Quaker City Night Hawks Acoustic Sessions in January

Yes, it’s true! The Quaker City Night Hawks, Sam Anderson + David Matsler are here at Sundown at Granada for live acoustic sessions every Wednesday this January. We were able to catch up with Anderson and get his take on the weekly gig – “Wednesdays nights at Sundown are great because we get to go back to how David and I first started playing together. Being able to play brand new songs off our upcoming album in the way that we originally started writing songs together has been a real treat for us up there.”

With a similar sound to Neil Young and The Black Crowes, this Fort Worth native southern rock group is sure to satisfy your blues cravings with hits from their latest album ‘El Astronauta’, featuring ‘Mockingbird’ and ‘Beat the Machine’. Anderson says, “The new album has been a long process and has served almost as a reprise from being on the road more often than not in the first half of 2017. It touches all the bases for a QCNH album but explores a few of those aspects a little further down the rabbit hole this go around.” 

We guarantee it will be hard not to fall in love with the soulful voices of David Matsler and Sam Anderson who, in an interview with David Whitman in 2013, say get their inspiration for vocals and songwriting from artists like Liam Russell and Little Feat. When asked about what 2018 holds in store for QCNH, Anderson says, “2018 will be busy undoubtedly. With the release of this album, we’ll be out there in it and in support of it for a good chunk of the year. Album years are always a blur. I do know this, I see quite a bit of freeway in our future.”

QCNH have played all kinds of outdoor venues and festivals in the south from the ‘Fort Worth Music Festival’ in their hometown, to the ‘Laid Back Festival’ in Colorado. With their blissful guitar melodies and all around American rock and roll vibe, you won’t want to miss a show while they’re here at Sundown! Catch them every Wednesday night this month!

Blog Post written by Marketing Intern Emma Clark of Reedy High School



Black Friday Deals: Save Up to 50% From The Comfort Of Your Couch



Black Friday is one of those things I have a love/hate relationship with. I love a good deal, and I LOVE that feeling when you finally find the perfect gift for everyone on your list, but I hate the crowds, the traffic, and frankly, I believe Fridays after Thanksgiving should be reserved for quality time with the fam and post-turkey leftover naps.

That’s why we’re offering our Black Friday deals ALL WEEKEND LONG starting Wednesday 11/22 at noon!
Save some cash from the comfort of your couch, and with savings on shows in every genre, give the gift of live music to everyone on your list.


Use promo code GTBLACKFRIDAY to save 20-50% on these shows!  

12/6 – The Wood Brothers (20% off GA tickets)

12/8 – Reckless Kelly (50% off GA tickets)

12/23 – Shane Smith & The Saints (50% off GA tickets)

12/28 – Jason Boland & The Stragglers (50% off GA tickets)

12/30 – Bob Schneider (20% off GA tickets)

12/31 – Jonathan Tyler’s 10th Annual NYE Bash (20% off GA tickets)

1/18 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (20% off GA tickets)

1/19 – The Dream Syndicate (50% off GA tickets)

1/27 – Keller Williams (50% off GA tickets)

2/23 – Donavon Frankenreiter (50% off GA tickets)

3/3 – Ron Pope (50% off GA tickets)

4/5 – Clean Bandit (20% off GA tickets)

5/4 – Echosmith (20% off GA tickets)

This deal ends Monday 11/27 at midnight and quantities are limited, so don’t sleep on this great deal!

*Discount is taken off base ticket price. Service fees still apply*



New Music Spotlight: Motel Radio

Every once in a while (or sometimes quite often) we stumble upon a band that we fall in love with, and we are LOVIN’ New Orleans band Motel Radio. We love their style so much that we’ve already booked them to play Sundown at Granada twice this year! Formed in 2014, Motel radio has created a unique indie sound that is rooted in Americana, and who doesn’t love a mash-up of totally different sounds?

