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Image: House of Blues House of Blues showcases an eclectic mix of live music and shows. Coming soon:
May 27 Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
May 29 George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
The House of Blues is in the historic White Swan Building, 2200 N. Lamar St., between the West End and Victory Park. Information: 214-978-BLUE or

The Rustic The Rustic is a place where anyone can feel at home. Enjoy authentic local beers, wines, and spirits served by a friendly staff. Listen to live music from local and national artists. And take it all in from a phenomenal patio, under the big Texas sky. Coming soon:
  May 27 KSCS New Faces featuring Jana Kramer
  May 30 Scooter Brown Band
The Rustic is located at 3656 Howell St. Information:

American Airlines Center hosts a busy calendar of big-time arena concerts in styles to suit every taste. Coming up:
May 28 Neil Diamond Victory Station image
June 5 Romeo Santos
July 5 Maná
July 17 Imagine Dragons
Aug. 10 Shania Twain
Catch the music at the AAC in the heart of Victory Park, 2500 Victory Ave. Information: 214-373-8000 or

Thursday Night Live
Enjoy Thursday Night Live at the Dallas Museum of Art. Included in the lineup is Jazz in the Atrium every Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. FREE admission to performance; food and cocktails available for purchase. The lineup includes:
May 28 Dan Haerle. Jazz in the Atrium welcomes back Dan Haerle, a composer, performer, educator, and ambassador of jazz piano. He is a Regents Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas and a member of the International Association of Jazz Education Hall of Fame. Haerle has performed with Clark Terry, Pat Metheny, Freddie Hubbard, and numerous other modern jazz leaders, and has recorded multiple albums featuring his own music as well as jazz standards.
Information: 214-922-1200 or

Patio Sessions have returned to the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Every Thursday in April and May at 6:30 p.m. in the green and serene Sammons Park, 2403 Flora St., come out to hear your hometown music favorites and the best new artists flying under the radar. There will be food trucks from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. and live music at its very best. Thanks to the Center, the Dallas Observer, the Ticket, and a grant from TACA, there is no entrance fee - so bring your friends and the whole family. Coming soon:
May 28 The O's with Madison King

Gilley's Dallas The South Side Ballroom, South Side Music Hall, The Loft and The Jack Daniel's Saloon are four of the venues in the Gilley's Dallas complex, 1135 S. Lamar. These venues feature top musical performances by today's most popular and up-and-coming bands. Coming up:
May 29 goHARD Tour feat. RL Grime
May 31 Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox

Granada Theater Enjoy music at the historic Granada Theater. Built in 1946, the Granada Theater opened during the Golden Age of Hollywood as a 700-seat first run movie house. Over the years, this classic example of Art Deco design has been renovated to host live events. Today, the recent installation of big-time sound and lighting systems helps ensure an improved concert experience. Upcoming shows include:
  May 29 Junior Brown
  May 30 David Willingham Project
The Granada Theater is at 3524 Greenville Ave. Information:

D-Link passing by the Kessler Theater The Kessler Theater is an Oak Cliff icon and recently added to the National Register of Historic Places. It opened in spring of 1942 as a movie theater and was taken over by Gene Autry in 1947. It closed in the 1950's and at some point the building was used as a church. Restored and reopened in 2010, The Kessler is now a live performance theater. Upcoming shows:
  May 29 Radney Foster Duo
  May 30 The Light Crust Doughboys
The Kessler Theater is located at 1230 W. Davis St. Information:

Gexa Energy Pavilion Gexa Energy Pavilion hosts a diverse group of bands playing pop, rock, metal or country at the outdoor concert venue at Fair Park.
May 29 Train: Picasso at
the Wheel Summer Tour 2015
May 31 97.1 the Eagle Presents B.F.D
The Gexa Energy Pavilion is at 1818 First Ave. Information: 214-421-1111 or

May 29-31 Enjoy the Dallas International Guitar Festival at the Automobile Building in Fair Park as the festival celebrates 38 years of bringing together guitar dealers, manufacturers, collectors, celebrities and music enthusiasts. Enjoy exhibits as well as performance stages. There will be artists in attendance, performing and mingling with the attendees throughout three days of guitar heaven. This is the original guitar show, the first of its kind in the nation, and 2015 promises to be THE guitar event of the year! Tickets and information:

May 29-31 On Broadway! Two-time Grammy-Award® winner Sylvia McNair's magnificent soprano brings out the best of Broadway as she performs selections from My Fair Lady, The Music Man, Camelot, Porgy and Bess, The King and I and A Chorus Line. Jeff Tyzik leads this electrifying conclusion to the 2014/15 Dallas Symphony Pops Series. The DSO performs at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Information:

Poor David's Pub Poor David's Pub offers live music in a laid-back venue located just west of the Cedars Station. Coming up:
May 29 Justin Robinett
May 30 South Austin Moonlighters with Glitter Rose
Poor David's Pub is located at 1313 S. Lamar St.

