Artist Spotlight: Cure For Paranoia

By | Epic Extras

You can see Cure For Paranoia perform on The Epic Theater stage during The Epic Music Showcase on Saturday, September 28.  Each week, we will highlight one of the artists on this year’s lineup, all composed of local music talent across different genres.  Tickets are available here.

Genre: Soul-infused hip hop
Goes great with: Erykah Badu, Talib Kweli, Mos Def
Hometown: Dallas

The soul-infused hip-hop outfit has become the new face of the storied Dallas neighborhood. Now the band is taking Deep Ellum worldwide.

The musicians that make up Dallas hip-hop group Cure for Paranoia have their own bold energy and personal styles which would best be described as aggressively funky, a style that carries through to their music. Between Tomahawk Jonez’s and Jay Analog’s production, Stanley Francisko’s airy vocals, and Cameron McCloud’s brisk lyrical delivery, the band has designed its own brand of “trippy soul-infused hip-hop.”

The group formed when the four guys took a “doomsday road trip.” Following the advice of some conspiracy theorist friends, they packed up and headed to an ideal place to wait out the apocalypse. When an earth-shattering meteor didn’t hit, inspiration did. Having recently been diagnosed with bipolar paranoid schizophrenia, McCloud found clarity in making music with Analog, Jonez, and Francisko. By the time they returned home, the band was born.

Cure for Paranoia quickly made a name for themselves being awarded Dallas Observer’s Best New Act in 2016 and Best Group Act in 2017. They formed a relationship with Erykah Badu after McCloud was recorded rapping to her backstage of the Bomb Factory, which allowed them to perform at 2 of her sold out Birthday celebrations. The group’s diverse music has allowed them to share bills with a wide range of artists such as Nas, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelik, Run The Jewels, Ludacris, Flying Lotus, BADBADNOTGOOD, Purity Ring, 21 Savage, and tour with Bone Thugs -n- Harmony. Their song “Feel Alive” was used by ESPN for the 2018 US Open Grand Slam campaign.


Cinderblock Session

Music video for “Wired”


Find out more on Cure For Paranoia






We hope to see you at The Epic Music Showcase to support Cure For Paranoia and all of these local artists!

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The Epic Music Showcase

By | Epic Extras

Join us Saturday, September 28th for The Epic Music Showcase!  This showcase is a day of celebration for local Dallas/Fort Worth area music talent all coming together to perform on The Epic Theater stage presented by Texas Trust Credit Union. 

$15 Advance
$25 At the Door 

Grab your tickets HERE 

Here is our amazing lineup of artists you will not want to miss.  Stay tuned for more Artist Spotlight blogs highlighting each performer.

D and Chi  Indie Pop (Dallas)

Fresh off American Idol, KAABOO Texas and opening for Chaka Khan, D and Chi are set to climb to even higher heights in 2019. The Dallas Band showcase a fusion of pop, Rock, and Hip Hop music. Combine that with two-part harmonies and honest lyrics and you get genre-bending songs that you’ll be singing for months to come

Cure For Paranoia   Soul-infused Hip Hop (Dallas)

The musicians that make up Dallas hip-hop group Cure for Paranoia have their own bold energy and personal styles which would best be described as aggressively funky, a style that carries through to their music. Between Tomahawk Jonez’s and JayAnalog’s production, Stanley Francisko’s airy vocals, and Cameron McCloud’s brisk lyrical delivery, the band has designed its own brand of “trippy soul-infused hip-hop.”

The Effinays    Funk Reggae (Dallas)

A groove-oriented explosion of Funk, Latin Rhythms, Rock and Reggae-fied cultural diversity… The Effinays!

Savannah Low    Pop (Arlington)  

With a professional career spanning over 15 years, Low developed a passion for music at an early age that led to an abundance of performances across Texas—as an opener for the Jonas Brothers at the State Fair of Texas, and appearing on season 9 of American Idol as one of the top 40 contestants. After featuring on tracks and performing other’s music, Low turned her attention toward stepping out of her comfort zone to fulfill a lifelong dream of releasing her own music. This lead to the release of her debut solo EP, “Bare” in the beginning of 2019. Since then, Low has played venues such as Trees, Granada Theater and Texas Live! She is currently writing and working on new music.

