Don’t Miss This Shit is our weekly installment of live music events happening in and around Denton. We’re proud to keep you up to date with acts from the festival and some of our local favorites as well. We want you to be connected to all of the best shows happening in our area, all of the time. Period.
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Words by Ryan M. Creery | Image by Hilary Head
Monday, August 24
RGRS – Flirt Reynolds, Lauren Belmore & Reece McLean, Roll Out the Barrel – 9 p.m.
Lighten up a little and come out to watch the Houston-based improv troop Flirt Reynolds dole out their comedic expertise. Opening up for them is the collaboration of Lauren Belmore & Reece McLean and Roll Out the Barrel, a UNT comedy group who’s the number one college comedy group in the southwest. C’mon, it’s Monday. You know you could use a good laugh.
J&J’s Pizza – Wave Swinger, Flesh Narc, Red Francis, Thin Skin – 8 p.m.
Dallas Distortion Music presents this lineup of bands from Denton and Austin. While you’re eating that slice of pizza, you’ll be blasted with a little punk rock, some sway-able soft ambient sounds, and a bunch of heavy noise rock that’s kept Denton on the music scene map since the 90s.
UNT Campus Library Mall – Jessie Frye – 7 p.m.
Of all the free events going on tonight, this one you can catch and still make it out to see another show. Jessie Frye (I’m sure you’ve heard of her because, duh, she’s a local) is playing a free show outside at the UNT Library Mall—which is that open space over by all the fountains. This’ll be a unique experience to see our friend Jessie Frye perform; a little intimate and a lot of fun.
GreenHouse Restaurant – Fundamental – 10 p.m.
Enjoy a bit of jazz while you sip your seasonally appropriate drink at GreenHouse. This place is perfect for jazz shows, not only because the acoustics amplify the sound to make you feel like you’ve stepped back in time to a real, original big band, but also because the ambience of dim lighting and wood-paneled decor cater to that genre.
Tuesday, August 25
Sweetwater – The Holler Time – 7 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what it would sound like if you took alt rock, put it in a room with country, and let them mingle for a few hours? Well, come to Sweetwater tonight and you’ll find out. This one’s FREE, so come and eat your fried pickles with some fun jams.
J&J’s Pizza – Art & Music Show – 6 p.m.
Denton’s beloved pizza shop basement transforms into a gallery for one night, showcasing local talent in music, art, and shop. On the music bill for the night is Tony Ferraro (Satans of Soft Rock), Ryan Thomas Becker, Daniel Markham, and Danny Diamonds with Stormy Durant. There’s a bunch of local art (like Otter Illustration and The Violet Vinyl) and certainly plenty of things to purchase, so come listen to some music and fill up your gallery wall with local Denton talent.
Wednesday, August 26
Harvest House – John Elliott, Anthony da Costa – 8:30 p.m.
Go ahead and put this event on your calendar—you really don’t want to miss this. John Elliott has worked with some greats and has acquired acclaim nationwide. Come and see why—his mix of folky, poetry-like songs and slightly indie-rock sounds create a nice balance to his discography. Opening is Anthony da Costa, who, though young, has enjoyed his own acclaim as well, with a breadth of music that is astounding.
Thursday, August 27
Eastside – 2 Year Anniversary Party – 6 p.m.
Beer drinkers rejoice! Come out and celebrate this local beer garden and you’ll be treated with fifteen special brews they’ll have featured. However, make sure you get there early enough so you don’t miss out on any. Stay a while, sip your beer (or pick from their wide selection of whiskey), and dance/sing your lungs out to the sounds of Hares on the Mountain and Raised Right Men.
Andy’s Bar – The Rotation: Moore’s Code, UFO – 9 p.m.
Every week, Andy’s features music catering to jazz infusion. This FREE show is going to be a big one for this series, so if you’re wanting a smooth night of groovy jazz, Andy’s is the place you should be tonight.
Dan’s Silverleaf – Greyhounds – 8 p.m.
