Throughout the history of mankind, every known culture has composed and enjoyed some type of music. Influenced by an array of experiences and histories, it spans generations, reaches across borders, and enjoins our vast differences.  Music can be both soothing and urging.  It can move you to dance, it can move you to forget.  And when that song, your very favorite song, comes on the radio ... time stands still. That song can move you to sadness or urge you to sing along at the top of your lungs (which totally embarrasses your kids, especially if you're in the grocery store). You know what I mean. You're probably listening to some kind of music right now aren't you?  Well then, let's crank up the volume and get this weekend started! We've got a wide array of music planned just for you.

Texas Musicians Museum

222 East Irving Blvd.

(it's the building downtown with the piano keys leading up to the front walk, you can't miss it)

Who:  Bobby Patterson who turns 73 years young
When:  Friday, March 17 @ 8 p.m.

Bobby Patterson is a legend.  After working as a DJ at KKDA 730 AM for several years, Patterson branched out and released a new album entitled I Got More Soul.  Come celebrate with Bobby and listen to some great talent.  Learn More 

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Who:  Maylee Thomas Band and Queens of Texas Music with Dorinda Walker and Roxanne Anderson
Benefitting:  Love Life Foundation
When: Saturday, March 18 @ 8 p.m.

From her early days as a gospel singer, to her legendary status as a Texas diva, Maylee transcends genre, mixing gospel-based blues with a soul driven rock, touches of pop, with the very faintest caresses of country from time to time.  Maylee has the soul of Texas.  Learn More

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Irving Arts Center

3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.

(Traveling North or South on MacArthur, just look for the large white building across the street and just to the South of MacArthur High School.  You can't miss it.)

What:  Calendar Girls
When:  Friday & Saturday, March 17 & 18 at 7:30 p.m.  Sunday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m.
Cost:  $19 - $28

Inspired by true events, Calendar Girls is the heart-warming tale of ordinary women who achieved something extraordinary. When Annie’s husband dies of cancer, she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow Women’s Institute members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar benefiting the Leukemia Research Fund. The news of the women’s brave charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village in the Yorkshire Dales. Hold on to your knickers!  Learn More

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Alex Robert McDonald
What:  The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra presents Alex and Robert McDonald, piano
When:  Saturday, March 18 at 8:00 p.m.  
Cost:  $16.50 - $46.50

For their spring performance, the LCSO will feature Texan pianists and brothers, Robert and Alex McDonald, performing Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals! In addition to the McDonald brothers’ performance, the LCSO will also perform Auber’s Overture to The Bronze Horse and Anderson’s Old MacDonald Had A Farm. Plus the 12th Annual Movie Scores Quiz!! The LCSO will perform selections from soundtracks of famous films about animals, as the audience tries to identify the film titles and composers.  Learn More

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Cool River Cafe

1045 Hidden Ridge Drive

(From 114, take MacArthur south, turn left at Hidden Ridge.  From 183, take MacArthur north, turn right at Hidden Ridge.)

Who:  InsideOut Band
When: Friday, March 17 @ 9:30 p.m.

Fronted by two incredible female singers and backed by a kickin’ horn section, InsideOut is in constant demand in Dallas night clubs and on the private party scene. Their repertoire is filled with classic dance hits that keep the energy level high and the party hoppin’!  Whether you come for the great food, meeting up with friends or just want to have some fun, be sure to catch InsideOut Band.  Learn More

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Who:  InVersion Band
When: Saturday, March 18 @ 9:30 p.m.

InVersion Band is an eleven piece variety dance band that blends a wide range of great dance music together to get the party started. They create a dance party band atmosphere that draws the audience into the show-literally. If you want to hear everything from Motown funk to current modern dance hits, you’ve found the right band!  Learn More

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The Ranch at Las Colinas

857 W. John Carpenter Fwy.

(In the shopping center at the corner of Hwy. 114 & MacArthur, just drive until you see a fork - not in the road, but in front of the restaurant)

Who:  Chris Colston
When: Friday, March 17 @ 8 p.m.

Chris started playing drums at the age of 7 and has never looked back in his pursuit of music.  Graduating up to a guitar, he continued to pursue his favorite music. Now a popular Texas country artist, he tours promoting his CDs and wowing audiences with his smooth country style. Learn More

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Who:  Faron Lee Gilbert
When: Saturday, March 18 @ 8 p.m.

Watching Faron Lee on stage is not like watching a generic acoustic show.  He plays all genres, uses loop technology to create a multi-layered accompaniment, and puts a personal spin on all of your favorite songs.  He is truly a one man band.  His 23-year career has graciously landed him here at The Ranch every Saturday night.  So do yourself a favor and check him out.  You’ll be delighted by his music AND the food.  Learn More

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Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas

Golfer

What:  The DFW Golf Show
When:  Friday 11 - 5; Saturday 10 - 5; Sunday 10 - 4
Cost:  Adults $13; Seniors $11; Kids 12 and under are free with an adult ticket

There's so much to do and see at the Annual DFW Golf Show.  Just in time for the great weather and the LPGA and Byron Nelson championships right around the corner, golf enthusiasts all over the Metroplex are dropping by to see what's new in golf equipment, listening to guest speakers and browsing through the exhibits.  Get your ticket online for a special prize.  Learn More

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For more things to see and do in Irving and the surrounding areas, please visit our website at www.irvingtexas.com/events.