Things To Do In Dallas Tonight: Aug. 26

Two huge pop bands—one old, one new—at two of our biggest venues.

One Republic publicity still. Courtesy of Columbia Records.
One Republic publicity still. Courtesy of Columbia Records.

While I usually try to make it to at least a handful of the events I recommend every week, last night I did not take my own advice at all. Instead, I wandered around downtown—semi-legally parking with my hazards on at intersections—in order to get the best view of the red Dallas skyline. It was a pretty moving display, particularly the Hunt Oil building.

Tonight, we have a couple of big pop events for the young and old alike. The jury is out on whether or not I’ll make it to either of these, but this should surely appeal to a large local group of radio listeners.

One Republic is an interesting and even fascinatingly humble act in that the group’s principal songwriter, Ryan Tedder, is best when he’s not at the mic. His contributions to the catalogs of both Beyoncé and Sky Ferreira are arguably much more interesting in their hands. Perhaps it’s a bit of “the singer not the song” as the old saying goes. However, the group has had a decent run of hits and surely their large fan-base would disagree with me. They’ll be at Gexa this evening.

I may think that Neil Young possesses more talent on his own than all of his ex-bandmates in Crosby, Stills and Nash combined, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t have an enormous influence on acoustic, harmony-enriched pop music. They’ll be at Verizon this evening, and I don’t doubt that they’ll sound as competently in-step and gentle as ever.

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