Welcome to "The Dig" our weekly rundown of our favorite things happening in music right now and a look ahead at what we are excited for this week.
Dallas Is Home To a New Music Festival, The Gritznic
The Longhorn Park is getting its first music festival on June 30th. RC Williams from the Gritz Band is giving Dallas an annual event called The Grtiznic. If The Gritz Band sounds familiar, it’s because they are known as Erykah Badu’s backing band. The first round of artists announced last Friday includes Teedra Moses, Chantae Cann, Durand Bernarr, The Beatitudes, Kirk Thurmond + The Millennials, Cure For Paranoia, Geno Young, RAVS. There will be more artists announced this Friday, June 15th.
Bands will perform throughout the day, and a Griznic Jam will showcase all the acts together. The festival will not only have music, but will also include local vendors, food trucks, and yard games.
If that sounds a like a perfect way to spend one of your summer days, early bird tickets are on sale now.
Maps and Atlases Latest Album Brings Positivity To An Emotional Topic
After six years, Maps and Atlases released their new album Lightlessness Is Nothing New on June 1st. This album focuses on the concept of grief after frontman Dave Davison experienced the loss of his father. Songs like “Fall Apart” and “War Dreams” bring an upbeat feeling to a somber subject matter.
The band is on tour this summer in support of the latest album, and will pass through Dallas for a performance at Club Dada on June 12th.
Take a listen to “Fall Apart” below.
Outlaw Music Festival Will Make a Stop In Dallas
It wouldn’t be summer without a few music festivals, and we have one more for you to add to the list. Willie Nelson’s Outlaw Music Festival will arrive in Dallas on June 30th at Starplex Pavilion. The incredible lineup of music stars includes Willie Nelson & Family, Sturgill Simpson, Elvis Costello & The Imposters, Alison Krauss, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, The Head and the Heart, Old Crow Medicine Show, Ryan Bingham, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, The Wild Feathers, JD McPherson, Delta Rae, and Particle Kid. More artists and dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets are on sale now.
Anthony Green Stays Sincere On His Latest Album
Anthony Green has released his fifth solo album, Would You Still Be In Love. This collection of beautifully written love songs is a perfect addition to the artist’s discography. Green has referenced mental health and addiction in previous records, so the album’s honest lyricism is a pleasing familiarity that the artist presents through these nine songs.
Take a listen to the album below, and check out his show on July 21st at Trees.
Chill out with The Rocket Summer
The Dallas-Fort Worth pop-rock solo-project The Rocket Summer is going back on tour this summer. Bryce Avery will be supporting the Chill Out Summer Acoustic tour with Sleeping with Sirens. We can expect the Texas-based artist to strip down his hits such as, “So Much Love” and songs from his latest album Zoetic.
The Chill Out Summer Acoustic tour will make a stop in Dallas on July 25th at Granada Theater, and listen to The Rocket Summer’s song, “Gone Too Long” below.
Here is a list of some of our favorite artists playing in the DFW area this week:
Monday, June 11 - Post Animal @ Club Dada
Tuesday, June 12 - Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls @ House Of Blues
Tuesday, June 12 - Maps and Atlases @ Club Dada
Wednesday, June 13 - Bruno Major @ Three Links
Thursday, June 14 - Sir Sly @ Club Dada
Saturday, June 16 - Elohim @ House Of Blues