One of the biggest gripes you consistently hear in East Texas is how there is never anything to do. Tyler's boring. East Texas is boring. It's Friday night and there's nothing to do.

It's safe to say that belief has died down considerably as of late, and when it comes to the month of May ... well, there's just no excuse.

If you're in the group that refuses to be a part of the the next few weeks in East Texas, then we're just going to consider you just don't like great music.

Here are several Texas music events you don't want to miss in East Texas -- all happening over the next few weeks in May and all within an hour of Tyler:

  • 1

    Uncle Lucius and Oil Boom

    Friday, May 3

    Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, Tyler

    If you missed Uncle Lucius' show in March at Stanley's, here's your second chance. Opportunities for redemption don't happen often, so don't let it happen again.

    And not only do you get a second chance, but you're also going to see an even better show this time around. Not only will you see the return of Uncle Lucius keyboardist Jonny Keys -- who missed the last show after undergoing heart surgery -- but Texas blues-rockers Oil Boom are going to open the show.

    Since undergoing a major expansion, Stanley's has become Tyler's best music destination on Friday nights. So, come on out and have the best barbecue in town before seeing a great show.

    Oil Boom goes on at 7 p.m. and Uncle Lucius will follow at 9 p.m.

    The cover is $12 at the door. Click here for more information.

  • 2

    Dirty River Boys

    Friday, May 3

    The Barn, Nacogdoches

    The Dirty River Boys are one of the hottest names running through the Texas music scene right now, and rightfully so. If you like the classic country sound with some intermittent heavy guitars and awesome vocals, these guys are for you. The Dirty River Boys' repertoire of music is deep and their talent is undeniable.

  • 3

    Mudd Jam 4

    May 2-5

    River Run ATV Park, Jacksonville

    Mud, races and music. If you're in East Texas, you can't ask for more. The Cadillac Three, Jason Cassidy, Frank Foster, Kyle Park and Joe Nichols are taking the stage this weekend.

    Ticket prices vary. Click here for more information.

  • 4

    Tracy Lawrence, T.G. Sheppard and Moe Bandy

    Saturday, May 4

    The Oil Palace, Tyler

    101.5 KNUE has brought several classic country legends to The Oil Palace over the past year, but you'd be hard-pressed to find a bigger name than Tracy Lawrence on Saturday.

    Lawrence has had 30 singles hit the country music charts, and we don't have to go through all the big hits.

    The show will be supported by fellow country legends T.G. Sheppard and Moe Bandy. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

  • 5

    Jonathan Tyler + The Northern Lights

    Thursday, May 9

    The Barn, Nacogdoches

    Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights have been around for a few years, but I've just recently been introduced to these guys (thanks to Buddy Logan), and I already have my new favorite band of 2013.

    Jonathan Tyler boasts an incredible blend of Texas music: rock, country, blues and bless me, the soul. Whether they're playing a riff-heavy hit like "Gypsy Woman" or slowing it down with "Paint Me a Picture," Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights own such a unique sound, that if you just take a chance, you'll walk away happy you did.

    East Texas' own The Bigsby's will open the show. Tickets are $12. Click here for more information.

  • 6

    Rebels and Roses

    May 9-11

    Gator Run Offroad Park, Easton

    Three days, 21 bands, lots of mud, beer and a helluva good time.

    Rebels and Roses returns for its second year and has moved to Gator Run Offroad Park in Easton (near Tatum). Camping, ATV racing and even more is available this year, and now attendees can even BYOB.

    Aaron Lewis, formerly of Staind, will headline the show on Saturday as he promotes his new country album. Jason Boland, Whiskey Myers, Roger Creager and much more are on the bill. We'll be out there all three days, so come see us!

    Ticket prices vary. Click here for more information.

  • 7

    Quaker City Nighthawks

    Friday, May 10

    Stanley's Famous Pit Bar-B-Q, Tyler

    The Quaker City Night Hawks brought the house down at their last show at Stanley's, and they're back to do it again.

    It's hard to put it better than the band does on its Facebook page: "Quaker City Night Hawks' brand of hard rock n' roll is bred from Texas boogie, Memphis soul and heavy blues. Their music is southern rock right out of '75, played with the fervor of a sermon crackling out of the radio in a '68 Lincoln. They're the whiskey bottle you finished Saturday night and the prayer you said the next morning. Like a country gunshot on a humid night and your first illicit beer, Quaker City Night Hawks are the spirit of rock n' roll. Come shake your hips."

    Foxtrot Uniform will open the night at 7 p.m. and QCNH will follow at 9 p.m. Cover is $8 at the door. Click here for more information.