Maybe you visited here before or maybe you've been to a concert at The Pavilion, but you haven't been to the TOYOTA MUSIC FACTORY GRAND OPENING! How'd we get so lucky to have so many great restaurants, music venues, and even a movie theater right here in one city block? The Music Factory is a good time waiting to happen, and its Grand Opening will be packed full of fun. Now don't worry, I'll be sure to list everything that's going on in Irving, Texas this weekend, but first . . . THE FACTORY!
WHO: Brad Paisley
WHEN: Fri, Apr 13 @ 7 pm
COST: $15 - $80+
"I don't know about tomorrow. Right now the whole world feels right, and the memory of a day like today can get you through the rest of your life." Brad can sure write some great songs, huh? He's won three GRAMMYs, two American Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards and 14 Country Music Association Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. And you can hear him right here in your own backyard.
WHO: Keith Sweat
WHEN: Sat, Apr 14 @ 6:45 pm
COST: $39 - $149+
I could stare in his eyes all night long. Keith is best known for his hits, "Make It Last Forever," "Make You Sweat," and "I Want Her," as well as countless other tunes he's released. Hitting the Billboard 200 Albums of the Year Chart eight times in his career, Keith explains that he writes about situations he's gone through. You won't hear him write about walking on a beach because that just isn't what his life's been about. "I write songs about what I know and what I know is the ups and downs of relationships, what it feels like to hurt and be hurt."
AT #IRVINGROCKS STAGE
#IrvingRocks Stage is located near Bar Louie. See map below.
- Friday from 5 - 10 pm: Lady Diamond and the Ruff Rubies are known for their entertaining classic jazz & blues style.
- Saturday from 5 - 10 pm: The Stratoblasters, an authentic Texas blues band who's been around for a long time. Ask them about the time they played for the Rolling Stones.
AT MAIN STAGE
Main Stage is located at the Texas Lottery Plaza. See map below.
- Friday from 9 pm to Midnight: Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys perform Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana.
- Saturday from 9 pm to Midnight: CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band perform an eclectic mix of funk, soul, jazz and Motown.
- Sunday from 10 am - 2 pm: Kickin' Brass Band brings the energy of the Secondlines of the Crescent City in a New Orleans brass band tradition.
- Sunday from 7 - 11 pm: Chubby Carrier and The Bayou Swamp Band their high energy, swamp funky zydeco sounds, it's high time you joined their fans.
OTHER FACTORY EVENTS
FRIDAY, APRIL 13
- There's live music and DJ's pretty much all weekend long throughout the Music Factory
- 3 - 7 pm Lonestar 92.5 is holding a "Bring in the Weekend Party" at Alamo Drafthouse
- 3 - 10 pm enjoy balloon twisters, face painters, magicians, aerialist, side show performers and fire performers
- 4:30 pm there's the Texas Lottery "Launch" in the Texas Lottery Plaza
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
- 11 am - 10 pm enjoy balloon twisters, face painters, magicians, aerialist, side show performers and fire performers
- 1 - 5 pm visit with the Dallas Cowboys Rhythm and Blue and the Mavs ManiAACs. Watch them perform and get an autograph, including a selfie photo booth in the Texas Lottery Plaza.
- 3 - 6 pm 99.5 The Wolf broadcasts live in the Texas Lottery Plaza.
SUNDAY, APRIL 15
- 5 - 10 pm at Bar Manzanilla listen to the cool sounds of DJ Vteq.
EVEN MORE FUN AROUND TOWN!
FRIDAY, APRIL 13
- It's Flashback Friday at Cool River Café 4 pm - close. Enjoy old school Cosmopolitans, Lemon Drops and Appletinis for only $5.
- Irving Concert Series presents Aurora Bleu from 7 - 8:45 pm covering big band, swing, rockabilly and jazz sounds. This free concert is held outdoors at the Whistlestop Plaza, 123 W. Irving Blvd. 75060 (weather permitting) so be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair. You can bring your own food or purchase from the food trucks and area restaurants.
- It's Karaoke Game Night for youth ages 8-11 at the Senter Park Recreation Center from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Play games or show off your talent, it's a great way to spend a Friday night. $2 per child.
- The Lemon Blues Festival kicks off at the Texas Musicians Museum with the Texas Slim Trio from 8 - 11 pm. This festival honors Blind Lemon Jefferson, Texas Alexander and Blind Willie Johnson who are the foundation of our Texas blues. $7 - $40.
