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 - Dec 18

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

Sights and Sounds of the Season Performances at NorthPark
Wed - Dec 19

Sights and Sounds of the Season Performances at NorthPark

The sounds of the season fill the air at NorthPark as over 100 performance groups take the stage in celebration of the holidays. Catch your favorite school, church, synagogue, community or...

Daily through Dec 21

NorthPark Center

Goga Music Nights at Water Grill
Wed - Dec 19

Goga Music Nights at Water Grill

Water Grill Dallas is excited to announce Goga Music's new spot on Wednesdays. This locally-based, internationally acclaimed singer and musician will perform live music every Wednesday at Water...

Every Wed through Dec 26

Water Grill

Live at Aloft with Anitra Jay
Wed - Dec 19

Live at Aloft with Anitra Jay

Join Anitra Jay for an evening of head-bopping acoustic soul at Aloft Dallas Love Field. This talented New Orleans-born singer/songwriter is sure to leave you smiling and inspired with her sultry...

Aloft Dallas Love Field

Jazz Jam Session
Thu - Dec 20

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

COME FIND ME - A NEW CHRISTMAS MUSICAL Holiday Concert
Thu - Dec 20

COME FIND ME - A NEW CHRISTMAS MUSICAL Holiday Concert

A concert reading of COME FIND ME - A CHRISTMAS MUSICAL is coming to UT Tyler's Braithwaite Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 20, 2018. The evening will feature East Texas performers...

UT Tyler Braithwaite Recital Hall

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31 Things to Do in Dallas This December

Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year in Dallas with these festive events.

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How to Spend the Holidays in Dallas

Make this Big D Holiday season merry and bright with these festive events.

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32 Things to Do in Dallas This November

Ring in the holidays with a month packed full of exciting activities and events to make everlasting memories with family and friends in Dallas.

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5 Things to Do at Autumn at the Arboretum This Year

Get into the fall spirit at Autumn at the Arboretum!

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Latin Artists Performing at the 2018 State Fair of Texas

The hottest in Latino live entertainment on the country's biggest stage!

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31 Things to Do in Dallas This October

Cooler weather makes fall in Dallas the best time of the year to visit. Make this month one to remember!

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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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