Riverfront Jazz Festival
1 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 3-5, at Dallas Convention Center Theater Complex, 1309 Canton St., $99+ at ticketmaster.com
If lying back and feeling the groove sounds like the best Labor Day weekend to you, then the Riverfront Jazz Festival might just be your best bet. For three days at the Dallas Convention Center Theater Complex, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters will be bringing some of the biggest names in local and national jazz, R&B, soul, blues and neo-soul. Founded over 44 years ago, The Black Academy of Arts and Letters has sought to promote African American artists in the visual and performing arts with an absolutely stacked program of events each year. For the past four years, the Riverfront Jazz Festival has been the highlight of that annual program. This year will open with a New Orleans-style Second Line music and dance celebration followed by a jam session and then a performance by Erykah Badu. The next two days will be filled with local performers and national acts such as David Sanborn and Eddie Palmieri.