The 2014 Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase Schedule

Ed Steele
The DOMA Showcase is just a few weeks away. Time to start planning your night

Now's when the real fun begins. Voting has been open for the 2014 Dallas Observer Music Awards for just about six weeks, and we're in the home stretch. (If you haven't already voted, you'd better make your way over to and make sure your voice is heard!) The awards ceremony is set to take place at Granada Theater on Tuesday, December 9.

All that's left to sort out is who will be playing the showcase, and where. This morning we have the full showcase schedule for you, which includes more than 60 artists and runs from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday, December 6 in Deep Ellum. Time to get out your spreadsheets and start planning.

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Announcing the Dallas Observer Music Awards Ceremony

Ed Steele
Michael Schoder and his Granada team at the 2013 DOMAs. They'll be hosting them this year.
We can't speak for everyone, but we here at DC9 at Night are getting pretty excited about this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards. Voting has been open for just shy of a month now, we've been busy booking the bands that will perform at the DOMA showcase, and the festivities themselves -- the showcase and the awards ceremony -- are quickly approaching. They're just a little less than six weeks away, in fact.

The plans for the showcase (officially the Chevy Music Showcase North Texas Presents the Dallas Observer Music Awards) have been known for a while, with tickets already on sale for the Saturday, December 6 extravaganza. But now we can add another piece of the puzzle: We're thrilled to announce that the awards ceremony will be taking place on Tuesday, December 9 at the Granada Theater.

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Tickets On Sale for the Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase

Mike Brooks
Yes, we'll even be using the patio at Club Dada -- IN DECEMBER

It's been a little over a week now since voting opened, so we're just going to go ahead and ask: Have you filled out your Dallas Observer Music Awards ballot yet? If yes, congratulations. You're a champ. If not, it's okay; we understand what it's like to play the long game. In fact, voting will be open all the way until the DOMA ceremony itself happens, which will be in early December.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, we have the serious business to tend to of the DOMA Showcase, which takes place in Deep Ellum on Saturday, December 6. (When we say serious business, we of course mean "great big party.") Today's big news: Tickets for the showcase just went on sale. So get 'em while they're hot.

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Voting for the 2014 Dallas Observer Music Awards Is Now Open

Ed Steele
Watch out, Deep Ellum, the Dallas Observer Music Awards showcase is coming for you
Hold onto your butts, Dallas; it's that time of year again. Dallas Observer Music Awards time.

DOMA time has moved back to its latest time of year ever, but we couldn't be more excited about it. This year, our annual music awards showcase -- Chevy Music Showcase North Texas Presents the Dallas Observer Music Awards if you're not into the whole brevity thing -- takes place on Saturday, December 6 in clubs all over Deep Ellum.

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The 2013 Dallas Observer Music Award Winners

The Granada: Best Live Music Venue. Photo by Jason Janik

As we have every year for the last quarter-century, we present the Dallas Observer Music Awards. This year, our panel of music experts and industry veterans nominated 200 artists, venues and organizations. Over 4,000 people voted on those nominees, and their selections are the 40 winners listed here.

They're a worthy bunch. Some are well-known outside North Texas, like Sarah Jaffe (whose latest exploits include singing the hook on an Eminem song and providing the soundtrack for Pixar's most recent short) and The Polyphonic Spree (whose new album reached number eight on the Billboard Album Chart, in addition to winning our Best New Release DOMA). Some of this year's winners are elder statesmen of this area's music scene: Paul Slavens, who was nominated for the very first DOMA in 1988, won a pair this year.

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A Night at Ships' Jukebox with Dallas' Best DJs

Deb Doing Dallas
Tony Schwa and Sober at the Ships Jukebox
There is no better music snob than the DJ. I have said it before: Keep your lead singers and your emotional bass players, stick me at a table with the DJs and I am in eavesdropping heaven.

That's where I was a few days ago, when some of our Best Weekly DJ Night DOMA nominees gathered around a vinyl covered table at Ships for a jukebox showdown ahead of tonight's Awards Ceremony at House of Blues. As I put each DJ up to the challenge of $1 worth of music from a pre-curated selection at Ships, which mostly deals in pre-'70s era Soul and Country and even earlier incarnations of Rock & Roll.

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The 2013 DOMA Showcase Through Your Instagrams


There's always something going on in Dallas, so we thought it'd be fun to live vicariously through your adventures.

Each week look for our #Dallas Instagram recap of people, places, events, food, and more. Usually, this post can be found on our arts blog, the Mixmaster, but this week's installment is based around the 2013 Dallas Observer Music Award Showcase, that took place this past Saturday in Deep Ellum.

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Highlights from the 2013 DOMA Showcase

Mike Brooks
Eat Avery's Bones
The 2013 Dallas Observer Music Showcase came and went this weekend in eight hours of North Texas' most interesting music. The unique thrill of this thing is walking from a delicate show by a singer-songwriter to the thrash of a punk band to the beats of an electronic act, on and on, and seeing the members of those bands inspire each other. Tomorrow night we'll hand out trophies, but the real reward of this whole DOMA enterprise was to be in those crowds this weekend. And we were! There was too much to describe here, but what follows are a few of the highlights observed by our writers and photographers.

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Some of DFW's Best Venue Managers Recall Their Favorite Bygone Venues

Flickr user mycatfredisfat

It's the 25th Anniversary of the DOMA. And while it's true that bands and venues come and go, many of the people behind them have been here all along. We asked a few of these long standing music veterans -- now behind the scenes at DOMA nominated venues The Kessler, The Foundry and Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios -- about their favorite old venues.

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Five Dallas Legends Who Never Won Their DOMA

Todd Wolfson
For 25 years we here at the Dallas Observer have celebrated local music by offering an award that not only highlights are awesome local talent but also allows you, our readers, to decide the winners. It's a nerve-racking month as we prepare for the award show, write the articles and tally the votes -- we'll hand out 2013's awards tomorrow night at House of Blues.

And while the winners often leave a trail of dust for future nominees to blaze, other nominees appear on the list in various categories year after year yet never take home a Dallas Observer Music Award. Texas icons, blues legends, local legacy bands: no one is immune to the DOMA snub. It's a mystery we've yet to solve.

In honor of the DOMA's 25th anniversary, we've delved as far back as the DOMA's humble beginnings in the late '80s when a pencil and a stamp were required to submit your ballot, searching through dozens of archives to find the five nominees who should have won but, due to a strange twist of fate, never did.

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