Texas natives Ian Wellman and Winston Triolo started their collaboration while attending college in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where they would meet fellow musicians Eric Lloyd (drums) and Andrew Pancamo (bass), and they’ve been rockin’ ever since.

Since starting things up, the band has moved to New Orleans. They’ve opened for national acts such as Kristin Diable, Drive-By Truckers, and Kurt Vile, and have performed at festivals such as SXSW and Firefly.  Their sound can be beachy, at times, and will teeter into the realm of southern rock and folk.

Catch Motel Radio LIVE next Wednesday 11/15 when they take the Sundown at Granada stage with The High Divers. Tickets available here! → http://bit.ly/2wwq3bq


11th Annual Cystic Fibrosis Concert Series

Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time, ultimately leading to respiratory failure for someone diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. This complex disease affects over 70,000 people worldwide, with approximately 1,000 new cases being diagnosed every year. Though there has been significant progress in treating the disease, there is still no cure.

The Granada Theater is proud to team up with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for its 11th annual show to not only raise awareness about the disease, but to also raise money to help fund research, drug development, promote individualized treatment, and ensure access to high-quality care to people fighting this devastating disease. Through the annual Cystic Fibrosis Concert Series, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and supporting businesses are able to create an event that brings together musicians, music lovers, and local businesses to form a community of people to take the battle against Cystic Fibrosis to the frontlines. A fun night with great music, benefitting an awesome cause? Sign us up, ASAP! We could not be more excited to team up with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to bring this special concert series back to The Granada Theater on November 11th.

This extraordinary night will feature a unique song-swapping experience between four amazing artists. Special guests The O’s will kick off the night, following with an acoustic songwriter circle with the lead singer of the alternative-country band The Old 97’s, Rhett Miller, indie-rocker Ben Kweller, country singer Jack Ingram, and Dallas rocker Jonathan Tyler. Each musician will “swap” their most beloved songs back-to-back and share the stories and inspirations behind them.

Although VIP tickets are sold out, GA tickets are still available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased at www.granadatheater.com. Additional information on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and their annual Concert series can be found at www.cff.org.

(This blog post was written by our wonderful marketing intern, Nicole Vaguine!)

Granada Theater Private Events

We are blessed to have a baddass events department, and we love to show them off whenever we get a chance. Dallas, please let me introduce to you our incredible events team, Meagan and Callie. These ladies work tirelessly day and night to provide customized events to the community and make event planning, for those who have booked our rooms, a breeze. Our events coordinators strive to create a unique ambiance for each event including weddings, business conferences, holiday parties, awards ceremonies, music festivals, fashion shows, and more.

Meagan says, “We love working with people that are new to Dallas because we have the history of the theater that adds a little something extra in addition to the event. It is not just your average event space; it comes with layers of stories that validate what the theater has meant to Dallas. People always love a bit of history.”

So let’s break it down. “What kind of spaces do you have available for rent?” you may ask. Well, if you can believe it, I’m here to tell you we have more than just a retro movie theater available for booking.  Sundown at Granada (our farm-to-table restaurant located right next door) boasts an expansive scenic rooftop patio overlooking Greenville Avenue. This summer we hosted many corporate events on our rooftop, along with multiple weddings and wedding receptions. Our locally-sourced produce and free-range meats also add fresh seasonal fare to these events. (Thanks Chef West!) The entire restaurant is also available to be rented out, with a capacity of 350, perfect for school parties or corporate events!

When asked about her favorite part of the job, Meagan says, “For me, it is about meeting so many creative and fun people. Whether it is a couple planning their wedding, or a non-profit organization planning a fundraiser or concert, each event is so unique and the Granada provides such a great canvas with an amazing history that allows the space to be transformed into each person’s specific vision.”

“The best part of an event is at the end when you can stand back and see how happy everyone is and all of the hard work has paid off and was worth it.  It makes planning the next event that much more fun. It is like a re-charge.”

