The best free and cheap Dallas concerts this week: November 14-20
Tuesday 14 November
7:30 p.m., The Rustic, 3656 Howell St. Free
Texas singer-songwriter Alex Aguilar released his first EP in 2019 and has been slowly making his way on the local music scene. Aguilar had a big hit on Texas country stations in 2020 with his song “Round” which was followed by his next single “Honky Tonk Love”. He has made the biggest impact on the scene through his live performances that show his love for music and his passion. His latest single, “Hey Babe,” was released in August.
Royal Dukes Band
8 p.m., Sunset at Granada, 3520 Greenville Ave. Free
One of the leading wedding bands in Dallas,. The Royal Dukes Band will host a free show in Lower Greenville this week, giving potential bookers a chance to experience the energy they can bring. With a 14-strong line-up that can be customized for any event, the Royal Dukes Band brings a range of songs to the table with showmanship that is sure to impress your guests.
Wednesday 15 November
Chad Stockslager and John Pedigo
7 p.m., AllGood Cafe, 2934 Main St., free
Chad Stockslager of The Drums and King Bucks, along with John Pedigo of The O’s, The 40 Acre Mule and John Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner, will be swapping the song on tour Wednesday night at the corner of Walton and Main streets. Part of the “In-The-Round” series, created and named by Joshua Ray Walker, the evening will pay tribute to the late Trey Johnson of State Fair Records, a longtime patron of the AllGood Cafe and friend of Stockslager and Pedigo. . Look forward to a night of song-swapping and storytelling to enjoy the venue’s famous chicken fried steak and full bar.
8 p.m., Rubber Gloves, 411 E. St. Sycamore, Denton. $15 at prekindle.com
Austin-based band Urban Heat has begun to attract a lot of attention across the country for their modern take on classic gothic punk. The band made their biggest impression at the 2022 SXSW Festival in Austin, where they created a buzz on their summer tour, concluding with a memorable performance at Austin City Limits. In January, Urban Heat were honored at the Austin Music Awards, where their song “Have You Ever?” Winner of the “Song of the Year” award. The Welcome Center and Char-X will open.
Thursday 16 November
Truth x lies
9 p.m., It’ll Do Club, 4322 Elm St. $8 at eventsbrite.com
NYC DJ/producer duo Truth x Lies has been making house music together since 2014, releasing their first single “City Lights” in 2017. It can be difficult to categorize the different types of electronic music for the uninitiated, but briefly, for house music. It originated from DJs mixing 70s disco with mechanical beats, giving it a lighter, more danceable and fun sound than the darker, louder, more raucous EDM music associated with acts like Skrillex. In the case of Truth x Lies, it means great tunes to lift your spirits and get your body moving.
Friday 17 November
Cut throat birds
6 p.m., Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ, 1950 Market Center Blvd. free
It’s been a long time since we’ve gotten a proper release from Fort Worth rock band Cut Throat Finches. concept band ep, In the event of a moon disasterwas released in 2019, and was followed by the release of singles sporadically through 2022. Singer Sean Russell spent some time this year promoting his side project, The Nancys, and his new release, Guess the words, but he will reunite with his main band Friday night for a free show in the Design District. Americana band Brandon Callies will open the show.
8:30 p.m., Double Wide, 3510 Commerce St. $12 at prekindle.com
Fresh off the release of their new single “Cool Off”, Overshare are a four-piece art rock band that has evolved from a two-piece indie pop band. The band gained new members as well as a lot of hype from their live shows at Deep Ellum rock clubs, building their Patreon in the process. Thanks to the band’s supporters, Overshare plans to release their first full-length album, Exaggerated, early next year. Overshare will feature local support from Primo Danger, Yolanda Cruz & The Daydreamers as well as Chicago touring band North By North.
Saturday 18 November
Cedar Studios Open Tour
11 a.m., Al-Arz neighborhood. free
For the past 21 years, Cedars Neighborhood artists have welcomed the public into their homes to showcase their work and gain insight into their creative processes. This is a free event that attracts visitors from all walks of life to experience these neighborhood studios. While much of the tour focuses on the visual arts, the tour does feature a stop at the Dallas Academy of Music. For more information about the tour, visit cedarsopenstudios.org.
Deep Hell Music Festival
Noon Main Street, Deep Ellum. free
Deep Ellum is celebrating 150 years as a Dallas cultural district with its first-ever festival dedicated solely to music. Today’s lineup includes producer RC Williams, hip-hop group Cure for Paranoia, funk band The Grays, rock band The 40 Acre Mule, cumbia band Cayuga All-Stars, and DJs Edgar Blue and Christy Ray. The day will be themed around Bowling For Soup, which has begun playing at North Texas venues. This free event will be hosted by hip-hop royalty Rev. Run of Run-DMC and “Human Beat Box” Doug E. Fresh.
6:30 p.m., Ruins, 2653 Commerce St. $16 at Squadup.com
Rapper Biff Marty started releasing music in 2017 and went absolutely nowhere until 2021, when his song “Boys Do Cry” went viral on TikTok and Instagram. Biff is definitely in the new school of rapper, but he works the old school way. While many of today’s leading rappers rely on songs that mine the deepest, darkest places of the subconscious for material with haunting beats to match, Piff focuses on uplifting messages with clear lyrics and brighter beats.
Sunday 19 November
5 p.m., Kessler, 1230 W. Davis St., free
This week at The Kessler Green, Raheem Kwazi joins Stephanie Boone for a show dedicated to the late Dallas cultural icon, Pax Burnett. Raheem emerged on the North Texas music scene playing in the bands OHNO, Matthew, The Arrogant Sea, Chemistry Set, and Vibrolux, but has since gone solo, releasing three albums between 2006 and 2015, with a fourth coming soon. His latest album, Ghost huntingreceived Grammy considerations in the categories of “Best American Roots Performance” and “Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical.”
Monday 20 November
Five-point explosive heart technique
8 p.m., Rubber Gloves, 411 E. St. Sycamore, Denton. $10 at the door
Do you have a relative or maybe a know-it-all friend who says stupid things like “rock music is dead” or “these kids don’t know anything about it”? TRUE “Music?” Well, first, all the music He is Real music, and secondly, the Ruby Gloves are hosting a full night of up-and-coming young rock bands playing electric guitars and everything on Monday night. Five Point Palm Exploding Heart Technique headlines the night following sets from Room 13, Clover Lane and Dead Stereo. So, invite that relative or friend out for a night of next generation rock music, or invite them to silence.
(tags for translation) Alex Aguilar