What better way to spend your Thursday night than with the crooning, swooning, over-the-mooning sounds of Greyhounds. The smooth, jazzy vocals will send you into a Rat-Pack-Era sway, coaxing you into holding your honey a little closer. Chris Welch opens.
RGRS – Simpsons Trivia Night – 9 p.m.
Liven up the humdrum of your week during this FREE trivia night at Rubber Gloves. Hang out with a cheap Lone Star tall boy and test your Simpsons knowledge (Lisa played the saxophone, right?).
Friday, August 28
Dan’s Silverleaf – Choctaw Wildfire – 5:30 p.m.
If you’re familiar with Charlie Pierce (read: you should be), then you’ll come expecting a bit of that old-timey saloon style vibe that pierces you (no pun intended, really) you to your core. Pierce is known for his dark, gritty lyric capacity and his work with Choctaw Wildfire is no different. It’s a free experience and a great lead into the headlining show for the night.
Dan’s Silverleaf – Little Jack Melody & His Young Turks, Warren Jackson Hearne, Will Frenkel – 8 p.m.
Warren Jackson Hearne is no stranger to 35 Denton. His mysterious stage presence and deep, haunting vocals captivate us to no end. Tonight, he’s appropriately following Little Jack Melody, a group that has a little Latin influence, a little bluesy big band style, with a persona that is admittedly circus inspired. If you want to hear something a little different, check it out.
RGRS – Dome Dwellers, Criminal Birds, Trai Bo – 9 p.m.
The Syndicate is presenting a new concert series called TV in Your Mind, showcasing audio and visual art. This is the first installment, and each show after will present its own theme, so every show will be a different experience. Tonight’s also the release of headliners Dome Dwellers EP, Ivory Tower, on sale at the event.
J&J’s Pizza – Heater, Stealers, CODETALKERS – 9:30 p.m.
There’s almost no where better to listen to local punk music than in the basement of Denton’s favorite pizza basement. This show opens up with Fort Worth’s Heater, and is followed by Denton bands Stealers and CODETALKERS. Get ready for some thrashing.
Harvest House – Pretopia Party #2 with Astronautalis – 8 p.m.
Hey beer lovers, this is the place to be Friday night. Harvest House is hosting a pre-Oaktopia party (Pretopia, get it?) and our good friend Astronautalis is headlining the music for the night. Local brewery Audacity is going to be serving up their Oaktopia Ale, so make sure to catch it before the keg floats.
Saturday, August 29
Dan’s Silverleaf – Lincoln Durham – 9 p.m.
Lincoln Durham’s modernized outlaw country sound is going to rock the roof off Dans this weekend. His gritty vocals pair incredibly with his even grittier lyrics. Be prepared to shake your hips and maybe do a fast waltz. Show up early and you’ll get to catch Denton friend Kody Jackson.
RGRS – Adam Millard, Jordan Higganbotham and the Fry Street Gems, Sergio y Compadres, Brothercreate, Kind – 8 p.m.
It’s gonna be a pretty chill night at Rubber Gloves this Saturday. And sometimes, that’s just what you need. For a few bucks ($5–$7, to be exact) you get to see five bands with a range of different sounds. Think of it like a slow-divey variety show.
Hailey’s Club – Stoned to Death Vol. 2 – 9 p.m.
For a night of in-your-face hip hop and rap, find yourself at Hailey’s Club tonight. Seriously, there is going to be eight acts—and they’re some of the biggest upcoming names in the DFW scene. DJ Spinn Mo will be doing what he does best.
Patterson-Appleton Center for the Visual Arts – Upstage, Downstage Cast Party – 7 p.m.
Join Denton Community Theatre and Greater Denton Arts Council for a night of games, trivia, and complimentary sips and bites. Cast and friends will be gathering to screen the DVD of DCT’s hit show “Upstage, Downstage.” A $10 donation is suggested (support local arts!) and if you want to bring your own wine, that’s okay, too.