To get in touch with Meagan or Callie to book your next event, shoot them an email at events@granadatheater.com or call 214.827.5514!

New Music Spotlight: Charlie Stout

Charlie Stout is a storyteller above all. His songwriting romanticizes the West Texas plains and American frontier, telling stories of less than moral outlaws, either on the run or on trial. His music focuses on cinematic lyrics, evoking the contemplation of life and death.

A native of West Virginia, and now a resident of West Texas, Stout draws on his experience as a photographer to craft his songs, intending to create picturesque images to bring his songs to life. He has co-written with many great artists, including William Clark Green and Sam Riggs, showcasing his wit and dark storylines.

In the summer of 2015, Stout spent a night in a 108 year old abandoned Presbyterian church in the New Mexico desert, setting to work on recording his new album, Dust & Wind. The first eight songs on the album are dark stories, focusing on immoral men in their final moments – having to face their misdeeds and regrets.

Stout didn’t need much to create this album, just a guitar, and an 8-track recorder. This “bare-bones” method is uniquely beautiful and truly sinks in with the last track on the album. The last track (track nine) is 14 minutes and 23 seconds of crickets chirping, the far-off sounds of cars and trains passing, and the lonesome wind. This track, also titled Dust & Wind, is quite literally just that, the sound of the wind, raw, gritty and beautiful.

Catch Charlie Stout and Lubbock local Brandon Adams at Sundown at Granada Thursday, September 28th!

SoundMinds Music Fest: Marc Broussard, Astronautalis, & More!

On Thursday, August 31st Granada Theater is hosting a very special charity event with the smooth, soul sounds of Marc Broussard, as well as music by Astronautalis and Pedigo’s Magic Pilsner.


Marc Broussard never fails to wow Dallas with his big voice, big heart, and contemplative lyrics. A second generation New Orleans bluesman, Broussard has just the right mix of classic R&B and soul, but with a contemporary twist. For him, his songs are a direct line to his Cajun heritage, “a gritty story.”


“And that’s pretty much what south Louisiana is,” he says, “it’s just the dirt and the grit and a vibe that you can’t find anywhere else.”


Astronautalis will also be performing, whose hip-hop roots mix with shoegaze-laced indie rock, swampy Southern-influenced blues, and more for a sound that can’t be defined by one genre, but rather transcends several to for a unique sonic storytelling.


All guests are welcome to enjoy the after-party at Sundown, where Dallas supergroup Bastards of Soul will be rounding out the evening with a night of pure rock & roll.


This concert benefits three great charities doing wonderful things for mental health in North Texas. Galaxy Counseling Center takes a holistic approach to mental health services. Jonathan’s Place is a program dedicated to providing safe homes and specialized services to neglected and abused children. Suicide & Crisis Center of North Texas is committed to removing the stigma surrounding mental health and helping people in their most severe state of crisis.


Looking for the full VIP experience? Purchase a VIP or Ultra VIP ticket, which includes a stellar four-course wine dinner at Sundown at Granada prior to the show, PRIME seating near the stage, and a wine tasting in the lobby during the show! The VIP wine dinner will also feature KXT radio host and musician Paul Slavens, as well as Ginny Mac, and Marc Aaron Solomon & Amy Curnow for a private performance during dinner.


Good food, great music, and a cause worth fighting for, this star-studded event is one you don’t want to miss!

Grab tickets and get more info here

Yelp names Granada one of “Top 50 Music Venues in the U.S.”

Let me tell you something that you may have already known; working in the music industry is so freaking cool! I never thought I’d be lucky enough to get into this business. Music has been a huge part of my life, so be able to say I work for one of the best music venues in Dallas is truly an honor. I could go on and on about the theater’s history and the exclusivity you feel being a part of the Granada family. Apparently, we’re not the only ones that think the Granada Theater is one of the best places to see a concert. And, it isn’t just our own city that’s taken notice.

