The 10 Best Dallas Concerts This Week, 7/7 - 7/13
Sometimes the only thing that's worse than a Monday is the Monday after a three-day weekend. Honestly, what does anyone have to look forward to now? Aside from, you know, some real summer heat finally starting to creep in.
Mike Brooks Erykah Badu may find a long line of TV reporters looking for kisses this weekend
Fortunately the start of any new week in Dallas also means another new week of great shows to enjoy. This week's especially heavy on the classics with expected performances from Dallas' own Erykah Badu, Lionel Richie, Queen, and everyone's long-tongued, face-painted favorites (you can keep the face paint on, guys), KISS.
George Tandy Jr.
8pm, Tuesday, July 8 at the House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St, 214-978-2583 or houseofblues.com/dallas, $11
Based in Virginia, George Tandy Jr. is a singer-songwriter with a sound heavily drawn from R&B and soul classics. He released his debut single "March" last year to acclaimed reviews, and has since made appearances on BET, and the Essence Music Festival. Michelle Ofiwe
7pm, Tuesday, July 8 at Trees, 2709 Elm Street, treesdallas.com, $21-71
After years spent under the wings of Master P and the 504 Boyz, New Orleans rapper Curren$y got his first break on the backs of Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk II, a series of albums released in 2010 with a slew of top-notch rap collaborators from Snoop Dogg to B.I.G. KRIT. The rapper's brand has since spread to record labels and live features, but but the same cutthroat, sarcastically inclined social commentary remains the center-piece of Curren$y's success. With seven releases in the last four years, it's clear he has no intentions of giving up the music game and with a new album on the way, only time will tell what he'll do with it. MO
Queen + Adam Lambert
6:00 p.m. Thursday, July 10 at the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave, americanairlinescenter.com, $35-125
Let's be very clear here: the last Queen show was performed 28 years ago at Knebworth House in England. It was the last show because that was the last time band leader, vocalist and rock icon Freddie Mercury shared a stage with band mates Roger Taylor and Brian May. Since then Taylor and May have occasionally played Queen's music live with replacement singers who range from Elton John and Paul Rodgers to, well, Wyclef John. This isn't a bad thing; musicians have the right to play their music, no matter if they lost an integral part of it. This is why the teaming of Queen with American Idol standout Adam Lambert has been met with little skepticism. Lambert is an exciting artist, May and Taylor are legends and people love Queen's songs. No one denies this. So when the nostalgia tour roles through the AAC on Thursday try to enjoy yourself. You won't have any other opportunity to see these songs live. Jaime-Paul Falcon
Friday, July 11, at South Side Ballroom
Art Alexakis is a zombie. You cannot kill him or his band, Everclear. Over two decades in, despite experiencing many highs (Sparkle and Fade, So Much for the Afterglow) and lows (Slow Motion Daydream) and a list of lineup changes that is longer than Stacy Keibler's legs, the Everclear train is still chugging on. And while Alexakis the only original member left continues to churn out alternative albums and create polarizing and misunderstood video characters (Hater Jesus from "Hater" being the best example), Everclear's bread-and-butter will always be playing their early material. "Electra Made Me Blind" is still one of their most underrated, blistering rockers, and the alternative music lexicon will always love their more alterna-pop-oriented hits like "Everything to Everyone" and "Wonderful." But they were at their best when they were cranking out balls-out rockers like "Heroin Girl" and "When it all goes Wrong Again," so it's a good thing they still play some of those. Brian Palmer
Friday, July 11, at Gexa Energy Pavilion
While best known for the pedestrian soft rock that has defined his lengthy career as a solo artist, Lionel Richie made his very best music way back in the '70s as a member of the Commodores. Ballads such as "Easy," "Sail On" and "Three Times a Lady" as well as the masterful funk of "Brick House" helped the band cross over into the rock and pop markets. Since leaving the Commodores in 1982, Richie has made some massively successful music by basically making every safe choice imaginable. He is now more of an entertainer than a singer and his shows have become the equivalent of a slick and glossy Las Vegas production. Of course, the collection of forty, fifty and sixty-somethings in attendance will eat it up, as Richie's easy digestible confections are the perfect mid-summer snacks. Darryl Smyers