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Labor Day holiday weekend starts early, goes long

August 31, 2013

Say hello to a new semester and goodbye to summer (Yet the heat stays until October!?) Denton Live Music, especially Jazz, takes front row, center this weekend  – a very long Labor Day holiday weekend. Lots going on – here are few notables.Banter Dicscover D

Friday, August 30:

Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., Denton

  • Bruce Bond  6 – 7:45 p.m.     Bruce Bond has performed numerous guitar styles for the past 40 years. After studying literature at Pomona College and Claremont Graduate School in the 70s, he went on to receive his MA in music performance at the Lamont School of Music in 1983. His teachers included the guitarists Christopher Parkening, Angel Romero, Ben Verdery, and Ricardo Iznaola and the composer David Diamond, but it was his mentor Ralph Towner who most influenced his style of improvisation that blends jazz, folk, and classical in a variety of textures. After working exclusively as a composer and guitarist, Bond went on to receive a PhD in English from the University of Denver and publish widely as a poet and critic. He now teaches poetry writing and modern literature at the University of North Texas.
  • Uver: Rock, alt-rock, roots, indie   8 – 9:45 p.m.
  • Chris Caruvana   10 – 11 p.m.

Saturday, August 31:

Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., Denton

  • Jesse Washmon Trio  6 – 7:45 p.m.   Jesse Washmon – Guitar ; Chike Okaro – Bass ; Richard Shafer -Drums

    Jesse Washmon Trio

    Jesse Washmon Trio

  • Back to School party with Nick Reibach, Ellie Meyer, Alex Christensen and Melissa Ratley!    8 – 11:45 p.m.
    Let’s celebrate either being back in school, or being off for the holiday weekend! Music for the bash:
    Nick Reiback – Folk, acoustic, and hiphop-crossover. Ellie Meyer – up and coming artist in the music scene, with vocals and song lyrics that will make you want to listen for more. Melissa Ratley – a singer/songwriter from Flower Mound, Texas. She has been playing guitar since age 6, and wrote her first song in the second grade. Melissa has always had a love for country music. Alex Christensen – High energy, and a bright unique voice cause this singer songwriter to put on a show that everyone should see!

Sunday, Sept. 1:

Open patio at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern

Open patio at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern

Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, 7-9 p.m., Free

A new Gypsy Jazz group (for Denton) takes the scene – String Theory Manouche, Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton,, 7-9 p.m. (Dove hunters have plenty of time to make the show.)  Led by Kim Platko, guitar; String Theory Manouche are: Tom Reynolds, guitar; Paul Unger, bass; and Mark Menikos, violin. FMI:

This performance was on January 25th, 2009, in honor of the birthday of Gypsy Jazz legend Django Reinhardt. Beginning in 2004, the Fort Worth, Texas-based non-profit arts organization Arts Fifth Ave began having a Django Reinhardt Festival on the weekend closest to Django’s birthday. Kim Platko has performed every year since then.

“We are making our first appearance at Sweetwater, a great place to hang out and listen to music, especially jazz of all types and flavors. (Sorry, started thinking about their great quesadillas.) We perform from 7-9 p.m., with an intermission. Be sure to visit their website,, and plan your dinner ahead of time. It’s a very easygoing, relaxed atmosphere. Until we take the stage, of course…”

Monday, September 2:

Paul Slavens and Friends shock and rock the crowd at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, Denton, with their music-on-the-fly entertainment, 9 p.m. Free

Paul Slavens working to wow the crowd.

Paul Slavens working to wow the crowd.

Tuesday, September 3: 7-9 p.m. (First Tuesday)

Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton playing Gypsy Jazz at Banter Bistro during First Tuesday.

Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton playing Gypsy Jazz at Banter Bistro during First Tuesday.


Food Truckin' Tuesday

Food Truckin’ Tuesday


  • Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., Denton, presents First Tuesday –  night filled with Dixieland/New Orleans-style Jazz  with Mister Joe’s Jazz Band at 8 p.m., and  Django Reinhardt– inspired Gypsy Jazz from the incomparable Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton, 9-11 p.m. Bassist Bach Norwood makes a guest appearance tonight. You may see Andy Cooper sitting in on keys.
Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son (Cuban-Folk Music lights up the night.)
Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son (Cuban-Folk Music) lights up the night.
  • Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, Mi Son, Mi Son, Mi Son plays their unique Latin Cuban Son Changui, 7-9 p.m. on the patio stage. Based on Cuban folk music, a rich, lively music, full of percussion, strumming tres (similar to a guitar), drums, and trombone- Mi Son is exciting to hear, and is perfect dancing music. Band members David Pierce, Vocals and Trombone/ Robert Gomez, Vocals and Tres/ Ross Schodek, Bass/ Joe Cripps, Congas/ Jose Perez, Bongo are a familiar and welcome addition to Sweetwater’s roster.


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