Mason Adams Project   Americana (Dallas)

Taking the listener on a musical journey of life experiences through story-telling and  a dynamic musical approach. Everyone likes a party, I guess we’re all one in the same.

The Royals   Alternative Rock (Grand Prairie)

The Royals are a band from Grand Prairie, TX. They formed in the year of 2017, and have been performing professionally since 2018. Their influences range from classic rock to alternative rock.

Junior Boxing Tournament held at The Epic

By | Epic Extras

This Saturday, July 20 and Sunday, July 21 The Epic alongside Arlington Top Fighter Boxing Gym will host the “Los Pequenos Gigantes Del Boxeo” USA Boxing sanctioned tournament.  Boxers ages 8-18 will compete in divisions Pee Wee, Bantam, Intermediate, Youth, and Youth Female for the Top Fighter prize.

Bouts will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 20 and 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 21.  Tickets will be available per day at the door for $12 (ages 11+) and $5 (ages 5-10).  Come out and support these young athletes.

As a reminder in order to host this great event, the basketball court will be CLOSED these two days.  We hope to see you there!

Father’s Day Weekend Specials

By | Epic Extras

We are offering some great deals all weekend long for dad or the whole family to enjoy because dads score a perfect 10 at The Epic!

Valid Friday, June 14 – Sunday, June 16, 2019
– 10% off all annual paid-in-full memberships*
– 10% off annual CrossFit 2960 Upgrades**
– 10% off 60 minute & 90 minute massages
– $10 t-shirts

Father’s Day, June 16 Only: Dad gets in FREE with Epic member or paid day pass guest

* Excludes Epic Waters Combo Pass, corporate, and group membership plans.
**Available with annual membership; expires with the annual membership
Offer not valid online. Valid in-person at The Epic

So pay us a visit this weekend, take a tour, and treat dad to the gift he deserves because he is EPIC!

The Epic Turns 6 Months!

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Time flies when you are having fun!

We opened our doors on November 17, 2018 and each day we strive to create community by unlocking opportunities to engage, inspire & change lives. The Epic is celebrating our 6 month opening the only way possible, by sharing it with all of you.

To honor this milestone, we will be offering the following specials all weekend long!
– 10% off all annual paid-in-full memberships: Let us be a part of your journey
– $79 GroupFit upgrade: Add unlimited group fitness classes to your annual membership
– $6 day pass: Bring a friend with you or try us out for the day
– $10 Epic swag t-shirts: Grab some new summer apparel in all different styles

* Valid Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19, 2019
* GroupFit upgrade shares same expiration date as your annual membership
* Excludes Epic Waters Combo Pass, corporate, and group membership plans.

So stop in for a tour this weekend, take advantage of these great offers, utilize all of our amenities, and BE Epic!

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The Heat is coming to The Epic

By | Epic Extras

If you are looking for some great sports entertainment at an affordable price in a family-friendly environment, The Epic is hosting a semi-pro basketball game this Saturday.

The Dallas Heat take on the Texas Cyclones in a Universal Basketball Association (UBA) match-up.  Tip-off is set for 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11 at The Epic.  Parking is free, halftime entertainment is provided by our very own Technique & Tumbling youth program, and a night of exciting professional basketball sets up for a very enjoyable family experience.

Tickets are available HERE

Kids: $5

General Admission: $10

Court-Side Admission: $15

Check out highlights from the Dallas Heat/Texas Rize game on Saturday, April 27

It is mental health awareness month , everyone who wears green shirts get in for half off!


DFW HS All-Star & Unsigned Senior Showcase

By | Epic Extras

The Epic is proud to host the Heads Up Foundation DFW HS All-Star & Unsigned Senior Showcase this weekend!  Come check out the action this weekend featuring young men showcasing their skills for college coaches and the all-star game featuring some of the top prospects in the nation signed to schools such as Kentucky, Michigan, Gonzaga, and more!

