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This week’s best Live Jazz and more

June 2, 2015

By Kathy Edwards McFarland

The sun is out! That means the rivers will soon crest, ground will no longer squish, and outdoor music will play.

Out-of-bounds fest alert: June 20, The Best Little Brewfest in Texas celebrates its 2nd Year in Old Town Lewisville, with, not only Pro-Brewer’s Competition, but the Classic Car and BestBrewfestBanner

Bike Show. (Texas breweries are the focus in 2015.) Yes, there will be live music – The Rhythm & Beards,The Driftin’ Outlaw Band, Thieves Of Sunrise, Mark McKinney. Festivities begin at 3 pm. This is a 21-and-older event. You will nee to buy tickets for this event, visit –

North Texas has a fabulous run of outdoor events, most with local bands scheduled. Live Jazz plays locally, but on a changed landscape of venues, times and dates … never fear, dear Readers, Denton Jazz abides!

Monday, June 1 –

  • Late Night Jazz continues with Amanda Eckery and Friends play the Greenhouse Restaurant, 600 N.Locust, patio … “The best Monday night drink specials in town start at 8 pm, and the best live music in town runs from 10 to 12-ish.”
  • Boxcar Bandits at Mulberry Street Cantina, 110 W Mulberry St., playing their unique blend of Jazz, Bluegrass and Country. 11 pm, free.

    Boxcar Bandits

    Boxcar Bandits

Boxcar Bandits are influenced by a wide ranging mix of artists, such as Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys, Doc Watson, Django Reinhardt, Willie Nelson, Flying Burrito Brothers, Townes Van Zandt, Buck Owens and His Buckaroos, Hank Williams (Sr and III), John Hartford, Old and In The Way, Norman Blake and Merle Haggard…(whew!)

Tuesday, June 2 –

  • First Tuesday with Mr Joe Jazz Band: 7-8 pm, and Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton: 8-11 pm, at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St.

    Mr Joe Jazz Band

    Mr Joe Jazz Band

From Dixieland to Fete Manouche (Gypsy Swing).

Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton

Le Not So Hot Klub du Denton

Check out the mix of Jazz, Experimental, Mixed Beats, Underground Hip-Hop, Improvisation, Groove, Jam, Modern Jazz, Classical, always thought-provoking.

Wednesday, June 3 –

  • Jeffry Eckels presents “Jazz at The Whitehouse – A Vocal Showcase ” 424 Bryan St., 8-10:30pm. Tonight, Ginny Mac is back with her All Star Band. “Ginny tickles the accordion, delivers a song and entertains like no other!”

    Ginny Mac and Jeffry Eckels on the Whitehouse patio.

    Ginny Mac and Jeffry Eckels on the Whitehouse patio.

NEVER A COVER! The Whitehouse is Denton’s favorite choice for live music while serving up the finest food, wine, beer and coffee drinks at some of the lowest prices in town! Don’t forget it’s Ginny Mac every 1st Wednesday AND Rosana Eckert every 3rd Wednesday AND Hale Baskin every 4th Wednesday of the month!

  • County Rexford plays their traditional (and always spot-on) Celtic music beginning at 7:30 p.m. at The Abbey Inn, 101 West Hickory. Enjoy this wonderful band along with a refreshing libation and English pub fare.

Thursday, June 4 –

  • Twilight Tunes … on the not-so-muddy East-side Courthouse lawn … tonight, bring your lawn chairs, picnic basket, and enjoy Country band – The Bird Dogs, 6:30 – 8 pm. Check out Denton Main Street Association‘s full Twilight Tunes schedule at

Friday, June 5 –

  • Greater Denton Arts Council presents ALL STAR KARAOKE at Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, 8 pm – midnight; $10 door / $5 pay per tune karaokeKaraookeart
    Support the arts and hear your favorite Denton stars sing karaoke! After 10 pm, make a donation and take the stage with karaoke provided by DJ Mark Ridlen. Hosted by Eric Pulido of the band Midlake, the evening will feature performances by Paul Slavens, The Hope Trust, Little Jack Melody, Carl Finch of Brave Combo, Isaac Hoskins, as well as Denton Mayor Chris Watts, Council members Kevin Roden, Joey Hawkins, and many more! All proceeds benefit the Greater Denton Arts Council and the arts of Denton. Sponsored by Upshaw Law Firm and Daniel Abasolo Law Office. For a full list of performers, visit
  • The Denton Community Band will offer a free concert titled “Movies, Musicals, & Marches” at 8:15 pm, Friday at the Denton Civic Center, 321 E. McKinney St.

The concert is part of the Denton Parks and Recreation Department’s Starrise Series, with a program appealing to concert goers of all ages. The project is supported in part by a grant from the Greater Denton Arts Council and the Arts Guild of Denton, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

  • Mariachi Quetzal plays for your dining pleasure at La Milpa Mexican Restaurant, 820 South – Interstate 35 East, 8 pm.

Sunday, June 7 –

  • Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial, presents Denton Pops Series tribute to Pops Carter featuring the Funkmonsters (FMI, visit
    Remembering Pops Carter

    Remembering Pops Carter Remembering Pops Carter and Bruce “Mad Dog” Weaver, featuring Thad Bonduris, Texas Slim, The Reverend Muddy Gates, Matthew Johnson, Matt Thompson and The Sol Kitchen Horns. Proceeds benefit The Greater Denton Arts Council’s Grant Program. Show: 5:30 pm | Price: Donations happily excepted!!

  • Bone Doggie’s Open Mic Showcase at the Abbey Underground, on West Walnut, at 9 pm. For info on all events at the Abbey Underground, see their Facebook page here.
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