As with most weekends in the Fort, this one has options for, let’s say, adults and for, let’s say, people with less serious responsibilities. If we could imagine Friday as a wedding reception, the people with 9-to-5s, maybe spouses, and maybe kids would be seated at Lola’s Saloon (2736 W. 6th St., 817-877-0666) while maybe people without traditional 9-to-5s or significant others would be at Happi Hous (1921 Hemphill St.). Both events sound like blasts, but since they’re across town from each other, you might have to choose. Ah, good ol’ fashioned analysis paralysis.
Along with British popsters Nic Armstrong & The Thieves, Lola’s will host Fort Worth post-punks War Party, alt-country rockers Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward, and the still-kickin’ Apache 5. I’ll give you a nickel if you can remember the last time The Apache 5 played a show. It’s been a while. The rollicking, Kinks-esque band is finally getting back to, y’know, being a band after a long hiatus. A couple of years ago, frontman Joshua Loewen and company had their equipment stolen, and Curtis Heath, the producer with whom they had begun recording the follow-up to their 2011 debut, Big Black Smoke, was stricken with cancer. (He’s now in remission.) The Apache 5 not only has a bunch of shows lined up, including June’s Friday on the Green, but is also angling to get back into the studio, this time possibly at Barry Eaton’s facility in Justin.
For Loewen, the Lola’s show is significant in more ways than one: In addition to marking The Apache 5’s return to action, the gig also represents a sort of personal victory for the young singer-songwriter. “Armstrong is a musical guru of mine,” Loewen said. “I met him in October in Austin and have been … [enduring] schedule conflicts until the last month, when we were able to make this happen and bring him to Fort Worth for only the second time ever.”
Tickets are $10-12.
Ten to 12 bucks? Don’t tell the fine folks at Happi Hous. According to their Facebook invite, attending their free house party will allow concertgoers to “support your local bands” and, incidentally, “say, ‘Fuck you, bar. I don’t want to pay 10 dollars to get in.’ ”
One of the loudest, fuzziest, grooviest acts in the Fort, FOGG will headline a bill that also includes The Fluorescents, Day Waster, Creatures, and Mother Culture. Oh, and since Friday is World Penguin Day, Happi Hous attendees are encouraged to dress in black and white.
Black and white, you say? Why that’s so serendipitous, since Color Control, a concert/art exhibit, will go down on Saturday at Shipping & Receiving (201 S. Calhoun St., 817-887-9313). Along with artwork by Sophia Ceballos, Jupiter Leigh, Cody Soape, Marshall Watson and Craig Ray, Jay Wilkinson, and Ronnie Heart, there’ll be performances by Mr. Heart (at midnight), one-man smooth-funk band Nathan Brown (11 p.m.), and the amazingly trippy Tidals (10 p.m.). Fairmountwears also will be doing a pop-shop. Attendees are encouraged to sport monochromatic clothing.
“Everyone will leave hopefully feeling inspired in a very positive manner,” organizer Heart said, adding that he’s planning a similar party for the summer.
Cover to this all-ages event is $5-8. The fun gets going at 9 p.m.
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