The show of the week has to be The Orbans’ CD release party on Friday at Lola’s Saloon (2736 W. 6th St. in the West 7th Street corridor, 817-877-0666). When We Were Wild is a nominee in our 13th Annual Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards for best rock album of the year –– and deservedly so.

OrbansLush and full of finely orchestrated roots-rocking gems, the disc was produced by Adam Lasus (Yo La Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah) and in a just world would be pumping out of every upstanding American citizen’s car stereo –– the single “New Dress” is just as good if not better than anything ever put out by the Old 97’s or Drive-By Truckers. On Sunday at Lola’s will be an equally big show, an AIDS awareness concert featuring a few Music Awards nominees –– Sweetooth, The Dangits, and Transistor Tramps –– plus The Side Effects, Zombie Shark Attack, Interceptors, china kills girls, Fish Fry Bingo, My Last Nerve, Slow Guns, and Sedated. Raffle tickets will be going for $10 and $3.

The show of the year, if I may be so bold as to say, is going to be the 13th Annual Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards Festival next Sun., June 27, at six clubs in the West 7th Street corridor: The Backyard at Capital Bar, Fred’s Texas Café, Lola’s Saloon, Poag Mahone’s, The Pour House, and 7th Haven. The show is free, will feature 36 Fort Worth artists –– all nominees –– and will go from 4 to 10 p.m. Here’s the final lineup: The Orbans, Calhoun, Dove Hunter, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Josh Weathers and the True+Endeavors, The Burning Hotels, Stella Rose, Goodwin, Clint Niosi, Rivercrest Yacht Club, Stoogeaphilia, Eaton Lake Tonics, Pinkish Black, Quaker City Nighthawks, The Dangits, Chatterton, Fate Lions, Titanmoon, Rabbit’s Got the Gun, KatsüK, Maren Morris, Exit 380, Cityview, The Phuss, The Will Callers, Jefferson Colby, Keegan McInroe, Browningham, Secret Ghost Champion, JZ & Dirty Pool, Phantom Caste, Kristina Morland, My Wooden Leg, Jason Worley, Christian L. Williams, and Vatican Press. To see who’s playing where, pick up next week’s Weekly.


An unscripted part of the Music Awards Festival every year is the afterparty, when the musicians who’ve played the last few time slots get to chillax and the Weekleteers who’ve volunteered all day long get to, y’know, stop volunteering. This year, the afterparty will be at The Grotto (517 University Dr. in the Cultural District, 817-882-9331).

On Wed., June 24, join us at Love Shack So7 (817 Matisse St. in the So7 development, 817-348-9655) to celebrate the release of our annual Music Awards comp CD. Live in Studio was recorded over the course of two days at Eagle Audio Recording on the South Side and features new or previously unreleased material by Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Chatterton, Titanmoon, Pinkish Black, The Dangits, Ginny Mac, Browningham, Alan: The Universal Answer is Both, Jason Worley, Christian L. Williams, and Clint Niosi with The Theater Fire’s James Talambas. Proceeds from the $5 sale of the CD will benefit our charity sponsor, the Tarrant Area Food Bank. At Love Shack So7, there’ll be unplugged performances by several Music Awards nominees, including Calhoun, Chatterton, Alan with Williams, and Jason Worley. The show is free.

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