It's another music-heavy weekend in Dallas-Fort Worth, and the line-up promises a little something for everybody, with country acts giving way to rockers before a trio of nostalgia finish things up.
Below are the best options for your precious free time Thursday through Sunday. Don't like what you see? Lucky for you, we have a much longer list of the city's best events.
Thursday, September 5
USA Film Festival presents 2013 TexFest
The USA Film Festival is fond of saying that it's a year-round festival, and it'll show why again with TexFest, which honors filmmakers and actors who come from this great state. The one-night-only event at Angelika Film Center Dallas will feature screenings in three separate theaters and appearances by the likes of Irma P. Hall, Matthew Stephen Tompkins and Gail Cronauer.
2013 Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival: Amy and Freddy Cabaret Performance
With the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade a scant 10 days away, Uptown Players will present the Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival at Kalita Humphreys Theater. The festival will feature seven different works, from Thursday's cabaret performance by Amy Armstrong and Freddy Allen to the boldly-titled Cock from Second Thought Theatre. The festival continues through September 14.
Ray Wylie Hubbard in concert
Ray Wylie Hubbard is a true Texas original, even if he was technically born in Oklahoma. Raised in Oak Cliff, he often returns to his old stomping grounds; this marks his third stop at The Kessler in less than a year. He'll try to make this one extra special by recording a live album during the course of two separate shows on Thursday and Friday.
Friday, September 6
Country Fair 2013
Plenty of big country stars have come through Gexa Energy Pavilion in 2013, from Tim McGraw to Brad Paisley to Keith Urban. None of the singers at the two-day Country Fair 2013 are quite on that level, but with two stages featuring the likes of Pat Green, Montgomery Gentry and Kix Brooks, country fans will be more than satisfied.
Joe Satriani in concert with The Steve Morse Band
There have been many legendary rock guitarists through the years, but Joe Satriani has to be considered near the top of that list. Many of today's top guitarists have either learned from him directly from his days as a teacher or indirectly via his vast musical influence. He'll play at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie in support of his latest album, Unstoppable Momentum, with The Steve Morse Band as opening act.
Saturday, September 7
2013 Paste Untapped Dallas Indie Beer & Indie Music
There was already a successful Paste Untapped festival at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth earlier this year, and now Dallas gets a taste with this version at Gilley's Dallas. As beer comes first in the title, expect a lot of great craft brews to go along with great music from bands like Delta Spirit, Freelance Whales, Cults, Blackalicious and Leagues.
Jackopierce in concert
Many who grew up in Dallas in the early '90s have long held Jackopierce in high regard, even though the duo of Jack O'Neill and Cary Pierce never really made it big. But that hasn't stopped them from continuing to make music, including their latest, 2012's Everywhere All the Time. Jackopierce celebrates its 25th anniversary as a band at Winspear Opera House, with special guests Patrice Pike, Evan & Jaron and Matt Scannell from Vertical Horizon.
Sunday, September 8
Engelbert Humperdinck in concert
Crooner Engelbert Humperdinck has had a reputation for being a ladykiller since the 1960s thanks to songs like "Release Me," "The Last Waltz" and "After the Lovin'." He's maintained that status with a steady stream of releases through the years, including an upcoming duets album with Elton John, Willie Nelson and others. He'll bring his sense of romance to the Winspear Opera House.
Rick Springfield in concert
Rocker Rick Springfield has released 18 albums in 30 years and had a long, if not quite distinguished, acting career, but chances are the first thing that comes to mind when you hear is name is "Jessie's Girl." Luckily, he's more than embraced this fact, obliging his fans with the song time and again, as he'll likely do at this appearance at House of Blues Dallas.