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Local Dallas Music Scene

Dallas has been the home of a wide spectrum of artists, especially country and blues. It's city population in the 2010 Census was over one million and the metro was 6.5 million.

The history of the Dallas music scene has included Stevie Ray Vaughn, Lisa Loeb, Tevin Campbell and Course of Empire. Other successful acts from the region include Dixie Chicks, Ashlee Simpson, Drowning Pool, Larry Groce, Old 97's, Ryan Cabrera, Reverend Horton Heat, and Tripping Daisy. Arlington band Pantera has been the most successful metal band from the region. Major campuses include University of North Texas at Dallas and Texas A&M University. The part of Downtown known as Deep Ellum has a hot club scene. The local music scene is covered by The Dallas Morning News, The Dallas Observe and Dallas Weekly.

Ashley Lee * Bryan David Smith * Cameron Mitchell * Carly Patterson * Cori Lynn * Exit 380 * Frankie O. Solovely * Inner City All-Stars * James Ferris * Jason Castro * Junye * King Crab * Kinyanna * Light Alive * Lilly Goodman * Lola Batiste * Lonely Places * Maren Morris Band * Max Stalling * Melissa Polinar * Mesha * Mothership * Production One Team * Professor D * Remington * Rumill * Sarah Witt * Shock of Pleasure * Sleeperstar * Tommy Cole * Zoe Ann

Dallas Local Music Scene History

Well known local "hippie" Ramon Mallow, who went by the name "Mr. Troll," died June 9, 2020, as reported by the Dallas Observer. He had been a fixture in the Dallas-Fort Worth music scene since the 1960s. Portraying the look and role of the "ultimate hippie," he was most noted for hosting open mic night at Poor David's Pub in Dallas.

Country singer Pat Green from Dallas wrote a song for Friday night football called "Till the Last Whistle Blows." The music video was released by Green and radio host George Dunham of The Ticket and features footage of local high school football teams. The video was aired on Fox 4 News.

Dallas musicians can be heard on KXT FM 91.7, which is programmed by Amy Miller who previously programmed a station in Philadelphia, as well as radio in California and Virginia. She told the Dallas Observer in November 2017 that some of her favorite local bands include Omicron J Trauma, Ashleigh Smith, Jude Gonzalez, Sterling Masters and Skinny Cooks. Remy Reilly, age 14, released the social commentary r&b song "26" about bullying in March 2018 and immediately received airplay on KXT and The Ticket. The song appeared on her self-titled EP produced by Jason Burt.

The Dallas Central Library has put a part of its record collection on sale, as reported in the Dallas Observer on September 4, 2015. The library, which was built in 1982, will be selling vinyl records at its 33rd birthday party this year. The record collection of 38,000 discs was discovered in 2014 by new employee Heather Lowe. The section where the albums are stored is closed, but visitors can ask the librarian for access. Lowe believes it's one of the last libraries in the country to have such a large collection. About 3,000 to 6,000 records will be put on sale Thursday, September 17, 2015.

Paste Magazine has planned its Untapped Indie Music & Beer Festival for September 7, 2013 at a variety of Dallas breweries. The festival is a showcase of over 250 different types of beer. Breweries include Untapped Dallas, Freelance Whales, Cults, Brooklyn, Victory, New Belgium, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company and Delta Spirit at Gilley's Dallas. The festival was written about in this Grant Golden article 8/12/2013 in Paste Magazine.

A tribute to radio personality Kidd Kraddick (real name: David Cradick) was held August 15, 2012 at AT&T Plaza in Victory Park. He died on July 27 of a heart attack at the age of 53. Performing at the tribute were Ben Folds, Tim Halperin and Kidd's daughter Caroline Cradick. Speakers at the event included Mark Cuban and the Jonas Brothers. Kraddick had worked on the air for 20 years at KHKS/106.1 KISS-FM. His syndicated radio show aired in over 75 radio markets. The tribute was written about in this Robert Philpot article 8/16/2013 in the Star-Telegram.

The Breakaway Music Festival is scheduled for September 21, 2013, featuring Empire of the Sun, Wu-Tang Clan, Big Gigantic, Matt and Kim, Explosions in the Sky, Juicy J, Crizzly, Danny Avila, Ra Ra Riot, Lil ist, Booty Fade, Dark Rooms, Oil Boom and Yeahdef. The event takes place at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas. It's a rain or shine event that lasts from 11am to 11pm. Concert attendees must have a wristband in order to have access to the field for the Main Stage area. Everyone else must see the show form the stadium bowl seating areas. For more information visit the event's website at

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