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By Lucinda Breeding

Daylong crash course in Denton music offers way-early bird discount on festival wristbands

It’s not too early to start thinking about that four-day space next March called 35 Denton.

Volunteer Craig Flory said the festival hopes to whip up some excitement for the music festival — and move some discounted tickets for the event — with a packed party starting early Saturday afternoon at Hailey’s Club.

The second presale event this year (the first was in February) jams a lot of interest into a single day — namely a combo birthday party and album release for rising Denton hip-hop star AV the Great, who drops Man N Da City on Friday. The presale party has a beefy lineup besides AV the Great, too: dark folk-rocker Warren Jackson Hearne and Le Leek Electrique, local power-pop outfit the Cozy Hawks, Denton indie-soul trio Black James Franco, and garage-surf psychedelic four-piece Mink Coats.

The mammoth Denton funk improv band Sol Kitchen will turn loose of its horn-driven muse, and Denton epic-rock group voltREvolt will churn out its brainy grind at the show.

Denton hip-hop gets a chunk of the day. Wreck-a-Mic will perform a short set, and Renzo, a member of Denton’s Street Hop crew, will play a set. Hip-hop fans should make time for Gitmo Music’s “Royal Rumble,” a mic swap including some of the Denton label’s artists and collaborators.

The Days, a Denton four-piece, will spin some R&B stuff, and the evening ends with a set by Denton’s live and masked disco group Starparty.

Just one act is from out of town: Deerpeople, from Stillwater, Oklahoma. The sextet is made up of a motley group of musicians — including a flutist, and accordion player and a singer who belts in a reedy tenor while the band spins out noisy folk in the manner of the Last Bison.

Flory said the event includes something for those who like to show off their best moves.

“Craig Welch is organizing a dance contest,” Flory said.

Welch is an institution in the Denton music scene. He’s the frontman of Brutal Juice, a band that puts hardcore punk and metal in a blender.

Flory didn’t drop hints about how to win the dance contest, but explained the basics.

“The contest starts at 5 p.m. You get up there, do your thing, and then the judges will decide who moves on to the finals,” Flory said.

The finals start at 10 p.m., so dancers who make the cut should hydrate, stretch and trade taunts between sets.

35 Denton hasn’t announced any of the artists slotted for next year, but Flory said organizers expect to book a boatload of Denton acts.

LUCINDA BREEDING can be reached at 940-566-6877.


When: Doors open at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Hailey’s Club, 122 W. Mulberry St.

Details: Cover is $10. 35 Denton presale passes will cost $35 at the party. Passes will also be available for $45 online Saturday at 35 Denton will take place March 13-15.


1 p.m. — Doors open

1:30 p.m. — Mink Coats

2:30 p.m. — Black James Franco

3:30 p.m. — Cozy Hawks

4:30 p.m. — Gitmo Music’s “Royal Rumble” (Denton hip-hop mic swap)

5 p.m. — Dance competition qualification

5:30 p.m. — voltREvolt

6:30 p.m. — The Days

7:30 p.m. — Deerpeople

8:30 p.m. — Wreck-a-Mic

9 p.m. — Warren Jackson Hearne and Le Leek Electrique

10 p.m. — Dance competition finals

10:30 p.m. — Renzo

11 p.m. — Sol Kitchen

Midnight — AV the Great

1 a.m. — Starparty