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Here’s Who Is Coming to Dallas This Weekend: May 26-29

There is plenty in the way of festivals, nostalgia (both 80s and 90s) and jam bands to occupy your Memorial Day weekend, plus an outdoor concert and fireworks.
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The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will start its free summer park concert series at Flag Pole Hill on Memorial Day. Sylvia Elzafon

Dead & Company

May 26, 7 p.m.| Dos Equis Pavillion

In addition to being a chance to see many of the founding members of the Grateful Dead, this is a great way to see John Mayer without buying a ticket that says you saw John Mayer. Dead & Company is comprised of original guitarist Bob Weir, drummers Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, plus Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Chimenti, and occasionally Mayer. This has been billed as Dead & Company’s farewell tour, and you should probably plan accordingly—the last few shows have gone for nearly four hours. Get tickets 


May 26, 7:30 p.m.| Toyota Music Factory, Irving

OK, so maybe the last time you saw Bush play live, you were wearing those Steve Madden slides and a choker, but if you need a dose of whatever angst powered you through adolescence and young adulthood, Gavin Rossdale and the guys are still here to supply you with “Glycerine,” “Comedown,” and “Everything Zen.” They’ll be supporting their ninth album, The Art of Survival. Our Lady Peace opens.  Get tickets.

38 Special

May 26, 10 p.m.| Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth

Classic rock fans, get your nap in and then drive to Fort Worth for the 10 p.m. start time for 80s rock band .38 Special. You’ll go in thinking you know three songs probably—”Wild-Eyed Southern Boys,” “Hold On Loosely,” and “Caught Up in You,” and then will remember “Teacher, Teacher,” and “Fantasy Girl.”  Get tickets.

90s Prom Night

May 27, 5 p.m.| Lakewood Brewing Company

Lakewood Brewing will host a grown-up prom with a 90s theme Saturday, starting with 90s trivia, and tunes from the band Topanga playing a full catalog of music suitable for the Peach Pit, and first-come-first-serve tastes of limited edition beers. Also available? Limited edition fanny packs.  Get details

Reckless Kelly

May 27, 10 p.m.| Billy Bob’s Texas, Fort Worth

Austin-based Reckless Kelly announced last year that they intended to retire from the road by 2024, which means their visit to Billy Bob’s this weekend may be one of your last chances to see the band. Expect a setlist that includes tunes from their 2020 albums American Jackpot and American Girls, and favorites like “Good Luck & True Love” and “Nobody’s Girl.”  Get tickets 

BillFest 2023

May 28,  Noon| Poor David’s Pub

The Dollar Store Generals, C.C. Cross, Floramay Holliday, Carlos & the Enablers, Tin & Coach, and Alex Lease will play BillFest this year in honor of the late Bill Wisener, the founder of Bill’s Records and Tapes.  Get tickets.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Memorial Day Concert

May 29, 8:15 p.m.| Flag Pole Hill

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra will start its free summer park concert series at Flag Pole Hill on Memorial Day. The orchestra will perform shortly after 8 p.m., and fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m., so arrive early to park and set up that lawn chair. The DSO promises a mix of patriotic favorites, popular tunes, and movie music. Assistant conductor Maurice Cohn will conduct. Get details.

Also check out:

Lone Star Elvis Festival, May 25-28, Palace Theater, Grapevine. Get tickets

Kirk Thurmond and Max Poscente, May 27, 7 p.m., Klyde Warren Park. RSVP here

Gary P. Nunn, May 26 and 27, 8 p.m., Dan’s Silverleaf, Denton. Get tickets

Young Buck, May 27, 7 p.m., Echo Lounge & Music Hall. Get tickets

Angel White, May 27, 8 p.m., The Kessler. Get tickets

Two Friends, May 27, 8 p.m., South Side Ballroom. Get tickets

All Peso Pluma Everything, May 27, 9:30 p.m., Trees. Get tickets

Tejano Fest 2023, May 28, 9 a.m., Trader’s Village, Grand Prairie. Get details

Dale Watson, May 28, 4 p.m., Dan’s Silverleaf, Denton. Get tickets

Helium Queens, May 28, 7 p.m., Tulips, Fort Worth. Get tickets

Hickoids, May 28, 7 p.m., Three Links. Get tickets

Brian McKnight, May 28, 8 p.m., Bruton Theatre. Get tickets

The Funky Knuckles, May 28, 8 p.m., Sundown at Granada. Get tickets

Leith Ross, May 28, 8 p.m., Granada Theater. Get tickets

Little Joe Y La Familia, May 28, 8:30 p.m., CBD Kratom Backyard, Arlington. Get tickets

To see what concerts are coming to North Texas this year, go here.


Bethany Erickson

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