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Back In Black Rocks The Rail Club

Back In Black Rocks The Rail ClubBack In Black, a Tribute to the great Australian rock band ACDC, performed at The Rail Club on March 29th for another great impressionable performance. Balls out and always to the wall, this band plays hard and leaves the fans smiling as they belt out hit after hit of classic ACDC songs.

From the beginning to the end of their set Back In Black delivers the punch one song at a time from their rendition of tunes like "Whole Lotta Rosie" from the Bon Scott era, to "For Those About To Rock" that featured the gravelly voice of Brian Johnston.

One of the best party bands around and awesome ACDC tributes as well that Dallas/Fort Worth proudly claims as their own, BIB enjoys what they do as they rocked The Rail Club and its regular patrons for a full 70 minute set. As stated in their Bio, this band is committed as high caliber musicians who are completely devoted to capturing the power, energy and in-your-face excitement of "The Boys Down Under."

Do yourself a favor and go catch Back In Black. Aim to please at every show they perform!

The Band
Darren Caperna - Vocals
Mike Mroz - Lead Guitar
Scott LePage - Rhythm Guitar
Eric Sykes - Bass
Ken Schiumo - Drums

Back In Black ACDC Tribute - Thunderstruck - The Rail Club

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North Texas Guitarist Shines On - The Passion Works of Nick Knirk

The Passion Works of Nick KnirkMeet Nick Knirk. A 37 year young Musician/Guitarist/Teacher who graduated from University of North Texas in '98 with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies. Nick has been a full-time musician for the past 15 years, touring in the northern hemisphere that also includes Alaska and Greenland with his original band, Waking Norman.

Working hard at what he loves, when asked what his latest touring news was, Nick explains "Lately, I've been working as a sideman for quite a few awesome bands and artists in D/FW. I learned a lot from all of them." He has been spending most of his free time writing and performing which has come quite easy to him these days. Nick has been playing regularly twice a week heading up his own trio group.

As a guitar instructor, Nick is going on 20 years teaching and molding the minds of tomorrow's rockers through private guitar lessons. "I teach at The Guitar Sanctuary in McKinney, TX. One of my passion is to write and produce and get creative in the studio." His latest release is a brand new CD of guitar instrumentals entitled Nick Pickin'.

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Nick Knirk Promo Trailer"

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Silvergun Plays Deep Friday, Cock Rock Comes Alive

Friday, September 4th Live at The Curtain Club
Deep Ellum ~ Dallas, TX

• Shannon Cobb
• Michael Grey
• Lee Autry
• Darren D'Paul Wise

Silvergun Plays Deep FridayDeep Friday in Deep Ellum Texas is the best bang for your buck to see live local music. $5 dollars gets you in to see multiple live bands at five different clubs. On September 4th, the Curtain Club was the place to see one of Dallas, Texas' hottest new rock band, Silvergun. New to the scene but packed with experience, Silvergun consists of vocalist Shannon Cobb (former lead singer of Metal Shop), with a powerhouse voice and a dauntless stage persona, drummer Michael Grey and Lee Autry on bass lugging the rhythm section and last but not least, the magic fingers of Darren D'Paul Wise on guitar. Both D'Paul and Michael are also former and founding members of another familiar Big 'D' group, Brand New Machine.

Talented, tight and tenacious, Silvergun gave the crowd on this night ten pounds of hard rock, in a five pound set. Fast and easy and well received! To describe Silvergun in one word I would have to say "Rockin." Their straight-forward, hard punch style is not new by any means. The band's sound is delivered with familiar riffs and 80's throwback lyrics that gravitates their fan base, especially live on stage. From start to finish, Silvergun kicked out the jams and rev'd up the tunes one by one with just enough of a break to catch their breath. One of the best live performances of the night in Deep Ellum!

Silvergun and it's members has a lot going on under the wings of Tom Stokes and Loud Media. New music, movie soundtrack and even working with former Dallas Cowboy, Drew Pearson on The Drew Pearson Show.

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Silvergun Live at the Curtain Club "Dirty Little Things"

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When Dallas Rocked, A Film By Kirby Warnock ~ Texas Theatre

Thursday, September 26th at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff, TX
Doors open at 7:30 pm
Q&A with the filmmaker following the screening
Get Map: Texas Theatre located 231 W. Jefferson

When Dallas Rocked A Film By Kirby Warnock ~ Texas TheatreAt one time in Big 'D' history, Dallas, Texas was the center of the music scene with a montage of record labels that produced countless of Texas artist from the legendary Robert Johnson on through contemporary artists like Willie Nelson. Every major record label had an office in Dallas and even landmark albums such as "The Redheaded Stranger", Willie's classic LP was recorded in DFW, in Garland, Texas of all places.

