Pitbull is Coming to WinStar and He's Not Going Away Anytime Soon

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Sayre Berman
Get used to seeing this face, world

Pitbull's show tomorrow night in Oklahoma at the Winstar World Casino is sold out, it has been that way for months, and this tells us something. He's not going away. No matter how much we want him to.

But, why? In the world of pop music with some exceptions, everyone is disposable. It's the genre that gave us the one hit wonder. But despite the fluid nature of the genre Pitbull's been on top of the world since 2009.


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Face to Face to Push the Limits of Nostalgia with a Three-Night Stand at Gas Monkey

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Face to Face as many of their fans would like to remember them, in their '90s prime

Starting on Thursday night, legendary punk band Face to Face will do a three-night residency at Gas Monkey Bar N Grill. Each night, they will play a full album from front to back: Their classic debut Don't Turn Away comes tomorrow, Big Choice on Friday and their self-titled record on Saturday.

Dallas is lucky to get this, as it doesn't often attract a residency of this caliber. Usually towns like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles do, but Face to Face is doing this here, along with residencies in New York and Denver in the coming weeks. But it also raises an obvious question: Doesn't a multi-night stand like this take the playing-a-whole-record-live thing a little too far?


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Let's Stop Glorifying Deep Ellum's Golden Years

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Mike Brooks
The future looks bright for Deep Ellum. Let's focus on it, not the past

It's a good time to be a fan of live music in Dallas. With the smashing success of The Bomb Factory's reopening last weekend, it's clear that the local scene, and in particular its hub in Deep Ellum, is the strongest it's been in ages. Thousands of people flocked to the revived venue to enjoy performances from Erykah Badu, Sarah Jaffe and the Toadies, with lines wrapping around the block to get in.

The scenes from weekend were enough to get older fans to reminisce about the good old days of the neighborhood, but they're only half right. In a lot of key ways, the Deep Ellum of today is far better than the old one we spend our times glorifying. Just ask the people who are happy to simply have an air conditioning unit in The Bomb Factory.


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South By So What Has Become Dallas' High-Brow Alternative to the Warped Tour

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Rachel Parker
South By So What, the place where kids of all ages can be themselves
While SXSW rages on to the south of us in Austin, another festival has set up shop in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area to cater to a niche of it own. Imagine the Warped Tour crowd: your 15-year-old mall metal kid; your aspiring 19-year-old Instagram model; your "bandana wrapped around the boot, bandana in the back pocket, and bandana wrapped around the neck" deathcore kid. This festival in Dallas is designed for the likes of them. It is Warped Tour come early. But what sets South By So What apart from an average metalcore fest is the amount of work they put into capturing the older audience's sense of nostalgia.

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In Praise of Carlos Santana, Rock 'N' Roll's Great Cultural Unifier

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Carlos Santana plays at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie tonight
By Nick Gaitan

After all these years, it's easy to take Carlos Santana for granted. Far too many of us may try and dismiss his work with an Onion-style joke about "Smooth." But what Santana has done for music, and particularly Latin culture, over his decades-long career should never be underestimated. Even if you can't name his most recent albums, his name and work stand the test of time. And as he arrives in Dallas tonight for a show at Verizon Theatre, it's high time we stop and reconsider all that his trailblazing work has done.

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In Defense of Rob Thomas

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Andrew McPherson
Rob Thomas is coming (well, to Choctaw). Do you even know how lucky you are?
Rob Thomas is playing at Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, Oklahoma on Saturday, March 14. But, you already knew that. You screamed, "OH, HELL YES" when you saw the giant billboard on I-75 here in Dallas with his giant Rob Thomas face on it and those intense Rob Thomas eyeballs staring right into your white-blues soul. You went online to buy tickets, and things got even better: this is a Rob Thomas solo tour.

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Put Your Damn Phones Away and Enjoy Your Concerts Already

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Mike Brooks
Psst. Alright, suckers. Put your phones away at the show already
We've all heard of the FOMO, that is, the Fear of Missing Out. In Aziz Ansari's new special, Live at Madison Square Garden, he sharply criticizes the millennial generation's anxiety in regards to missing out on something better happening right now. Woe unto the person at the thing, who checks their social media thing, to find out that there's a better thing happening at that moment in time. God forbid that that thing -- say, a concert -- were ever good enough in the here-and-now (whatever that is).

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Why We're Not Sad to See Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic Go

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Christian McPhate
It looks like Willie Nelson has played his last Fourth of July in the Stockyards
Just after noon on July 4, 2005, I was sitting under a blazing sun in a dusty, wide-open field behind Billy Bob's Texas in the Fort Worth Stockyards. I had just unpacked my folding chair and settled in for the first of what would be over a dozen performances during my first-ever Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic. Though I was 29 at the time, and had lived my entire life in Texas, I couldn't help but feel I was finally earning my Texas-residency card for real at that point.

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Nightlife in Expo Park is Flatlining

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The patio is deserted at Amsterdam (snow not pictured). What about the rest of Expo Park?

There are plenty of places in Dallas to go get drunk, but some neighborhoods have more charm and community than others. That's what makes us flock to them and to then keep coming back. This week, Dallas lost one of its best watering holes in Exposition Park's Amsterdam Bar. For an establishment that lasted nearly 20 years in such a fickle city, Amsterdam's departure doesn't bode well for the surrounding neighborhood.


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Dear People Doing The Wobble: Stoppit.

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The Wobble is a song written by V.I.C. that plays everywhere from clubs to bars to weddings to school dances. It's a line dance. A dance craze abomination brought here by the Line Dance Devil himself.

If you are unfamiliar with the dance, here is one of thousands of instructional videos from the YouTube that explains how the dance is done (Warning: By watching this video, you are sealing your own The Wobble Earworm Death fate):

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