If you’re bored in Dallas-Fort Worth, you’re doing something wrong. From a homegrown art and music venue to a historic Texas ballroom and a state-of-the-art Live Nation entertainment complex, these highly anticipated live-music hot spots appeal to concert fans from all genres, while supplying a healthy dose of local food and culture.
Deep Ellum Art Co.
When he saw the vacant space in Deep Ellum, a neighborhood he frequents for its eclectic live-music scene and community feel, entrepreneur John LaRue was initially checking it out for a separate concept entirely.
The original red letters reading “ART CO,” which were somehow left on the storefront, beckoned LaRue to finally build a brick-and-mortar space where Dallas’ tight-knit, music-oriented social scene could gather, mingle and enjoy visual artistry alongside local performers—with a craft beer in hand, of course. With a bit of guidance from his wife, Kari, the venue’s name, partially there all along, was born: Deep Ellum Art Co.
A hybrid art gallery/bar/music venue, DEAC opens Labor Day weekend with a Sept. 1 concert featuring Forgotten Space, Dallas’ beloved Grateful Dead tribute band, and a group exhibition called “Inhabitants” opening Sept. 2. Defined by its “dedication to the creative and native,” this new neighborhood hangout—which boasts a seriously stacked lineup this season—promises a taste of genuine local flavor in a come-as-you-are atmosphere. 3200 Commerce St., 214.697.8086
Nestled along the Trinity River just south of downtown, the historic Longhorn Ballroom has remained a fixture of Dallas entertainment for over half a century. During its heyday, headliners from the Sex Pistols to Willie Nelson to Ray Charles took the stage at the Longhorn, but over the last several years, its prowess had been somewhat forgotten.
In September, the 23,000-square-foot venue will be restored for new generations to enjoy—and for older generations to re-experience—with an additional 2 acres of riverside outdoor space primed to host concerts, parties, art shows and special events.
On Nov. 11, the venue hosts an evening celebration as the finale to Texas Monthly and VisitDallas’ first-ever Edge of Texas weekend event. Expect a luxury Lone Star State experience at the “glamping”-style fete, complete with live-fire cooking led by acclaimed chef Mathew Peters, outdoor teepee lounges and live entertainment anchored by a big-name headliner (which we can’t announce just yet). 216 Corinth Street Road, 214.428.5900
The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
As if there weren’t enough music venues and entertainment destinations popping up in North Texas—and trust us: There’s plenty of room for more—the largest one of the bunch will celebrate its long-awaited arrival this fall in the city of Irving. The Live Nation-operated Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, located adjacent to the Irving Convention Center, consists of a pioneering multivenue development anchored by a boutique amphitheater outfitted with a retractable roof and state-of-the-art acoustics.
The jam-packed schedule for the Pavilion runs the gamut from Dave Chappelle (Aug. 31-Sept. 1) and Trombone Shorty (Sept. 16) to Harry Styles (Oct. 10) and Ringo Starr (Nov. 3), but there’s even more: the newly built entertainment complex also includes an Alamo Drafthouse dine-in movie theater; Portland, Oregon-based Thirsty Lion Gastropub—the first in Texas!—and restaurants including Gloria’s, a Latin-American staple in the DFW dining scene. 300 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving