How about it, beautiful people? Thanksgiving is upon us, and no doubt many of you are looking forward to a) feasting until you wonder if someone will have to roll you to your car b) watching the Cowboys whup up on Oakland c) getting together with loved ones you haven't seen in a long while d) all of the above. While you may be doing the cha-cha slide at the mere thought of having an extra couple of days off work, don't forget to get your fix of live music. You have lots of choices this week, so whether you are rolling solo, or hanging with your significant other, your homies/co-workers/out-of-town guests, you will have no excuse for lying on the couch all weekend. Get up, get cute, grab your folks and go dance off some of that deep-fried turkey, macaroni and cheese, German chocolate cake and sweet potato pie!
Thursday, November 26 - Thanksgiving Day: Tuckers' Blues is open and ready to party. They will present their regular Thursday Night Open Mic, so if you are a singer, instrumentalist, poet/spoken-word artist and you have talent, BRING IT - you might get a chance to be in a future Tuckers' Blues production. The host will be none other than famed playwright Laterras R. Whitfield (his hit stage plays include Issues: We All Got 'Em and What Men Don't Tell).
Tuckers' Blues is located at 2617 Commerce Street, in the historic Deep Ellum district of Dallas. For more information, call Tuckers' Blues at 214.744. BLUE.
The genius himself, Linny Nance will also be throwing down on Thanksgiving night, together with The one and only Lucky Peterson at Sandaga Jazz. You already know these gentlemen will draw the masses, you get there early or you won't get a seat.
Sandaga Jazz is loocated at 1325 Levee Street, Dallas, Texas 75201. For details call 214.616.0802.
Friday, November 27 - Paul Rogers and Natural Change will provide the jazz, soul and R&B to make you sweat. See them at Buttons Restaurant - the show starts at 8:30 p.m. Buttons is located at 4701 W. Freeway (corner of I-30 and Hulen) in Fort Worth. For more info, call 817.735.4900.
If you're up for a short road trip (South of D/FW, about 1.5 hours drive) catch the Rob Holbert Group at the annual Denim and Black Thanksgiving Bash in Waco, Texas. Not only is Holbert a smooth jazz sax-man extraordinaire, he can sho-nuff sing some soul, R&B and down-home blues. Also performing will be the legendary Bernard Wright and the hottest drummer in North Texas, Lawrence 'Peebody' Ferrell. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. For tickets, directions and more, call 254.722.2071 or 214.914.8332.
Saturday, November 28 - The Buster Brown Band will be burning the roof off with old school funk, R&B and neo-soul grooves at Brooklyn Jazz Cafe', beginning at 8:00 p.m. Brooklyn is located in Dallas at 1701 So. Lamar Street. For directions or other information, call 214.428.0025.
But if you prefer to stay on the Funkytown side of the Metroplex, The Road Crew has got it going on at Ovation Dining and Entertainment. Malcolm, Hollywood and the rest of the crew will lay down all the soul, funk and R&B you need to get your heart pounding. Ovation is located in Fort Worth at 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd., and their phone number is 817.732.8900.
That's all for now, but check back here soon, because your girl will definitely have more Holiday Happenings to share - and soon!
Hey, have an abundantly blessed Thanksgiving, go love the special people in your life, and if you drink, designate a driver and drink responsibly!