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The 10 Best Blues Clubs in Dallas-Fort Worth

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Mambo's Tapas Cantina 1010 Houston St., Fort Worth

Located below the historic Park Central Hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Mambo's Tapas Cantina is a place where you can often find some raw local blues talent wailing away on stage. With art decorating the walls and TexMex offered until 10 p.m., Mambo's has been offering a combination of good music, food and booze since 1969. It might not be blues every night but on the nights the soulful music does appear, Mambo's intimate setting will have you feeling the blues.

Cadillac Pizza Pub 112 S. Kentucky St., McKinney

"The feel of Memphis, the buzz of Austin and the spirit of New Orleans" describes this italian restaurant located off Kentucky and Virginia streets in McKinney. Since 2006, it's been offering the best live music in North Texas, with artists from every genre. Blues is often showcased in some form in this small neighborhood venue.

The Kessler 1230 W. Davis St., Dallas

Gene Autry once owned this historic concert venue. It's been hit by a tornado, rose from the ashes, became holy and then fell from grace. It's now opened to the public, offering memorable shows by some legendary artists. It's known as "the best 'listening room' in Dallas." It's a reputation well earned. Located off Davis Street in Dallas, the Kessler offers the perfect acoustics for a bluesman to wail.

Granada Theater 3524 Greenville Ave., Dallas

This historic Dallas theater has been showcasing music off Lower Greenville since the '70s. Originally built to showcase the Golden Age of Hollywood movies, now every genre of artist can be found shredding onstage. Upgraded lights and sound system does add to the experience, but it's the historic feel of the place that really sets the mood. Blues is sprinkled through the lists of upcoming events, like Lucky Peterson on Friday, October 3. Like the Kessler, it's a historic place that's perfect for any genre and essential for the blues.

Poor David's Pub 1313 S. Lamar Blvd., Dallas

This blues venue played host to KNON's 30th Anniversary party, providing a variety of blues masters from up-and-comer Jason Elmore to Dallas legend Mike Morgan. For 37 years, Poor David's Pub has showcased a slew of legends like singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Doc Watson and Grammy-Award winning blues guitarist Robert Cray. Follow South Lamar Street just off Interstate 30 for a couple of blocks to find this home of the blues in Dallas.

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Christian McPhate is an award-winning journalist who specializes in investigative reporting. He covers crime, the environment, business, government and social justice. His work has appeared in several publications, including the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Miami Herald, San Antonio Express News and The Washington Times.