The 14 Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, March 10-16

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Ludacris is bringing Chicken and Beer to the St. Patrick's Day parade concert.

We are now in the dead heat of festival season. Even though everyone's making their way down to Austin this week for some giant, week-long Doritos® party, there's still plenty going on right here in our own backyards. From Macaulay Culkin's pizza-centric Velvet Underground cover band to Miley Cyrus, there is an extremely diverse variety of live music in town this week- so if you're avoiding 35 South all together, we're bound to have something for you.

Big Gus & Swampadelic
Monday, March 10, at Free Man Cajun Café & Lounge

In 2011, the Dallas Observer awarded "Big Gus" Samuelson the trophy for Best DJ. Samuelson does have an impeccable ear for great tunes and his low, Southern Barry White-ish speaking voice helps him excel in that realm on KHYI-FM 95.3. For years now, however, he has fronted one hell of a band, Swampadelic. By blending blues, zydeco and Western swing, Samuelson and his crew cover aural terrain that few area bands can. The Cajun flavor of his tunes comes naturally, as he was raised in Louisiana before making his way to Dallas many years ago. American Soul, his just-released solo effort, is a fantastic collection of primarily acoustic songs that are packed with, well, soul. Most of the songs are originals with a few re-worked numbers from Swampadelic's Paralngua album thrown in for great measure. Samuelson has long held a residency at the Espiritu Wine Bar in Frisco, with many a friend joining in, but Swampadelic's Monday night residency at the Free Man Cajun Café is as fitting, and as swinging as a Monday night can get. Kelly Dearmore

Burger Records and Dallas Distortion Music's Spring Fling 2014
Monday, March 10 at The Where House

This off-shoot festival brings some of the best of Burger Records roster together with some of North Texas most buzz worthy bands. Fort Worth DIY venue The Where House will showcase performances from PUJOL, Cosmonauts, and Gapdream, as well as locals like cobalt cranes and The Longshots. Vanessa Quilantan

Children of Bodom
Tuesday, March 11 at House of Blues

For nearly twenty years, the Finnish heavy metal band Children of Bodom has done the symphonic, melodic death metal thing with passion and power to spare. Long considered one of Scandinavia's best metal outfits, Children of Bodom have never resisted change. Proof of such is the band's recently issued album Halo of Blood. Easily the band's most direct effort to date, Halo strips away some of the more neoclassical elements that had become somewhat of the band's trademark. Darryl Smyers

Gary Numan
Tuesday, March 11, at the Granada Theater

Mistakenly labeled a one-hit wonder for 1979's "Cars," Gary Numan has, in fact, had a fascinating career that has truly changed the entire genre of electronic music. At 55, he continues to evolve and still remains highly influential on acts as diverse as Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode. Last years Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) was heralded as one of Numan's best efforts since the glory days of the early '80s. Indeed, the album's dark ambiance was a stark reminder of exactly who started this post-apocalyptic mess in the first place. With his trademark sneering whine and those processed beeps and burps perfectly in place, Gary Numan is still the epitome of detached cool. DS

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