When COVID-19 hit, music venues were forced to shut down, leaving artists without tour dates and patrons without the joy of music. As restaurants reopened with new guidelines in place, many bars and music venues remain closed. Not all can afford to build kitchens to function as a restaurant — one stipulation for reopening under state regulations. This places another hardship for artists who rely on gigs and performances to make money.
“That entire section of the industry is suffering,” says music producer and audio engineer Matthew Winn. “Venues are closing, agents are being laid off, managers are making career changes. Without live shows and performances, it feels difficult to really connect with music that’s being released. With no end in sight, I’m remaining optimistic that the innovations being made now will lead to future alternatives for live events, and that when shows do finally return, they’ll be stronger than ever.”
As of now, most Dallas-Fort Worth music venues remain closed, but some are finding creative ways to stay afloat. Those that can are offering food, in order to receive permission to operate as a restaurant. Some outdoor venues are operating as drive-ins, where people can watch artists perform from their cars.
Still, some artists are not willing to take the risk to perform.
“We've been offered a few shows,” says Daelon Dodd, drummer of NU-95. “I think one was outside. But with how things are right now, it's not worth the risk losing a band member, or spreading it to our families.”
We’ve put together a list with a status update on most major venues in DFW.
14951 Midway Road
Open for dine-in and carryout. Live music events will take place in the restaurant and via livestream on Facebook.
Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar
4980 Belt Line Road
Temporarily closed, but still offering catering and music for private parties.
Allen Event Center
200 E Stacy Road, Suite 1350
No music events currently scheduled, however, they have recently hosted a hot tub expo and a children’s consignment sale. The event center will be a polling location for the upcoming election.
1650 E. Randol Mill Road, Suite 140
Open for live music by local artists, as well as Rangers watch parties.
Arlington Music Hall
224 N. Center St.
Many shows have been rescheduled to 2021, but you can still catch local tribute bands at Arlington Music Hall. The venue is open at 50% capacity.
One AT&T Way, Arlington
No music events scheduled, but, AT&T Stadium was having drive-in film screenings this summer.
100 W. Abram St., Arlington
The outdoor pavilion has sections of the lawn taped for social distancing. Plus, you can catch local musicians’ livestreams via Levitt Pavilion’s Facebook page, as part of their Living Room Series.
5805 Grandscape Blvd.
Open with limited seating. Tables are distanced. Performances can be viewed at the venue or via livestream at home. Digital links allowing viewers to tip performers are included.
McSwiggan’s Irish Pub
6910 Windhaven Parkway, Suite 105., The Colony
Open for socially distanced dining and drinks. No music events scheduled for the near future.
Rock & Brews
5351 Nebraska Furniture Mart Drive
More than 100 socially distanced seats across three different patios, plus spaced out seating indoors. Primarily focusing on dining, but music performances will also be streamed online.
5959 Grove Lane, The Colony
Truck Yard is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to midnight. They offer food, fun and socially distanced games. Live performances take place Thursday through Sunday. There is a cover charge after 4 p.m.
2624 Commerce St.
It’s been months since Adair’s held a concert, but they recently had a “dive-thru” window in the back alley allowing guests to order their favorite burgers, wings and other bar food. As of now, we are unaware of any upcoming music events, but according to a post on their Facebook page, they’ve got “cool stuff” coming our way.
2934 Main St.
Open for dine-in and curbside pickup. No music events scheduled in the near future.
2714 Elm St.
AT&T Performing Arts Center
2403 Flora St.,
Temporarily closed, with many dates rescheduled for next year.
American Airlines Center
2500 Victory Ave.
Currently closed. The AAC will, however, be converted to a polling location in time for the November election, so make sure you’re registered to vote.
The Balcony Club
1825 Abrams Road, Suite B
Temporarily closed, but you can still watch livestreams on their Facebook page, and all that jazz.
2805 Main St.
The Blue Light
2811 Main St.
Permanently closed after less than two years. All the reason to be blue.
The Bomb Factory
2814 Commerce St.
Temporarily closed. Which really...bombs
2626 Main St.
Open for carryout only.
2912 Elm St.
Open for dine-in or carryout. No music events currently scheduled.
2727 Canton St.
Temporarily closed, however, you can virtually “rent” venue space for corporate events.
3926 Oak Lawn Ave.
Open to shop for tasty confections. No music events planned for the near future.
1514 Elm St., Suite 111
Open for food, drinks and sporting events. No music events planned for the near future.
The Common Table
2917 Fairmount St.
Permanently closed back in January, but the Frisco location is still open.
Concrete Cowboy - Dallas
2512 Cedar Springs Road
2720 Elm St.
The Crescent Club
200 Crescent Court
Open for golf, socially distanced fitness classes and dining. No music events scheduled for the near future.
Deep Ellum Art Co.
3200 Commerce St.
Temporarily closed but hosting livestreams and virtual galleries. You can support local artists by buying their work on the Deep Ellum Art Co. website, or by making a CashApp, PayPal or Venmo donation to DeepEllumArtCo.
