The holiday weekend promises two things in Denton: strained waistbands and a buffet of music.
Hailey’s Club will host a “turkey bash” on Friday night featuring the Merry Chrisfits, McKinney trio Shaka and Fort Worth folk-punksters Not Half Bad. Doors open at 9 p.m. Cover is $5 for ages 21 and older and $10 for ages 18 to 20. The club is located at 122 W. Mulberry St.
Dan’s follows up Thanksgiving with its second annual long-form tribute to the Band, courtesy of Bar Band, anchored last year by local drummer Grady Don Sandlin and guitarist Tony Ferraro, as well as Ryan Thomas Becker and Jeff Gruber. Centro-matic’s Scott Danbom joins the band for this installation, as well as special guests Brent Best of Slobberbone, Eric Pulido of Midlake and Isaac Hoskins.
Last year, when Bar Band did its first marathon of the Band, musicians noted the documentary The Last Waltz by Martin Scorsese. The film depicts the Band’s final show on Thanksgiving Day 1978. The Band was a roots-rock group that made 10 albums and collaborated with Bob Dylan.
Bar Band won’t imitate the sounds of Levon Helms, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson. Instead, Bar Band interprets the songs according to the local musicians’ imaginations and the band’s collective ear.
“Stage Fright: Denton Does the Band” starts at 9 p.m. Saturday. Cover is $10.
Ferraro gets a bit of a respite before assembling his band, Tony Ferraro and the Satans of Soft Rock, at 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio. The Denton band recently released its debut record, Friend of Man and Beast Alike.
Rubber Gloves is located at 411 E. Sycamore St. Cover is $5 for ages 21 and older , $7 for patrons 20 and younger.
— Lucinda Breeding