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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Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops
Sat - Dec 04

Dallas Symphony Christmas Pops

The beloved tradition continues with the Dallas Symphony Chorus performing transcendent anthems, classical holiday favorites and sing-along carols. Our favorite Holiday vocalists, Ava Pine and...

Every Thu, Fri, Sat through Dec 12
Every Sat through Dec 12
Every Weekend Day through Dec 12

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

International Soul Food Festival
Sat - Dec 04

International Soul Food Festival

THE NUMBER 1 FOOD FESTIVAL IN TEXAS IS BACK!!!! From the Curators that Brought Taste of Pan Africa & Texas Food Fest Come  enjoy food from over 30 different food vendors from Asia,...

Mar Thoma Event Center

The Nutcracker, Presented by Texas Ballet Theater
Sat - Dec 04

The Nutcracker, Presented by Texas Ballet Theater

Delight in visions of sugarplums as Clara sees her dreams come true in The Nutcracker, Texas Ballet Theater's annual holiday ballet. Choreographed by TBT Artistic Director Ben Stevenson, O.B.E.,...

Winspear Opera House

A Sensory Friendly Nutcracker production presented by BALLET NORTH TEXAS
Sat - Dec 04

A Sensory Friendly Nutcracker production presented by BALLET NORTH TEXAS

Don't miss BALLET NORTH TEXAS' SENSORY FRIENDLY NUTCRACKER presented at MOODY PERFORMANCE HALL December 4th at 2:00pm. "NUTCRACKER" IS BACK ON STAGE, LIVE AT MOODY PERFORMANCE HALL. With a cast of...

Moody Performance Hall

The Nutcracker
Thu - Dec 09

The Nutcracker

The Nutcracker – December 9-12, 2021 – Moody Performance Hall Celebrate the season with Paul Mejia's joyful full-length production of The Nutcracker – accompanied by live...

Daily between Dec 9 and Dec 12

Moody Performance Hall

She And Him - Christmas Party
Sat - Dec 11

She And Him - Christmas Party

Musical duo She And Him will perform live at McFarlin Memorial Auditorium on Dec 11, 2021.

McFarlin Memorial Auditorium

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9 Performances in Dallas to Bring Holiday Cheer

Embrace the sounds of the season with concerts and musicals representing all genres.

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What to Do in December in Dallas

Where to find comfort and joy this holiday season.

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Concerts in Dallas This October

Festivals, mega concerts and intimate shows in Dallas this month.

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Concerts and Festivals This Fall

From Boot Scootin' Boogie to Mr. Worldwide, Dallas-area venues will be thumping with live music this fall.

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Jazz Takes Center Stage Over Labor Day Weekend

Local legends, international sensations and promising young artists share their love of music at the 4th Riverfront Jazz Festival

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Concerts in Dallas This August

Concerts are back and better than ever.

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Bomb Factory

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

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

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

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

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

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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