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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:
  Apr. 24-25 Ray Wylie Hubbard with special guest Ronnie Fauss
  May 1 An Evening with Bob Schneider
  May 2 A.J. Croce (solo) and Jonah Smith (full band)
The Kessler Theater is located at 1230 W. Davis St. Information:

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:
  Apr. 24 Peter Hook & The Light
  Apr. 30 Kodaline
  May 1 The Magic Beans
The Granada Theater is at 3524 Greenville Ave. Information:

Image: House of Blues House of Blues showcases an eclectic mix of live music and shows. Coming soon:
Apr. 24 Matt & Kim
Apr. 29 Zappa plays Zappa
May 3 KSCS Presents Little Big Town Benefitting Cook's Children
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:
  Apr. 24 Drew Fish Band
  Apr. 25 Paul Cauthen
  May 1 The Nightowls
  May 2 Chris Bandi
The Rustic is located at 3656 Howell St. Information:

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:
Apr. 26 Marc Maron
Apr. 28 All Time Low

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:
Apr. 30 Wishbone Ash
May 1 Tailgate Poets
May 2 Kaylee Rutland
Poor David's Pub is located at 1313 S. Lamar St.

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:
Apr. 30 Boxcar Bandits

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:
Apr. 30 A Celebration of Billie Holiday. This April marks the 100th birthday of one of the world's most compelling and revered jazz singers. Andrew Griffith leads this tribute to "Lady Day," featuring selections of the artist's catalog sung by Dallas vocalist Leena Conquest.
Information: 214-922-1200 or

May 1 Klyde Warren Park hosts Music Road Records Day, a free concert presented by Austin-based Music Road Records featuring some of the label's finest singer-songwriters. Featured artists will include Jonah Smith, Garrett Lebeau, Sam Baker, Jimmy LaFave, and Hal Ketchum. The event is free and open to the public from 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. at the Muse Family Performance Pavilion. Klyde Warren Park is located at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Frwy. 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:
May 1-2 Big "D" Classic
May 3 Home Free Vocal Band
The Majestic Theater is located at 1925 Elm St. Information:

May 2 The Who, one of rock's most legendary and defining bands, will celebrate their 50-year legacy when they bring their "The Who Hits 50!" tour to North America in 2015. Set lists on these shows will take their audience on an "Amazing Journey" through The Who's entire career, from the band's early days to classic albums including Who's Next, Tommy, Quadrophenia, My Generation and Live at Leeds, through the present day. Opening for The Who in Dallas is Joan Jett & The Blackhearts. Don't miss the chance to see them live at the American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. 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 2 Lady Antebellum: Wheels Up
2015 Tour with Hunter Hayes & Sam Hunt
May 9 Lana Del Rey - Endless Summer Tour
May 15 Dave Matthews Band
The Gexa Energy Pavilion is at 1818 First Ave. Information: 214-421-1111 or

American Airlines Center hosts a busy calendar of big-time arena concerts in styles to suit every taste. Coming up:
May 2 The Who Victory Station image
May 14 NKOTB with special guests TLC and Nelly
May 18 Rush
May 28 Neil Diamond
June 5 Romeo Santos
Catch the music at the AAC in the heart of Victory Park, 2500 Victory Ave. Information: 214-373-8000 or

May 7 Hayes Carll is an odd mix. Wildly literate, utterly slackerly, impossibly romantic, absolutely a slave to the music, the 35-year old Texan is completely committed to the truth and unafraid to skewer pomposity, hypocrisy and small-minded thinking. Carll connects with music lovers across genre lines. He and his band, the Gulf Coast Orchestra merge a truculent singer/songwriter take that combines Ray Wylie Hubband's lean freewheeling squalor with Todd Snider's brazen Gen Y reality and a healthy dose of love amongst unhealthy people. Like so many Texans before him, there's no agony in the ecstasy - just the wonder of capturing the perfect character in the song. Hear him live at the Plano Courtyard Theater, 1509 H Ave., part of the Courtyard Texas Music Series 2015. Information:

May 9 The Richardson Symphony Orchestra performs their season finale at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr. at 8:00 p.m. in the Hill Performance Hall. The orchestra will be performing Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 with the UNT Grand Chorus. Information:

May 10 The Lone Star Youth Winds welcomes world-renowned composer Frank Ticheli for Songs and Dances, a Mother's Day celebration on Sunday, May 10th at the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Dr. in Richardson. Frank Ticheli will talk about and conduct his works including the beautiful "Rest" to his brand new work "Dancing on Water." Assistant Conductor Andrew Tucker leads the LSYW in the music of Tchaikovsky along with the winner of the 2015 Youth Winds Concerto Competition. If you are a wind band lover, you will not want to miss this opportunity to see Frank Ticheli in person and in action! Information:

Bernstein 3 May 14, 16 Bernstein 3. The American master gives voice to the eternal struggle of Creator and creation, father and son. The DSO with the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas perform the impassioned Kaddish. Plus Bernstein's Serenade with violinist Liza Ferschtman. Jaap van Zweden conducts. The DSO performs at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Information:

May 16-17 The Dallas Outdoor Music and Art Festival at the Trinty River Corridor makes its debut on May 16th and 17th to celebrate the city's vibrant music, art and culture scene. As Dallas' premiere outdoor music and arts festival, DMD Fest features a wide variety of musical genres on two stages during two days. Experience some of the area's best food trucks, live music and local artisan offerings along a spectacular view of the Dallas skyline. It all happens in Trinity Groves, 425 Bedford St. Information:

May 17 Before Annie Clark enchanted the alt-rock world as St. Vincent, she was a performer right here in North Texas. The Grammy Award winner returns home for the inaugural SOLUNA: International Music & Arts Festival, with a live show bound to become a local music legend. Playing with musicians from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, St. Vincent will bring her engrossing brand of musical performance to the Center's outdoor venue, Annette Strauss Square, 2389 Flora St. The St. Vincent show is a collaboration between the Dallas Symphony and the AT&T Performing Arts Center. Information:

May 22 CMI is proud to present the 2014 Gold Medalist of the 9th Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. The performance is Friday, May 22 at 8:00 p.m. in the Dallas City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. Also performing that evening is pianist Chih-Yi Chen's, whose versatile qualities as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist have distinguished her as a rarity amongst pianists. Information:

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