Mark your calendar. The free outdoor concerts of the Lakeside Music Series resume Friday, April 5 at 7:30 pm. Manny Trevino will kick off our fourth year.
The series offers a way to relax in the plaza at Lakeside DFW (2314 Lakeside Parkway) for music lovers of all ages. Bring blankets or portable chairs.
From week to week, the performers offer a spectrum of musical genres from Americana and country to groove and rhythm and blues. From a sampling, click here for videos of performances from last year. Many have won local and national accolades (learn more).
The performances continue every Friday until November 29 (the day after Thanksgiving) when the Lakeside Holiday Event brings the series to an end.
The 2019 season promises to be memorable.
In addition to the traditional singer-songwriter/duo formula, trios and quartets will be featured once or twice a month. And periodically, multiple acts will be featured under a theme (see “Nashville Night” below).
Want to combine dinner with the show? You’ll find lots of dining options in The Shops at Lakeside.
For everyone’s safety, running and ball-throwing are strongly discouraged during performances.
Singer-songwriter Manny Trevino, an alumnus of Flower Mound Marcus HS, leads off the 2019 season on Friday, April 5.
“I’m a fan of Texas country and 90s rock,” said Trevino. “You will hear covers from Texas country artists like Willie Nelson plus classic country tunes from the likes of Johnny Cash. Then I’ll throw in tunes from groups like Pearl Jam and The Dave Matthews Band.”
Trevino, the lead trainer for Camp Gladiator, has released two CDs and his band, Manny & Gringoderos, have opened for acts including Stoney LaRue, Casey Donahew, as well as many other prominent Texas Country acts.
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On April 12, Sebastian Valenzuela brings his lively pop and rock numbers to Lakeside.
One of our most popular acts, Valenzuela has performed multiple times in each of the first three seasons (see a snippet from last year).
Valenzuela will entertain you with a repertoire that ranges from pop and rock hits from The Beatles to Bruno Mars to Ed Sheeran, and everything in between (plus he takes requests).
McLeod Nine appears on April 19, offering a mix of Gypsy Swing and Texas Swing to Celtic and Cajun to inspiring original music and lively cover songs.
Gordon McLeod (fiddle and mandolin) and Christy McLeod (guitar) will entertain you with new takes on classics and original material from their latest CD, Swingy, Stringy, Funky, Folky.
The McLeods are well known as founders and performers in the very popular Americana-Celtic-Roots band, Beyond The Pale.
Expect funky blues-rock guitar and upbeat groove music from Chet Stevens on April 26.
Stevens is a regular performer at venues like The Ranch in Irving, On the Rocks in Plano, and the Magnolia Motor Lounge in Fort Worth.
He dazzled an enthusiastic Lakeside crowd last year.
Chaz Marie appears on May 3, with husband and guitar ace Quentin Hope.
The “Hillbilly Aretha [Franklin]” (as she is known) will sing a blend of country, delta blues, R&B, and rock ’n roll (see a clip of Chaz at Lakeside in 2017).
Chaz and Quentin have performed along with many of the music industry’s finest: from Brian McKnight, Kenny Rogers, LeAnn Rimes, Michael McDonald and Wynonna to Lonestar, Joe Nichols, Steve Azar, JoDee Messina, Richard Marx, and The Temptations.
On May 10, The Gibbonses, described as “the Americana White Stripes,” bring their blend of Southern Soul, Americana, Rhythm & Blues to Lakeside.
Jackie sings and drums with soul and power while Brandon adds guitar and rich vocal harmonies.
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Expect to hear some cuts from their 2018 album, All We’ve Got.
Danni and Kris, who were recently nominated by the Fort Worth Weekly as DFW’s best singer/songwriters, perform on May 17.
The quirky-cool Fort Worth natives perform in the indie-pop, groove, soul, pop musical spectrum.
You can find them on stage around DFW 5-7 times a week at venues like Bass Performance Hall, Billy-Bobs, The Rustic, Sundown at Granada, Toyota Music Factory, The Kimbell Art Museum, and the Fort Worth Convention Center.
On May 24, Jon Christopher Davis brings his high-energy Americana act to Lakeside.
A prolific songwriter, the Dallas native has written tunes for Dolly Parton, Hal Ketchum, Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles, Billy Ray Cyrus, Sherrie Austin, Rodney Atkins, and Tammy Cochran.
But also look for Davis to rock out on covers from Johnny Cash to the Eagles.
Be prepared for a hootenanny on May 31, when The Bodarks (three of them!) bring their unique vibe to Lakeside.
Likened to Old Crow Medicine Show and The Avett Brothers (by Chuck Taylor of KHYI 95.3FM), The Bodarks play with a rock ’n roll attitude on traditional bluegrass instruments to create something both new and old (part bluegrass, part Americana).
Hot stuff in June
Nashville’s Charlie Hickerson insists that the 21-year-old daughter of rock legend Steve Winwood (and a Nashville residents since age 17) has “Bonnie Raitt’s world-weary vocals, My Morning Jacket’s ethereal twang, and Brittany Howard’s no-BS bravado.”
Winwood’s first album exhibits considerable talent as she salutes her idols and influencers (like John Prine). See the video (above) of her singing a duet with her dad on “Higher Love.”
Monteverde, who currently resides in Nashville, has substantial Texas roots.
The veteran of the Austin music scene has played shows and shared bills with greats like Chris Stapleton, Ray Benson, Charlie Daniels, Gary Clark Jr, Paula Nelson, Jessi Coulter and Waylon Payne, to name a few.
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Local music legends Christian Rios and Chad Stockslager present Everly After — a loving tribute to the timeless classics of the incomparable Everly Brothers — on June 14.
Rios and Stockslager are frequently recognized individually in the annual Dallas Observer Music Awards (Stockslager won “best pianist” in 2018). Together, they recapture the distinctive harmonies of the duo’s catchy tunes.
Chant Duplantier returns to Lakeside with bassist Jerry Smith Jr. on June 21.
Duplantier’s smooth voice and jazzy guitar work combine with Jerry Smith Jr.’s funky bass lines on R&B standards from Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder to Prince and Steve Ray Vaughn. They create a very cool vibe in the plaza (see a clip from last year’s show).
Influenced by gospel and R&B greats (e.g., Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, and Aretha Franklin), Sellers has a powerful voice that won her praise on Season 10 of American Idol. (See the Dallas Observer’s September 2018 story on Sellers.)
Meanwhile, Goode is an Emmy Award-winning singer, songwriter, producer, composer, and arranger whose tasteful work on acoustic guitar evokes the stylings of Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer, and Bob Marley. (Click to see the very pregnant Sarah performing last year.)