Deep Ellum Brewery
2823 St. Louis St.
For the time being, Deep Ellum Brewery has rebranded as Deep Ellum Kitchen and Taproom, where the menu is composed of locally sourced breads and meats. There are currently no music events scheduled.
Dos Equis Pavillion
3839 S. Fitzhugh Ave.
3510 Commerce St.
Temporarily closed. But you can support by purchasing merch on their website.
Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ
1950 Market Center Blvd.
Open for dine-in and carryout. No music events scheduled in the near future.
14999 Montfort Drive
Opening for drinks and bites beginning Sept. 4. Live shows to return later.
2303 Pittman St.
The Free Man
2626 Commerce St.
Deep Ellum’s renowned jazz bar is back in socially distanced action. Guests can enjoy live music on weekends, plus the “all tea, no shade” brunch every Saturday.
10110 E. Technology Blvd.
Local bands and musicians are still putting on shows, but seating is socially distanced. Some shows are free to watch in the audience or at home, while others cost around $10.
7248 Gaston Ave.
3524 Greenville Ave.
Lots of live music events and movie screenings scheduled for the fall. You can also enjoy great food at their restaurant, Sundown at Granada.
1323 N. Stemmons Freeway
High and Tight
2701 Main St., Suite 180
Temporarily closed, but hopefully not for long. This barbershop is too cool to “fade” into oblivion.
House of Blues
2200 N. Lamar St.
Temporarily closed, with most shows rescheduled with new dates for 2021.
Jaxon Beer Garden
311 S. Akard St.
Open for live music, food and cocktails. Plus, catch all of the big games on over 25 screens.
The Kessler Theater
1230 W Davis St.
Temporarily closed, with most shows rescheduled in 2021.
2424 Swiss Ave.
Permanently closed. And unfortunately, we can’t be too emo about it because they were the only place that did emo nites.
216 Corinth St.
Currently for sale.
Longhorn Ice House
1901 W. Northwest Highway
Open for food, drinks and live music
Louie Louie’s Dueling Piano Bar
2605 Elm St.
Temporarily closed, but they have launched a musical performance series on YouTube called Boarded Up.
215 Henry St.
Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora St.
The Meyerson is set to launch a series of performances this fall called Next Stage. All Next Stage performances will be performed by smaller, socially distanced orchestras. There will be no intermissions and only 50 to 75 people will be permitted in the audience.
Music Hall at Fair Park
909 1st Ave.
2911 Main St.
Temporarily closed, but their regular performers will be hosting paid livestreams via Twitch. Follow their Facebook page for updates.
Off the Record
2716 Elm St.
Opening Bell Coffee
1409 S. Lamar St.
Open for coffee, light bites and music. There are no major shows scheduled, but you can show off your talents during open mic nights on Saturdays from 4 to 6 p.m.
2702 Main St.
Despite a small fire in the smokehouse, Pecan Lodge is still open for carryout. No live music events planned for the near future.
Poor David’s Pub
1313 S. Lamar St.
Temporarily closed, but they will be livestreaming shows via Facebook.
2617 Commerce St.
Temporarily closed. But upon reopening, guests can look forward to a remodeled rooftop and patio.
Reno’s Chop Shop
210 N. Crowdus St.
Open for drinks. No music events planned for the near future.
412 N. Bishop Ave.
Enjoy live music while munching on cheese boards and sipping cocktails. On nights when bands are performing, an additional $5 will be added onto your tab.
R.L.’s Blues Palace
3100 Grand Ave., Dallas
Opened this past weekend for a Labor Day concert. Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 p.m. until 2 a.m.
2653 Commerce St.
Open for socially distanced dining and cocktails. No music events scheduled until 2021.
Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm St.
Temporarily closed but will be livestreaming performances by local artists on their Facebook page.
3656 Howell St.
Enjoy live musical performances on The Rustic’s open air, socially distanced patio. Most of these performances are free, but some may cost around $25.
813 Exposition Ave, Dallas
2110 Greenville Ave., Dallas.
Temporarily closed (see Double Wide.)
SoHo Food and Jazz
5290 Belt Line Road
2711 Storey Lane
South Side Ballroom / Music Hall
1135 S. Lamar St.
2704 Elm St.
Temporarily closed but livestreaming performances via Facebook.
2843 W. Davis St.
Temporarily closed but will be holding food pop-ups occasionally. You can help support Tradewinds by donating to their GoFundMe.
2709 Elm St.
Truck Yard Dallas
5624 Sears St.
While Truck Yard’s location in The Colony is slowly getting back in action, Truck Yard’s Lower Greenville location recently announced that they will be opening soon, with extra sanitation staff on deck.
2640 Elm St., Deep Ellum
Temporarily closed, but you can make a Venmo donation to @soulbastard to help keep this beloved watering hole afloat
1445 Turtle Creek Blvd.
Open for poolside fun and yoga classes. No music events scheduled in the near future.
122 N. Locust St., Denton
Armadillo Ale Works
221 S. Bell Ave., Denton
Open for socially distanced brew sessions, plus drive-in concerts scheduled for the fall.
