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Concert Review – The Lonely Forest at Club Dada 03.14.11

15 Mar

Photo Credit: Terrible Photo Courtesy of Brandon Hancock

 

Last night at Club Dada in Dallas, TX the few people brave enough to venture out to Deep Ellum on a post St. Patty’ Day Monday night were treated to what amounted to a private concert by a currently-breaking-out band from the Evergreen State.  The Lonely Forest put on an amazing pre-SXSW show for what couldn’t have been more than 15 people at the recently resurrected Deep Ellum institution.

Both the band and Dallas music fans were put in a tough spot with this show.  The Monday night concert, 11pm set time for The Lonely Forest, was sandwiched between one of the biggest party weekends on the Dallas booze calendar (and a full concert weekend to boot) and SXSW which might be the biggest event for music lovers in Texas as well as nationally.  In fact, the band admitted the Dallas show was put together somewhat last minute and booked mainly to help pay the gas bill to and from Austin (the band will be playing a number of shows at SXSW, including garnering a huge headlining gig at Baeble Music’s Tuesday party).

The show also lacked any sort of organized publicity which definitely helped keep the crowd numbers light. I myself flirted with the thought of not attending Monday night and instead opting to see them later in the week at SXSW, a strategy I know a few Dallas music fans decided on. After the momentary lapse in judgement, I made the decision to head out to Club Dada on Monday night, and I’m glad I did.

With all the excuses laid out above, The Lonely Forest could have easily phoned in their performance last night and no one would have blamed them for choosing to save their voices and energy for the grueling week ahead at SXSW, but they more than delivered to the faithful few that made it out to see their Dallas debut (a November 2010 opening gig for Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at House of Blues Dallas was canceled so the band could beat an impending snow storm over the Rockies and make it back to their home base in Anacortes, WA for Thanksgiving).

The band started out their roughly 45-minute set with a surprising amount of energy considering they had no crowd to feed off and instead had to generate it all by themselves up on stage.  The band raced through songs from their forthcoming new album Arrows (released 03.22.11), their 2010 EP The Lonely Forest, and even a song or two from their self released 2007 album Nuclear Winter.

Highlights from the show included Coyote, Turn Off This Song and Go Outside, Live There (I Don’t Want to Live There), We Sing in Time, and the very strong but seldom played Let It Go. In fact Let It Go is so seldom played that when requested (by yours truly) lead singer John Van Deusen hesitated as he asked his band mates if they remembered how to play the song live.  Van Deusen even forgot a few lyrics in the middle of the song.  Let It Go is one of their best songs and would be great to see on a future album as well as put back into the live concert rotation.

After the group’s final song, the band members jumped off stage and personally came up to each person individually and thanked them for coming out.  They seemed genuinely thrilled that a handful of people in Dallas came out to see them on short notice.  It was a cool gesture for a band that had recently played sold out shows on the west coast in front of audiences as big as 1,500 fans. Even though they had to hit the road for Austin, in a final act of appreciation the band stayed around and had a few drinks with the remaining fans until the staff at Club Dada literally started to turn off the lights at the venue.  I’m convinced the band would have stuck around as long as the venue would have let them.  I’m also convinced that during their next swim through town, getting a ticket won’t be as easy, nor as cheap.

Band Details:

Website

New Album Arrows will be released 03.22.11

Upcoming Shows:

March 15 Austin, TX SXSW-PureVolume House
March 17 Austin, TX SXSW-Klub Krucial
March 17 Austin, TX SXSW-Maggie Mae’s
March 19 Austin, TX SXSW-Waterloo
March 19 Austin, TX SXSW-Austin Convention Center

After SXSW the band will be starting a 23 city tour in support of their new album with The Joy Formidable that will take them coast to coast and into Canada through April 29.

A slideshow of more poor quality photos follows after the jump. I will remember to bring a real camera next time.

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Concert Alert: The Lonely Forest, Tonight! @ Club Dada

14 Mar

Quick note to pass along, another late concert notice, but do yourself a favor and check out The Lonely Forest tonight at Club Dada. The Washington State based band is making a swim through Dallas on their way to Austin for SXSW, and it would be great if Dallas can show them some love.

