Published on: Fri, Jul 12, 2019
Since my soon-to-be wife and I met and fell in love in Denton, I tried (unsuccessfully) to convince her that our wedding soundtrack should be comprised entirely of Denton bands. Imagine it: an entire wedding soundtrack of Midlake, Brave Combo and Deep Blue Something, taking us all back to the early 2000s. But, for reasons that defy logic, my fiance passed. That doesn’t mean I won’t keep fighting — and in the meantime, I have plenty of upcoming shows to satisfy my love of all things Denton music. If you’re passing through Denton, or if you’re a Dentonite searching for some great local bands, here is a rundown of my current favorites and where you can see them:
They had me at “space gospel.” That is how this sextet of jazz-meets-hip hop aficionados defines their sound, which is a frenetic and funky fusion of the two genres. Their sound is soulful and silky smooth, and lucky for us, The BoomBachs have a residency at Harvest House that gifts us with at least one Denton show each month. Go to space with their next Harvest House show, July 25.
You know that weird mix of fear and excitement that you sometimes feel if you (like me) are scared of flying, but are thrilled about the destination? That is how I feel about a Rosegarden Funeral Party show. They’re raucous, rowdy, and you never know what you may get — but you know it’ll be fun. This post-punk quartet is on tour now, and their next Denton show is at Backyard on Bell on Saturday, August 10. I’ll see you there!
No list of local bands is complete without the Godfathers of Denton music: the one, the only Brave Combo. This quintet of seasoned musicians has been thrilling music fans in Denton and beyond for decades, and has nine Grammy nominations (and two wins) to show for it. Their talents have taken them all over the map, and in their 40+ years, this brave and bold band has recorded rock, cumbia and Japanese pop, and were handpicked by David Byrne to play his wedding reception. Sadly, their timeless tunes are apparently not good enough for a cocktail reception, but you can see them on August 10 at LSA.
Baptist Generals started as a band of friends playing for beer money on Fry Street. Two decades and many incarnations later, the Generals are playing a 20-year anniversary show at Dan’s Silverleaf on September 21. Maybe, just maybe, in the spirit of Denton and longevity, my fiance will approve some Baptist Generals for our 20-year anniversary party. A Denton music fan can dream.
Last but not least, the music Gods have shined upon Denton: Rubber Gloves is back with a vengeance. The beloved music venue has already hosted a series of one-off shows (their first events in three years) and is celebrating its grand return to the scene with an official re-opening August 23 and 24. Riverboat Gamblers, Mind Spiders, Hoaires and Eat Avery’s Bones will all be there to celebrate the venue’s triumphant return. While the bands are exciting, I’m looking forward to the people: the fans who, like me, go to shows to revel in the talent of the artists and the community of one another. Ultimately, that is music’s greatest power — whether played at a wedding, a house show or a long lost venue that has returned from the ashes.
Want to see ALL of the awesome music events happening in Denton? Check out our calendar of events for listings of rock events, live jazz, open mics, karaoke nights and more to embrace Denton’s musical side!