Yelp recently included us in their list of “Top 50 Music Venues in the U.S.” that ranges from dark dives to well-known rock clubs and more. There are some legendary names on this list like Skylark Lounge in Austin, B.L.U.E.S. in Chicago, The Casbah in San Diego, Freddy’s Bar in Brooklyn and one of Texas’ stalwart venues: Gruene Hall. Also on the list is one of the city’s other renowned music venues and a stone’s throw from our location: the great Kessler Theater. If you’ve never seen a show at the Kessler, do yourself (and your friends) a favor and see a show. Located in the heart of the beloved Bishop Arts District, the Kessler is one of Dallas’ three remaining theater-turned-music venues, and one you definitely need to check out.

Being recognized as one of the best places to see a concert always makes us thankful to have a loyal following. We’ve always been fans of our fans. Our marketing manager, Mark Kennedy, knows how important our fans truly are to the theater, “Being mentioned in the same breath as some of the venues on this list is truly an honor. We always love hosting fun shows and including our fans in everything that we do.” This past week’s Free Week celebration was the perfect example of the love we have for the fans, “Nowhere else in Dallas/Fort Worth hosts an entire week of concerts for free. It’s for the fans – plain and simple. Without them, we’d be just another old building in Dallas. Magic happens when this room is filled.”

Even the booking team has to pinch itself whenever they confirm a new show. Head-booker, Tara Wurts, has been a longtime Granada-goer since the mid 90’s having seen bands in their infancy before they hit it big; The Black Keys being one of them. “I’ve seen so many bands at Granada, some of which were just getting started. That room is indescribable. The natural acoustics work in the musician’s favor and everyone usually has the same thing to say, ‘this place is so cool!’” The theater has seen its fair share of music icons including Bob Dylan, David Crosby, Stephen Stills and Willie Nelson just this past January. “Willie Nelson at Granada Theater…I never thought I’d see the day. Words cannot explain how special that was for that type of room. We’re lucky to have a room as unique as Granada’s.”

We can only say so much…the rest is for you to experience! They don’t build ‘em like they used to, and the same can be said for our beloved Granada. Big thanks to Yelp for the love – come out and see us soon!


Granada Theater: Press Highlights 2016-17

Did you know our precious theater was built in 1946? It’s a post-WWII behemoth that has sat at 3524 Greenville Avenue for a long time now. We constantly hear stories from crowds of all ages about them or their parents and grandparents seeing a movie when they were younger. It’s wonderful neighborhood press that we take to heart. East Dallas is a tightknit community and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Getting bigger press, however, takes a lot of work and research. That work paid off for 2016 and 2017 as we were lucky enough to be featured in some notable publications. To start, Southwest Airlines featured us as one of, “The 10 Best Places to See Live Music” and we were placed among some stellar company: Bluegrass Underground (McMinnville, TN) Masonic Ampitheatre (Clifton Forge, VA)  The Rave (Milwaukee, WI) and even Red Rocks (Morrison, CO). We were beyond honored – heck, to be mentioned in the same breath as Red Rocks alone was incredible.

GuideLive, the dedicated entertainment wing of The Dallas Morning News, has worked with us on numerous festivities but they were the first to break Willie Nelson’s back-to-back-concerts . The response was overwhelming! Working in the office that day was interesting…the day was filled with phone calls. Some nice, others not so much. The show review showcased what Trigger and Willie brought to our stage both nights. While we had known the Red Headed Stranger was due for a visit months before, it was fascinating to see the immediate response. They also broke the story that a part Willie’s two-night stay was featured in his recent music video!

Sundown at Granada, the theater’s restaurant next door, has been in the press a few times as well. Since Executive Chef Jason West has taken over, the menu has changed seasonally with new and exciting dishes to match. It’s the dedication to his craft and overall love of food (Louisiana/Cajun especially) that has helped him earn nods as one of the city’s up-and-coming chefs, including “Rising Star Chef” (CultureMap Tastemaker Awards). One of the restaurant’s staples, the Veggie Burger, has been a longtime hit. The Dallas Observer had very kind things to say naming it one of “10 vegetarian burgers in Dallas that are downright delicious.”

