According to Albert Schweitzer, “The only escape from the miseries of life are music and cats,” while Bob Dylan advises us to “play it expletive loud!” I agree with both sentiments. Well, maybe not the part about cats, but certainly the words of wisdom pertaining to music.
This week, McKinney brings us many opportunities to escape into music and play it expletive loud in the form of one amazing music-centric event after another. While most eateries and wineries feature live entertainment, here are my Fave Five music venues or events for this particular weekend. Good luck choosing, as each of these events and venues find themselves in a five-way tie for number one.
Night Moves 5K and Concert – Friday – March 21 – 6:30 p.m. at The Guitar Sanctuary; 6333 Virginia Parkway – Come for the run, stay for the party! Hosted by PlayTri, this event benefitting the Love Life Foundation, features a 5K Run, followed by live music featuring the Maylee Thomas Band and Prophets and Outlaws. Awards ceremony and music start at 7:30 p.m. Register to do the 5K for $45 and enjoy a meal and two beers with your music. Not a runner? For a $10 donation, enjoy the concert.
Awards will be given to the top three overall male and female participants, as well as, to the top overall masters and grand masters male and female. Age group/weight class awards will also be awarded. The race is scheduled to happen rain or shine, but keep a weather eye out, as the host reserving the right to modify or cancel in case of severe weather conditions. For more information, or, to register online go to playtri.com/nightmoves5k
McKinney Community Band Concert – Saturday – March 22 – 7:30 p.m. at Christ Fellowship Church; 2801 Orchid Dr. – Join the McKinney Community Band for annual spring concert. This year’s concert, “Across the Seas, Across the Borders” takes you on an international musical journey, no passport required. This family friendly event is free, and will be performed in one of McKinney’s finest acoustical settings.
K3 Sisters Band – Saturday – March 22 – 7:30 p.m. at McKinney Performing Arts Center; 111 N. Tennessee St. – Grab the kids and head downtown to catch the musical show, RUready4K3? Starring teen-sisters Kaylen, Kelsey and Kristen, the concert features the girls’ award-winning harmonies, fiddle-trios and high-energy dance moves as they share their favorite pop/country-pop songs. General admission is $15 for the general public and $10 for ages 17 and under. Public school teachers with school I.D. may enjoy the evening for free. For more information or tickets, click here.
Cadillac Pizza Pub – Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday – March 20-22 – Concert times vary – 112 S. Kentucky St. – Okay y’all, I know it says Pizza and Pub on the sign, and both are great, but hands down, this is one of the coolest music venues in McKinney. Do yourself a favor and bookmark the concert calendar, because this is a prime opportunity to see some seriously talented musicians doing their thing up close and personal. The venue is cozy, so get there early, order a gourmet pie and grab the seat of your choice.
My all time favorite night to visit Caddy Pub is Tuesday. Tuesdays see singers and songwriters sharing their craft, not to mention accompanying stories of how the songs came to be. Go ahead and mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 25 at 7:30 p.m. for a night with the Bodarks. You’ll be glad you did.
But first, let’s take a look at the weekend ahead:
Thursday night, March 20 at 8 p.m. is Open Mic Jam with Mark Sena. Thursday night is a great night to visit downtown McKinney. Most venues that offer live music, open their stages for open mic. For people watchers and music-lovers alike, it’s fun to see musicians, guitar case in hand walk from stage to stage sharing the love, with most, if not all, gathering at Caddy Pub before the night is over.
Friday night, March 21at 9 p.m. The Buster Brown Band is in town. This is one of my favorite bands in Dallas. I mean, I get giggly like a school girl around these guys. Much to my husband’s dismay, I make a point to run, I do not walk anytime this group of musicians bring their special brand of soul to town. I recommend you run too. You will not be sorry.
Saturday night, March 22, the Cadillac Pizza Pub welcomes the Rumble Kings to McKinney. Billed as the Dallas and Fort Worth ultimate rock-n-roll roadshow, this band takes the stage at 9 p.m. Get ready to rock with the kings from the 50s through the 80’s as they cover everyone’s favorites from Jerry Lee Lewis, to Stevie Ray Vaughn, to Johnny Cash and CCR.
Hank’s Texas Grill – Wednesday through Saturday – Concert times vary – 1310 N. Central Expressway (Hwy. 75) – Here’s another concert calendar you need to just go ahead and bookmark. Whether you like to follow country’s up and coming stars, or are loyal fans to those who’ve been shaping the Nashville and Lone Star Red Dirt landscapes for years now, chances are, they have, or will be playing Hank’s soon. Located at the corner of Hwy. 75 and White St. this Texas steakhouse is about as unlikely a place as you can imagine to be find some of the hottest names in country. But it is, so, it’s up to you to go check it out.
Hank’s hosts Open Mic Night every Wednesday night, with weekend concerts beginning on Thursdays. This Thursday, March 20 sees David Aguirre hitting the stage at 9 p.m. Hank’s faithful know this talented musician as the winner of their 4th Open Mic competition. Tickets are $10 for 21 and under and $5 for over 21.
On Friday, March 21, singer/songwriter Kyle Park takes the Backyard grill stage. Parks, a fan favorite on the Southwestern tour circuit, will be singing cuts from his latest album, Beggin’ For More. Tickets are $19 under 21 and $14 over 21, and can be purchased by clicking here.
Saturday, March 22 features Breaking Southwest and the Matt Caldwell Band. Breaking Southwest hit the scene in 2010. Since then, this trio has rocked 40,000 plus fans into the New Year outside the American Airlines Center, and packed The House of Blues. They’ve opened for some of country’s biggest names including Kellie Pickler, Billy Currington, Stoney Larue, Reckless Kelly and more.
Many of you may know singer/songwriter Matt Caldwell from the popular docu-reality show, Troubadour, TX. This show follows the life and times of some of the Lone Star state’s most popular and talented singer/songwriters on the troubadour journey. After spending years as a Nashville songwriter, with the release of his current EP “What Cowboys Do,” Caldwell, a native of Nevada, Texas, is back home in Texas, having been on tour since last fall.
“Playing music in Texas is what I’ve always wanted to do,” says Matt. You have to be willing to live on the road to really make it happen, but there’s really nothing like it.”
To catch the Matt Caldwell Band at Hank’s Texas Grill this weekend, click here to grab your ticket.
So that’s this week’s Fave Five installment. How are we ever going to be able to choose? I don’t know. In the meantime, McKinney, horns up.
Rock on, McKinney.