Arts & Culture

Preston’s picks: Lake Street Dive at Fort Worth Botanic Garden; Dwight Yoakam at Strauss Square

Lake Street Dive
Lake Street Dive

Lake Street Dive at Fort Worth Botanic Garden

It’s getting to the point in the summer where the prospect of sitting outside and listening to live music becomes less of an invitation and more of a dare. Still, before the temperature cruises past simmering to boiling, seize the opportunity to hear a bona fide buzz band in, perhaps, the last place you’d expect to: Fort Worth’s venerable Concerts in the Garden series. Lake Street Dive, a Boston-based foursome, has earned plenty of positive notice for its fifth album, the breakthrough Side Pony, which finds the band diving headlong into a Southern rock-R&B-soul amalgam that cartwheels out of the speakers. Such an intoxicating fusion all but assures Lake Street Dive’s Fort Worth debut will be a party to remember.

8:15 p.m. Friday. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, Fort Worth. $22-$50.

Dwight Yoakam at Strauss Square

Country legend Dwight Yoakam has been a fixture in North Texas venues over the last five years, popping up seemingly every six months or so, with a similarly paced record release schedule to match. Yoakam’s latest, last year’s Second Hand Heart, has him on the road again, and playing a venue that seems ideally suited for his sophisticated honky-tonkin’. Certainly, a person would be hard-pressed to think of a better way to spend a Friday night unwinding from the work week — friends, food and a few cold ones in hand, as Yoakam’s singular take on country music fills the warm summer air. With Matt Whipkey.

8 p.m. Friday. Strauss Square, Dallas. $39.75-$79.75.