Throw your plans out the window. We scoured the state in search of the top events and offerings, from a Robert Johnson tribute in Dallas and International Surfing Day to a Juneteenth celebration in Galveston Here’s our super select guide to the things you absolutely can’t afford to miss.
Song Sung Blues
The tone for the British Invasion was set in Dallas on June 19-20, 1937, when Robert Johnson—the Delta bluesman who legend has it sold his soul to the Devil in exchange for his incredible musical talent and inspired the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Eric Clapton—recorded the final thirteen songs in his 29-track oeuvre at Brunswick Records at 508 Park Avenue. “On That Day,” the theatrical production by the historian Alan Govenar and the director Akin Babatunde, re-enacts those two historical days with a cast of musicians, actors and a tap dancer. It’s part of 75th & 508, a celebration that will also include a Robert Johnson look-alike and sound-alike contest. The event was made possible by the First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, which recently purchased the failing Art Deco building from its previous owner and is converting it into a multi-space facility.