Five Dallas Shows That Need to Happen, But Probably Never Will

The Fair Park Band Shell is lonely
Over the past few years, Dallas has seen an influx of house shows, the creation of an annual festival in the heart of downtown and new venues popping up left and right. Which got us thinking: how adventurous could we really get? What locations or venues are sorely in need of some live music, if by a long shot?

So we decided to put together a little wish list of venues we'd like to see host shows. Then we added to the fantasy by dropping the name of an artist we'd like to see play there. Sure, we might be dreaming big, but by putting our wish out into the universe, who knows, maybe a local promoter will jump on the opportunity.

Have any of your own dream show scenarios? Let us know in the comments.

The Avalanches at the Fair Park Band Shell
This might seem like an odd pairing at first. Yes, whether the Avalanches ever put out another album, much less tour again, is highly debatable. And band shells are typically reserved for modest and traditional musical accouterments, not DJs. But have you seen the band shell in Fair Park? Probably not, considering how underutilized the venue has been in recent years. Between the vibrant, almost cartoonish nature of the venue and the Avalanches' mythical reputation, this could a unique and unforgettable event.

Bob Dylan at Dealey Plaza
There would be some pretty substantial legal hurdles to get over, but could you imagine the scenery? Crowds flooding the streets, conspiracy theorists converging en masse, Dylan perched atop the Grassy Knoll. The sheer amount of history at this event would be astonishing. The music wouldn't be so bad either, save the vocals. He's coming to town November 1, so who knows?

The Botanical Gardens would be Zen as hell
Joanna Newsom at the Japanese Botanical Gardens, Fort Worth
Speaking of scenery, the Fort Worth Botanical Garden has it. Specifically the Japanese Garden. Its majestic landscape is set on seven acres, with next-level Japanese greenery and architecture, making for one of the most beautiful and serene destinations in the area. I like to think Ms. Newsom actually lives in this garden, strumming her harp and conversing with the wildlife while pondering life's most pressing philosophical matters. But watching her strum a harp next to other paying customers would be the next best thing.

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your pic of the Band Shell bought tears to my eyes, I am in my 50's and remember my parents taking all 9 of their children to see the symphony there when I was a child. They would sit in the down front and we would play on the grass in front of the stage. I would love to see many kinds of oncerts there in the old girl. Thanks for the memories


Anyone at the State Fair Band Shell.  Dylan would be a nice start.


Alabama Shakes at the Balcony Club around midnight

Drive-by Truckers at Strokers on Harry Hines

Diane Birch on the Mansion’s patio

Delta Spirit at corner of Knox & Cole on Sunday

The Shins in my backyard.


These need to happen.

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