- It's Tinker Time at the South Library where youth ages 5-12 learn about circuitry and electronics by tinkering with littleBits and Makey Makeys. Yep, I didn't know what they were either, but your kids will. Free. 4 - 5 pm.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14
- It's the early bird who gets the first worm at this Trash to Treasure Sale at the Heritage Senior Center. Admission is free. 8 am - 1 pm.
- Join the DFW Humane Society for Wag, Walk & Roll at the Campion Trail in North Irving. There are many entrances to the trails, but this walk begins at Java Me Up, 401 Cimarron Trail 75063 from 9 - 11 am. Registration is $25 and funds go to help hundreds of pets find their forever homes. For a small donation, you can even walk one of the shelter dogs.
- Holy Trinity Lutheran Church offers a variety of items for sale including crafts, jewelry, handbags, tools, antiques and more at their Second Saturday Market. Free admission. 9 am - 3 pm.
- Spring on down to the Lee Park Recreation Center for an outdoor Spring Celebration party, featuring carnival games, concessions, a bounce house and more. Admission is free but tickets are required to play games. Tickets are $0.25 each or 5 for $1. 10 am - 2 pm.
- Irving Farmer's Market has new hours, from 10 am to 3 pm at the Irving Arts Center. Besides fresh fruits and veggies, there are artisans and local vendors to visit. Free admission.
- Creating Sanity at the South Library invites parents to leave the kids at home and grab some "me" time by creating plant critters for your home or office. Free. 11 am - 1 pm.
- The Cimarron Park Recreation Center invites you to a Home Improvement Expo from 11 am - 2 pm. Vendors will be on hand to ask questions, get ideas, and even hire for your next home project. Free admission.
- Come to the Annual Crawfish Boil and Horseshoe Tournament at the VFW Post Irving. Enjoy live music all day, all you can eat crawfish, horseshoe tournament and bounce house. $20 all you can eat. Hamburgers and hotdogs are also available.
Irving Chataqua and the Celebrate Irving Committee present Grant Wood: Prairie Rebel at the South Library from 2 - 3 pm. Learn about the life and work of American artist Grant Wood as actor Tom Milligan presents a one-person show. Free.
- Blackout Poetry for Teens at the West Library honors poets in Grades 6-12 and their craft during National Poetry Month. Write and share poetry of your own. Free. 2 - 3:30 pm
- Art in 30 at the East Library will feature a reading from Linnea in Monet's Garden, and then children will create a Monet-style impressionist watercolor painting. Free. 2:30 - 3 pm.
- Science in 30 at the East Library is for 1st through 5th Graders who want to explore scientific principles, participate in hands-on activities and generally have a great time. Free. 4 - 4:30 pm.
- Enjoy live music at the OUTLAW Taproom at the Four Seasons from 6 - 9 pm. No cover.
- Styling Diva Productions and the Black Arts Council present Many Faces of Women at the Irving Arts Center at 7 pm. $20 - $25. Enjoy nine different monologues by nine different women revealing what women experience in their lives - the ups, downs, secret desires, sadness and personal triumphs.
- The Irving Symphony presents their Grand Season Finale with Cirque De La Symphonie at the Irving Arts Center. Featuring amazing acrobats, dancers, contortionists and aerialists, it's a show you don't want to miss. $38 - $49. 7:30 pm
- Faron Lee Gilbert performs at The Ranch at Las Colinas. Using loop technology, Faron creates a multilayered accompaniment, putting a personal spin on all of your favorite songs. No Cover. 8 pm
- Ronnie Milsap (yes, THE Ronnie Milsap) is performing at Southern Junction at 9:30 pm. Doors open at 6. $20 - $160. I'll say his full name again because you can't say Ronnie without saying Milsap - clearly influenced the direction of modern country music with important songs he performed during the years. An unrepentant series of love songs – “What A Difference You’ve Made In My Life,” “Daydreams About Night Things,” “How Do I Turn You On,” “She Keeps The Home Fires Burning,” “What Goes On When The Sun Goes Down” and “A Woman In Love,” among others – became inescapable hits, in part because of Ronnie Milsap’s ability to recognize a great, universal melody. What makes a great melody is as nearly impossible to define as love itself.
SUNDAY, APRIL 15
- Bring your pooch for a mini photo session in a field of Texas bluebonnets at the PAWS for Irving Animals Rescue, 360 W. Las Colinas Blvd. 75039 starting at 8 am. The cost is $30 for a 15-minute session and includes 3 digital images. Limit 2 dogs. Proceeds will benefit PAWS for Irving Animals. STEP 1: Reserve your timeslot. STEP 2: Submit payment.