Dallas was a must stop city for all of the days major artist to perform and even legendary after party's were held at the famous Mother Blues in Oak Lawn. Led Zeppelin, Bad Company, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Buffet, Eddie Money, Elvis Costello, U2, "The Boss" Bruce Springsteen are just a few who wondered in to hang, party and even perform on the Mother Blues Stage.

When Dallas Rocked is a short film created by local music writer, Kirby Warnock. The film displays many candid moments of the Dallas music scene from the mid 70's and will be shown on Thursday, September 26th at the famous Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. Don't miss out and come join in to remember this historic time When Dallas Rocked!

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Ashford Music Fund, Memorabilia Auction ~ House of Blues

Thursday, March 28th at HOB Dallas, TX
Doors open at 7 pm with silent auction, live auction at 8 pm
Event Host: Chris Ryan
Get Map: HOB located 2200 North Lamar St. Dallas, TX 75202

Ashford Music Fund
Memorabilia Auction ~ House of BluesThis past year, the Dallas / Ft. Worth music community lost a dear friend when Sean Ashford lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident. Sean was not a musician. He did not perform with any local bands, but he was an integral part of the DFW music scene the past 25 years. He worked many of the areas famous venues including the infamous Bronco Bowl, Iguana Mirage, Trees and his last place of employment, CSI (Special Event Insurance) in Deep Ellum.

In his memory, and for his love of music, the Ashford Music Fund was created by Sean's family, with his mother Mary Larke Godfrey as Chairman, along with several family and close friends on the Board of Directors. Long-time friend, and program director Chris Ryan of 97.1 The Eagle, is Vice-Chairman, along with James Chippendale, another close friend, generated the idea for Ashford Music Fund.

The night of the auction, Sean Ashford would have been celebrating his 44th birthday. In his honor, the AMF will host their first major fundraising event at the House of Blues with a variety of Music Memorabilia up for sale in both a Silent & Live Auction. All of the items come from Sean's extensive personal collection. All proceeds will go to the fund that supports youth music development throughout Texas. Doors open at 7 p.m. with silent auction. Live auction at 8 p.m.

The public is invited to attend this great cause to a fallen friend and to remember a great champion to the area music scene, Sean Michael Ashford.

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For more info on the Ashford Music Fund please visit the website: »

Check out Mary Larke Godfrey and Chris Ryan on Good Morning Texas

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Concert Against Cancer, Presented by Bikers Against Cancer and Strokers Dallas

Saturday, August 25th at Rick Fairless' Strokers
Doors at 12 noon until 12 midnight
Get Map: 9304 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, Texas 75235

Concert Against Cancer • Mud Bone
• Stone Groove band
• Midnight Thunder
• Silvertones
• Daddy Rocks
• Hulagan
• Krash Rover
• Dazed
• and Dallas Newest Country Artist Jeff Smithart

Bikers Against Cancer is proud to present this special event to bring awareness to one of the most recognizable illness most common in every-ones life. Together with Rick Kackley, a disabled veteran and cancer survivor, they have made this event a reality that is happening this weekend at Dallas Strokers on Harry Hines Blvd. Owner and biker, Rick Fairless, has always offered his location for special occasions like this and along with the support of many local country and rock musicians, Concert Against Cancer is bound to shine a positive light on this life threatening killer.

Come join in and be part of this important event and help the cause. Live music, silent auctions, cool motorcycles and one of Dallas' best kept secret, Strokers will be the place this Saturday, August 25th. All proceeds benefit the National Lung Cancer Partnership and the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

• For more info on this event contact Rick Kackley at 214 335-7056.

Krash Rover I'm From Texas HQ Upload by EricSalasProductions »

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Mothership, 3 Piece Band With A Solid Sound!
Debut CD

• Kells Juett
• Kyle Juett
• Judge Smith

Mothership 3 Piece Band With A Solid Sound!Mothership is a tasty combination of 60's and 70's blues infused style riffs, teamed with the blistering guitar solos of the late 70's and early 80's, a rare 3 piece smelt of super sonic intergalactic Heavy Rock and Blues.