Saturday, March 16th – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Unsigned Senior Combine: Performance Platform for Student-Athletes seeking college scholarship exposure
$5 spectator fee for family/friends

Sunday, March 17th – 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Unsigned Senior & All-Star Game Day
$10 Spectator Donation @ the door

  • 3:30 p.m. – 3-Point Shootout
  • 3:45 p.m. – “Diamonds in the Rough” Unsigned Senior Game
  • 5:15 p.m. – Slam Dunk Contest
  • 5:30 p.m. – “Cream of the Crop” All-Star Game

For a list of participants and more information regarding this event and the Heads Up Foundation, please visit

The Greater DFW HS All-Star & Unsigned Senior Showcase committee has unveiled the official nominations for the 3rd Annual All-Star & Unsigned Senior games! The 2019 teams will feature some of the state’s top talent hailing from the DFW Metroplex. In the last two years, Heads Up! has set the stage for over 100 unsigned seniors to showcase their talents, giving college coaches/recruiters one ‘last look’ with at least 30 of those student-athletes receiving college scholarships.

Heads Up! has dedicated over 15 years mentoring student-athletes/leaders, providing quarterly opportunities for development and exposure that prepares them for their future. Our Inaugural Exposure Showcase in 2017 featured 22 of the best players in Dallas county (East vs West) – all set before a host of college coaches/recruiters; and only 4 players had college commitments prior to tip-off. Within 6 weeks following that presentation, 14 of those unsigned Seniors were offered college scholarships. We proudly attribute that to the mass media exposure, direct support, and access provided by our organization.

Last year’s event introduced the Unsigned Senior Combine which allowed eligible, high school Seniors with little or no college offers to showcase their abilities with timed/measured events like the lane agility drill, vertical jump, and full-court sprints. Top performers were selected to play in the Showcase Game that preceded the All-Star Game. This new feature has proven to be a successful tool for solid college exposure.

Prior to this action-packed weekend, the selected All-Star athletes will participate in a mandatory Volunteer initiative led by Heads Up! to support small, local outreach initiatives in underserved areas in Dallas. An exclusive Media Day event will follow at The Epic (Grand Prairie, TX) that will include participant interviews/photos, promotion of the GDHSS event and some more!

This premiere event will be principally covered by HeadsUp! MEDIA – a media entity of The Heads Up! Foundation – that produces record viewership via its social media platforms. Since December 2017, HeadsUp! MEDIA has  generated over 500k+ monthly impressions, 17,000 daily impressions. With an estimated 5M+ annual viewership reach, HeadsUp! MEDIA has summarily become a trusted source for quality media/scouting coverage .

“The student-athletes selected to the Greater DFW HS All-Star Showcase rosters represent the future of basketball,” notes Jabari Johnson, Founder of The Heads Up! Foundation and event organizer. “We’re excited about the opportunity to showcase some of the finest basketball talent across the Metroplex while raising funds and awareness for our cause. We are honored to serve as a launch pad of success for our student-athletes and look forward to following their respective careers at the next level.”

The All-Star & Unsigned Senior Showcase games are open to the public. Tickets are on sale now! Sponsorship and advertising opportunities available.

All proceeds benefit The Heads Up! Foundation, a local nonprofit organization founded in 2003 whose mission is to uplift youth through sports, education, and mentoring.  Since inception, The Heads Up! Foundation has impacted over 1,000,000 lives through youth mentoring, educational enrichment programs, and community outreach.

Get your Karate on at The Epic!

By | Epic Extras

Karate – Taekwondo has been a major hit here at The Epic! Kids and adults of various skill levels have been enjoying the teaching techniques and class atmosphere of this fun class. Come experience traditional Taekwondo teaching with an emphasis on self-discipline and self-esteem. Students will build self-confidence, and can advance from white belt to black belt while learning self-discipline, anti-kidnapping techniques, kumite (SPARRING), and tournament fighting!