Sundown does a lot more than just provide delicious farm-to-table fare out of our little East Dallas nook. We like to host neighborhood-friendly events, too. Drive up and down Lower Greenville and you’ll notice Sundown’s sprawling patio nestled next to the historic Granada Theater. It is, in our totally unbiased opinion, the best patio with the best views. Want a picture of the theater’s iconic marquee? You barely have to move. Dallas Observer knows what we’re talking about! Our patio isn’t the only outside space that offers picturesque views of the neighborhood – the rooftop is home to the weekly Movie Series and special screenings, including popular television shows. One such show that’s quite popular is The Bachelorette. The creative minds at Granada decided to make a fun watch party out of it with bingo games, Rose specials and a visit from the Bachelorette herself. See for yourself with the recap from our friends at the Observer.

Want to see all the fun things happening? Swing by and say hi!

Free Week: F#ck Yeah, It’s Free!

The time has come for our 2nd annual Free Week Celebration! A whole week of free live music, dedicated to our loyal fans who have seen us through 12 years of great shows. We’re so grateful for the opportunity to do what we love: unite people through the universal language of music.


From July 18th through the  23rd, we’ll have a different show every night, from indie rock, to new wave, to authentic Texas country. We’ve got something for everyone each night of the week! This year, we’re also hosting an after-party at Sundown next door every night, with even more great bands to keep you grooving all night long.


Worried about getting to the venue and finding out capacity is maxed out? Grab an advance ticket for five bucks, and not only is your entry guaranteed, your first drink’s on us! Check out the delicious tunes of the Free Week bands below with our spotify playlist!




Tuesday 7/18: Valise, Northern National, Jacob Metcalf, Caterpillars (Sundown)

Kicking off the week with some atmospheric indie rock and alt-pop rock

Goes Great With: Imagine Dragons, Copeland, The Rocket Summer


Wednesday 7/19: Micky & The Motorcars, Dirty River Boys, The Statesboro Revue, Atlantis Aquarius (Sundown)

Night two is all about that Rockin’ Texas country, so grab your cowboy boots and let’s get rowdy with these local Country legends.

Goes Great With: Reckless Kelly, Cory Morrow, Wade Bowen


Thursday 7/20: The Quaker City Night Hawks, Oil Boom, The Roomsounds, The Birds of Night (Sundown)

            Tonight we’ve got some of the best alt-country, Southern rock acts around. After packing the house at Fort Worth’s Fortress Fest earlier this year, we knew Quaker City was bound to get the whole room tuning in and rocking out.

            Goes Great With: Houndmouth, Wild Feathers, Felice Brothers


Friday 7/21: Night Drive, Blackbird Blackbird, Nite, Nervous Curtains, Cygnus (Sundown)

            We’re bringing the retro new-wave dance party vibes for Friday night, so grab some eyeliner and your best dancing shoes!

Goes Great With: New Order, Psychedelic Furs, Slowdive


Saturday 7/22: Eisley, Ume, Jessie Frye, SuperSonic Lips (Sundown)

Saturday night is for ladies that rock! We hand-picked some of our favorite  female-led groups, with a mash-up of genres from indie dream rock, to psych-garage rock, to electro power-pop.

Goes Great With: Jenny Lewis, Metric, Joy Formidable


Sunday 7/23: Savoy (DJ Set), Run DMT, Red Eye, Skinny Cooks (Sundown)

What better way to end a kick-ass week of live music than one big electronic rave! We’ve enlisted the best DJs in town to make sure we end this week with a bang.

Goes Great With: Pretty Lights, Beats Antique, Bassnectar



Come party with us this July 18th – 23rd, as we say THANK YOU for your continued support and loyalty to Dallas’ historic Granada Theater! Cheers to many more years!