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Denton blues-rock-pop artist J.R. Byrd wraps up Twilight Tunes with a special Fourth of July concert at 10 a.m. Friday on the lawn of the Courthouse on the Square, 110 W. Hickory St.

J.R. Byrd’s 10 a.m. concert closes out twilight series

Denton artist J.R. Byrd takes music seriously.

Himself? Not so much.

The musician has been writing and performing in North Texas for a while now. He dropped his fourth solo record in 2012, a hodgepodge of songs served up on either the guitar or keyboard, which Byrd tackles with equal authority and ease.

Byrd brings that Denton summer tradition, Twilight Tunes, to a close on Independence Day. Every other show in the concert series on the Courthouse on the Square lawn starts a bit before sunset on Thursdays. (Tonight’s set by Bone Doggie & the Hickory Street Hellraisers will begin at 6:30 p.m.)

On Friday morning, Byrd will bring down the figurative curtain on the concert series after the Yankee Doodle Parade wraps up at about 10 a.m.

Byrd’s easy-listening tendencies make his live set suitable for tots and grandparents, and yet he doesn’t soft-pedal the rock attitude of “Day in May” or “Robot Monkey.” And try as he might (though he probably doesn’t), Byrd can’t shed the funk and jazz he refined in the jazz studies program at the University of North Texas.

The concert is set to last until 11:30 a.m., and is within walking distance of the Denton Fourth of July Jubilee in Quakertown Park and Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.

The concert and holiday festivities are free.

— Lucinda Breeding

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