Live music in Irving this month includes some of the best touring acts, from throwback favorites to trending hit-makers, and everyone in between. Whether you plan to catch a show at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory or a smaller show at one of the many Irving venues, there’s something for everyone. Check out the listings below for August live music in Irving.
August 1 - 3
Friday, August 2
- ‘90s hip-hop legend and three-time Grammy Award winner MC Hammer has resurfaced and will be making an appearance at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory as part of his Hammer’s House Party tour. Don’t miss this energetic artist, famous for bringing us “U Can’t Touch This,” as he passes through Irving joined by fellow throwback artists Sir Mix-A-Lot, Kid ‘N Play, and 2 Live Crew. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the concert begins at 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 3
- Hip-hop supergroup Beast Coast is touring behind their new album, “Escape from New York,” and coming to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Comprised of members from hip-hop groups Pro Era, Flatbush Zombies, and The Underachievers, the group boasts as many as 10 members at any given time. Hip-hop fans should plan to check out this entertaining performance. Doors at 5:30 p.m., concert at 7 p.m.
August 4 - 10
Sunday, August 4
- Sublime with Rome, a mashup of Eric Wilson, formerly of the band Sublime, and singer Rome Ramirez, will perform at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Along with some classic Sublime songs, the band will play songs from their latest album, “Blessings.” Sublime with Rome performs at 5:30 p.m. Reggae band Common Kings will open the show.
Thursday, August 8
- Alternative band Dirty Heads joins forces with ‘90s favorite 311 for what is sure to be an energetic and dynamic live show at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. For fans of laid-back, feel-good reggae/ska tunes, you’ll want to grab tickets for this show. Doors open at 5 p.m., the concert starts at 5:45 p.m.
Friday, August 9
- The OUTLAW Taproom at the Four Seasons is the spot for live, local music every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night from 5 to 8 p.m. on the expansive patio. This Friday night, catch Dallas singer-songwriter Shayne Green play his heartfelt originals and occasional covers.
Saturday, August 10
- Jam band moe. will take the stage at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory alongside long-time crowd-pleasers Blues Traveler. For fans of The Allman Brothers, Robert Plant, Phish, or the Grateful Dead, moe. specializes in improvisational rock—think sprawling guitar solos and intricate rhythms—performed by supremely talented musicians. Blues Traveler will perform old songs, like their hit “Run-Around,” as well as new gems from their latest album, “Hurry Up & Hang Around.” Doors open at 5 p.m., the show gets going at 5:45 p.m.
August 11 - 17
Monday, August 12
- Start the week on a musical note with Texas Local Live, a weekly music series at The Ranch at Las Colinas. Every Monday night, watch local and regional Texas songwriters perform music ranging from Americana to country. The free show takes place from 6 to 9 p.m.
Tuesday, August 13
- Punk band Social Distortion comes to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory alongside Celtic punk rockers Flogging Molly. Performing songs with biting social and political commentary and loud guitars, both bands are sure to bring down the house. Doors open at 5 p.m., the concert begins at 6 p.m.
Friday, August 16
- Former lead vocalist of the Gap Band, Charlie Wilson, will bring his smooth R&B vocals to the stage at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. With more than 20 hits under his belt, Wilson has been nominated for 13 Grammy Awards and other industry accolades, including BET’s 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award. R&B fans will relish the chance to hear “Without You” and “There Goes My Baby” live. Doors open at 6 p.m., the show begins at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, August 17
- Mexican singer/songwriter Pancho Barraza is coming to Irving, bringing his passionate Mexican traditional music to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. After moving to Mazatlán and becoming involved with the bands Banda San Sebastian and Banda Camino, Barraza carved out a name for himself with his songwriting and solo performances. Fans of traditional Mexican music should get tickets now. The show begins at 8 p.m.
August 18 - 24
Sunday, August 18
- Popular indie rock band Vampire Weekend is hitting the road to support their latest album, “Father of the Bride.” With infectious melodies, world music influences, and an electrifying live performance, Vampire Weekend has become one of the stalwart indie rock bands over the last 10 years. Don’t miss your chance to see them perform at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Doors at 6 p.m.
Friday, August 23
- SiriusXM The Pulse Presents O.A.R. at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. O.A.R—short for Of A Revolution—writes music that is a combination of straightforward rock and light reggae. Known for being a jam band of sorts, O.A.R. has acquired a massive following over the years and their concerts are experiences, not just performances. The show starts at 6 p.m.
Saturday, August 24
- Texas native and much-loved songwriter Robert Earl Keen will play The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory with support from Jack Ingram, Chris Knight, and Giovannie & The Hired Guns. Keen’s unique brand of folk and Americana will be on full display at this special show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., the show begins at 7:30 p.m.
August 25 - 31
Sunday, August 25
- Famed R&B group TLC make their way to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory for a special performance celebrating their latest eponymous album. The best-selling American girl group of all time has sold 65 million records worldwide. Hits like “No Scrubs,” “Waterfalls,” and “Creep” remain lodged in pop playlists, garnering millions of streams even today. After the death of one of the trio’s founding members, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, in 2002 the group decided to remain a duo. Doors open at 6 p.m., the show begins at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28
- Enjoy free live music with your meal Tuesday and Thursday nights at The LOFT inside NYLO Las Colinas. The chicly modern hotel features local singers in the restaurant to serenade you while you dine.
- Sing your heart out—or watch others do so—four nights a week at Our Glass. The restaurant and sports bar hosts karaoke from 9 p.m. to midnight on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
- The Toyota Music Factory continues to host Texas Lottery Live! for a couple of Thursday nights in August. The free music series at Texas Lottery Plaza will feature Forever Mac (8/1) and The Beatles tribute band A Hard Night’s Day (8/8). Shows begin at 7 p.m.
- New York Pizza and Pasta continues its long-standing tradition of live jazz every Thursday evening.
- On Fridays, head to Bar Louie in the Toyota Music Factory for Live at Louie’s, a local music series. Music starts at 10 p.m.
- Whether you want to support the burgeoning local music scene or try your hand at performing your own songs, head to Journey Cafe in downtown Irving every Friday for Open Mic Night.
- If by the end of the week you’re just ready to rock out to the best all time hits, look no further than Live Music at Gipsy Lime Taco Lounge’s weekly music series. Come enjoy the best DJs and live bands from the Dallas/Fort Worth area every Friday.
- On Friday and Saturday nights, you can also enjoy Live Music at Two Mules Cantina at Texican Court. Showcasing local bands and songwriters, these intimate, laid-back shows let you cut loose on the hotel’s patio, sitting fireside with a tequila from the on-site tequila bar.
- Check out Peak Restaurant & Bar on Friday and Saturday nights to see what kind of live music they have going on. Music usually starts around 9 p.m. and the bar is open until 2 a.m.