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Alternative station KXT 91.7 hosts local showcase at Dan’s Silverleaf

Alternative station KXT 91.7 hosts local showcase at Dan’s Silverleaf

October 28
14:40 2017

For residents of Dallas-Fort Worth seeking a fix of alternative rock and independent music, radio station KXT 91.7 has become the go-to source.

The station headed north of their home base in Dallas on Saturday for a special, Denton-focused showcase at Dan’s Silverleaf off the Square. Since 2002, Dan’s Silverleaf has been a hot spot for both local and touring musical artists to perform, and it has served as the perfect venue for KXT to host a night dedicated to the Denton music scene.

With a lineup consisting of Summer Dean Band, Right Raised Men, Tony Ferraro, Ryan Thomas Becker and The Southpaw Preachers, the showcase successfully highlighted just a sliver of the local talent Denton has to offer.

KXT recently announced the month of October as Local Music Month. They not only broadcast more music from bands and artists based in the metroplex during the month, but they also held events in the area to feature them in live performances.

Amy Miller, host of “The Local Show” on KXT, said the goal is to highlight and focus on the music that comes out of North Texas.

“This is the first year doing Local Music Month,” Miller said. “We focus on showcasing bands and artists from DFW.”

With Denton being known as a city centered around music, hosting a live music event in the city was a no-brainer for the organizers.

This is the first event KXT has hosted in Denton. The performance served as great exposure for the local, up-and-coming artists on the lineup for the evening.

“Denton has such a great music scene,” Miller said. “This is a great and well-respected venue, which is why we ended up here.”

Dan’s Silverleaf has withstood the test of time while other notable live music venues in the area — including Hailey’s Nightclub, Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios and the basement of J&J’s Pizza — have permanently shut their doors.

Raised Right Men drummer Grady Sandlin had only positive words about Dan’s Silverleaf, but he noted the unfortunate closing of so many other venues in the area.

“The only issue is there should be more venues in Denton,” Sandlin said. “A lot have closed through the years.”

Raised Right Men, a country group who originated in Denton, has been playing in the area for about three and a half years. They have played patio sessions with KXT before and often perform at Dan’s Silverleaf.

“I think the room is great and the stage has the best sound to perform on,” Sandlin said. “Absolutely the best venue in Denton.”

Raised Right Men shared the stage with singer Summer Dean. She also expressed a concern in the closing venues, but explained how Dan’s Silverleaf is always a great location to count on for a quality show.

“Denton is known to have a thriving music scene,” Dean said. “As a country music artist, it’s slim pickings for venues, which is another reason I enjoy Dan’s Silverleaf so much.”

Dean has been performing in Denton for about a year, but she has been seeing shows in Denton for almost 15 years.

She can testify to the timeless essence of the music scene, despite limited live music locations.

“Dan’s is one of the best places to play in DFW,” Dean said. “I always look forward to playing there. The sound techs and gear is top notch, the staff is friendly and cool and the patrons are attentive and ready to have a good time.”

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