The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 5/16 - 5/18
It's about time Dallas has a throwback weekend, don't you think? Well, even if you don't think so, that's a good part of what you're going to get. From here to Choctaw Casino, bands who had their day in that exciting epoch of history between the 1970s and the '90s will be swarming the North Texas area. Just to be safe, you might want to keep a close eye on your parents. But either way, here's a batch of seven of the concerts that are essential to know about between now and next Monday.
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Fort Worth Music Festival
With Lucinda Williams, Jimmy Eat World, and more, 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, and 1 p.m., Saturday, May 17, at Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St., Fort Worth, fwfest.com, $25-$100
What once began as a jazz-centric music festival in a completely different part of town seems to have grown nicely into its niche. Recent appearance by the likes of Dr. Dog, Kevin Eubanks, Galactic and The Walkmen have helped turn Fort Worth Fest into a bona fide destination event, and this year's headliners -- alt-country queen Lucinda Williams, post-hardcore emo heroes Jimmy Eat World, and legendary beard of ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons -- suggest another stellar installment. Local studs such as Ronnie Fauss, Oil Boom and Air Review certainly give the event a local feel without staying too small. What's more, it's tough to imagine a better spot for an outdoor, urban-placed festival in the Metroplex: Fort Worth has figured out how to make the banks of the Trinity River an appealing location, unlike a certain city we all are familiar with. Kelly Dearmore
Hank Williams Jr.
7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Choctaw Event Center, 3735 Choctaw Road, Durant, Oklahoma, 888-652-4628 or choctawcasinos.com, $54-$157
Is it unfair to suggest that the average Hank Williams Jr. fan will probably miss the irony of Bocephus performing his popular pro-'Murican fight song, "Takin' Back the Country," at a casino owned by the Choctaw Nation -- a tribe whose literal country was taken from it by the U.S. government in 1830? Well hey, at least he's not playing for a Gambian dictator. (Sorry, too soon?) In any case, Williams and a band's-worth of his presumably rowdy friends will descend upon the Choctaw Event Center at Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Oklahoma,about 90 minutes north of Dallas. While his most recent material is more or less incendiary Red State anthems/mad-at-the-media diatribes, Williams will probably still play "Family Tradition." The chutzpah alone should be worth the drive. Steve Steward
With Seth Walker, 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346 or thekessler.org $20-22.50
When Eric Bazilian wrote "One of Us," it was to impress a girl. What it ended up being was Joan Osborne's Grammy-nominated hit song. But unlike most pop songs about mushy gushy love, "One of Us" explores the idea that God could be walking among everyone. But recording mega pop hits isn't the only thing Osborne is capable of. She sings nearly all genres, everything from soul to blues to country, and turned a stint fronting the Grateful Dead after they'd morphed into the Dead, post-Jerry Garcia. Osborne even recorded an album full of blues and R&B covers, including songs originated by Ray Charles and Otis Redding. Now 20 years removed from her big hit, she's forged a career far more diverse than any one song might suggest. Paige Skinner