The gleam of the Mothership in the distant galaxy promised a future to music and mankind alike. Without the intergalactic journey, the legacy of rock music dies.

Do yourself a favor and go see this band!

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JAM Magazine: Mothership Debut CD Review »

RockTurnal Fest

Dallas, Texas
Friday June 15th at the House of Blues - Cambridge Room
Doors at 6 pm, show starts at 6:30 pm

• Ducado Vega and Zenya V.
• The Gypsy Bravado
• The Neckties
• TU Diep
• The Virgin Wolves
• Sayonara
• DJ Krewl Kut
• Great Dane and the Dirty South Blues

Rockturnal FestRockTurnal Fest begins its official kickoff on Friday, June 15 at the House of Blues in Dallas. The festival begins at 6 p.m. in the Cambridge Room, and will feature several area performers. The lineup includes Ducado Vega and Zenya V., The Gypsy Bravado, The Neckties, The Virgin Wolves, Sayonara, Great Dane, the Dirty South Blues Band as well as rappers Tu Diep and DJ Kewel Kut.

This HOB festival is the brainchild of Ducado Vega, Zenya V, Mo Myles and Michael Bratton. The concept behind the show was to create a festival type atmosphere only indoors. The concert organizers wanted to focus on regional Indie talent in the North Texas area. They also wanted to provide a Lollapalooza like setting for talented artists, of different music genres, to come together and perform. The show will feature a wide range of musical styles including, rock, power pop, funk, blues, Hip-Hop, soul and alternative.

Ducado Vega and wife Zenya V. will headline the June 15th show. The couple recently decided to perform their funk / rock sound as a duo. This will be their first performance together as an act. RockTurnal Fest is the culmination of a year's hard work on the part of Vega. In 2011, the musician was voted the Best Funk act in the 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards. The supporting cast he put together, for this eclectic night of music, will feature some of the best regional acts the area has to offer.

The Virgin Wolves "Crawl " (OFFICIAL VIDEO) Upload by TheVirginWolves »

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The American Fuse Ignites At La Grange

Sold Out Show With The Reverend Horton Heat

• The American Fuse
Clint Phillips
Kinley Wolfe
JT Dayton
Nate Fowler

The American Fuse Live at La Grange photo by Michael InsuasteJust when you thought the Dallas music scene was dead or dying and in need of a kick in the ass, along comes a gig that sets the buzz back in motion. That gig was The American Fuse opening for the Reverend Horton Heat at La Grange on a perfect night in April, Friday the 13th.

Dallas veterans The American Fuse include, Clint "The Punisher" Phillips on drums, Nate Fowler on guitar and vocals, Kinley Wolfe on Bass and vocals and the latest member, JT Dayton on guitar and backup vocals. Combining the years and the bands each of these musicians have played in is amazing. From Black Oak Arkansas, Sixty-Six, Grand Pricks, Seventy-Six, Lone Star Trio, The Gorehounds, Lord Tracy and The Cult are just a few that come to mind. The Fuse have paid their dues!

The American Fuse La Grange Poster artwork by Clint PhillipsThose who know The American Fuse understand the excitement this band brings to a live gig. Getting to open for the righteous Reverend Horton Heat just makes the icing on the cake that much sweeter. In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of The Reverend Horton Heat and presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer, the Rev is set to play 6 SPECIAL SHOWS in small venues located in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area beginning at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton, La Grange, The Prophet Bar, Club Dada, all in Deep Ellum, Lola's in Fort Worth, and Hat Tricks in Lewisville before heading out to the east coast and abroad. And on a personal note to the Rev, good move bringing back Scott Churilla on drums.

Opening for the Rev was an honor for The Fuse, as they were asked personally by front man Jim Heath. The band, who has not played in over a years time, rehearsed two nights prior to the La Grange show. Tight but loose, American Fuse were simply fan-fuckin-tastic! Their 45 minute set included familiar songs from the Debut release, One Fell Swoop (Idol Records) like "Texas Speedball", "Ride My Motor", "Blame the Whiskey" and the classic, "Don't Chingale My Chevrolet" which ended their set. The newer songs, that should be on their next release were "Old Debt", "Wear You Out" and "Me & My Friends", which was surprisingly written by Clint during one of their songs (jokingly).

