We can't speak for everyone, but we here at DC9 at Night are getting pretty excited about this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards. Voting has been open for just shy of a month now, we've been busy booking the bands that will perform at the DOMA showcase, and the festivities themselves -- the showcase and the awards ceremony -- are quickly approaching. They're just a little less than six weeks away, in fact.
The plans for the showcase (officially the Chevy Music Showcase North Texas Presents the Dallas Observer Music Awards) have been known for a while, with tickets already on sale for the Saturday, December 6 extravaganza. But now we can add another piece of the puzzle: We're thrilled to announce that the awards ceremony will be taking place on Tuesday, December 9 at the Granada Theater.
Those with a longer memory for these things will recall that the DOMA ceremony, held at the House of Blues for the past three years, used to take place at the Granada quite often. But don't call it a homecoming. It's more of a prom. Yes, the theme for this year's awards is prom, and don't think we won't be going all out with that concept. More on that in the coming weeks, but we'll see this much: Shit's about to get formal.
Taking the ceremony back to Lower Greenville is exciting news in our book, but it's not the last we'll hear from House of Blues. We're looking forward to rotating the ceremony in the coming years, and with the showcase a staple of Deep Ellum it's a nice chance to spread the wealth a little further away from downtown.
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Another perk this year: The ceremony will be free to enter for the public. There will be a VIP cocktail hour ahead of the ceremony for all of the DOMA nominees, with official festivities kicking off at 8 p.m. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
Of course, the showcase will be taking place three days before the ceremony, and tickets for it are available for it at ticketfly.com for a dirt-cheap $10. (VIP tickets are available for $34, with the package including access to all the venues, 3 free drink tickets, catered buffet and free DOMA T-shirt.) There will be performances from more than 50 bands taking place between Club Dada, The Door, The Green Room, Prophet Bar, Reno's Chop Shop, Three Links and Trees.
Several bands have already been confirmed to play the Showcase (set times and locations will be announced at a later date), including A.Dd+, Blackstone Rangers, Booty Fade, Goodnight Ned, Ishi, Madison King, Pinkish Black, Quaker City Night Hawks, Sam Lao, Sealion and War Party.
Last but not least, don't forget to vote for the awards. There are 43 categories included on this year's ballot, which you can find at musicawardspoll.dallasobserver.com. Just a friendly reminder, though, that you can only vote once for this year's DOMAs, so choose wisely.