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Listen in on the Music Scene

Listen Up: Dallas Live Music

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At the center of Dallas’ live music scene, Deep Ellum’s show-stopping music venues are show starters, hosting everything from country and Americana to punk and metal to rock and rap. In fact, the neighborhood has been known for its music for more than a century — by the 1920s, it was a lightning rod for jazz and blues musicians like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter and Bessie Smith. Post–World War II, the clubs closed, but by the 1980s, a revival was underway. Today, more than 30 live music venues dot the landscape.

Sons of Hermann Hall

Built in 1911, this historic dance hall hosts a variety of acts in the beautiful ballroom. Swing night on Wednesdays is always a hit.

(214) 747-4422

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The Factory

With room for 4,300, this former bomb factory opened in 2015 after a multimillion-dollar renovation to make it a state-of-the-art music venue.

(214) 932-6501

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The Free Man Cajun Cafe & Lounge

Live jazz, swing and Dixieland bands play here every night starting at 7, and a few hours later, the rock/alt-country/folk/punk/hip-hop begins.

(214) 377-9893

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One of the city’s most iconic venues, Trees hosts all manner of musical acts — past standouts include Nirvana and Erykah Badu.

(214) 747-4422

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Music Hall at Fair Park

This year-round Spanish Baroque-style venue was built in 1925 and is a nationally recognized stop for Broadway musical touring companies. The Music Hall also plays host to other large-scale events from A-list stand up comedians to live Disney performances.

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Dos Equis Pavilion

Situated in Dallas’ famous Fair Park, the Dos Equis Pavilion is a 20,000-seat amphitheater that has played host to some of the best-selling artists of all time. It’s the longest-running outdoor venue in the Dallas area dedicated exclusively to live music entertainment.

(214) 421-1111

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