Man, what year is it? In the past couple of weeks some of the biggest & brightest from Dallas' 90's heyday were back in some capacity. Some never left.
The Toadies - October 11th - Southside Ballroom - Dallas, TX
Long time friends of mine, that I still see a few times a year still kicking ass. They are so beloved in this town, it's always a treat to hear the hometown crowd sing back every lyric.
Tonight was somewhat special as they were celebrating 25 years of their breakthrough LP Rubberneck, many of whose tracks are still in regular rotation on Texas radio. Just like with their 20th Anniversary of the LP 5 years ago, long time fans know basically what this means is that their gonna add the songs Mister Love & Velvet to the set as they usually play most of Rubberneck minus those two songs as they both require quite a bit of screaming that might be a bit to reconcile every night after a quarter century.
Got a Heart
In the Belly of a Whale
You'll Come Down
I Come From the Water
Stop It (Pylon cover)
Run-in With Dad
When I Die
Song I Hate
I Put a Spell on You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover)
Baboon - October 18th - The Kessler Theatre - Dallas, TX
Another great Dallas band, also closely associated with the Toadies is Denton's Baboon. Holy shit how much do I love these guys and this band!
IMO one of the strongest & most unique not only in Texas but just some of the most entertaining & impactful shows I've ever seen by anyone.
To my knowledge this was their first show (at least locally) in about 5 years and certainly the last time that I saw them.
There was a time when you had to get to their Deep Ellum shows early or risk not getting in due to it selling out. They could easily pack 400+ at Trees on a weekend night. I don't know if they under promoted the show or there was a lot going on this evening but their were less than 50 here.
Didn't seem to matter to the band, as they all seemed genuinely thrilled to be performing again and this was to our benefit.
I love this venue and local stalwart Jeffrey Liles does an amazing job booking this place, but even I feel like I never know about shows here as well and often forget that this place exists. It's not in Deep Ellum or even downtown, I never see ads or flyers & it's only when I go "Oh yeah THAT PLACE, I wonder what's coming up?" and I'll see something on the horizon. That's probably why I've only been here like maybe a dozen or less times all these years but when I am, I'm always happy to be, it's such a neat room, it always feels like a "special" night when I'm here. And the perfect room for Baboon to bring back their brand of weirdness for a fun night.
Festival at the Switchyard w/ the Old 97's, Tripping Daisy & more - November 2nd - Historic Downtown - Carrolton, TX
Tripping Daisy and Old 97’s will be the headlining entertainment for the 10th annual Festival at the Switchyard. In celebration of the Festival at the Switchyard’s 10th anniversary, both Dallas-based bands will serve as a throwback to the inaugural festival in 2010 when Old 97’s and The Polyphonic Spree, which features Tripping Daisy lead singer Tim DeLaughter and other bandmates, headlined the show.
In addition to free concerts, the award-winning Festival at the Switchyard features free live children’s entertainment, free rides and games, free face painting and balloon art, a beer garden, and an array of food vendors and festival booths to shop from.
A State of Texas
Mama Tried (Merle Haggard cover)
Big Brown Eyes
Good With God
The Other Shoe
Four Leaf Clover
On the Ground
New Plains Medicine
One Through Four
Waited a Light Year
SAme DREss neW dAy
I Got a Girl
Field Day Jitters
Brown-Eyed Pickle Boy
I Don't Know (Ozzy Osbourne cover)
Pre-Party for Scott Beggs' Birthday with Surprise Show from Tripping Daisy - November 3rd - Three Links - Dallas, TX
Tripping Daisy frontman Tim DeLaughter outlasted half the crowd and, eventually, the rest of the band as the group played a surprise show at a small Deep Ellum venue on Sunday night. After headlining Festival at the Switchyard with Old 97’s on Saturday in Carrollton, one of the biggest North Texas rock acts of the ’90s played an unforgettable 2 1/2-hour set at Three Links the next evening.
It was initially billed as a “Super Secret” show for the 50th birthday of longtime Deep Ellum talent booker Scott Beggs, who owns Three Links. (Beggs was also set to be roasted at Trees on Monday night.) Tripping Daisy was billed as “Soothing Jubilee” to help keep the secret, but the band revealed the surprise hours before the show.
Three years later, Tripping Daisy released an album with a more experimental sound, Jesus Hits Like the Atom Bomb. But Island dropped the band when the album failed to repeat the success of its predecessor. In 1999, the group disbanded after one of its founding members, guitarist Wes Berggren, died of a drug overdose.
DeLaughter went on to form a chamber pop group, the Polyphonic Spree, with Tripping Daisy bandmates Mark Pirro, Bryan Wakeland and Jeff Bouck. Ben Curtis joined the Secret Machines and School of Seven Bells before dying from complications of lymphoma in 2013.
But after 18 years, the surviving members of Tripping Daisy reunited to headline the Homegrown Festival in 2017 and returned to perform again at the festival this year.
Sunday night’s set featured tracks from all four of Tripping Daisy’s albums. Performing as a six-piece with Dylan Silvers as multi-instrumentalist, the band played a terrific set as projectors filled two large screens with psychedelic imagery. DeLaughter dragged his microphone into the crowd a few times, wished Beggs a happy birthday, and took a moment to remember Berggren, but Tripping Daisy was otherwise all business.
Indeed, the band really seemed to be having fun, and an enthusiastic crowd packed the small venue. It was a sea of cellphones, with fans mostly nodding, raising fists and singing along, but occasionally jumping up and down. A cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “I Don’t Know” was a surprising way to end what was planned as a set of 20 songs, but DeLaughter explained that the English rock star is one of his biggest influences.
From there, things got weird. DeLaughter playfully chastised the crowd for requesting lesser-known tracks from a quarter-century ago. But then the band dug deep into its catalog and played “Blown Away” and “Washing Machine,” even though DeLaughter struggled to remember some of the lyrics.
Then DeLaughter left the stage for a few moments before returning for “Trip Along.” After that, Tripping Daisy actually performed the Ozzy Osbourne cover again. It was near 1 a.m., and about half of the crowd, who presumably had to go to work in the morning, started leaving. DeLaughter wanted to play another song, but by then the band had had enough after playing 24 songs.
Same as above the day before but added two songs at the very beginning & at the end:
Kids Are Calling