May 30 The Dallas Heritage Village and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation proudly presents the 2nd Annual Front Porch Showdown! Performing from the Main Street Stage, ten bluegrass bands will compete for cash prizes - and the winners will be chosen by the audience. Come early to explore Dallas Heritage Village (exhibit buildings close at 4 p.m.), but stay for the music. Picnics, blankets and lawn chairs welcome. Gates open at noon and the Showdown begins at 4 p.m. Proceeds benefit Dallas Heritage Village and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation. Dallas Heritage Village at Old City Park is located at 1515 S. Harwood St. Information:

June 4 With rockabilly roots and a heartache-meets-honky-tonk voice, Kelly Willis has been labeled a country ingénue. As a new traditionalist singer/songwriter, her tunes effortlessly combine the storytelling and strings aspects of country music and the driving force of rock. After the last two joint releases (Cheater's Game in 2013 and Our Year in 2014) with husband Bruce Robison featuring duets with beautifully organic close harmonies, the reigning Austin all-Americana couple will take a creative break and pursue their own ventures this year. Kelly has a solo project currently in the works, which will tentatively be released later this year. See her in concert, part of the Courtyard Texas Music Series 2015, at The Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave. in Plano. Information:

June 4 Jazz in the Park, presented by the African American Museum, is in the Fair Park Band Shell from 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy an evening of Blues and Jazz featuring Jimmy & Da Crew and Herbie Kay Johnson. General admission is $10 and Cabaret Seating is $20. Bring your comfortable chair, coolers are okay to bring in but are subject to search. No outside alcohol or glass is allowed. Information: and

June 5 For more than two decades, Shelby Lynne has molded country music expertly, exploring different dimensions of the genre through her agile songwriting and performances. Her latest release, I Can't Imagine, is an organic album where her sounds - alternative country, Southern soul, California Country and Western - come together to form a reflective and provocative lineup of songs. Lynne envisioned her 13th full-length album to pair with a "double-barreled live show," showcasing new songs and old favorites. The Grammy Award-winning vocalist wants to "give people their money's worth," a promise you can bet on, given her continued ascent as a country music fixture. The Dallas City Performance Hall is located at 2520 Flora St. Information:

June 6 Elvis: The Experience by David Allen. Come out to the Plaza Theater, 521 W. State St. in Downtown Garland as David Allen, top ten Elvis tribute artist and Fever The Band take the audience on a journey of Elvis' career, starting with 1969's "That's The Way It Is" all the way through 1972's "On Tour." Tickets are $20-$25. Information:

Majestic Theatre
Live at The Majestic hosts shows ranging from nationally touring concerts and comedy acts to locally produced cultural events in one of the most elegant performing arts venues in the southwest, the historic Majestic Theatre. Upcoming musical performances include:
June 7 KXT Presents Butch Walker with
special guest, Jonathan Tyler
June 11-12 Clarinet Colloquium
The Majestic Theater is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:

Haggard Park June 8, 22; July 3, 13, 27 Plano Community Band Summer Concert Series is a free, family friendly event held during several evenings in June and July. Pack your blankets and chairs and a picnic supper, and bring the kids for an evening of music. The Plano Community Band is a volunteer organization made up of approximately 70 musicians from all walks of life who share a passion for music. The band has themes for each concert including kids' night, big band and a patriotic concert. All concerts start at 7 p.m. at Haggard Park, 901 E 15th Street in downtown Plano. Information:

June 11 Celebrating his 58th year in the music industry, Johnny Mathis is Columbia Records longest-running artist. A sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music eclipses passing fads and trends, Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories - from music composed for stage and film to golden era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history. On Thursday, June 11, Mathis returns to Dallas to perform some his greatest hits and personal favorites. The Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St., is located in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Information:

June 12 Irving's free Friday Evening Concerts showcase live music performances from a variety of genres, with great musicians from across the state. On June 12, enjoy Texas Flood from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. All concerts are held outdoors, and attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and/or lawn chairs for seating.--> The shows are scheduled for the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month through June and are free and family-friendly, with food and dessert vendors on-site. The 2015 Concert Series brings the music of popular bands to Irving. Tribute bands representing top groups from multiple genres will bring well-known songs to the stage. Prepare to sing along with your favorite hits! It all happens at Whistlestop Plaza, 123 W. Irving Blvd. Concerts are rain or shine events. Information:

King Sunny Adé June 18 Since the evolution of juju music in Nigeria in the thirties, no exponent has made a more lasting impact in the genre than King Sunny Adé. As a singer, composer and guitarist, he has succeeded over the years in taking this Nigerian social music type to international heights. Ade came on the scene in 1966 and made his first record in 1967. He however, blazed into prominence a year after with a hit single in praise of Stationery Stores football club which carved him a gold disc as a result of its massive sales. Since then Adé has been in the limelight. Hear King Sunny Adé and His African Beats at the Annette Strauss Square, 2389 Flora St. in the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Information:

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