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Here’s Who Is Coming to Dallas This Week: March 15–18

While an army of domestic and global acts descend upon Austin for SXSW, Dallas holds it down with two local showcases.
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Rachel Harvey (DJ Ursa Minor) has only seen one fight break out during her set in Deep Ellum. The music had nothing to do with it. Denzel Golatt

Kenny G

Mar. 18–20, 7:30 p.m. | Bass Performance Hall

Who doesn’t love Kenny G? The Grammy Award–winning saxophonist has been sampled by 2 Chainz, Bun B, Big K.R.I.T., Babyface, Mariah Carey, and Timbaland. He’s collaborated with Kanye West, The Weeknd, and more. Although his style of smooth jazz was somewhat controversial at the time of his debut, his music has spent the last few decades inspiring musicians across many genres. Last year, the legendary saxophonist was scheduled to perform alongside the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for its Pops series, but the performance was postponed for this weekend amid COVID concerns. The saxophonist will perform a selection of his Grammy-winning hits with the classical musical ensemble until his final performance on March 20 at 2 p.m. Purchase seats.

No Days Off

Mar. 18, 9 p.m. | Mr.X Cocktail Lounge inside XOXO Dining Room

This is not a function for people to stand, look cute, and stare at their phones. Leave the dating apps alone and spend a night dancing to back-to-back sets from a trio of the city’s best nightlife-DJs. DJ Chrissy Yella, DJ Ursa Minor, DJ DRNRDX, and an unannounced surprise DJ will provide the tunes for No Days Off’s first party in Dallas. A few weeks ago, I attended Femme Friday, a women’s-only DJ night, which was hosted by DJs Christy Ray and Ursa Minor. The music was so good that multiple tables left their chili cheese plates and well drinks to dance and, may I say, twerk in front of the DJ stand. Believe me when I say you will have the best Friday night with these three DJs in charge.

South By The Honey

Mar. 19, 7 p.m. | 211 N. Ervay St., 9th Floor

Milan Merlo has done it again. Last year, Merlo spoke to D Magazine about The Honey, “a hyper-local music platform aimed at uplifting musicians across Dallas-Fort Worth.” This year, the agency will host a curated showcase with performers from across the south and California. This event will feature free drinks from Austin Eastciders, Deep Ellum Brewing Co., and Topo Chico. Although the drinks are for attendees aged 21 and older, all ages are welcome at the event. Buy tickets.

Bookstore Disco

Mar. 19, 8 p.m. | The Wild Detectives

In search of a lil reggaetón and cumbia? On Saturday, DJ Tayhana transforms the Bishop Arts bookstore and bar into a rhythmic, bass-driven, dance experience. DJ Tayhana, described as “one of the most powerful musical forces on the South and Central American dance floors,” will bring her global Latin hits, signature distorted sound, and vibrant energy to the Oak Cliff bookstore and bar’s backyard. She is known for her advocacy efforts to create inclusive nightlife spaces for LGBTQ folks. Before she takes the stage, Oak Cliff favorite DJ Alaska will open the crowd with her mix of ’00s emo-pop, ’80s synth-pop, and plenty of old school jams that pay tribute to the neighborhood’s lowrider cruises down Jefferson Blvd. Buy tickets.

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Taylor Crumpton is the online arts editor for FrontRow, D Magazine’s arts and entertainment blog. She is a proud Dallasite…

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