July 25, 2008

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival, Dave Koz and Friends, Gavin DeGraw

By Preston Jones, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas

Jul. 25--It's scalp-scorchin'-hot in Texas and that means we're still working our way through the glut of music festivals, including this metal/rock-heavy gathering, masterminded by Kevin Lyman, the brains behind the still-popular Vans Warped Tour (which, you guessed it, just slipped through the Metroplex a few weeks ago). With headliners Slipknot, Disturbed, Dragonforce and Mastodon taking turns on the main stage, Lyman is obviously aiming for a heavier, harder sound than what the Warped Tour has evolved into. But with many fests struggling or going under, it's hard to say whether North Texas will experience any Mayhem next year. With 36 Crazy Fists, Airbourne, Black Tide, Five Finger Death Punch, Machine Head, Suicide Silence, the Red Chord and Walls of Jericho. Dave Koz and Friends

Smooth-jazz saxophonist Koz (a tech-savvy fella who posts the occasional video blog on his Web site -- who knew?) is celebrated as many things in his official bio: platinum-selling musician, humanitarian and radio host. Add to that list "road warrior," since it seems that Koz never lays off the heavy touring schedule, with dates booked well into late January. (Can we snag a cabin on that cruise in November?) His most recent release is a re-issue, Dave Koz at the Movies Double Feature, a CD/DVD re-packaging of his successful 2007 album.

6 p.m. Saturday. House of Blues, Dallas. $39.50-$75.50. 972-647-5700; www.ticketmaster.com Gavin DeGraw

As part of the sensitive pop-rock crowd that has a tendency to blur together unless you pay really close attention, DeGraw made some noise with I Don't Want To Be, a criminally catchy tune that boosted his 2003 major label debut Chariot to platinum status in the States. He got a lot of mileage out of that particular track (as well as a handful of others culled from Chariot) but recently sprung some fresh product on the public in the form of his self-titled sophomore record and its hit single, In Love With a Girl, (not to be confused with that sort of-similarly titled White Stripes ditty).

9 p.m. Friday. Lakewood Theater, Dallas. $30.50. 972-647-5700; www.ticketmaster.com Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival

2 p.m. Friday

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(formerly Smirnoff Music Centre), Dallas





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