Where to catch live acts in Dallas
From house shows to major tour stops and every gig in between, Dallas has endless opportunities to see local luminaries and music superstars perform--and there's a perfect venue for every show.
Live music and southern inspired cuisine amidst an eclectic décor of folk art make the House of Blues the place to be for music-oriented visitors. A variety of shows and concerts are scheduled for round-the-year entertainment, and the adjunct Crossroads restaurant makes the experience even more pleasing.
From front to back, Adair's Saloon is covered with memories of the great times had by its patrons. Check out the photo collection of the famous and not-so-famous folk who've walked through Adair's doors - like the blown-up photo of Elvis Presley taken back in 1955. The best upcoming bands tool their craft on Adair's stage seven nights a week.
Catch a live band and have fun at this Deep Ellum locale. The large patio, great bar, and progressive music choice attract a large crowd, making it the perfect place to hang out with friends.
One step into this jazz club and you know you've arrived somewhere special. While you're sipping a Manhattan or a Martini, you can't help but notice the art deco accents from days past adorning the walls. Live music fills the Balcony Club's cozy lounge and makes the perfect setting to begin (or end) a perfect evening. Behind the bar, a fine collection of spirits and wines await your arrival.
Double Wide serves up some of the coldest beer, stiffest drinks and the best live music. Concoctions like the Yoo-Hoo Yee-Haw and the Boone's Farm Martini will have you back time and time again. If it's music you're looking for, Double Wide is the place. From rock to country and just about everything in between, chances are you'll find it at Double Wide!
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.
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.
The Barlow brothers are the gift that keep on giving for Dallas music fans. Unsatisfied with their other uber-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.
As a neighborhood bar and music venue, Three Links is a best of both worlds for Dallas folks who love cool craft beer and ever cooler live music. From indie rockers to local faves, up-and-comers and veteran stars, Three Links has seen it all in its first five years on the scene. The venue also hosts weekly shows by Dallas’ own CoLab, the only improvisational hip hop group in North Texas.
Chance the Rapper, Radiohead, Pearl Jam and local superstar Post Malone have all played Trees, a nationally recognized venue that has delighted Dallas denizes 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 Consequence of Sound and the Dallas Observer.
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.
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 hotspot 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.
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 keep Dallas residents entertained for the century to come. The Majestic is managed by the City of Dallas’ Office of Cultural Affairs.
This theater has worn many hats over its six-plus decades on 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 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.
Farm-to-table meet show-to-dinner. Located right next door to the Granada Theater, Sundown at Granada offers beautiful views of historic Greenville Ave via its multi-level patio. Boasting nightly live shows and a menu that embraces local craft brews and a wide array of delicious dining options. Coupled with a show at the Granada, Sundown offers the perfect one-two punch to end any day in Dallas.
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.
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