If you haven’t heard of Denton, Texas, then you need to get acquainted with the next big music scene in the Lone Star State. Known for its unique ability to springboard small bands into a much larger spotlight, Denton has fostered such diverse artists as Norah Jones and Midlake. This Friday, August 20th, solo artist Caleb Ian Campbell plays the headlining spot along with other local folk/electronic trio Peopleodian and indie-pop duo Savage and the Big Beat.
Recently nominated for a Dallas Observer Music Award for Best Venue, Dan’s Silverleaf has housed a number of different upstart bands in all of the mainstream and obscure genres you can think of, and this past March they were a participating venue in the North by 35 Music Conferette (Denton’s version of SXSW). All three of the artists playing this weekend also played the 2nd annual mini-festival in Denton; in addition to many local, national, and international artists the festival also featured a free outdoor performance by The Flaming Lips. I spoke to Caleb Ian Campbell earlier this afternoon, well-managed excitement in his voice as he told me about the upcoming show:
Laurel: You used to play shows alone onstage with a guitar, but now you have a backing band. What’s the difference between the two dynamics?
Caleb: I like it a lot better because I can convey what I had in mind originally for the song. I’ve been playing with this band that consists of a keyboardist, bassist, drummer, and electric guitar. I always had ideas about all of the parts, and now I can watch them fully materialize on stage. We’ve played about five shows together, and it’s been really fun. Plus, they’re all my best friends, and it’s great to be able to play music with people you’re close with.
The last time we spoke, you were working on an album with the help of critically acclaimed local indie artist Robert Gomez. When do you plan to release it?
Catch Caleb Ian Campbell and friends live this Friday, August 20th at Dan’s Silverleaf located at 103 Industrial Street in Denton, Texas. Tickets are $5.00, and the show starts at 10:00pm. You must be 18 and older to enter. For more information, visit:
Who: Sunset Junction
Where: 4019 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles Ca 90029
When: Saturday August 21-Sunday August 22 from 1-10 PM
Age Restrictions: All Ages
Says Lauren: So next weekend is Sunset Junction Music Festival and I’m beyond excited. We’ll be “dancing in the streets” for two whole days of beachy keen fun in the sun! Accoutrements to said street fest include Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Saint Motel, Sam Sparro to name (very) few! The best part is- all you underaged hipsters looking to lash out in all the right places are more than welcome- it’s a street festival! A little preplanning is in your favor for this one, as it’s $15.00 online & $20.00 at the door. In addition, for our hipsters-in-training 12 and under crowd as well as our seasoned rock veterans 65 and older- entrance fee is completely free! You can grab your tickets at www.sunsetjunction.org! Locale is the uber trendy city of Silverlake- be there, or be square!
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