Members of the University of North Texas One O’clock Lab Band say the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival helps the musicians flex a professional muscle.
Red Dirt musician Zane Williams will be playing at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Onstead Promenade — the library mall — at the University of North Texas. It’s part of “Boots and Bows,” an event full of dance lessons and live music. Williams, known for his eclectic banjo and acoustic country music stylings, is playing in support of his new album, released April 14. His new single “Jayton and Jill” is currently getting radio play. The event is free and is sponsored by the University Program Council at UNT and is open to the entire UNT community. For more information, visit http://calendar.unt.edu/boots-and-bows.
The 22nd Twilight Tunes concert series is moving its opening show to its rain location today. Because recent rains have left the Courthouse on the Square lawn too soggy for locals to sprawl on, the opening show will be at Lone Star Attitude Burger Co., 113 W. Hickory St. on the Square, officials announced Wednesday afternoon.
American Idol Live is bound for Dallas. The top five contestants of Season 14 — who will be named on Wednesday — are slated to stop in Dallas on Aug. 12 at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, 1001 Performance Place. Tickets go on sale on Friday. Purchase tickets online at axs.com or by calling 1-888-929-7849. The final 12 are: back row, from left, Quentin Alexander, Maddie Walker, Adanna Duru, Clark Beckham, Sarina-Joi Crowe, Joey Cook and Tyanna Jones; front row, Nick Fradiani, Jax, Daniel Speavey and Rayvon Owen.
Jonathan Larson’s Rent is riddled with death and dying. But the show is about life. Messy, prodigal life spending itself on itself. Rent’s lead characters get soaked in sin and pestilence, but in Denton Community Theater’s staging of the blockbuster rock musical, their frailty might be the secret ingredient that makes them heroic.
The Demigs’ schedule is packed pretty tightly these days. With a double album to promote (and Welcome to Hard Times comes complete with a lot of regional critical raves), the Denton four-piece has a lot of new tunes to shop around for fans and the uninitiated.
Denton folk musician Doug Burr is among the lineup for next month’s Untapped Fest in Fort Worth. Burr released his fifth album, Pale White Dove, on Tuesday. The local artist, whose work blends alt-country and Americana, picked up positive buzz for this latest release.
Texas Woman’s University opens its staging of Henry V next week. Steven Young, a TWU drama faculty member, directs the Shakespearean drama. The play, one of the playwright’s most oft-produced, is about a king living down his reputation as a rash young man in the face of a major battle.
Junie B. Jones is starting first grade, and her life is hardly simple. In the upcoming musical presented by the Artisan Children’s Theatre in Hurst, Junie B. (Katie Blanton) finds that her best friend no longer wants to be best friends, she reaches out to a new kid on the school bus and she can’t seem to make out the scribbling on the blackboard.