Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 100

dallasobserver.com Best Rock Bar ClUB DADA | SHOPPING/SERVICES HAPPY H OUR MONDAY–FRIDAY 3–9PM SATURDAY 2–9PM & SUNDAY ALL DAY CULTURE/PEOPLE Scott Mitchell because hell yes the music plays outside too. 5818 Live Oak St., 214-823-2410, Lakewood-landing.com Best Use of Star Power Garth Brooks In your face, Jerry Jones. The Cowboys owner may have built the biggest indoor con-cert venue in the state of Texas, but when Garth Brooks decided to make his big North Texas comeback, he took his business else-where. And boy did it pay off: Brooks, who hadn’t played Dallas since 1998, made the sensational decision to play seven — yes, seven — shows across five nights at American Airlines Center, and the country legend sold over 100,000 tickets in the span of a few hours. It wasn’t just Brooks’ ego that bene-fited either; with floor seats costing less than $70, the fans were the real winners. ence is really about respect for elders. The Kessler Theater, an always-all-ages venue, is nothing if not reverent toward music’s past, and it’s the perfect place for young music fans to gain an appreciation for history. To say The Kessler books “legacy acts” would be to give it short shrift; catching the Mavis Staples or Zombies of the world in a 400-person theater is once-in-a-lifetime stuff and a chance for those under-18 music-heads to experience music the way it should be. 1230 W. Davis St., 214-272-8346, thekessler.org NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC | FOOD/DRINK | Best Roving Music Venue Vice Palace What’s more do-it-yourself than not having a fixed address? Local artist Arthur Peña flipped the script on the DIY venue model by doing away with the actual venue (and the overhead) to set up a roving DIY space, Vice Palace. Peña has always liked things weird (witness a George Quartz show or Dezi 5’s crucifixion), but his best and battiest trick yet may be the new, city of Dallas-funded Vice Palace cassette label, for which he recorded live shows at Aqua Lab Studios to release as one-off tapes. Peña proves you can do any-thing with enough imagination. vicepalace.tumblr.com SPORTS/RECREACTION | Best Concert DALLAS OBSERVER Sleater-Kinney at Granada Theater Sometimes it’s best to let the music do the talking. When Sleater-Kinney visited Dallas in the spring, they answered questions about whether their reunion tour could capture the old fire in the simplest way possible: by kick-ing ass. The trio barely spoke throughout the show, preferring instead to ratchet up the en-ergy with every song, as though Corinne Tucker, Janet Weiss and Carrie Brownstein wanted to see who would break first. In the end, they just about burned the Granada down with the apocryphal “Modern Girl.” This wasn’t the best feminist show in Dallas this year, or even the best punk or rock show. It was the best show, period. Best Recurring Music Night S EPTEMBER 24-30, 2015 Outward Bound Mixtape Sessions at The Crown & Harp If Lower Greenville has increasingly come to resemble Uptown with its rooftop bars and valet parking, then at least one bar, and in par-ticular one weekly music showcase, has been keeping the neighborhood’s creative spirit in-tact. That bar is The Crown & Harp, and thanks to Stefan González, who curates the Outward Bound Mixtape Sessions each Mon-day, it’s one of Dallas’ most vital hubs for ex-perimental and noise music. From free jazz to noise rock to one-man bands, Outward 2800 Routh St. 214.922.8220 bbcpub.com Best All-Ages Venue The Kessler Theater When you think of an all-ages venue you might think punk music and kids waving middle fingers at their parents and the estab-lishment. But cultivating a great all-ages audi-100

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