Between a bustling music scene, robust options for food or drink, and an ever-changing landscape of collegiate athletics: Lubbock is anything but boring. Join me here every Friday in our new series, The Lubbock Weekender, for a quick look at what’s going on around the Hub City.
A little bit of sport: Texas Tech vs No. 9 Longhorns
The Lady Raiders are dead last in the Big 12 Conference, but that hasn’t snuffed out their tenacity. On the road against Kansas they managed to dominate across the board to cruise to a 68-56 win at the Allen Fieldhouse. Now, with new interim head coach Shimmy Gray-Miller, the Lady Raiders are looking ahead to this weekend’s matchup against a prolific Texas team ranked No. 9 in the nation. The showing at the United Supermarkets Arena may be sparse, but this Texas Tech team is going to bring everything they can to survive in this stout conference. You can buy tickets for the 3 p.m. Saturday showdown here.
A little bit of art: Crowder visits Lubbock, LSO gets down on some Debussy
David Crowder, lead singer of the defunct David Crowder Band, has moved on to bigger and better things in the musical world. Namely shortening the name of his performance identity to just “Crowder,” and going on an audaciously named tour; The Texas Takeover. In the wake of his newest album released, “American Prodigal,” Crowder is taking to the road to showcase his brand of contemporary Christian music that personifies the cultural taste and spiritual foundations of his upbringings in the far reaches of Texarkana. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday for his concert at the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium (the old basketball coliseum) and you can grab some tickets here.
If symphony is more your thing, then head on down to the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center to see Lubbock’s oldest and largest cultural arts organization in action. The Lubbock Symphony Orchestra is in its 71st season from its genesis in 1946 and continues working to influence a positive outreach for the Lubbock community. In their 2017-2018 series, Masterworks, the LSO is exploring a variety of sound from Sinatra, Christmas classic and more. Their concerts for tonight and tomorrow are showcasing the music of French composers Claude Debussy and Maurice Ravel behind guest pianist Adam Golka. Tickets for the event start at $15 and can be found here.
A little bit of food: The Shack BBQ
Starting in 2014, this literal shack swept the Lubbock BBQ scene by storm. Behind pit master Kyle Farris’ pecan rotisserie smoking technique The Shack quickly rose up the ranks to even become featured in Texas Monthly. Their menu has respectively also increased in size and diversity but that doesn’t mean that they’ve reached commercial status. What makes this locale so special, though, is how they still run out of supply on a daily basis. A majority of big city types could find this somewhat repulsive for a restaurant to not be able to stay sustained throughout the day - but the quaint reality is that The Shack remains faithful to their craft. Lubbockites, Texans, and southerners are no stranger to good barbecue but if you’re reading this and haven’t made a trip to this monument to southern slow cooked meaty goodness - what are you even doing?
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