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Denton Jazz and other wild happenings

October 24, 2013

By Kathy Edwards McFarland and Joseph Pinson

October 23-31, 2013

Lots of spooky goings-on around Denton‘s environs, as Halloween and Days of the Dead approach.

Wednesday, Oct. 23:

Numerous Jazz events occur in the University of North Texas College of Music, such as Guest Jazz Artist Eddie Gomez (well-know upright bass artist) joined by

Bassist Eddie Gomez *Photo by Claudio Casanova

Bassist Eddie Gomez *Photo by Claudio Casanova

Seamus Blake, Stefan Karlsson and Ed Soph, performing in the UNT Recital Hall, 8 p.m.($5). At the same time tonight, the UNT Trombone Consortium plays in Voertman Hall ($5).

Seamus Blake

Seamus Blake

Also tonight … All four vocal jazz groupsUNT Jazz Singers, Avenue C, Third Street and West End – will perform for the first time this year, Gateway Center on the 9 – 10:30 p.m. (followed by guitar ensembles), $4 cover. See you there!

  • One of the perks having such a dynamic, world-renowned university music department is faculty, students and guest artists spill into the community for performances in local live music venues – Thursday, Oct. 25, Eddie Gomez, visiting Jazz Artist, backed by Seamus Blake, Stefan Karlsson and Ed Soph, plays at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, 9 p.m. Tickets: $15.
  • Another great UNT Jazz Guest Artist, drummer Ralph Petersen, performs Friday, Oct. 25, in Kenton Hall at 8 p.m. (Free)

  • On Saturday at 8 p.m., Guest Jazz Group the Hal Griper Trio performs in Kenton Hall.

Many more UNT Music events are scheduled through the week, if you have a chance, visit for a view of the month. Daily-Weekly listings are available at (scroll down).

And out in the city …


  • Bone Doggie’s Open Mic Night , II Charlies Bar & Grill, 808 Sunset Drive – Singer Songwriters, Duos, Trios, Jammers WELCOME!! Sign-up 8:30 – Show 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.- at least 4 songs!

Thursday, Oct. 24:

  • Laura Otero Forum Group, Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., Denton, followed by Open Mic, 8 p.m.
  • Riggs/Slater/Eckels Jazz Experience at Hickory Street Lounge, 212 East Hickory, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – no cover

Friday, Oct. 25:

  • Ron and the Finkelsteiners perform at Gerhard’s German Restaurant, 222 W. Hickory St., Denton, 7-9 p.m.- no cover

    Ron and the Finklesteiners playing Gerhard's German Restaurant

    Ron and the Finklesteiners playing Gerhard’s German Restaurant

  • Mariachi Queztal plays for your dining pleasure at La Milpa Mexican Restaurant, 820 S. I-35E, 8 p.m. – Free
  • Zero Buffalo performs at Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., Denton, 8 p.m., followed by Van Fald, 10 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 26:

  • Denton Community Chorus presents its fall concert, Christ the Servant Lutheran Church, 2121 East University Drive, 5 p.m. – FREE
  • Tyler Thomas, 6 p.m., Banter Bistro, 219 W. Oak St., Denton, followed by Big Round Spectacles, Nicholas Altobelli and Daniel Folmer, 8 p.m., and Kyle Ryan & Jacob Dill, 10 p.m. – ALL FREE
  • Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival, is free family festival on Hickory and Industrial streets -11 a.m. to 9 p.m. DayoftheDeadFest10262013Come in costume!

“Mix a little harvest fest, a little Dia De Los Muertos, a little Halloween, and a lot of Denton magic, and you get Denton’s Day of the Dead Festival. Lots of music, story telling, dancing and daredevil side show circus acts will entertain you while you enjoy the many arts, crafts and food of local vendors. Games and activities for all ages! Come one – come all !!!”

Coffin races down Hickory Street @ 1 p.m.
Salsa Cook-Off Competition @ 5 p.m.
Twilight costume parade @ 7 p.m.
Cirque du Horror, in Dan’s Silverleaf @ 4:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.


Sunday, Oct. 27:

  • Denton Community Band and Heritage Brass Band present a joint concert in the Denton Civic Center, 215 E. McKinney Street, 2 p.m. – Free
  • Cirque du Horror, in Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, 5 p.m., followed by Hares on the Mountain at 7:30 p.m.
  • Los Patos Poderosos returns to Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S, Elm St., Denton, 7-9 p.m. With their fun, Chicha music – the “Mighty Ducks” feature Mafe Naranjo – vocals, Monica Gastelumendi – vocals, Robert Holkamp – Guitar, Chris Holkamp – Drumset, Jesse Coulter – Bass, Ronan Delisle – Guitar, Joe Cripps – Percussion
  • Bone Doggie’s Open Mic Night at Abbey Underground, 100 W. Walnut St., 9 p.m. – Free

Monday, Oct. 28:

  • Join the Late Night Jazz crowd for Bassman Mike Luzecky and Friends at the Greenhouse Restaurant, 600 N. Locust, 10 p.m.- 12 a.m.
  • Paul Slavens & Friends create the songs inspired by suggestions from the crowd (the more you tip, the more likely your suggestion sees the light of day) – very fun – Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, 10 p.m. – Free.

Tuesday, Oct. 29:

  • A Taste of Herb, the premier Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass tribute band, plays the patio stage at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., 7-9 p.m. Free

  • Guest Artist, Flautist Paige Long is featured in the 20th Annual Monster Flute Choir Concert, Texas Woman’s University Morgan Jones Performance Hall, 7:30 p.m. Free
  • Riggs/Slater/Seaton Jazz Experience, Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, 5:30 p.m. Free, followed by Night, 8 p.m. Free.

Check out Halloween Night Party Haunts in a separate blog post. (Spoiler Alert: The Fab Four have returned to their early years and will entertain the ghouls and goblins at Sweetwater.)


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