The 10 Best Places To Find Free Live Music In Dallas

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Nate "Igor" Smith
Sometimes, Rhett Miller plays a free show at Twilite Lounge
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.

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.

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Dallas Observer
Adair's
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.

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Dallas Observer
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.


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Adair's

2624 Commerce St., Dallas, TX

Category: Music


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18 comments
lanceaprice1
lanceaprice1

Overall this is a really good list but there is one major omission.  Lee Harvey's is one of the best live music venues in all of Dallas or and definitely deserves a spot.

lanceaprice1
lanceaprice1

Overall this is a really good list but there is one major omission.  Lee Harvey's should be in the Top 3!

eatmoregator
eatmoregator

Just to be very clear. Ivan Pugh has never and never will post negative or slanderous reviews about another business. I find that to be classless and I stand on the Merits of my food, reputation and work ethic. I was no part of this "conversation" with the Freeman but am now aware of a couple of yelp reviews I was curious about. Small business owners should stand next to each other not in opposition. The Freeman is a great place to see live music and the owner is a musician. My place (the Alligator Cafe) is a great place to eat because the owner is a Chef. Leave it at that.

Anon1
Anon1

The Free Man has AWFUL food...Just FYI

puttputt
puttputt

Mondays at Crown and Harp are the best! Wednesdays at The Free Man are awesome. I highly suggest dropping in if your free. Nice little treat with the trio so glad they got some recognition!

eatmoregator
eatmoregator

The Alligator Cafe has had live music for 10 years. Even though we are a restaurant we have provided free entertainment and paying gigs to the musicians.

eatmoregator
eatmoregator

What about the last 10 years of Live Free Music at The Alligator Cafe?

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

Maybe a correction to The Free Man listing is in order
We have 15 FREE live shows a week, EVERY night there is a show from 7 to 10 pm which features, blues, jazz or swing and every night from 10 to 2 there is a show featuring rock, soul or blues... Sunday jazz from 2 to 5 pm, and 90% or more of those shows are full bands. 
I guess I am a little prickly towards the way the article is worded because we have worked so hard to put so much music into such a little place. 

Wednesday is awesome.... but so are the other nights. 

JohnJay24
JohnJay24

@Anon1 Classy and sad. Considering we are rated over 4 stars on every rating site available, and we get written up in CraveDFW all the time... we will take your constructive criticism and file it in its proper place.  
The Free Man has awesome food. Sounds like someone might be butt hurt. It's okay. 

jharkins
jharkins

Someone needs to check out the Tavern on Main Street in Richardson every Tuesday for live Texas Music and Thursdays for live Blues. Buddy Whittington playing tonight. Always free.

AmyM7
AmyM7

@JohnJay24 Sorry for the confusion (my own) - I have corrected the entry. Keep kicking ass :) 

Anon1moretime
Anon1moretime

@JohnJay24 @Anon1 "Butthurt" What are you 15? I find it ironic you imply im not acting classy then say im butt hurt in the same sentence..Its not my fault your food sucks dude and its the most non-cajun tasting "cajun food" in DFW.

bookingthefreeloader
bookingthefreeloader

Not going to have an argument with a moron posting anonymously, when it's pretty obvious where the posts are coming from. 
Our record speaks for itself, our food is off the hook. Maybe some restaurants should work on bringing themselves up instead of tearing others down, trying to steal their employees, and posting fake reviews. 
Butt hurt.... sums it up. 

Anon1moretime
Anon1moretime

@bookingthefreeloader This is hilarious! You morons need a lesson on how to take criticism without resorting so such adolescent behavior! I would rather sit at home and collect welfare than work in the food industry! To put you dopes in your place, Im a lock smith that visited your establishment after a job in Deep Ellum during my lunch break about a month ago. Your serve deep fried junk. Its not my fault your menu is full of fried crap. Now lets examine the term that I hear my 15 yr old use "Butt Hurt." How exactly am I "butt hurt" because I think your food is nasty? I could give a sh*t less about you or your food! I have no horse in this race, im just stating my opinion. You now just look extremely childish using such immature vernacular and assume wrong if you think I work for a restaurant.  I am however VERY interested in whatever drama you have with whatever other restaurant is trying to steal your employees! This has gotten juicy!! Maybe some restaurants (The Free Man) should work on how they respond to criticism. Work on not having such a knee jerk reaction which causes you to start conversing like a prepubescent child.  P.S. "Off the hook" Doesnt mean its "good" It means something is new.. that its literally right off the store shelf. (started in reference to clothes, the hangar being the hook)...dumbass. 

bookingthefreeloader
bookingthefreeloader

Our menu has over 20 non fried items on it, if someone doesn't like fried food, they shouldn't order fried food. 
When it comes to such construction criticism as "Your food is awful" while trolling a site about 10 bars that have live music, I am going to respond with the same vitriol.

And our food is fresh, it's off the hook. It's also off the chain, and it's freaking good.... even the fried food... when ordered by someone who likes fried food. 



anon1moretime
anon1moretime

@bookingthefreeloader "Not going to have an argument with a moron posting anonymously"..Yes..yes apparently you are going to have a argument with me. Unfortunately  you arent doing a good job at it cause  you didnt learn from your mistake the last time you assumed something and failed miserably. The real reality is I do enjoy fried food, just not The Free Man's deep fried crap. In fact across the street from you, Twisted Root, has some amazing fried green beans. Plus I add their fried onions to my burger. So you are wrong yet again. For the record  2 other people were with me when we ate at The Free Man and we all agreed that the food was sub-par. I cant wait to see what other comment you pull out of your ass! You've all made yourselves look like a knucklehead so far. Nice way to represent a business. "You dont like our food?! Your butt hurt and trying to steal our employees!!!" ...Talk about classy and being "butt hurt". Oh the irony! 

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