As If You Needed to Be Reminded What a Jewel the Kessler Has Become in a Short Time ...


Doesn't seem all that long ago that Edwin Cabaniss first told us about his plans for the old Kessler Theater on W. Davis; sweet fancy mayor, has it really been more than two years since Tom Leppert put his shovel into the dirt? From risky concept to necessity to institution in such a short time, I'm not sure we don't already take the Kessler for granted as it marches toward its only-two-year birthday in March.

I was thinking about all that while watching the short film -- part history-of, part promo, part roll call -- you see above, narrated by one Jeff Liles, but of course. I stumbled across it this morning and asked Jeff what it was for. He explained: It's a clip made last week that's being dispatched to booking agents in New York and Los Angeles who might otherwise be unfamiliar with the Kessler as they consider venues for their clients, be they musicians or authors on speaking tours or even burlesque performers in need of a stage. Says Jeff, "This was made just to let them know there is another viable option here that is actually in the middle of a burgeoning creative community." Another version, featuring predominantly local performers, is on its way.

And for those wondering about the singer seen at the beginning and heard throughout: That's the extraordinary Damon K. Clark, a Kessler regular whose lone CD, a collection of jazz standards, was recorded ... where else?
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Marta
Marta

Bought tickets today to see the great Bill Frisell for my first Kessler experience. Can't wait!

RobbieC
RobbieC

We can walk to The Kessler from our house. I just hope it doesn't get so popular that the locals can't get it!

Yvonnecr
Yvonnecr

a great venue.. Mental Health Association hosted Brice Beaird and Julie Hersh at the theater I went and enjoyed it so much.  Had not been before .. i highly recommend..

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

So do we think this Private sector group could show the city anything about running a venue ?

jen
jen

The Kessler has a visionary owner, impeccable sound, amazing staff, attentive and appreciative audiences, excellent booking, and outstanding marketing.

wynent
wynent

Thanks, Jeff, for putting an unimagined gloss on Edwin's jewel, a fabulous piece about two guys' exquisite taste and savvy. Can't wait to see what you come up with next...

Angus

Nadeler
Nadeler

The Kessler is the best venue to experience live music that I have been to anywhere in the country. We are so lucky to have it in Dallas. Thanks Edwin and Jeff.Eric Nadel

phe_75034
phe_75034

Bravo to the fine folks at the Kessler. My first time down there, back in Oct 2010 to see the great Kristy Krueger and some others, was a delight. I don't get down that way nearly as often as I would like, but every time I do, it's to see some great (and sometimes very unique) artists in an outstanding venue. It's the best small/mid-sized room in town - a totally different experience than the Granada or some of the other, bigger rooms around.

If you haven't seen a show at the Kessler yet, I would encourage you to do so as soon as you possibly can.

Brett Moore
Brett Moore

Kudos to Edwin. He's a terrific guy.

Bill Holston
Bill Holston

Last year, Jill's and My new years resolution was to hear more live music. We spent mucho time at the Kessler. Blind Boys of Alabama, Junior Brown, Leon Redbone. But the highlight was really the local guys: Telegraph Canyon, Bravo Max, and Singapore Slingers. Never been to a bad show. Had great sound every time. Mel at the bar, always serves up a smile and a cold Fireman's 4. Edwin is a classy guy. Jeff, well what he's done there is really magic. We'll be there Friday for Doug Burr and Seryn. We're fortunate to have some great venues in this city, but the Kessler is our go to place. Plan on more next year. 

RC
RC

Two brilliant guys doing brilliant work. Edwin and Jeff are too cool for school. Look forward to see how this great video marketing tool works in NYC, Chicago, etc.Request: Cabaret performers from the big cities. It's a dying art form.

mike
mike

awesome place, good bar, excellent sound

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