The 10 Best Places To Find Free Live Music In Dallas
In some cities, free music is literally everywhere. Musicians fill the streets and small coffee shops, and a walk by any park could mean getting drawn into a gratis impromptu performance from a popular local band. Unfortunately, because Dallas' music venues are everywhere from downtown to far-flung neighborhoods, it's not as easy to walk the blocks in search of good tunes on any given night.
Nate "Igor" Smith Sometimes, Rhett Miller plays a free show at Twilite Lounge
But free live music does exist in Dallas, and there is plenty of it. Alongside up-and-coming acts who are scratching out their first material on small stages in dark bars, you'll also find national acts that have decided to pick up an acoustic guitar and play a small show. Whatever your musical preferences, these venues have something to offer any music fan in Dallas who is too broke to buy a ticket.
2624 Commerce St.
If you like country music, you need look no further than Adair's for all the free music you could ever want. Seven nights a week, a diverse set of country singers and songwriters pour their hearts out on a stage that helped raise some of Texas country's best artists. Depending on which night you're heading out, live music starts as early as 7 p.m., and nightly drink specials make it easy to stick to your broke-ass budget.
Crown & Harp
1914 Greenville Ave.
Most nights, Crown and Harp has some kind of cheap, well-curated live music. A dedicated group of talented promoters, DJs, and artists make this spot unique, especially on Monday nights. Cool Out Mondays, hosted by Tony Schwa and Cold Diggin', is always an uber-fresh mix of funk, disco, boogie, and soul. Occasionally, Cool Out will host resident DJs from popular clubs across the country, but the guys who run this show every week and their commitment to "strange games and funky thangs" is enough to keep you moving until 2 am.