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While we were all making sourdough starters and following the latest TikTok trends during the pandemic, famed composer and classical pianist Ludovico Einaudi was working on his first solo album in 20 years. The result was Underwater, a 12-track album released in January 2022, which Dallas fans will get to hear live at a special one-night-only engagement at Music Hall at Fair Park.

The acclaimed Italian artist — officially the most streamed classical artist of all time — has been busy in recent years. Since 2019, he's composed the scores to films such as The Father (including tracks from his immensely popular 2019 release Seven Days Walking) and six-time Oscar-winner, Nomadland.

He also released a compilation album Cinema, and a new podcast mini-series Experience: The Ludovico Einaudi Story, which features celebrated filmmakers including multiple award-winning actor and director Russell Crowe (Gladiator), Oscar-winning director Chloe Zhao (Nomadland), Academy Award winner Florian Zeller (The Father), and more.

According to a release, Underwater returns to the roots of his original sound, featuring 12 transcendent solo piano tracks each showcasing Einaudi’s "luminous, emotive, effortlessly lyrical, and supremely refined sound."

On the making of Underwater during the pandemic, Einaudi explains: “The music came naturally, more than ever before. I felt a sense of freedom to abandon myself and let the music flow differently. I didn’t have a filter between me and what came out of the piano; it felt very pure. The title Underwater is a metaphor — it is an expression of a very fluid dimension, without interference from outside.”

One of the most ubiquitous contemporary composers of the century, Einaudi will take the stage at Dallas' Music Hall at Fair Park for one night only on Wednesday, April 5. Tickets will go on sale beginning Friday, January 13, at 10 am, via Ticketmaster. Special pre-sales start Thursday, January 12.



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Legendary Austin blues club brings the show to Dallas viewers with new indie livestreaming platform

Live on Live

If legendary Austin blues club Antone’s is your vibe, but the drive down I-35 isn't, know we get it. Saving Dallas fans the trip, Antone’s Nightclub launched a new service for livestreaming its shows in November.

Kicking off with New Orleans-based funk and jam band Dumpstaphunk, for their special “Phunksgiving” show last month with Michael Hale Trio, the full lineup is delineated on the Antone’s website. Specifics were still loose before the launch, allowing the famous blues club to call the shots. The partner agency that created the streaming service, 3rd + Lamar, created the system to give Antone’s as much freedom as possible.

"Partnering with Antone's to build their livestreaming platform and produce each of their shows is an incredible opportunity for 3rd + Lamar," said the agency’s co-founder Nick Schenck in a press release. "The amazing talent that performs at Antone's – and their fans worldwide – deserve best-in-class live production quality, and we're thrilled to play a part in this operation."

Not that Antone’s needed to stand out more in the music industry (the nearly 50-year-old venue has always been one of the best places to see both local and national talent), but this achievement places it among relatively few venues across the country, especially those that operate their system independently.

The intimate Antone's shows are filmed by four Blackmagic 4K cinema cameras on tracks overhead, which ensure that the whole space is easily visible without having camera operators amid the audience.

“We did over 430 individually ticketed shows in 2019 and we felt like we were bursting at the seams,” said Antone’s owner Will Bridges. “Then when livestreams became more prominent during the pandemic we realized, this is our opportunity to take Antone’s outside of our four walls. … [W]e see people in the comment threads all the time saying ‘If I could only be teleported to Antone’s!’ Well now they can.”

The release emphasizes that the system means Antone’s “fully retain[s] ownership of their content, which can then be utilized at their discretion.” It also calls the service “an add-on option for all artists performing at Antone’s,” positioning the service as not just an audience luxury but a performer’s low-cost marketing tool. Suddenly, artists playing at Antone’s are afforded a choice without needing to be invited to record or pay an independent video team, while reaching even more viewers with no extra time spent advertising.

“Our ultimate goal is to make these amazing musical experiences accessible to everyone. Life is busy, but we want to give everyone the opportunity to participate no matter where they are or what they have going on,” said Bridges. “We want to make livestreams from Antone’s totally commonplace. When we announce our upcoming shows, fans have two options: watch it at the club our watch it at home.”

Livestreams are at antonesnightclub.com, and links also appear with each applicable event across the site. Prices are listed on the website, and livestreams start 10-20 minutes before each show.

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'Freaks' Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper parade through Dallas on 2023 tour

Shock Rockers on the Road

Shock rockers Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper have made plans for the 2023 "Freaks on Parade Tour," which will kick off in Dallas at Dos Equis Pavilion on Thursday, August 24.

Taking place over the course of one month, the tour will hit 19 cities in both the United States and Canada. The Dallas stop is the only date in Texas scheduled. Ministry and Filter will serve as supporting acts in all cities.

This is the second year for Freaks on Parade Tour, which saw Zombie team up with Mudvayne in 2022 for stops in Austin, Fort Worth, and Houston.

Both Zombie and Cooper have had long and successful careers. Zombie has released seven albums in his 25-year career, most recently 2021's The Lunar Injection Kool Aid Eclipse Conspiracy, with each reaching the top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart. Cooper has released music in seven different decades, debuting in 1969. His most recent release was 2021's Detroit Stories.

