BURNIN' DOWN THE HOUSE: Several years ago I was in a band with some very talented players from the Austin-area. We played a gig with Jr. Brown one night in San Marcos and he made us look like we had just picked up our instruments the day before. Armed with his unique Guit-steel-an otherworldly double-necked machine that marries the six-stringed guitar with its steel counterpart-Brown blasts through 12 tracks that mix the best of country, blues, Tex-Mex, Western swing, rock and roll and countless other shades of electrified American music. The result is a high-octane rollercoaster ride that careens from one emotional touchstone to another-from the rollicking to the poignant to the humorous and beyond. To see this spectacle for yourself, get down to the Granada around 7 p.m. and buy a ticket for $15.00 - $30.00.
GET IN LINE: If there is one thing that you should know how to do to truly be called a Texan, it is line dance. It's sort of like how if you are from south Louisiana you should know how to cook gumbo, or if you're from Minnesota you know how to shovel snow. Lucky for all of us that got here as quick as we could there are weekly C&W dance lessons at one of the best dance venues in the metro area - Gilleys Dallas. Lessons are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight, with no cover before 8 p.m. Live dance music begins at 8 p.m. with The Chris Rivers Band.
GET 'EM WHILE IT'S GOOD: Something we, as lovers and supporters of the arts, need to be doing more of is getting out to watch upcoming artists before they are past their troubled years...which lets face it, are always the best. The North Texas Music Makers Showcase is held the last Sunday of the month throughout the year, and features performances by up-and-coming original artists and Texas talent. Held at historic Sons of Hermann Hall in Deep Ellum, doors open at 4:30 p.m. with hourly acts perform from 5:30 to midnight. Admission is FREE. A $10 donation is requested at the door and benefits S.H.H. a 501(C)(8) nonprofit entity. For a list of upcoming artists, Facebook the Wandering Chicken Wire Show.
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