Live Music


From raucous shows at The Kessler Theater to the rise of Deep Ellum and every local chart-topper in between, the history of Dallas music shows how a city flourished - and continues to flourish - alongside its rising, innovative artists. While the city's early history is steeped in blues and the giants - Johnson, King, Walker and Ledbetter - who made it, Dallas is a city that has always embraced a diverse array of artists.

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TUESDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Composers Jam
Tue - Mar 19

TUESDAY NIGHT JAZZ: Composers Jam

Join us every Tuesday at JAZZ BECUZZ ART CENTER for the best of the best in DFW jazz. A professional jazz jam featuring the compositions of the Legends and YOU!

Every Tue ongoing

Jazz Becuzz Art Center

Live Concert with Castro at Klyde Warren Park
Wed - Mar 20

Live Concert with Castro at Klyde Warren Park

VisitDallas invites you to a free concert in the Park. Music by Castro with appearances by the Mavs ManiAACs, Mavs Dancers AND the Dallas Stars Street Squad!

Klyde Warren Park

Dallas Opera - La Boheme
Wed - Mar 20

Dallas Opera - La Boheme

Puccini's timeless La Bohème combines soaring music and heartbreaking drama to show how love affects the lives of a group of friends. As the fragile seamstress Mimi asks the poet Rodolfo to...

AT&T Performing Arts Center

The Big Squeeze 2019: Dallas
Thu - Mar 21

The Big Squeeze 2019: Dallas

The Big Squeeze is an annual youth accordion contest hosted by Texas Folklife for all genres of music. Come down and audition for the 2019 Big Squeeze Accordion Contest at the Latino Cultural...

Latino Cultural Center

Jazz Jam Session
Thu - Mar 21

Jazz Jam Session

Join us every Thursday for our weekly Jazz Jam Session hosted by the NM Jazztet! Free aperitivo from 5-7 and the music will run from 7-10pm! Bring your instrument and sit in with the band or sit...

Every Thu ongoing

Quill

Unity Through Music
Thu - Mar 21

Unity Through Music

In a world of diversity, where values and ideals often clash, music leaps across gaps and brings us together. Music unites strangers, making them friends. Join us as we present a unique and...

The Marq

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23 Things to Do in Dallas this March

Kick off spring in Dallas with a month full of holiday celebrations, fun festivals, lively entertainment and much more.

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The Country Conversion of Deep Ellum

From the time beloved Canton Avenue spot Naomi's closed in 1997 until the second half of 2018, hearing country music had been rare in Deep Ellum.

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A look inside the Deep Ellum Hostel

Dallas' first proper hostel has a few twists and tricks.

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23 Things to do in Dallas this February

Winter is coming to a close, and things are starting to heat up in Dallas this month.

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8 Latin Concerts coming to Dallas in 2019

A little salsa, some reggaeton and a whole lot of dancing to add to your 2019 plans.

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21 Things to Do in Dallas This January

Start the New Year off right by treating yourself and the family to a good time around the city.

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Where to See a Show


Bomb Factory

The Bomb Factory | Directions

This former Ford assembly plant-turned-ammunitions manufacturer held its first concert in the early 90s. Black Sabbath, Nine Inch Nails and Marilyn Manson all came through before the Factory shuttered its doors in '97, only to be resurrected nearly two decades later. Since Dallas dynamic duo Erykah Badu and Sarah Jaffe lit up the stage in the venue's 2015 return, The Bomb Factory has seen explosive performances from the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Lauryn Hill and Don Henley.

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Granada Theater

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This theater has worn many hats for over 6 decades in the Dallas arts scene, but the gorgeous Granada is best known as a killer music venue. Stars like Bob Dylan, The Black Keys and The Avett Brothers have all graced the Granada stage, and with friends like these, it's easy to see why D Magazine, the Dallas Observer and other publications have continuously named this venue one of the best places to see live music.

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The Rustic

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Featuring farm-fresh local ingredients, local craft beers and enough Texas wines to wet your whistle, The Rustic is the perfect place to enjoy a spirited night of local eats and entertainment. The charming venue is the brainchild of Pat Green, and its quickly become a central location for Texas country stars to convene. From its breathtaking backyard and bar set-up, The Rustic offers all sorts of concerts, shows and parties celebrating the best in local food and artistry.

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The Kessler Theater

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It's fair to say that The Kessler is a rock. Before becoming the Oak Cliff staple it is today, the building that now houses The Kessler survived a tornado, a fire and over a decade of abandonment. Now it's a hot spot perhaps best known as a hub for soulful superstars like Charley Crockett and Leon Bridges. Local artists love The Kessler and as evidenced by its growing popularity, so do music fans in Dallas and beyond.

Double Wide

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As one of Dallas' premier watering holes, Double Wide has grown a big following on the back of its homemade mixed drinks alone. Once you throw in the venue's live music shows, you have a recipe for the perfect mix of Dallas creativity and ingenuity. Double Wide also features specially themed nights, like Old School Mondays and Two Step Tuesdays, sure to please music fans of all kinds.

The Majestic Theater

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Originally opened as a vaudeville venue, The Majestic is approaching its centennial celebration hotter than ever. As a home to comedy, concerts, podcasts and performers of all different kinds, this theatre has earned its moniker as a multi-purpose megaplex that will no doubt keep Dallas residents entertained for the century to come. The Majestic is managed by the City of Dallas' Office of Cultural Affairs.

Longhorn Ballroom

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Built in the 1950s as a gift for Western swing legend Bob Wills, the Longhorn has since seen its fair share of famous performers and infamous performances. This landmark venue is home to the raucous Sex Pistols show of 1978, and has played host to stars like Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty and Willie Nelson. Under new management, the Longhorn has returned with a vengeance and with a goal to bring a new crop of superstars to Dallas.

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Deep Ellum Art Co.

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Dedicated to the "Creative and the Native" - and, most importantly, native creatives - Deep Ellum Art Company is a venue like no other. Opened in 2017 by local entrepreneur John LaRue, the Deep Art Co. is a multi-purpose gallery that strives to celebrate the full spectrum of art - from music and visual to sculpture and the culinary arts. LaRue's venue also features an in-house bar and there are plans underway to add an outdoor arts market and an artist mentorship program.

Canton Hall

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The Barlow brothers are the gift that keep on giving for Dallas music fans. Unsatisfied with their other mega-popular venues, Trees and The Bomb Factory, the brothers opened Canton Hall next to the latter on Halloween 2017. Located on the same sport where Deep Ellum Live once stood, this medium-sized venue has already hosted shows from the likes of Dan Auerbach, Of Mice & Men and Grizzly Bear.

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Trees

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Chance the Rapper, Radiohead, Pearl Jam and local superstar Post Malone have all played Trees, a nationally recognized venue that has delighted Dallas denizens for nearly three decades. While it was closed for four of its 28 years in the biz, the aforementioned Clint Barlow - a former drummer for Vanilla Ice -rescued the venue in '09. Named for the trunk-like beams supporting the venue, Trees has received numerous accolades from from Consequence of Sound and the Dallas Observer.

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