10. Granada Theater
The sound at Granada is huge and standing right in front of that tall stage looking up at a band is a thrilling experience, for music fans of all ages. They've been hosting a lots of movies in the past year, but over the weekend Charley Crockett reminded everyone how wonderful this venue can be. His album release was an exciting local showcase with the Texas Gentlemen, Larry g(EE), Kirk Thurmond and Vincent Neil Emerson. Kurt Vile recently sold the place out, too, and both shows were all ages.
3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas, granadatheater.com
9. The Kessler
Kessler Theater is the best listening room in Dallas. The bar is separate from the stage, the lights go out, and everyone pays attention to the music in a gorgeous historical venue in Oak Cliff. Artistic director Jeff Liles regularly puts legends on that stage and he has an eye for the best local artists. If he books an up-and-comer, it’s going to be something you will never see in a small room again. Either way, it's a hell of a place to start a musical education, and it's always all ages.
1230 W. Davis St., Dallas, thekessler.org
8. The Prophet Bar
The Prophet Bar is on this list for exactly one reason: Wednesday nights. For over a decade, RC & the Gritz have had one of the best weekly jam sessions in the city with Grammy winning musicians on the stage. When Prince and Phife Dawg passed away earlier this year, this is where the proper tributes in Dallas took place. And you never know who is going to show up: Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Bilal, Mos Def, and Talib Kweli have all shocked crowds over the years. And every week, it's all ages.
2548 Elm St., Dallas, theprophetbar.com
7. Live Oak
Leon Bridges has a burger named after him on the menu here. He also lives nearby, so don’t be surprised if he just happens to wonder in. This is a gorgeous venue with a state of the art listening room separate from the restaurant and bar. At Live Oak, you can hear virtually any kind of music. They have plenty of shows that are cheap or even free as well as pricier intimate gigs with high profile artists like John Mayall (which, of course, will be all ages). And who could forget the Johnette Napolitano show there earlier this year?
1311 Lipscomb St., Fort Worth, theliveoak.com
6. Club Dada
If you haven’t seen the Coathangers play at Dada, well, you’re lame. And not being old enough to drink is no excuse, because you can see them there all-ages. This is another vital Deep Ellum institution and a place to see incredible shows for cheap. Expect recent hire Moody Fuqua to have the best local showcases setup here quick. Dada has the best patio in Deep Ellum and it is being renovated. But more than anything, this is where some of the best promoters book bands that are hitting their stride. A band you see here for 10 or 15 bucks at the door may play a larger room and command a hefty ticket price next time around.
2720 Elm St., Dallas, dadadallas.com