Tickets for the tour go on sale starting Friday, February 3 at 10 am on livenation.com. Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Tuesday, January 31 at 10 am until Thursday, February 2 at 10 pm through the Citi Entertainment program.

2023 FREAKS ON PARADE TOUR DATES:

  • Thu Aug 24 – Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
  • Sat Aug 26 – Tampa, FL – MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Sun Aug 27 – West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
  • Tue Aug 29 – Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
  • Wed Aug 30 – Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
  • Fri Sep 01 – Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • Sat Sep 02 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
  • Tue Sep 05 – Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
  • Wed Sep 06 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
  • Fri Sep 08 – Scranton, PA – The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
  • Sat Sep 09 – Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
  • Sun Sep 10 – Hartford, CT – The XFINITY Theatre
  • Tue Sep 12 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
  • Sat Sep 16 - Englewood, CO - Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
  • Tue Sep 19 – Ridgefield, WA – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
  • Wed Sep 20 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
  • Fri Sep 22 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
  • Sat Sep 23 – Anaheim, CA – Honda Center
  • Sun Sep 24 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre

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Rob Zombie headlines the Freaks on Parade for a second year in a row.

Winter storm watch issued for North Texas and more Dallas news

City News Roundup

In this roundup of Dallas news, DFW is girding itself for an imminent winter weather event, condemning a brutal death in Memphis, banning TikTok, and waving goodbye to an old-school technology.

Here's what's happening in Dallas this week:

Winter weather
The weather is going to be bad this week. A Winter Storm Watch has been issued across North Texas, beginning Monday January 30 through Wednesday February 1. They're predicting freezing rain, sleet, and ice, with roads becoming most hazardous on Tuesday January 31. TxDOT has already begun pre-treating the roads, and the National Weather Service recommends avoiding travel unless necessary.

Tyre Nichols RIP
Police departments in North Texas and across the U.S. released statements condemning the death of Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old man who was beaten by five Memphis police officers following a traffic stop on January 7; Nichols died in the hospital three days later. The Memphis PD released videos of the encounter on January 27. Demonstrations were held across the country including a vigil outside Dallas City Hall. The Atlantic posted a story about the ways that public officials have managed the aftermath to reduce violence. The five officers — Tadarrius Bean, Demetrius Haley, Emmitt Martin III, Desmond Mills Jr. and Justin Smith — have been fired and charged with second-degree murder, assault and kidnapping.

TikTok ban
DISD has banned TikTok. Dallas students, teachers, and visitors can no longer access TikTok from school district devices and networks. A DISD official issued a statement said the move is in response to cybersecurity concerns that said “experts believe the cybersecurity risk stems from the belief that TikTok’s parent company tracks data from users — including when, where and how a person uses the internet — that could be used to share sensitive information and ultimately harm our IT infrastructure."

DISD joins a number of Texas universities who've also banned TikTok, including UT Dallas, UNT, UT Arlington, and UT Austin. In 2022, Gov. Greg Abbott banned state employees from downloading or using TikTok on government-issued devices, joining a growing number of states.

Landlines going away
Old-school landline phones are on their way out. In August 2022, the FCC ended a requirement for companies to provide copper landline services. Among major cities, Dallas has the least number of landlines, found in 16 percent of homes. Their demise is anticipated to affect small business owners, people over 65, people with Parkinson's disease who can’t use a smartphone, or people who need a back-up phone.

Nickelback's upcoming tour stop rocks this week's 5 hottest Dallas headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Juggernaut rock band Nickelback is touring summer 2023 with stop in Dallas. Nickelback is back: Canadian-born rock juggernaut Nickelback is going on tour in summer 2023 to support their new album, Get Rollin'. Called the "Get Rollin’ Tour," it'll hit 38 cities, including Dallas on July 22 at Dos Equis Pavilion.

2. Behind the wall of greenery and other Dallas restaurant must-haves. If you're a Dallas restaurant in 2023, you're nowhere without a wall of greenery. Walls covered with greenery are among the features restaurants are deploying these days to lure in diners. Food is still the official reason people go out to eat, but restaurants these days are more experience-oriented. Here are few features being rolled out at restaurants around town.

3. Affluent Dallas neighbor cashes in as the richest city in Texas for 2023. North Texans wanting a glimpse into the lives of the 1 percent won't have to travel far to get a peek. Southlake has been named the richest city in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.

4. South Polk Pizzeria in Dallas' Oak Cliff slings perfect pies in pizza desert. Dallas has plenty of pretty pizza these days — but nearly all of it is found north of I-30. So let's hear it for South Polk Pizzeria, a new shop that opened in late December in Oak Cliff, at 3939 S. Polk St #527, just off US-67 and north of Loop 12, slinging the same kind of artisanal pies that are being slung across Deep Ellum, Oak Lawn, and North Dallas.

5. 12 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants score coveted James Beard Award nominations. The James Beard Foundation has revealed the semifinalists for its 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards. A dozen Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants have been included in both national and regional categories. Here are the nominees.