Taco Tuesday: Tacos & Tunes.

This week’s #TacoTuesday post is a bit different.

You see, Tacos & Tunes are not offered on Tuesdays. But these events obviously revolve around tacos, so I just had to share about it with you.

Tacos and Tunes is a monthly event that breaks the barriers between local Dallas musicians and their fans, all while feeding both parties tacos. It rolls around toward the end of the month and only costs $10 for entry and two tacos.

Every artist featured is a Dallas local, every taco is locally made and every venue is a local hot spot.

I went to my first T&T on Friday night.

As a wannabe on-and-off singer-songwriter, I was absolutely delighted. I love hearing humble musicians sing their stories of heartbreak and hope and healing. It takes so much boldness to share one’s past, present and future in front of strangers.

This month’s venue was originally at the Wall Gallery, but moved last minute to American Beauty Mill, these gorgeous and isolated apartments south of downtown near Gilley’s. 50 fans got all cozy in an open loft and listened in. One of the musicians, Chris Taylor, also painted during the others’ performances. It was a treat for the eyes and ears.

And mouth, because the tacos were great.

I strongly recommend keeping up with Tacos and Tunes on Facebook and Instagram, so you know when the next show comes around.

Karaoke Fun @ Shuck N Jive.

Last night, I was ready to eat pie & chill.

After consuming an apple pie (paired with classic vanilla ice cream) in honor of National Pi Day, our friends decided to go out.

I was very unprepared for a night on the town. I was wearing my baggy, Kim Possible-like pants with Tevas (aka the world’s ugliest sandals). I looked like a true granola climber.

Nevertheless, I was up for the adventure. After much Google-ing and Yelp-consulting, we discovered the close-by Shuck N Jive had karaoke on Tuesday nights. Why? I’m not sure. But Yelp assured that there would be a crowd ranging in ages from 20 to 60 years old, and that it would be a “good time.”

So we went for it.

Shuck N Jive is a very unique experience. It’s a small, Cajun restaurant and bar. We didn’t eat the food, but their drinks were great.

The review was right, we represented the 20-year-old demographic, and the ages reached up until at least the mid 40’s. There were also children probably around the 8 to 10-year-old range, so that was a…strange surprise.

My friend Sarah and I warmed up the night by belting Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes’ “Home.” It’s one of my all-time favorites, and I know every word. It also makes me feel nostalgic of the many times I was far away and anticipated a good homecoming.

Sometimes, you just gotta jump out of your comfort zone.

You have to try new things. You have to succumb to your friends’ wishes to sing karaoke on a Tuesday night. You have to take a shot of Patron and sing your heart out to the Black Eyed Peas’ “Where is the Love?,” because this world is in need of more love these days.

Even if you hate it, you’ve got a new memory and experience to cherish. And if you love it, you know where to return on a Tuesday night. I can’t say I’ll become a regular, but I wouldn’t be surprised if I end up at Shuck N Jive for another round of my five minutes of fame.