ALLEN EVENT CENTER— This venue plays host to live concerts, theater, sports games, festivals, conventions and a full-sized ice rink. www.alleneventcenter.com. 200 E. Stacy Rd., Allen, 972.678.4646. AMERICAN AIRLINES CENTER— The American Airlines Center is one of the premier venues in Dallas for sports, special events, and toptier musical acts like U2 and Elton John. www. americanairlinescenter.com. 2500 Victory Ave., 214.221.8326. Map 1: A-1 BILLY BOB’S TEXAS— Billed as “The World’s Largest Honky Tonk,” this renowned location is the daddy of all nightspots in Fort Worth. Billy Bob’s country and western concert calendar features A-list acts from Willie Nelson and Robert Earl Keen to Ray Wylie Hubbard and Kenny Chesney, plus attractions like an arcade, a casino and a mechanical bull. www.billybobstexas.com. 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth, 817.624.7117. BOMB FACTORY— This recently resurrected Deep Ellum music venue can accommodate more than 4,000 fans, thanks to its 50,000 square foot space and five full-service bars. With state-of-the-art sound and lighting, VIP suites and reserved seating options on the mezzanine floor, the Bomb Factory - a nickname coined during World War II, when the warehouse space was used to manufacture bombs and ammunition - lends itself to a fully immersive live music experience. www.thebombfactory.com. 2713 Canton St., 214.932.6501. CLUB DADA— An eclectic mix of musical tastes find a home in this hip Dallas venue that has played host to everyone from Dawes to Reverend Horton Heat. The venue also showcases special events almost every night of the week. www.dadadallas.com. 2720 Elm St., 214.748.5105. GAS MONKEY BAR N’ GRILL— Texas music acts and national talent come together with a rockin’ menu of burgers, smoked meats and chicken-fried steak at Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill. Opened by Richard Rawlings, star of the auto-shop reality show “Fast N’ Loud”, the restaurant/live music venue is the place to be for good grub, local brews and an impressive concert lineup. www.gasmonkeybarngrill.com. 10261 Technology Blvd. East, 214.350.1940. Map 2: D-5 GEXA ENERGY PAVILION— An old Dallas favorite, and still one of the best outdoor venues in the city, Gexa Energy Pavilion plays host to some of the biggest names in the business such as Dave Matthews and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Seated tickets are available as well as lower-cost lawn seating. www.livenation. com. 1818 First Ave., Fair Park, 214.421.1111. GILLEY’S DALLAS— Made famous in the John Travolta classic Urban Cowboy, this traditional country-western venue features mechanical bull riding, big-name concerts and your favorite longnecks. The venue has even been known to host amateur boxing tournaments. www.gilleysdallas.com. 1135 S Lamar St., 214.421.1822. GRANADA THEATER— A perfect venue with acts ranging from all over the world, the Granada defines the word eclectic. Great food and a lively atmosphere make this one of the best live venues for music in Dallas. www.granadatheater.com. 3524 Greenville Ave., 214.824.9933. Map 2: E-5 HOUSE OF BLUES— Already a nationwide institution, HOB Dallas includes a state-of-the-art music hall
that features top-shelf performers (with an emphasis on blues and rock), special events, a rockin’ Cajun-themed menu, and even a popular Gospel Brunch on Sundays. www.houseofblues.com. 2200 N. Lamar St., 214.978.2583. MORTON H. MEYERSON SYMPHONY CENTER— Offering a beautiful space with wonderful acoustics, the Meyerson has been a long-time Dallas favorite for symphonies, live concert series and themed performances. www.dallassymphony.com. 2301 Flora St., 214.670.3600. SOUTH SIDE BALLROOM— The South Side, formerly known as the Palladium, typically features multiple shows each week, ranging from rock, reggae and everything in between. www.aeglive.com. 1135 S. Lamar St., 972.343.2444. VERIZON WIRELESS THEATRE— Verizon Wireless Theatre offers a 6,350-seat auditorium that can shift from large musical acts to Broadway style theater shows. The venue also features comfortable seating and unparalleled luxury suites. www. livenation.com. 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prarie, 972.854.5111.