Visitors and residents have marked the Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival on their calendar every year, as this event grows in national recognition. Every Labor Day Weekend, Bedford welcomes over 20,000 music and food lovers from all over the world to get their groove on. Three days of blues and rock musicians along with down home southern BBQ, the 7th annual Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival is sure to please the senses. Continue reading
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Look for the new 18,000 square foot venue Lava Cantina to open in The Colony. Plans are to bring high quality Mexican and Creole fusion and live music replete with 1,800 seats. Father and son owners Steve and Ian Vaughn opened a similar venue in Baton Rouge in 2013 and have since enjoyed a raging success.
Steve Vaughn has been in the music industry for 40 years and Ian Vaughn worked for Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers as COO. Continue reading
The Southside Music Hall is part of the Gilly’s entertainment complex on Lamar Street just southeast of downtown Dallas. It’s a 15 minute walk (about a ½ mile) from the Omni Hotel, and 23 miles from DFW Airport. Despite what the Gilley’s website says, it is not “three blocks” from the Omni. The venue also includes The Loft which is a smaller venue. I’ll review The Loft at a later date. Continue reading
The resurrection of the famous Trees Dallas by new owners Clint and Whitney Barlow in 2009 was a sure sign the Deep Ellum’s music scene was on the way back to prominence. Trees has been bringing local and national acts of virtually every genre to Dallas ever since. Clint toured as the drummer for Vanilla Ice, and was a booking agent before reopening Trees. Clint’s music industry background focused the renovations on improving the sound, A/C and sight lines without losing the unique character of the building. Trees recently announced that the sound system will be upgraded again, with the new system going live in mid-August. This is the loudest venue in Dallas. Bring earplugs!
Built in 1946, The Granada Theater is one of the oldest continuously operating theaters in Dallas. The current configuration as a music venue provides patrons with excellent sight lines to the raised stage. In August of 2014, owner Mike Schoder will celebrate ten years of bringing music to Dallas from every part of the world. Mike has presided over a continuous upgrading of the sound, lighting and other facilities to make The Granada a great place to see any type of music. Continue reading
Built in 1942, The Kessler Theater survived a tornado, fire, and being vacant for over 30 years to become one of the premier small music venues in the US. Originally built as a small movie theater, owner Edwin Cabaniss bought and renovated the property in 2009/2010. Artistic director Jeff Liles books an eclectic mix of bands, many of which rarely perform in a venue as intimate as The Kessler. The Kessler has a reputation among musicians and patrons for amazing sound, thanks to the work of sound engineer Paul Quigg. Continue reading