The American Fuse "Something New" Live at Trees Upload by LJRmedia »

What's in the near future for The Fuse?...well, getting out that long awaited second release is the latest news straight from the bands camp and hopefully playing a few more gigs here and there in around Dallas. Let's face it, 12 months is way too fucking long of a wait to see this band perform again.

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Dallas 3 Piece Post Punk Band Sayonara Gearing Up For Their First Full CD Release

Not Your Average Cookie-Cutter Rock Band

• Sayonara
Debbie Pucek
Sean Blythe
Jonny Williams

SayonaraDallas based three piece band Sayonara, falls under the genre of Alternative Avant Garde Post Punk but delivers much more than that title describes. Their sound is fairly unique with smooth vocals by Debbie Pucek who is the singer, guitarist and songwriter for the group.

"Right now, the focus is writing and creating a buzz around the area. We know we have something no other cookie-cutter pop/indie/metal has and we're assembling to bring this much needed change to Dallas."

Working steadily, writing and recording via their mobile studio and practice space, Sayonara is working towards a full length CD that will be mastered by Kerry Kelecovich of Lilypad Records in Woodstock, Illinois. Collaborating with several producers to achieve the right sound and overall feel of their music, the band is taking their time to do it up right. When asked to describe their music Debbie states, "Our sound is evolving from what people are hearing from us on the Internet. Our newer, unrecorded, material is A LOT edgier and heavier. You can really hear the Blood Brothers' / Yeah Yeah Yeahs' influence. We're getting wonderful responses to the new songs."

Sayonara is busy giggin' around the DFW area with shows every weekend. One of the biggest up-coming shows is an acoustic performance as the opening act for Fair to Midland on March 31st at Andy's Bar in Denton.

Check out their new YouTube music video for the song "Mothership" and catch them live.

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The Gypsy Bravado's Are On The Move!

Global Battle Of The Bands Hard Rock Rising Closing In

• The Gypsy Bravado
Lou Anderson - Drums/Mandolin
Jeff Dacus - Bass/Classical/Vocals
Mo Myles - Keys/Synth/Vocals
Shawn Burgandy - Lead Guitar/Vocals

The Gypsy BravadoLocal Denton band, The Gypsy Bravado recently placed first in the online voting portion for the Hard Rock Rising Competition. This is a Global Battle of the Bands that includes Europe, United States, Canada, the Caribbean, the Far East, the Middle East, Africa, South America and the Pacific Rim. The Mother of all Battle of the Bands! As a follow up, TGB also took first place in round one last week and are now heading for the final Dallas Battle March 31st at the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas Texas.

Winners of the Hard Rock Rising Competition move on to compete against winners from other US cities. From there the winner will eventually enter the Grand Global Finale. One lucky band will have the chance to perform at the Hard Rock Cafe Event entitled London Calling 2012 Concert which will take place July 13-15, 2012 at Hyde Park, London, England.

Congratulations to The Gypsy Bravado. Check them out and support your local music scene.

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Acclaimed Veteran Dallas Rockers '76' Hit It Hard At La Grange

Beers, Cheers, Guitars & Hookers, Yeah baby!

• 76
Terry Glaze- vocals, guitar
Brian Harris - guitar
Taz Bentley - drums
Kinley Wolfe - bass

Seventy-SixHave you heard about 76? If you haven't, then you are missing out! The group's performance at La Grange February 17th was one of the best live local gigs to hit the metroplex in some time. Playing before a packed crowd, 76 had the audience eating out of the palm of their hands as they mixed in new songs like "Drive," "Don't Know Why" and "Another One" along with golden oldies.

Band members are familiar veterans to the Dallas music scene. They include drummer Taz Bentley who has played with the Burden Brothers, Reverend Horton Heat, as well as Izzy Stradlin & the Ju Ju Hounds. He's also a much in-demand session musician. Guitarist Brian Harris has been a mainstay on the DFW circuit since the early eighties with bands like Burlesque, Lord Tracy and Queen For Day. On bass is Kinley Wolfe (aka Barney), one of the best bass slappers to ever grace the DFW music scene. Wolfe has been in Black Oak Arkansas, Lord Tracy, The Cult and American Fuse. He also plays in Club Wood, a local Dallas New Orleans style Jazzy-Blues band. A true master of the bass guitar, his solos are simply amazing. Last but not least is another name familiar to the Dallas music community, vocalist Terry Glaze. For those who are not in the know, Terry was the original singer for metal monsters Pantera, he is the original Cowboy from Glam. He also fronted MCA Records recording artists Tracy Lords. When Tracy Lords was signed, they were forced to change their name to Lord Tracy. Apparently the porn star (Tracy Lords) didn't want the band using her name because it could stain her reputation (wink). A showman and joke-ster, Glaze is a cross between comedian and singer, keep ‘em laughing and always rockin'.

