Dallas Local Bands

Even though Austin still totes the title of the "Live Music Capital of the World," it seems that Dallas might soon be challenging the heavyweight champ for bragging rights. The live music scene in Dallas has erupted in the last few years, putting Big D on the map as a serious live music city. Though blues and country have long been the leaders of Texas-born live music, Dallas’ local bands are starting to spice up the scene with some variety, bringing to the stage everything from psychedelic funk to smooth jazz. Offensive metal bands and classic rock devotees are making the city deaf one show at a time, while mariachi bands are popping up like wildflowers with their strangely addictive tunes. Even cover bands and crunchy acoustic folk artists can be found attracting huge crowds at a Dallas music bar. Dallas local bands get free links on Dallas.com and check the free Events Calendar for a show tonight.
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Big-T and the Bada-Bings

Big-T and the Bada-Bings

Big-band music with a full orchestra and headed by Big-T. The swing and blues group is extremely popular in Japan and across the US. See their website for information on commissioning the band for your event.
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Briefcase Blues

Tribute band giving performances that recreate those of the Blues Brothers in the style of John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd.

Buzz Andrews

Rock/blues singer and guitarist that puts on a show alone as well as a four-piece ensemble does.

Code Blue

Band that plays blues infused with classic rock around the Dallas area and fronted by a female vocalist.

Danny and the Dinosaurs

Sixties rock cover band available for hire at events when they aren’t playing gigs in and around the Dallas area.

Eden Falls


Eden Machine

Hard rock, metal and goth band.


True American alternative rock is EDENautomatic’s specialty as the four-piece band, fronted by a female vocalist/guitarist, performs in the Dallas area.

Eric Folkerth

Singer, songwriter and guitarist performing original pieces inspired by everything from dinosaurs to his daughter throughout the Dallas area.

Far Star

Alternative, folk and emo rock band rooted in Dallas, Texas and performing in the surrounding area with powerful lyrics backed by moving musical pieces.


Honchie is inspired by the comedic rock of Tenacious D. The band’s matching red sweat suits and recent album, International World Champions of Rock, are meant to make listeners smirk while rocking out.


Classic rock cover band playing everything from Aerosmith to ZZ Top and back again. Hoopdolfin is available for private events when they aren’t performing at Dallas venues.

Jigsaw Flesh

Heavy metal band out to offend the ears of anyone who will listen.

Jimmy Barcus

Singer, songwriter and acoustic guitar player performing at shows and festivals in the Dallas area.

Joey Love

Blues/rock artist usually backed by a full band while playing shows and festivals in the greater Dallas area.


The Celtic influenced rock that the Killdares play give them the lovability of pop rock and the maturity of rock ‘n’ roll. Imagine taking a full rock band and giving them a fiddler and bagpipe player—Killdares is the result.

Look Out

High-energy Dallas cover band that plays in the D/FW Metroplex regularly and is also available for hire at private events.


Alt-rock band that's been called "a combination of Evanescence, Smashing Pumpkins and Dido."


Alternative rap-rock band playing in the Dallas area since 2002.

Mariachi Jalisciense

Traditional mariachi band performing at Texas festivals, shows, restaurants, private events and more.

Mariachi Rosas Divinas

The first and only all-female mariachi band in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The Mariachi Rosas Divinas can be seen at various performances around Texas and may be available for hire at private events.

Mark Austin Band

Jam band playing alternative rock, making albums and performing in the Dallas area.

Markus Miller

Singer, songwriter and guitar-fiend Markus Miller plays a blend of rockabilly, blues and country at public and private performances.


Two lead singers front Monkeyshine as they play acoustic rock and harmonize in the Dallas area.


Guitarist, singer and songwriter Montrose explores soul, psychedelic and funk for genuine music in live performances and records.

No Control

Melodic alternative rock band based in Dallas known for playing local venues and bars.

Nu Groove Band

Nu Groove is a dynamic, high energy live variety and cover band. Pop, Country, Rock, Standards, Jazz, Disco, R&B, Oldies—they play it all. Available for weddings, private parties, corporate events, festivals, clubs—any event that needs great music and entertainment!


Known as an acoustic folk and indie rock two-man-band, Oddibe’s fan base continues to grow in the Dallas area even while one band member tours with pop sensation Ryan Cabrera.

Rainbow Entertainment

Dallas talent agency with entertainers for corporate, children’s, national and special events.


Local rock band playing venues in the Dallas area.




Band of Chris Rivers, a classic country singer and songwriter in the Dallas area with rockabilly and gospel influences.


Metal band that has teamed up with American Idol finalist Nikki McKibbin and played on bills with Mushroomhead and Powerman 5000.


A group making dance and industrial music that started as a side project and evolved into an influential group in the Dallas electronic music scene.


Christian metal band that began in the '80s and has maintained the sound and influence of that decade.

Shig Shag

Modern rock cover band with two female vocalists and three guys to back them up as they perform in the Dallas area.

Sole Poets

Classic rock with a modern interpretation creating what the band calls “good ole’ Texas-style rock ‘n’ roll.”

Southern Mode

An artists' development and production team formed this corporation that works with rap artists from around the world.

Space Cadet

Fashionably shaped hair, sleeves of tattoos and black-clad band members make the rock of Space Cadet popular on the Dallas music scene.


Alternative rock band playing Dallas area venues that have become known for their great stage performances.

The Dixie Chicks

Like a modern-day version of the Mandrell sisters, the Dallas-based Dixie Chicks feature Natalie Maines on lead vocals and sisters Martie Seidel on fiddle, mandolin and vocals and Emily Robison on dobro, banjo, guitar and vocals. With their intelligent, funny songs that deal with themes of independence and freedom, this trio has jumped out of the country arena to become one of the most successful crossover acts around. Still, despite their widespread commercial appeal, the Chicks haven't abandoned their country roots. Unlike poppier contemporaries Shania Twain and Faith Hill, the Chicks play a variety of traditional instruments and incorporate bluegrass, Western swing and Irish folk music into their songs and hint at some of Willie Nelson's rebelliousness and Charlie Daniels' fire. (Sarah Quelland) More >>

The Holocaust Humanity

Two guys making moving electronic and industrial music heavy in synths and rhythm with an underlying war theme.

The Hourly Radio

Coming together through classified ads, The Hourly Radio is a Dallas rock band that has gone on to do a UK tour and several US tours.

the hundred inevitables

Classic-sounding indie, pop and alternative rock band formed from by musicians in the Dallas music scene.

The Triggermen


Tin Henry Crew

Heavy rap-metal band that alternates between hard rock and hip-hop vocals backed by metal licks.

Tracie Merchant

Playing acoustically, this singer and songwriter creates music that is full of soul and emotion.


Rock covers.

Yancey Stevens and the City Slickers

Yancey Stevens is “the Singing Cowboy” playing country music at festivals and venues as well as acoustically at private events.
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