Dallas concerts to see may 7 through may 12 dallas observer gas zone

While some may assume Lynyrd Skynyrd’s final tour has already occurred, it’s only now upon us. After more than four decades, the band will say its farewells with a bevy of supporting acts along the way, including Bad Company in Dallas. The recent medical issues of Gary Rossington, the band’s sole surviving original member, are likely the culprit behind the retirement. Classic tunes like “Sweet Home Alabama” and “The Ballad of Curtis Loew” will make their final trip into the sunset. While some may still see Lynyrd Skynyrd as a relic of the past or a band that died out long ago, its spirit lives on in its truest sense with this incarnation. Fronted by Ronnie Van Zant’s brother with Rossington on guitar, this band puts on a hell of a show. And its music is particularly resonant within popular culture. But for every time someone shouts “Play ‘Free Bird!’” at a concert, someone somewhere else pretends not to tear up while listening to “Simple Man.” The deviously complex band is more than enjoyable enough to warrant a $20 seat. Nicholas Bostick

Since 2015, the Soluna International Music & Arts Festival has brought to Dallas venues extraordinary musical collaborations and multisensory installations, such as St. Vincent’s unforgettable performance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the modern dance performance to an original score produced by Pharrell. For 2018, Soluna is expanding the music collaborations into a one-night affair called Array, led by a headlining performance from Nas in Deep Ellum. The iconic hip-hop figure will be paired with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, which could elevate already iconic tracks like “Hate Me Now” and “The World Is Yours” to epic proportions if the visceral storyteller adds them to the setlist. The expanded night of collaborative performances also includes soul singer Jacob Banks with the Dallas Neo-Classical Ballet, indie rock band Kaleo with Booker T. Washington’s gospel choir and the illustrative electronic duo Big Gigantic with some analog assistance from the Dallas Mavericks drum line. Soluna’s Array promises to be an unembellished, one-of-a-kind performance. Mikel Galicia

One of Dallas’ coolest annual events takes place Saturday at downtown’s Main Street Garden Park. The Homegrown Music and Arts Festival is in its ninth year and has consistently offered music that is, in one way or another, tied to the area’s roots. This year, the lineup consists of some of the heaviest hitters in the alternative rock genre. Upstart rock group Alvvays, the legendary Roky Erickson and psych-blues outfit The Black Angels (who owe a huge debt of inspiration to Erickson) will all anchor the stage leading up to headlining act Explosions in the Sky. Don’t hesitate to get there early, though — the afternoon lineup packs a serious punch, too. Ume, [DARYL], Medicine Man Revival, Acid Carousel, Sad Cops, DUELL, and VODI will all be there to get the festivities rolling and the audience good and saturated with tunes. In addition to the music, patrons can participate in live art demonstrations, take dogs into the onsite dog park, and enjoy a bevy of art, food and beverage stands. It’ll be a long day, but certainly a worthwhile way to celebrate the spirit of Dallas’ arts scene and the beauty of the downtown park. JS