Seventy-SixIt's hard to say if 76 is a one-off project for these talented musicians. Given their nomadic history in the business, this veteran group of players can't be contained in a single unit for long. For the moment, 76 is rocking out the DFW clubs. Whether they perform familiar tunes like Lord Tracy's "East Coast Rose" or some snappy little ditty about some hooker, 76 most definitely rocks. Do yourself a favor and catch them while you can.

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The Dangits Go Balls Out With New Member And Blackbox Presents Booking Management

Into The Studio with New Drummer Russ Genders

• The Dangits
Mike Noyes - vocals, guitar
Branden Smith - guitar, vocals
Russ Genders - drums
Ben Silver - bass

The Dangits2012 sets up to be a big year for The Dangits with a new drummer on board, Russ Genders and hooking up with Blackbox Presents, a local booking and management outfit out of the Dallas Fort. Worth area. The Dangits will be taking off February and most of March to work in their new drummer and writing new material. The band plan is to hit hard at the end of March and perform on a few more larger shows with touring acts through the help of Blackbox.

Writing new material is a priority for The Dangits this year as they hope to begin recording by late spring to release a 12" vinyl in late summer, that's right vinyl. Having access to a home studio set up, The Dangits can take their time and make music their way, the right way.... balls out!

Bigger shows on the docket are a rare back to back March 30 @ Bryan Street Tavern for the Rockers VS Mods European Motorcycle and Scooter Rally and March 31st @ La Grange with the mighty Zeke, Speeddealer and Hit & Run. Later in the the year (TBA), in early May @ Overground Skate Park for the Jeff Phillips Jam. A weekend jam of pro skaters, music and art.

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Dallas Rock Band Midnight Empire Out To Make It Big

Debut Release "Everything and Nothing"

• Midnight Empire
Jacob Henderson - Vocals, Guitar
Art Struck - Guitar
Matt Cook - Drums

Midnight Empire: Jacob Henderson, Art Struck, Matt CookWith a huge sound, smooth grooves and a high energy punch, Midnight Empire sets their path to make it big on a grand scale. With their recent debut release, "Everything and Nothing", recorded at Crystal Clear Studios, ME is gigging around DFW to prove they have what it takes to be noticed in this town. The band recently received local radio airplay & press from DFW rock station, The Eagle 97.1, which quite frankly is not easy to achieve in Big 'D'. The press continues as the Dallas Morning News will include a full spread set to run Thursday, February 23rd.

Having seen Midnight Empire perform live at the War Of Rock event last October, I can honestly say this band has potential The tightness, high energy they poured throughout their showcase was what I would call a REAL Rock and Roll experience!

Catch Midnight Empire Live: March 3rd at Hailey's in Denton, tentatively March 24th at The Prophet Bar, and April 7th at The Boiler Room.

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Brand New Machine Rocks The House At The Scorpions MC Dallas Chapter

Scorpions MC Annual St. Valentine's Day Massacre

• Brand New Machine
Brantly Thompson - Vocals
Darren Wise - Guitar
Wiley E. Oliver - Bass
Kenny Sizelove - Drums

• Scorpions MC President Harley Hangs with Brand New Machine

Scorpions MC President Harley with Brand New MachineDallas based hard rock outfit Brand New Machine, performed an exclusive show for the Dallas Chapter of the Scorpions Motorcycle Club Saturday, February 11, 2012. A crowd of highly energized 'born to be wild' bikers greeted the group for the annual Valentine Day festivities.

BNM kicked off the evening with "Let'n It Roll", a fast driving song from their February 2012 self-titled release. They followed with the album's lead single, "What Do I Gotta Do." The night ended with the group's rousing cover of Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell." The four-piece band consists of Brantly Thompson, vocals; Wiley E. Oliver IV, guitar; Darren Wise, bass; and veteran drummer Kenny Sizelove.

You can catch the Brand New Machine in concert next month at The Railhead in Ft. Worth on March 10, and opening for the Michael Schenker Group at Trees in Dallas, March 17.

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