Here comes the sun, da ta da da. And I say, it’s alright! This weekend the weatherman’s anticipating lots of sunshine, and here we are rousing up a storm of celebration, fun, food, music and culture! Be sure to check your groove before leaving the house this weekend because we are rockin’ this town!
For more events in Irving and around the area, check the events calendar.
Location: Mandalay Canal, 200 E. Las Colinas Blvd. 75039
When: June 11
Canal Fest – June 11 from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Canal Fest returns for another year of fun, food, music, and culture! Set along the beautiful Mandalay Canal, this festival includes a local art exhibit, cultural dance displays, a variety of activities and attractions, live country music, a food court, and much more. Located on E. Las Colinas Blvd. near the intersection of O'Connor, the Main Stage features several popular regional music artists bringing Red Dirt Country to Canal Fest. Don't miss these fun and energetic shows! Limited seating is provided; most of the stage viewing area is standing room only.
Bri Bagwell & The Banned – 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
After a top 10 finish on CMT's Next Superstar, Bri Bagwell started her own band, awesomely entitled "The Banned". Bri is a rising star, having been named Texas Female Vocalist of the year in 2013 AND 2014.
Cody Canada and The Departed – 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Cody Canada was the lead singer/songwriter of the Oklahoma-based rock-country band Cross Canadian Ragweed for over a decade, selling over a million albums. He has returned to vintage form, leading his four-piece band, The Departed, with a newly energized sound.
Jason Boland & The Stragglers – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Jason Boland has spent the better part of the last 15 years entrenching himself in the so-called “red dirt” of his native state of Oklahoma and adopted home in Texas, while spreading his musical branches to cover a remarkable amount of territory. Boland and his compatriots use a wide array of hues to illustrate a rough-hewn sound that’s earned him an ever-growing fan base – a following that’s snapped up more than a half-million records over the past decade and change.
Texas Musicians Museum
Location: Texas Musicians Museum
When: June 10-11
Jason Cloud & The Max – June 10 at 8:00 p.m. Jason Cloud is a man to watch as he grows and evolves into one of DFW's top blues guitarists, with his soulful and inspiring licks. An equally matched voice and a burning passion for the blues, Jason brings fire to the stage. He has played and recorded with many of today's top blues musicians. Be sure to keep your eye on Jason in the future, but you can see him in action this weekend. Learn More
The Cliffhanger Project – June 11 at 8:00 p.m. Rocky, Jerry Don, Christian, David, Michael, Craig, Jack, Larry, Russell, Jimmy, Robert and the Mikes bring to the stage a treasure trove of Lone Star Blues and Texas-style Blues-Rock guitar magic. They are a wellspring of talent with down-home, toe-tapping tunes showcasing veteran Oak Cliff musicians and songwriters. Learn More
The Ranch at Las Colinas
Location: The Ranch at Las Colinas
When: June 10-11
Brendon Preece – June 10 at 8:00 p.m.
Brendon Preece has been performing since the age of 6 when he took his fist step on a stage at the Grapevine Opry. Honing his vocal talent in his early teens on the DFW opry circuit, he performed regularly at Johnnie High's Country Music Revue. Since that time he has taken his talent across the country, playing in clubs and casinos, as well as state fairs, festivals and concert venues. Catch his down home music on The Porch while tasting some of The Ranch’s mouthwatering Texas cuisine. Learn More
Faron – June 11 at 8:00 p.m.
Faron plays classic/modern/alternative rock, country, pop and a little rap. That’s a big, mysterious package for a five-letter name. But small doesn’t describe his sound. A regular at The Ranch, Faron has been entertaining The Porch goers for a long time, longer than it takes to finish off one of their 33 oz.Texas ribeyes. Learn More
Cool River Cafe
Location: Cool River Cafe
When: June 10-11
Zach Coffey – June 10 at 9:30 p.m.
Zach brings something new to the Texas scene with heartfelt lyrics and a soulful, smooth voice. Growing up in Oklahoma, Zach saw first-hand the Red Dirt movement. At Oklahoma Baptist University, he studied opera and was classically trained. But Zach turned down offers to perform classical music and moved to Texas to pursue his dream of writing and singing what he believes in. That classical vocal training is what sets Zach apart. He brings a unique, subtly beautiful voice to the stage. Listen while you eat, play billiards or enjoy a smoke in the cigar lounge. Learn More
Ray Johnston – June 11 at 9:30 p.m.
The Ray Johnston Band has built a solid foundation over the years based on melodies and lyrics that always seem to lean on the positive side of life. His previous album “No Bad Days” not only put Ray Johnston on a much larger map as a genuine songwriter and artist, but also stands as a shining example of how much music fans gravitate to his special brand of “happy.” Now, after a year and a half of keeping up with the demands of a successful album, Ray imparts more of those buoyant vibes with the release of his new EP “#GoesGoodWith." Learn More
- Fritz Park Petting Zoo is open from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Tues-Sat and 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Sundays through July 31, 2016 | 312 E. Vilbig. Free. Learn More
- Ham-Com Ham Radio Users Convention – June 10-11 | 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. | Irving Convention Center, 500 W. Las Colinas Blvd. 75039. Tickets are $10 for adults, children 17 and under are FREE. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Learn More