By Audra Stamp
It’s time to start thinking about going back to school and using up those vacation days. But before you do, there’s still time to have some great fun around the DFW area this weekend. So take the weekend off, enjoy and relax with some great music and amazing food.
Ryan McCullough Quartet: Jazz has been around for a long time and it doesn’t seem to be going out of style anytime soon. For the Ryan McCullough Quartet, it’s time to show off their amazing talent at the Scat Jazz Lounge in Fort Worth. This fun and entertaining band of four is known for their smooth jazz, R&B, Funk and Blues, it seems they are a well rounded musical talent. McCullough led the Corner Pocket band for more than 10 years and has performed with greats such as B.B. King, Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets. So for jazz lovers in the area, swing on over to see McCullough and his band play their sweet, top-tapping music. www.scatjazzlounge.com
Roof Top Shindig: The Davis Building is hosting the last “Swajjur” event of the summer, so you better get your tickets now. It’s a great way to show off and meet new people. You must come live the “Swajjur” lifestyle and mingle with the hottest models, artists, designers, agents, photographers and promoters in the area. This event will fill up so by getting your ticket now, it secures a spot. If you don’t get a ticket before they’re all sold out, don’t fret, you can show up the night of and there is a chance of still getting into this pumping party. So put on your best to impress outfit and bring a swimsuit for the roof-top pool, there is no better way to meet those who could change your future.
Lil Wayne: Lil Wayne is traveling across the country and taking America by storm with his America’s Most Wanted Festival. This Friday enjoy the great rapping skills by the one and only Lil Wayne at the Gexa Energy Pavilion. At the age of nine, the Louisiana native joined Cash Money Records and from there his rapping career took off. He’s known for many of his songs, all having something to say. But he won’t be the only one there rapping his feelings. He is joined by T.I., 2 Chainz and G-Eazy, this amazing line up will have you singing all night. This festival is taking him to more than 30 cities, and he’ll be right in your back yard, there’s no way you can pass this up!
Ninja-Pa-Luau: The House of Blues is known for putting on some great shows, and this Friday won’t be an exception. Tickets are on sale now for the Ninja-Pa-Luau “Aloha From Dallas” Concert featuring many great performances. They’ll be kicking it Polynesian style for this year’s Ninjapalooza. There will be plenty of leis, some fun surprises and great music. Headlining the event is Graceland Ninjaz, along with Under Rage, Red Liquourish, Black to Blue and more. The $10 prepaid entry fee is a great price for the amount of fun the night will bring. www.houseofblues.com
Europa Games: There are plenty of fit people in this world, and it’s time to show off those muscles you’ve got. The 2013 Europa Games is coming to Dallas for a two day stay starting on Friday. There will be plenty to do whether you’re competing or just coming to watch all the action unfold. This Get Fit & Sports Expo has plenty for everyone, even the kiddos. Some of the events will include the Muscle Pharm Obstacle Course, IFBB PRO Bodybuilding, Wrestling Championship, Europa War Games. There will also be Tae Kwon Do, grappling and so much more to compete in, whether you’re a trained fighter or have muscles galore, this is the place for you this weekend. www.europaexpo.com
Anniversary Celebration: Franconia Brewing Company is celebrating their 5th anniversary while Kelly’s At The Village in Allen is happy to have their first anniversary. The event kicks off at 2 p.m. and runs through the evening. The Ceremonial tapping will begin at 3 p.m. at Kelly’s At The Village and a ticket purchase will earn you one glass of Franconia Oktober Fest and a Kelly’s Logo Souvenir Glass. Also going on at the celebration will be the last chance to get some Oatmeal Stout, Sahras Darkside, Winter Wheat and Fallin Bock, because when it’s gone, it’s gone. Seems like a nice, relaxing way to send a Saturday, enjoying some great company and wonderful brews.
My Bloody Valentine: Everyone loves music from a different country, especially those with an awesome Irish accent. My Bloody Valentine is coming to the Verizon Theatre this Saturday. The Ireland natives, Kevin, Bilinda, Debbie and Colm know how to play some fantastic and edgy alternative rock. Since 1987 the four band members have been rocking out and now they’re here in Grand Prairie. This tour has taken them all over the world, from Hungary, to Scotland and now to North America, and we couldn’t be happier. With albums like Isn’t Anything and Loveless, it’s no wonder My Bloody Valentine has a large following all across the world. They are sure to keep you entertained and singing all night, so get those tickets before they’re all sold out. www.verizontheatre.com
Keith Urban: We live in Texas, so there’s no better place to roll your windows down, hair flying and singing loud to your favorite country song. Whether the song is happy and head boppin’ or sad, yet meaningful, country has a way with words it seems. And there will be plenty of country stepping onto the Gexa Engergy Pavilion’s stage this Saturday. All the way from Australia, Keith Urban’s sexy accent and fabulous guitar skills will have everyone singing along all night. And opening up for the super star, is Dustin Lynch with his deep, country sound. Following him is the fun and energetic sounds of Little Big Town. All three are well known in the country industry, so this isn’t a show you’ll want to miss. Get your boots on, your hair braided and your Wrangler’s buttoned up, it’s time to get country.
Sharam’s Pool Party: Ku De Ta Dallas is one of Dallas’ coolest aqua lounges’ and day club. Not only is it a great place to hang out and enjoy the Texas sun with your friends, this Sunday it’s the best place to hang out with Sharam! The international DJ, producer, recording artists and member of the amazing duo Deepdish, Sharam has made his way to Dallas to party with some of his closest fans. The salt water pool will keep you cool as you enjoy the day with Sharam and great music. No need to bring towels or large bags, they lounge provides everything you need. RSVP quick before the tickets are all gone. www.flavorus.com
Rangers vs. Mariners: It’s the last game of the three game series against the Mariners and the Rangers want one more win before the Astros come visit Rangers Ballpark on Monday. This afternoon game will be a hot one for sure, but with it being $1 Blue Bell Ice Cream Sunday for all those 13 and under, you’re sure to keep the kids cool. The ballpark has also teamed up with Albertsons for some back to school Rangers gym bags for the kids to go back looking stylish. The last time the two teams met, the Rangers struggled in the first two games but finally pulled out a win for the last game of the series. The Ace, Yu Darvish is scheduled to take the mound first. His consistent pitching is always a good threat to the other teams, so let’s hope that Darvish and the rest of the team can hold off the Astros for one more W in the win column. www.texas.rangers.mlb.com
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