No excuses! The band is great, the cover is cheap ($8), the venue is solid, beer selection is good and when I visited Club Dada last week I was pleasantly surprised how nice everyone working there was. They were genuinely grateful for the patronage. Help keep Authentic places in Dallas open and our music scene growing by going to concerts like tonight, you’ll come away a Lonely Forest fan.

Details

Also, come back tomorrow and get the details for Authentic Dallas’ SXSW 2011 plans.

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Local Band Alert: “The Hope Trust”, Tonight!

4 Mar

Good Local Stuff

VERY late notice, but I wanted to pass along that Authentic Dallas will be at Club Dada in Deep Ellum tonight for The Hope Trust Dallas CD Release party.  I heard these guys on KXT 91.7 a week or two ago and have been very impressed with the new album, Light Can’t Escape (preview entire record at this link).

Doors open tonight at 8, first band goes on at 9pm and The Hope Trust is scheduled to take the stage at 11pm.  Other bands performing tonight in order of appearance include: Sloan Automatic (9pm), Lo Fi Chorus (10pm), and Here, In Arms (12am)

If you can’t make it tonight, suppot a local band and record store and pick up the new album at Good Records on Lower Greenville.

You also have a chance to catch them next week in Denton at the 35 Conferette on Thursday March, 10 at “The lab” at 10:50 (I assume it is pm). At this time, Authentic Dallas will not be at this years 35 Conferette as we are saving our energy for SxSW in two weeks (more on this later), but we won’t turn down a free wristband if anyone has a hookup.

Enjoy the Show!

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Weekend Plans: Saturday College Football @ SMU, Sunday Funday Go For BBQ in The Cliff

9 Sep

Sorry for the gap between posts, busy few weeks, but I can now get back to bringing you Authentic Dallas things… starting with two great events this weekend.

Saturday – Tailgating, Everclear and Football!

Head over to the Hilltop at SMU to take in a college football game and join in on one of the best tailgate scenes in the country.  SMU hasn’t always delivered on the field after they received the Death Penalty in the late 1980’s (though they seem to be headed in the right direction with 8 wins and a bowl victory last season), but since they moved their home games back on campus and into the new Gerald J. Ford Stadium in 2000, there is little doubt the tailgating scene is worthy of a top ten ranking.

View of "The Boulevard" looking towards Mockingbird.

Unlike most colleges who host tailgaters in hot parking lots or open fields a mile from campus, SMU opens up the ample, tree lined median of Bishop Blvd. that cuts right through the heart of the campus giving fans a respite from the weather and making it a short walk to the stadium.  The location also gives tailgater’s one of the best settings for eating, drinking, and checking out the scenery around them.

 

Bishop Blvd. Pre-Tailgate

The best part about The Boulevard is it truly has something for everyone.  You want to imbibe, soak in the atmosphere, and watch the other big games on that day?  Then bring a cooler full of beer and let the good times roll.  Most, if not all regulars have great setups and are more than happy to share their food and  lend a chair for you to watch the games on their multiple TV setup.

Looking for more of a family atmosphere?  The Boulevard offers that too.  They typically set up games and activities for kids near the flagpole at the North end of Bishop.  You will also see kids running around playing games and tossing footballs in and around The Blvd.  You and your kids can also spend some time with Peruna, SMU’s official mascot, as he walks up and down The Boulevard.

Peruna making the Blvd. rounds dressed as a ref.

Details You Need to Know:

This week SMU plays UAB, gametime is at 7:00 pm

Ticket and season ticket information is available here

Free Tickets! To commeorate 9/11, SMU is giving away free tickets to first responders and military personnel for this weekend’s game.

The Blvd. is free and really starts hopping about two and a half hours before game time, although people will be out there much earlier. Bring what you want to drink, but more than likely you can find people willing to feed you.  If you’d rather not mooch, I recommend Goff’s Hamburgers right across Hillcrest from SMU and a two minute walk from the heart of The Boulevard.

Parking: Take DART to Mockingbird Station and hop the free game day shuttle to campus, or park at the Mockingbird DART station and take said shuttle, all for free.  The shuttle will drop you off steps from the action.

