The American Airlines Center (AAC) will always hold a special place in my heart. I went to my first concert there—a Lupe Fiasco bash in 2011—and I’ve made a myriad of musical memories amid the lights and flash of this 20,000-seat venue since. Countless national and international icons have passed through the American Airlines Center on their way to their rightful place in the annals of music history, so if you get the chance to enjoy a show here, don’t pass it up. You’ll probably be telling your grandkids about it one day.
With a wide repertoire of internationally acclaimed performers, this venue’s calendar will make you want to don a tux, throw on some Vivaldi and prepare for a classy evening out. The venue seats over 2,000, and is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. Pro tip: Go see the in-house Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra perform the score to a classic like The Wizard of Oz while the film plays in the background—as they do regularly—then spend the night out in downtown Sundance Square. You won’t regret it.
In any given week, you’ll be able to enjoy five different types of music on the stage at Dan’s. This bar, located just off the Downtown Square in Denton, offers shows nearly every night in a roadhouse-like atmosphere where you can also enjoy drinks and camaraderie with your crew. Browse the upcoming shows here.
This 1,000-seat concert hall has seen its fair share of top-tier performers across the years, and it’s a verified hub for Dallas history, too. Located in the heart of Lower Greenville, the former theatre is a six-time winner of Dallas Observer’s Best Live Music Venue award. The Granada even hosts movie nights on the roof every Wednesday. Check out their list of upcoming events here.
This is another one of those gems nestled in the heart of historic Lewisville. The Grand Theater hosts musical and theatrical performances, and even houses art classes for the community on occasion. The performance hall seats just below 300—making this venue a perfect spot for local, intimate performances like the always fun Texas Tunes series. Learn more here.
6. TEXAS LIVE!
This one is personal, as I am both a Rangers fanatic and a music lover. Texas Live! is Arlington’s brand-new entertainment district—complete with a 5,000-seat music venue, restaurants, hotel and event space all included in a fun, multi-faceted district that will eventually become the new home of Texas Rangers baseball. With what’s in store at Texas Live!, it’s easy to see why they call Arlington the American Dream City.
One of DFW’s most diverse venues (recently renamed from Verizon Theatre) offers a wide range of concerts and events for fans of the new and old school. Whatever your taste, you’ll be able to satisfy it at one of the Theatre at Grand Prairie’s upcoming shows. Personally? I’d never miss a chance to see the one and only David Byrne.
As anyone who was within a few hundred yards of the Music Factory on October 10, of last year could tell you, I sang my heart out to the one and only Harry Styles. Those judgmental glances aside, I had the time of my life at Irving’s hottest venue, and you can, too. Check out their list of upcoming events here to see local, regional and national acts.
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