at The Prophet Bar
The last time I saw Curren$y, his leg was in such a huge cast that he had to be wheeled onto the stage and he rapped from a couch. He also did one or two very, very hobbling freestyles. But he showed up, when almost no one else would, and it ruled. Don't let all that weed talk fool you -- the dude works his ass off. --Kiernan Maletsky

Fort Worth Music Festival
Friday, May 17, and Saturday, May 18, at Panther Island Pavilion
This year's Spune-produced Fort Worth Music Festival has a lineup built for picnics. Good thing, then, that its setting will be the most beautiful chunk of riverfront anywhere in the Metroplex. From the green of Panther Island Pavilion you can watch local heroes Old 97's kick up some dust alongside costal representatives Delta Spirit and The Walkmen. There's plenty more to hear: up and comer ZZ Ward, Southern rock titans Drive By Truckers, plenty of DFW's finest and more. (KM)

Friday, May 17 to Sunday, May 19, at Galatyn Park
Deep in the suburbs, there sits a crevice surrounded by the canyon walls of office buildings. Every May this area gets filled with vendors and stages, and residents of the 'burbs and Dallas proper flock to take part in face painting, beer and fried food. Richardson's Wildflower festival does a bang-up job of pairing music legends, dimming stars and great local acts to present a sonic buffet. This year sees locals Sir Name and the Janes, Nervous Curtains, The Treelines and Jacob Metcalf playing alongside local legends Rev. Horton Heat and the Toadies. Robert Earl Keen, Ray Willie Hubbard, Gretchen Wilson and The Charlie Daniels Band scratch the country itch while 38 Special, Blue Oyster Cult and Grand Funk Railroad fill the classic rock "legend" quota. This years "Wait, really?" act is the Spin Doctors, who are still together and still singing about princes who are competing for your attention. Oh, and as a bonus the Alamo Draft house is bringing their pop up screen on Saturday to show Wayne's World, so party on. --Jaime-Paul Falcon

UNT One O'Clock Lab Band
Friday, May 17, at McDavid Studio
Denton's half-century-plus old jazz ensemble has a handful of Grammy nods and a history performing all around the world. You get to see 'em right here in your backyard, which is also theirs. Lucky everyone. (KM)

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