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Preston’s picks: Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely, plus the Homegrown fest

Posted 11:10am on Wednesday, May. 08, 2013

Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely at Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge

Two titans of Texas music will take over what is fast becoming one of the premier listening rooms in North Texas, never mind Fort Worth. Between them, Alejandro Escovedo and Joe Ely have decades of experience, armloads of indelible songs and a deep-seated connection to the Lone Star State. Escovedo, who released his latest LP, Big Station, last year, has spent much of the past few months reuniting with the revered “super-group” True Believers, while Ely has also been enjoying the occasional backward glance with his longtime side project, the Flatlanders. Together, the two men will make for an unforgettable evening of unmistakably Texan tunes.

8 p.m. Friday. The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, Fort Worth. $43.50.

Homegrown Music & Arts Festival at Main Street Garden

This daylong mingling of live music and local art is entering its fourth year, and without fail, Homegrown is one of the best fests on the calendar. This year, Main Street Garden will play host to headliners Divine Fits, the Polyphonic Spree and the Relatives, as well as a fistful of up-and-coming DFW acts: Larry g(EE), A.Dd+, Somebody’s Darling, Burning Hotels and Madison King. Arrive early, soak up the atmosphere and you’re sure to leave with one (or, likely, many more) new favorite band.

11 a.m. Saturday. Main Street Garden, Dallas. $17-$75.

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