Best Backstage - 2010
The backstage area at Oak Cliff's newly restored Kessler Theater has everything a band could want on show night and more. Lots of free parking directly behind the venue? Check. A convenient backstage door for pre- and post-show smoke breaks? Check. Plenty of room for stowing gear? Check. Upstairs lounge for setlist writing, beer drinking and groupie courting? Check. And finally, your own bathroom complete with shower? Ding, ding, ding—we have a winner. Owner Edwin Cabaniss and artistic director Jeff Liles clearly put as much thought into this space as they did into the actual show room—easily the best listening room in town—so it's no surprise to see local bands begging for another show as soon as they get off the stage.
The Kessler has quickly become our favorite music venue in Dallas. It's got a sleek and cool bar in the lobby where they usually have an acoustic warm up band or two and the inside of the theatre is awesome. There's not a bad seat in the house and the sound is great. If you haven't seen a show at The Kessler yet, make a point to do it soon. They have a steady stream of great talent playing there.