Most of this week’s events involve American flags, fireworks, and cheesy music piped over the radio so everything is all matchy-matchy. There is, however, some good 4th-inspired live music, non-4th-inspired live music and the rodeo.
What better way to celebrate the 4th than with a little country music? On July 3, Pat Green is playing at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie. Expect some die-hard fans. He opened for Willie Nelson once and at least a quarter of the audience left after Pat Green finished. Now that’s a hell of a following.
Speaking of Willie, old he may be but the guy is still kickin’. (Maybe it’s all that marahoochie.) For the 39th year in a row the tradition continues with Willie Nelson’s 4th of July Picnic at Billy Bob’s. The lineup will have music from many persuasions (albeit a lot of country) and even some jam sessions. Get your tickets fast, last year sold out.
For a little “real Texas” experience, the Mesquite Rodeo is back every Friday and Saturday through August. They have bull riding, barrel racing, roping, steer wrestling and don’t forget about the rodeo clowns. Don’t worry; the facility is enclosed and complete with air-con.
If you’re looking for something more titillating this holiday week, Viva Dallas Burlesque is having a “salute the troops” themed show this week at Lakewood Theater (July 6). This burlesque event will have a little more of that classic, 40’s and 50’s pin-up style to it.
On Saturday July 7, the 90’s is rehashed at Billy Bob’s with Everclear, Lit, Sugar Ray and the Gin Blossoms. What, no Counting Crows?
Check out “The Scientist” cover by Willie Nelson. It’s got its own awesomeness.