Did you get all your Thanksgiving shopping knocked out already? Best wishes to you if you haven't. Make sure if you're heading out to put on your game face and be ready to make sacrifices if you need to; no one will know the pie is store bought if you put it on the right platter. As for Black Friday, you made the choices you think are best for
Pick of the Week: Willie Nelson
11/25 - Smart Financial Centre
This week is heavy with Texas-born acts, headlined by one of our greatest exports. It’s been a wild year for the one and only Willie Nelson, with some of his
Best of the Rest:
11/22 - White Oak Music Hall
Every holiday should have some sort of annual live music celebration, concert constants you can count on in the chaos of modern life. With a lineup that features Z-Ro, Slim Thug, Lil Keke, Lil Flip, Paul Wall
11/24 - Revention Music Center
Few artists perform with the intensity that Blue October’s Justin Furstenfeld brings to the stage. It’s not chaos - the shows don’t feel like they’re going to fall apart - but he has a presence that seems so much bigger than the physical body he inhabits. Current setlists lean heavy on their most recent effort, I Hope You’re Happy, so make sure to squeeze in a few spins of that to make sure you’re ready to sing and scream along.
11/24 - Warehouse Live
Christmas season starts the day after Thanksgiving — don’t let all the holiday decor that
11/24 - Mucky Duck
Slaid Cleaves may not have been born in Texas, but he’s one of us now, and “Texas Love Song” is one of the most delightful love songs of the past decade. Besides, how can you not want the chance to hear it in a venue he namechecks in the song itself? A great songwriter in a great, intimate venue is not a bad way to cap off one of the most hectic days of the year.
Bonus Roadtrip Option: Elvis Costello & The Imposters
11/23 - Thackerville, OK
Got family up in Dallas? Since you’re already up that far north, hop across the border for a trip to WinStar Casino. Why waste Black Friday fighting your way through malls and department stores when you could be chasing that gambling high then singing your heart out with a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There will be plenty of time to get your shopping on before Christmas, and Costello doesn’t come around every day.
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