Weekend Update 1/4-1/7 

Happy New Year, Dentonites!

The new year brings us a fresh start and fills us with the inspiration of possibility: what lies in store for us this year? Spending more time with friends, trying new things, and enjoying everything Denton has to offer are some new year’s resolutions worth sticking to. This weekend is filled with events to start your 2018 off right. This Friday, SCRAP Denton is hosting their Inaugural Artist in Residence show, displaying the artwork of three local talents. J&J’s Ol’ Dirty Basement is back up and running, with a resurrection show on Saturday. There’s going to be a stacked show at Andy’s featuring Denton's favorite emo rock group, Sad Cops. 

This Thursday, Glitterbomb reminds us about the importance of laughter and love in times of heartache as they host Pineapple Party, a special show put on in honor of the late performer and Glitterbomb co-founder Jette Blaque. Dan’s Silverleaf is hosting a birthday celebration show for the still-missing beloved Brave Combo front man Joe Cripps. These events remind us of how tight-knit and supportive our Denton arts scene can be. 

Here’s your weekend update.

Thursday 1/4

Pineapple Party: A Glitterbomb Tribute to Jette Blaque
Andy’s Bar
9:00 p.m.- 12 a.m.
$5 before show start, $7 after***

The queerlesque + burlesque + drag powerhouse community of Glitterbomb Denton are hosting a special tribute performance show to honor Jette Blaque, a fellow Glitterbomb performer who has recently passed. Jette Blaque was one of the original founders of Glitterbomb, and was considered to be a mentor to many. Jette Blaque was a person who loved pineapples, performing, and her many, many friends. Lana del Gay, Kylee Fatale, Onyx Fury, Olive Avira, and many more will be performing acts in honor of their friend and fellow performer. Come out to Andy’s and pour out some love and support for the grieving Glitterbomb team.

*** The event coordinators have expressed that those who cannot afford door fees will not be turned away. The door fees will be going straight toward the performers of this event. Donations for Jette Blaque’s loved ones are welcome and encouraged.

Friday 1/5

Inaugural Artist in Residence Show
SCRAP Denton
6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

This Friday SCRAP Denton is hosting Denton’s Inaugural Artist in Residence show featuring artists Jess Tarr, Britanny Shaban, and Cynthia Giron. All of these artists have created unique pieces from SCRAP’s own inventory of craft and art supplies. The pieces shown at this event will all be up for sale with proceeds benefitting Re:Vision Gallery shows as well as the artist. Drinks and refreshments will be provided, as well as a make-and-take craft. Come out and show your support for local artists!

Happy Birthday Joe!
Dan’s Silverleaf
4 p.m.

Happy birthday, Joe Cripps! Dan’s is hosting a birthday celebration for Joe Cripps, the Brave Combo member, in his absence. Brave Combo, Slobberbone, Paul Chesne, Isaac Hoskins, David Pierce y Nuevo Mi Son, and a Taste of Herb will all be performing at this birthday celebration.
There will be limited edition shirts up for grabs as well as art featuring “Joe-isms” designed by Denton artists. Proceeds from this event will be going toward local charities, including the Denton Animal Shelter and the Denton Music and Arts Collaborative. 

DIE Presents: Sad Cops, Orenda, Ghost Pilots and More!
Andy’s Bar
7:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.

Who’s ready to get ~sad~? Denton’s favorite emo-motional boy group Sad Cops is playing at Andy’s this Friday, and we could not be more pumped about it.  The show is going to be kicked off by Bionicles (new band featuring members of Day 4 and Sad Cops), Also Us (emo), Strongbad (flashcore indie rock), Ghost Pilots ( alt/pop rock), Orenda (instrumental rock) and the show will be closed by headliner Sad Cops.

Saturday 1/6

The J&J's Ol' Dirty Basement Resurrection Show
J&J’s Pizza
5 p.m.- Midnight

J&J’s has risen from the dead! The basement of J&J’s pizza was a beloved staple in Denton’s music and art scene, serving as a unique venue up until its closing in the fall of 2016. The announcement of the basement’s reopening had all of us bubbling with excitement. Come out and celebrate the grand reopening of the Ol’ Dirty Basement with a night filled with music and comedy! Comedians like Josh Johnson and bands like Sunbuzzed, Leoncarlo, and Biographies will be performing at this event. 

Attendees be warned: J&J’s shows have always filled up fast, and this one’s sure to be packed to the brim. Get there early to secure a proper spot!

The Monkberries / Megan Storie / Springtime and the Changes
9:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.
Backyard on Bell
$8 advance sale, $10 at the door
Let’s get groovy, baby.
If you’re looking for some amazing easy listening this weekend, this is your show. 
Soft and sweet indie group The Monkberries, stand-alone singer/songwriter Megan Storie, and math rock band Springtime and the Changes will all be taking the stage at Backyard on Bell this Saturday. Together, these groups share a similar smooth, dream-like soundwave that’s perfect to chill out to. 

Listen to the featured artists here:

Sarah Jaffe / Walker Lukens
Dan’s Silverleaf
9:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m.
$17 in advance, $22 at the door

Sarah Jaffe is coming back to Denton this Sunday, and you won’t want to miss her! The Denton-raised singer songwriter has garnered attention from publications like Rolling Stone and the Dallas Observer for her unique sound. Walker Lukens, an indie singer/songwriter from Austin will be taking the stage at Dan’s before headliner Sarah Jaffe.

This event has gotten a lot of attention, so be sure to arrive early and secure a good spot for the show! 

Sunday 1/7

Starfruit's Tumblin' Home w/ William Austin Clay / Cat Hair / Polecat
Midway Craft House
8:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.

Starfruit is comin’ back home! The fab glam pop band Starfruit is returning to Denton this Sunday after a Texas tour. The queer glam band will be playing alongside D.I.Y. funk solo artist William Austin Clay, and twee pop group Cat Hair.  Grab a draft beer from Midway’s wide selection, and get your prog funk on while welcoming home Starfruit!