The 10 Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 5/9 - 5/11

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Mike Brooks
Homegrown returns to downtown Dallas, but it's bring-your-own yoga
Hey now, weather. Knock it off, you hear? It's almost the weekend, and we don't need any more tricks, like that tornado business you thought was so damn funny. (Joke's on you because we have Special Weather Reports on our side.) No matter though; from now through Sunday, we're looking at the prospect of some fine sunshine and clear skies to wipe away the mind-numbing boredom that drags us into our usual workweek malaises. What better way to live it up than with one of the many shows taking place around Dallas?

Lady Antebellum
With Billy Currington and David Nail, 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Gexa Energy Pavilion, 1818 1st Ave., 214-421-1111 or

For Lady Antebellum's Hilary Scott, fame came her way through a roundabout path. With the musical chops to outdo her female industry peers, Scott auditioned for American Idol twice and never even made it to the judges' round in the audition process. But like any underdog tale, she continued to pursue music -- and follow in the footsteps of her famous mother, singer Linda Davis -- eventually joining forces with Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood to form Lady Antebellum. Named for a style of houses, the country music trio has steadily increased with popularity among fans and credibility among critics since forming in 2006. Their most well-known song has to be the Grammy Award-winning "Need You Now," a drunken booty call of a tune that revels in the sort of poor decision-making that develops after one too many whiskeys. Paige Skinner

Old Man Markley
With Whiskey Folks Ramblers and Hazardous Dukes, 8 p.m., Friday, May 9, at Three Links, 2704 Elm St.,

In 2011, after an eventful day at Austin's annual Fun Fun Fun Fest, Los Angeles-based Old Man Markley, a self-proclaimed "punk bluegrass" outfit performed one of the festival's many late-night after-party shows at the Mohawk in the Red River area of Austin's downtown. The band's 2013 album, the fun, stomping Down Side Up is a banjo-fueled romp -- so much so that it's no surprise Markley's feverish approach has landed him on the roster of San Francisco's punk label Fat Wreck Chords. Kelly Dearmore

Christina Perri
With Birdy, 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, at House of Blues,
2200 N. Lamar St., 214-978-2583 or

There are no two ways about it: Christina Perri's songs reach down into your soul and wrap themselves around the very fibers of your being. Ever since her song "Jar of Hearts" was featured during the 2010 season of So You Think You Can Dance, and the megahit "A Thousand Years" landed on the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 1 the following year, there has been no denying that Perri makes anything but disposable pop. Her new album, Head or Heart, only furthers this belief as the first single, "Human," finds Perri being unapologetic about her inability to be robotic and conformist while keeping her feelings and emotions hidden. Perri dazzles with her ability to switch from understated vocals to a powerful delivery at the drop of a hat. It's damn near impossible not to like a woman whose singing makes you feel so alive. Brian Palmer

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Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger
With Broncho, 8 p.m. Friday, May 9, at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St.,

Jakob, Lisa Marie, Arlo, Matthew, Gunnar and Miley. Each of these musicians has had to battle their twerking hearts out to emerge from the shadows of their beloved, iconic musical fathers. It may be just as well to pick a screwed-up band name to perform under. So while the only child of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, has released albums under his own name, he's more recently been active as one half of the intensely psychedelic duo Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, or GOASTT, alongside his romantic partner, Charlotte Kemp Muhl. There's no mistaking a bit of obvious sonic inheritance in GOASTT's latest release, Midnight Sun, a lush kaleidoscopic haze that, for better or worse, is reminiscent of John's gently epic Sgt. Pepper's-era work. Indeed, it will be worth catching this show for the aural effects more than it will be to stare at the son of a ghost. Kelly Dearmore

Homegrown Music and Art Festival
With the Toadies, ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, and more, 11 a.m., at Main Street Garden Park, 1902 Main St.,

For the fifth Homegrown Music and Arts Festival, the event's parochial moniker might be truer than ever,. The two bands atop the bill this year, The Toadies and Austin's ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, are both acts that have long nurtured their local fan bases and risen to beloved Lone Star-centric acts deserving of the victory laps that this year's festival represents. After all, what better festival than one named "Homegrown" is there for two such bands to celebrate the anniversaries of their best albums? The Toadies will play the 20-year-old, regionally iconic Rubberneck, while Trail of Dead performs its 2002 masterwork, Source Tags and Codes. Other highlights will include Denton's Seryn and the always kick-ass Sarah Jaffe, plus Fort Worth's The Phuss and Calhoun. It's pretty sweet when widely-adored musical greatness just happens to be from around these parts. KD

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