103 Industrial St., Denton
Temporarily closed, but streaming live concerts on their Facebook page. Upon reopening, guests can look forward to new picnic benches and a classic country vintage juicebox.
331 E. Hickory St., Denton
L.S.A. Burger Co.
113 W. Hickory St., Denton
Open for dining and drinks. No music events scheduled for the near future.
410 N. Bell Ave., Denton
Formerly Backyard on Bell, Red’s Yard is open for drinkin’, chillin’ and grillin’. They have a few live music events lined up for the fall.
Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studio
411 E. Sycamore St., Denton
The Basement Bar
105 W. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth
Open for beers and bites. No music events scheduled anytime soon.
Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce St., Fort Worth
Temporarily closed, with performances rescheduled for next year.
2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth
Billy Bob’s has several socially-distanced concerts scheduled for the fall, as well as line-dancing lessons on Saturdays.
Concrete Cowboy - Fort Worth
2901 Crockett St., Fort Worth
1911 Montgomery St, Fort Worth.
No music events scheduled in the near future, however, Dickie’s Arena recently reopened for a Professional Bull Rider’s event. Fans were allowed to watch from the stands.
Flying Saucer - Fort Worth
111 E. 3rd St., Fort Worth
Open for beers and bites. No music events scheduled for the near future.
Fred’s Texas Cafe
915 Currie St., Fort Worth
Open for dine-in, carry out and delivery. No music events scheduled in the near future.
Lola’s Trailer Park
2735 W 5th St., Fort Worth
Magnolia Motor Lounge
3005 Morton St., Fort Worth
Main at Southside
1002 S. Main St., Fort Worth
Temporarily closed, but live streaming concerts on their Facebook page.
Panther Island Pavilion
395 Purcey St., Fort Worth
The water portion is open, where guests can enjoy live music while floating, tubing and kayaking, all within a safe social distance from each other.
Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar - Fort Worth
621 Houston St., Fort Worth
Temporarily closed but still offering catering and music for private parties.
3101 Joyce Dr., Fort Worth
Open, but only because they are defying government orders.
6025 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth
Several socially distanced shows will be resuming this fall, including Kendi Jean’s album release party.
Scat Jazz Lounge
111 W. 4th St., Suite 11., Fort Worth
Shipping & Receiving
201 S. Calhoun St., Fort Worth
Concrete Cowboy - Frisco
3685 The Star Blvd., Suite 120, Frisco
Frisco Rail Yard
9040 First St., Frisco
Open for drinks, food and live music.
9200 World Cup Way, Frisco.
No music events scheduled until next year, however FC Dallas soccer matches are still taking place. Guests must wear proper face covering and remain 6 feet apart from other guests.
Granville Arts Center
300 N. 5th St., Garland
This multipurpose art venue has been open at a limited capacity but still been holding virtual art exhibits. They are set to host a production of Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical this October.
1414 Resistol Road, Garland.
A few musical performances have taken place since COVID, but there are none scheduled in the near future. You can, however, support Marigold House by grabbing a slice at MillHouse Pizzeria.
The Theatre at Grand Prairie
1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie
Temporarily closed, with many shows already rescheduled for next year.
Irving / Las Colinas
857 W. John Carpenter Freeway, Irving
The Ranch will be launching country-themed music nights this fall. Catch performances by Jessica McVey, Faron Lee and more.
Toyota Music Factory
316 W. Las Colinas Blvd., Irving
No shows scheduled in the arena, however, guests can enjoy DJ sets and performances by local vocalists in the surrounding restaurants.
Medical City Lewisville Grand Theater
100 N. Charles St., Lewisville
Currently open for galleries and photo exhibits. Concerts will be taking place, but only for streaming online.
Hank’s Texas Grill
1310 N Central Expressway, McKinney
Temporarily closed, but you can make a Venmo donation at @HanksTexas-Grill to keep this bar afloat.
721 Anderson St., McKinney
Open for beer pickups only.
The Box Garden at Legacy Hall
7800 Windrose Ave., Plano
If you’re feeling boxed in at home, make a trip to The Box Garden in Plano. You can catch performances by Van Halen and Duran Duran tribute bands, Texas Rangers watch parties and movie screenings.
5901 Winthrop St., Suite 110, Plano
Every Saturday night, Haywire will have live country musical performances from 10 p.m. to midnight.
Love and War in Texas
601 E. Plano Parkway, Plano
Open for dine-in and carryout. Several music events scheduled for the fall.
7200 Bishop Road, Suite 270, Plano
Sambuca360 has applied for a food and beverage license and is awaiting approval to reopen as a restaurant.
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Lockwood Distilling Co.
506 Lockwood Drive, Richardson
Open for cocktails, dine-in and carryout. No music events scheduled in the near future.
Six Springs Tavern
147 N. Plano Road, Richardson
Reopened with food, drinks and live music this past weekend.
7340 TX 78, Sachse
Open for dine-in, carryout and delivery. Currently no music events scheduled.