What are the best places to hear live music in Dallas?

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Hayley Bosch

You can experience Dallas' vibrant culture in many forms, but live music is one of my personal favorites. Whether you're looking to catch a legendary band on tour or groove to the tunes of an up-and-coming musician, there are tons of live music venues in the Big D. When the weather is nice, make your way to the beautiful Klyde Warren Park, where you'll find Muse Family Performance Pavilion, which hosts the "Set List on the Green" highlighting six local musicians each week. Sometimes, you can just be walking through the park and catch a free concert. Well-known bands (as well as some newcomers) often play at House of Blues, which is downtown. Granada Theater is another venue that's small, but usually hosts cool concerts — it's a great place to discovery your new favorite band. Of course, when those world-famous musicians come to Dallas, they'll play at American Airlines Center in Victory Park. Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie also welcomes top bands. The up-and-coming Deep Ellum neighborhood is also home to a handful of great concert venues — Gypsy Tea Room and Trees are a couple of local favorites. And if you're dying to Texas two-step, head to Billy Bob's Texas, which hosts top country artists like Billy Currington, The Band Perry and Trace Adkins. It also touts itself as the "World's Largest Honky Tonk," so you know you'll have a good time.

Quia Querisma

Dallas’ live music venues are just as varied as the artists who play them. Up and coming talent will often book gigs at Opening Bell Coffee and City Tavern while more-established cover bands tend to headline at Blue Martini and Sambuca 360.

Far and away from the indie rock and rap scene of Deep Ellum, live jazz is easily found in Dallas. The Mansion Bar, inside of the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rated Mansion on Turtle Creek, regularly features sounds befitting of its posh setting. For a scene that’s a little more relaxed, try Terilli’s. The Italian restaurant has been a neighborhood favorite for great food and jazz for decades.

To enjoy a little country-western flavor, head to Gilley’s where an active schedule of performers is sure to deliver that classic, Texas experience that so many people often imagine.

Lastly, the Winspear Opera House, an architectural marvel in the Arts District, plays host to a number of nationally- and internationally-recognized names. The acoustics are perfect and the setting delivers the proper air of elegance that is meant for fine performances.

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