What was that about Everclear?: Everclear, yes that Everclear (and this, this and this), will be playing The Boulevard at 5:30pm Saturday.  Come for the free show and stay for the game.

Sunday – BBQ in Oak Cliff

After you get done celebrating SMU’s win and clear the cobwebs from Blvd’ing and Everclear…Sunday Funday brings us to Oak Cliff for Blues, Bandits and BBQ.

The first annual shindig will feature, you guessed it, BBQ and Blues (not sure if we will see any bandits).  The festivities will span from Davis to Tyler Street with bands indoors, outdoors and all around.  The meat used in the BBQ competition will be grass fed and from sustainable ranches, so pat yourself on the back for being so green.  Below is most of the details you need to know, but also check out Go Oak Cliff for all the pertinent info:

EATING: Staying up all night to smoke a hunk of beef may not be your idea of a good time, but you can still come out and enjoy all this tasty grass fed, sustainably produced beef, pork and chicken. We’ll be selling wrist bands that will entitle you to taste the brisket, chicken, pork ribs and homemade sausage of each competitor! Information about pre-purchasing the wrist bands will be posted here in the coming weeks.

The BBQ teams will start cooking at noon on Saturday, September 11 in the grassy area behind The Kessler Theater (1230 W Davis Street, Dallas TX 75208) and the cooking will continue all night long. The judging and tasting starts at 11:30am on Sunday, September 12. You are welcome to come up and chat with the teams while they cook on Saturday – there will be beer for sale and lots of fun before things really get kicked off officially on Sunday.

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Review: Cool Thursdays Dallas Arboretum

29 Jul

Good crowd. And surprisingly good weather too!

Thanks to my girlfriend’s planning, we went to the Dallas Arboretum’s Cool Thursdays with our friends Stevie and Colin McCartney last Thursday July 22nd.  I was dreading going because it was hot and I didn’t want to sit there and sweat like I did the week before at the Nasher’s concert series (newsflash to concert series promoters, it’s hot June, July, Aug, and sometimes September.  You have pretty much 8 other months out of the year to hold these events!).

But to my surprise when we got to the concert area and put our blanket down at 7pm, a majority of the amphitheater seating area was covered in shade and the temperature was almost pleasant.  By the end of the night there was a nice breeze and I could have enjoyed another bottle of wine or two.

Positives:

  • The band was good for a cover/tribute band, but they weren’t why I was there.
  • Beautiful surroundings, but with a backdrop like White Rock Lake, it is a shame there is a canopy of tress behind the stage blocking the view of the water.
  • Believe it or not the weather.
  • Probably a lot more, but everything ran so smoothly you didn’t notice much; and that’s a good thing.

Negatives:

  • The non-member price of $16 for adults is in my opinion steep for a cover/tribute band.

What You Need to Know When You Go

  • The couple we went with made a delicious dinner, so I recommend you do the same.
  • Bring plenty of your beverage of choice, because you’d hate to run out.
  • Realize that most of the seating areas are on an incline, so plan accordingly with your food and drink (bring a flat surface).

Final Verdict: I give this two thumbs up.  Great, clean, sophisticated, wholesome fun and you can still drink.  I will be going back.  If you want to check it out, I recommend going October 14th to see Petty Theft.  I will do my best to check out that show as well.

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Band Alert: Local Natives

20 Jul

I’m going to go off topic for a second, but I saw this band in Dallas a few months ago (at an authentic local music venue no less, Sons of Hermann Hall), so that’s my Dallas tie in…

If you start to follow this blog regularly, it will become apparent that I have two main hobbies/passions; sports and music.  And it just so happens one of the best bands going right now is Local Natives out of Silverlake, CA.  They will be returning to Dallas on October 6th to play the House of Blues (not so authentic), so get your tickets now as they had to change the venue when the Local Natives played Dallas in April because demand was so great.

If you’re not familiar, or you’re like me and just can’t wait, get a taste below.  Also, I linked to a few posts about the band from the best music blog on the web, Harmon Drive:

Local Natives Post

Local Natives Post 2

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