Mondays & Wednesdays
6 PM — 7 PM      
Boys & Girls Ages 6 years and up

$50/month — First Family Member
$45/month — Subsequent Family Members


6 PM — 7PM
Boys & Girls Ages 6 years and up

$25/month — First Family Member
$20/month — Additional Family Members

*Must be enrolled in Karate-TaeKwonDo class to enroll in Sparring class*

Instructors: Bill Simpson & Mike Stone
Class Location:
Multi-Purpose Room (Epic Explore)    
Athletic shirt and bottoms (no shoes). Please speak with instructors about purchasing gi.

Success Story – Brian Chapin, Assistant Manager of The Epic

By | Epic Extras

My initial journey began a few years ago while working for the North Richland Hills Parks and Recreation department at their recreation and fitness facility, the NRH Centre. A guest came to the front desk and asked to speak to Brian, so the staff came and got me. I walked out to the Guest Services desk and greeted the member whose initial comment was “You don’t look like you work out.” It turns out the member was actually asking for Brian, a personal trainer who worked for the facility during that time. But my appearance physically was an immediate deterrent for the member in their hopes of beginning their fitness journey. The brief confusion was handled, but that comment had me reevaluating what I wanted for myself personally and also as a parks and recreation professional.

I grew up in a very active lifestyle, participating in many after school programs and athletics. As a parks and recreation professional, I always told myself I would never fall victim to the struggles of obesity. Even in my daily life, I never felt heavy, still continuing to workout a few days a week and participating in a weekly adult basketball league. But the truth was I just didn’t want to admit that maybe I did begin to slip from where I was as an “athlete.” I was struggling with the mental challenges, time management, discipline, nutrition, etc. that many can struggle with trying to live a healthier lifestyle. And the fact that I worked at a “gym” was even harder for me to swallow. I personally was not setting the right example for the community and guests of our facility.

So I decided to do what, honestly, I was too afraid to do for some time, step on a scale. The scale read 297 pounds which still to this day feels impossible. I was embarrassed. In my athletic days, I weighed about 220 pounds, so the thought of being near 300 pounds was a true eye opener. I began to take my workouts more seriously and developed a routine that worked for me. I overcame some of the struggles that parks and recreation professionals sometimes deal with working out at their own facility, but gaining that confidence at the NRH Centre helped me start my success.

I began working for the City of Grand Prairie in September of 2017, and set a goal for myself: I was going to be a better example and advocate for recreation, fitness, nutrition, arts, music, and everything The Epic will be able to provide. I continued to improve my fitness and health through daily workouts, runs in the parks, and participating in basketball and volleyball leagues throughout the area. For the first time in my life, I was working out for me and actually started to enjoy it. I had dropped some weight, but began to plateau. Robert Serna, The Epic Supervisor of Fitness and Wellness, came on board and started a nutrition challenge. I listened to his amazing knowledge, experience, and found foods that worked for me. In a matter of a few months, I dropped additional weight and as of today am weighing in around 230 pounds. I have had low back pain most of my adult life and no longer require multiple doctor’s trips to address the pain. I feel the best I have in about 12 years, and I not only improved my physical stature, but also improved socially, emotionally, and gained more confidence professionally.

The Epic and the Grand Prairie Parks, Arts & Recreation Department’s vision is to bring people together to change lives. I can say that The Epic has already changed my life just through the anticipation of unlocking opportunities for others. We are very excited to be opening later this year to provide you with epic opportunities in fitness, arts, music, youth programs, aquatics, adaptive recreation, athletics, and many amenities, programs, and events that may help change your life. You are the one who measures your success based on your goals.

We want to share in your success story whether it be physically, socially, emotionally, or something else you are proud of. We know it’s not always an easy path and can be difficult to share, which even was the case for me. But please let us hear them!

Share your story for a chance to win an individual annual membership to The Epic and a special feature on and Facebook. Submit your story and contact information to Ellen Bagley at by September 15, 2018. The Epic Success winner will be announced September 21st and 22nd at EpicFest,, and our social media pages.

City of Grand Prairie Parks, Arts and Recreation