There’s tons of live music cookin’ on this summer weekend, as well as some fun cultural events. All DARTable. If you take DART to one of these fun happenings, let us know about your experience in the comments.
Friday, July 13
Parrotheads take note! Addison’s Summer Series gets the weekend sailing smoothly with free outdoor entertainment in Addison Circle Park, near Addison Transit Center. Tonight, enjoy the sounds of Fin City, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band. If predictions are right, the inevitable singalong to “Margaritaville” will be clearly audible in a three-city area.
Saturday, July 14
Happy Bastille Day! Break out the beret and take the Dallas Streetcar from Union Station down to Bishop Arts District, where Bastille on Bishop will transform the avenue into a French-style celebration. Think wine, food and music, plus many revelers dressed as French stereotypes. Vive la revolution!
For a more all-American experience, head to Downtown Garland Station on the Blue Line. The nostalgic town square is full of mom-and-pop shops, and it’s a few blocks from the station. On Saturday, The Urban Flea takes place, and it’s chock-a-block with vintage finds, cool antiques, crafty wares and live music.
Not enough live music for you yet? The Dallas Zoo Safari Nights concert series promises a wild time, with great bands in a beautiful outdoor setting. Tonight, The O’s – a kind of local supergroup whose members go way back in the Dallas scene – takes the stage. Catch the Red Line to Dallas Zoo Station.
This would be a great night to catch Brad Zimmerman’s My Son the Waiter: A Jewish Tragedy. It opens on Thursday, and it will run through July 29 at the Eisemann Center, mere steps from Galatyn Park Station on the Red Line. Part stand-up routine, part one-man theatrical performance, the show documents one man's struggle to make it big as a comedian in New York.
Sunday, July 15
It’s your last day to catch the Dallas Theater Center's production of Hairspray, the big and bold musical about a girl's dream to be a dancer. The family-friendly, kitschy play is at the Winspear Opera House; take any DART Rail line to Pearl/Arts District Station and walk a few blocks, or catch the D-Link.
The Fine Arts Chamber Players are in full swing – or “string” – with their awesome Basically Beethoven Festival, which runs on Sundays throughout July. Today’s theme is Pianos & Percussion; Rachmaninoff and Bartòk fill the program, which starts at 3 p.m. at the Moody Performance Hall in the Dallas Arts District. It’s a short walk from Pearl/Arts District Station and is also accessible via the D-Link.
Remember the days before indie rock, when it was called “college radio”? If so, you may be interested in taking in performances from two of the biggest “underground” acts from the ’80s: Violent Femmes and Echo & The Bunnymen. They’re playing a double-bill tonight at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, a short walk from Irving Convention Center Station.