Dallas Arts District Showcase at the Meyerson
Join the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in the lobby of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center for free lunchtime entertainment at the new Arts District Showcase at the Meyerson. On select Fridays, members of the DSO as well as performers from around the Dallas Arts District and the Dallas arts community will liven up the afternoon with music, dance and theater.
Bring your own food or purchase sandwiches and snacks in the Meyerson lobby.
Performances will begin at 12 Noon. Don’t forget a business card to participate in a drawing for prizes and tickets at each event!
March 29 - Rat Rios
“Timeless soprano vocal delivery with ethereal synths and production.” –D Magazine
If Kate Bush and Future Islands had a lovechild, you'd get Rat Rios. The 26 year old singer/songwriter/producer Rat Rios is a solo electronic/new wave artist from Dallas, TX making nostalgic melodies that tug at your heart strings. Each composition is a direct channel into her soul by layering vocal harmonies and instruments not unlike an electronic orchestra. Her "music falls somewhere in between 1985 and the fourth dimension" with hopes of evoking catharsis within her listeners. Her dramatic stage presence is a nod to her BFA in theatre that works its way into her live set. She released her self-produced EP Britishfold in 2013 and has been spending the last years meticulously crafting a full length album paired with a corresponding visual album. Rat has played numerous shows among Texas and has been on bills with Youth Lagoon, Puro Instinct, Fear of Men, Baio, and Still Corners. She is an active member in the performance world; she currently acts, directs, and designs for film and the stage.
“Black Taffy nests between the walls of neoclassical and smoked-out jazz-beat production”
Accompanied by Danielle Georgiou Dance Group
“Over the past seven years, Georgiou’s innovative work has earned her critical accolades and a devoted audience.”
Black Taffy is a Dallas based composer and performer whose current focus lies in blending ambient music with large bass and percussion. The first born son of Pentecostal music ministers, Donovan grew up witnessing the power music has to induce trance and encourage spiritual awakening. Eventually drawing parallels between Christianity, voodoo and the occult, he left the former to immerse himself in the latter. Sometimes performing with a vibraphone and cassette decks, he frequently employs the use of cassette tape loops and other antiquated mediums to create pillowy worlds of wow and flutter.
You can stream music on Bandcamp.
April 26 - Gregg Prickett
‘Dallas’ Most Adventurous Guitarist and Probably Its Best” –Dallas Observer
Gregg Prickett is one of the most consistently creative guitarists in North Texas. A Dallas native, he has played with jazz combos, rock and country groups of all kinds throughout the area. In the late 90s and early 2000s, he led the Monks of Saturnalia, a jazz group playing a cutting-edge style that took influence from post-bop, free jazz, rock, and a lush, Mingus-inspired sense of harmony; some of the many books of songs he wrote for this project resurface in his current performances. He is a member of Unconscious Collective, a jazz-rock crossover incorporating aspects of psychedelia, experimentation, free improvisation, body art, theater and ritual. In addition he delved into the outer sonic reaches with metroplex luminary Sarah Ruth Alexander in They Say The Wind Made Them Crazy, a duo from North Texas in which Prickett and Alexander explored a dense, dark, and emotional brand of avant-garde folk music. He was also a member of the last line-up of Ronald Shannon Jackson’s pioneering jazz/funk/punk crossover group The Decoding Society, and played on their final performance, which included two of his compositions. He was a member of Dead To A Dying World during the period that produced the album Litany. During a short period living in Chicago, he played in experimental jazz/ metal collective Asylum, as well as an early incarnation of doom outfit Rabid Rabbit with whom he recorded a couple of releases. Other Dallas rock bands he has been in include The Immaculates, The Falkon, The Black Arm Band, The Black Dotz, and Shanghai 5, among many others.
You can view Youtube video here.
May 3 - Mariachi Pegaso
May 31 - Euphonious (Brass Quintet) at 1PM
Dennis Gonzalez a Dallas based musician/composer, artist, broadcaster, writer, educator and actor, who directed the music program La Rondalla for eight years. He has recorded more than 50 jazz CDs and LPs. Since 1980 he has travelled around world to music festivals, concerts, workshops and television presentations. You can stream the entirety of his album on Bandcamp.
Chris Curiel is a Dallas based trumpeter that has been part of the creative music scene for over 20 years. Also, as a working musician in jazz, rock, funk and blues his style has become a fusion of his own. His group Swirve where he uses effects on his horn has been a Dallas staple in the avant/improv scene for over 16 years.You can stream the entirety of his album on Bandcamp.
Thaddeus Ford is a sixth generation jazz musician from New Orleans, a 2017 City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs Artist Grant Recipient and a 2017 DOMA nominee. You can stream the album in its entirety on Bandcamp.
Gaika James was born in New Orleans, but didn’t stay there too long. He began his journey as a musician in Lawton, Oklahoma, where he began to learn and study the Trombone. Oklahoma wasn’t a place that he would stay around for a long time, either. In 1989, his family moved to Dallas, and he’s been here ever since. Gaika has performed with Toby Keith, Fred Hammond and Kirk Franklin to name a few. You can view YouTube video here.
Kevin Butler, a Dallas based tuba player that covers many styles from trad jazz to electric punk funk electrifying his instrument to create new sounds. His group Hirsute has recently been a real treat for the creative listener.