Where has all the time gone? It's already a week into November, and that means the Dallas Observer Music Awards are less than a month away. With the showcase taking place on Dec. 3 and the awards ceremony three days after that, we're nearing the home stretch. Which means it's just about time to start announcing bands, isn't it?
It is, in fact, just that time. This year's DOMA showcase takes place, like usual, at nine venues in Deep Ellum, and more bands are on the lineup than last year — 55 in total. Each act on the bill is also nominated in one or more of the 40 categories from this year's ballot. (Voting is open till midnight the night before the showcase.)
The bands playing this year's showcase:
Blue, the Misfit
Cure for Paranoia
Foco de Atelier
Hares on the Mountain
The Heavy Hands
In Memory of Man
Kirk Thurmond & the Millennials
Kwinton Gray Project
Mountain of Smoke
The Outfit TX
The Rich Girls
Stevie James Trio
Straight Tequila Night
The Texas Gentlemen
They Say the Wind Made Them Crazy
Vincent Neil Emerson
Whiskey Folk Ramblers
The acts will be playing all over the neighborhood that night: Club Dada (inside and outside), The Door, The Green Room, Off the Record, Prophet Bar, Reno's Chop Shop, Three Links and Trees. As for the schedule of where and when each will be playing, well, we'll leave you in suspense on that one for the time being.
One thing you won't want to wait on: snagging your tickets to the showcase. Tickets, which include entry to all participating venues, currently cost only $10 for general admission and $34 for VIP. But those prices are about to go up as of this Friday at midnight, to $15 and $40 apiece.
For more info on the event, including details of the VIP package, visit the brand-spanking-new DOMA website at dallasobservermusicawards.com.
There's still plenty more to get excited about at this year's 28th annual DOMAs, including the ceremony that will take place at The Bomb Factory. Oh, and of course the voting itself, which is the whole reason for this to-do in the first place. You can log your votes now by visiting 2016musicawardspoll.dallasobserver.com. You won't even have to wait in line to do it. Promise.
Keep the Dallas Observer Free... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Dallas with no paywalls.