The week in review
Eric Clapton at American Airlines Center (March 19): "To look at Eric Clapton from the neck up Tuesday night, one would've thought he wanted to be anywhere other than where he was. An expressionless face sporting a thousand-yard stare, betraying no evidence of how he felt to be on stage before an adoring audience at the American Airlines Center. Glance at his body from the shoulders down, however, and it was a wholly different story. Restless hands working acoustic and electric guitars with equal fervor, his fingers setting off fretboard fireworks at regular intervals. Even his legs -- occasionally bracing the 67-year-old singer-songwriter against a squall of notes -- appeared animated."
The Relatives at Kessler Theater (March 22): "The plea was to a higher power, but it was also unmistakably human. The Reverend Tommie West, clad in a natty, off-white suit, stood alongside his bandmates in the Relatives, the Dallas-based gospel group resuscitated earlier this year after three decades of silence, and exhorted the Kessler Theater: 'Don't let me fall!' His cry wasn't one of lamentation so much as exultation, a stirring command for everyone within earshot to get up and dance. 'Is everybody moving?' West asked, shielding his eyes and peering into the darkness."
HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival announces first round of bands
Festival season's practically year-round in DFW these days, so as South by Southwest and 35 Denton mania subsides, word came last week of HomeGrown Music and Arts Festival's first round of bands.
And it's a impressive list for the downtown Dallas-based fest's fourth year: Divine Fits, which features Spoon's Britt Daniel, will headline (and make its North Texas debut) the event on May 11, joined by locals Larry Gee, Burning Hotels, Madison King, Zhora, J Charles & the Trainrobbers and Austin's Quiet Company. The next round of acts (15 in total will perform) will be unveiled Tuesday.
Advance tickets are on sale via Prekindle.com, and will be $25 at the gate.