If you haven’t been to the Granada Theater (ahem, or Sundown!) in a minute and not quite sure what we’ve got going on, here’s our latest at greatest. March started off with a BANG with COIN, Ron Pope, and that big Texas voice from John Baumann. And the fun doesn’t stop there. From rock to pop to good ‘ole honky-tonk, we have a variety and half to keep you groovin’ this month. BUCKLE UP.
Starting this Thursday with Little Dragon‘s sultry synths and ethereal vocals, we get the pop poppin’. French 75 take the stage after for a little Sundown soiree. Cigarettes After Sex brings a chill to the air with their moody, sway-inducing sound. Have you heard their song “Each Time You Fall In Love’? No? Go listen. Now. You’re welcome. K. Flay brings the tempo back up with her brand of edgy hip hop. With rhymes backed with hooky electronics, she’ll have you begging for more. Cut/Copy keeps the energy going as March draws to a close. This Aussie quartet never fails to impress with their strong and complex songwriting. They’re ever-evolving and it shows. Zion T and Jake Dexterround out our plethora of pop for March!
Wish you had seen a KILLER band back in the day, but just never had a chance? Fear not, Dallasites! This month, we have a huuuuge group of cover bands taking our stages. A Hard Night’s Day kicks off the cover-rama with their true-to-the-Fab Four sound! The rockin’ continues with Petty Theft at the Granada. Yer So Bad if you miss this! After that, take a little stroll to Sundown for Allmost Brothers; Dallas’ answer to the Allman Brothers Band. NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN…or Dallas, rather. Rhymin’ N Stealin‘, Dallas’ premier Beastie Boys tribute keeps the energy high mid-March. Green Dazed keeps the party going at Sundown. Feeling stressed? Wanna blow off some steam? Rise Against the Machine‘s gotchu. Get your angst on! Alt 90 keeps the 90s vibes going at Sundown. Last, but not least, we’re going Phish-ing withA Live One!
A Little Bit Country…A Little Bit Rock & Roll
We have some awesome crunch and twang going on this month! Shotgun Rider, with influences from everyone from Kings of Leon to George Straight, if your answer for when you ask the question- do I want rock or do I want country? Porque no los dos? The amps turn up and the crunch goes big when the Cut Throat Finches take the Sundown stage. We slow things down a bit in the best way ever with Michael Martin Murphey. Thoughtful lyrics and a classic country sound will make you swoon! Afterwards, head next door for Justin Tipton. The tempo ebbs and flows with Brother and the Hayes, Thieves of Sunrise, and Pearl Earl rounding out March.
It feels like just yesterday that Willie and the family graced the Granada Stage for an unforgettable two-night event last January. The 84-year-old musician played with an energy and true southern spirit that is unmatched even by artists a quarter of his age. If you weren’t able to catch the show live, you’ll be able to see a few glimpses in the music video for “Still Not Dead!” (hint: you’ll see our show around the one-minute mark.) Congrats Mr.Nelson, cheers to many more years of rockin’ around the world!
Check out the video below to watch our concert cameo!
We are more than excited to welcome our friends Cut Copy back to the theater on March 29th to kick off their North American Tour and their FIFTH show here at Granada. First formed in 2001 with a similar sound to LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk, and Hot Chip, this Australian electro-indie group are guaranteed to put on an amazing show.
Cut Copy’s most recent show at Granada took place in June of 2014 where they rocked the stage with hits from their album ‘Free Your Mind’. Before that, they joined us for a show of a lifetime in 2011 with Foals and Holy Ghost.
As we proudly welcome them back to Granada, we are eager to hear them perform their most recent single ‘Standing In The Middle of The Field’ off their 2017 album ‘Haiku From Zero’. This most recent album features a unique techno-pop sound blended with vintage synth elements from popular 70’s and 80’s hits.
Don’t miss this epic show coming to Granada Theater this March 29th, we are sure you won’t be disappointed! Tickets on sale now!
Blog Post written by Marketing Intern Emma Clark of Reedy High School
1/2 Cup Minced Shallots
3 Minced Garlic Cloves
1/2 Cup White Wine
2 Cups Abrioro Rice
1 Qt Vegetable Stock
3 Tbsp Olive Oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Toss diced Butternut in oil then season with Pumpkin spice and salt & pepper.
Roast in oven for about 15 minutes until al dente
Toss Mushrooms with oil thyme and rosemary and roast for about 10 minutes in the oven.
Bring stock or broth to a simmer in a saucepan, with a ladle nearby. Make sure stock is well seasoned, and keep it simmering on the stove.
Heat oil in a wide, heavy nonstick skillet or saucepan over medium heat. Add onions or shallots and cook gently until just tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
Turn up the heat and add mushrooms. Cook, stirring, until they begin to sweat, about 3 minutes, then add garlic and thyme or sage. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Season mushrooms with salt and pepper and continue to cook over medium heat until they are soft. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Add rice and stir until grains begin to crackle. Add wine and cook, stirring, until wine is no longer visible in the pan. Stir in enough simmering stock to just cover the rice. The stock should bubble slowly. Cook, stirring often and vigorously until stock is just about absorbed. Add another ladleful or two of stock and continue cooking, not too fast and not too slowly, stirring often and adding more stock when rice is almost dry, for 15 minutes.
Add Butternut Squash and continue adding stock and stirring for another 10 minutes. Rice should be tender all the way through but still al dente. Taste now and adjust seasoning.
Add another ladleful or two of stock to the rice and remove from heat. Season with black pepper and serve right away in wide soup bowls or on plates.
Goes Great With: DIIV, Wolf Alice, Parquet Courts, Courtney Barnett
Sunflower Bean has generated plenty of positive buzz following the release of their debut album “Human Ceremony” in early 2016, but the band have been veterans of the Brooklyn DIY scene for years, playing over 50 shows in their hometown of NYC. Playing together since high school, the three-piece has gone through various stages of evolution to craft their current sound. Though their early sound was rooted in bluesy garage rock, with a brief foray into doom metal, their current vibe also draws from classic rock and psychedelia, with a wealth of lo-fi loose edges and dreamy guitar for a modern indie sound that pulls you in and leaves you wanting more.
Check out the video for their single “I Was A Fool,” a melancholy groove that makes you a little happy, a little sad, and a little bit like you want to dance. It’s make out music for jaded lovers.
Granada Theater’s own security team, Serenity, was featured in the Dallas Observer this month for our unique and hospitable approach to event security.
“We teach Serenity to treat the people coming to the Granada as if it were their family pulling up to Thanksgiving dinner. You wouldn’t wave at them from inside, you’d go out and welcome them,” – Mike Schoder, owner.
In an era of ever-growing caution and fear at large public events, we take the security of all our patrons seriously. However, we also believe that treating all guests who walk through our doors with kindness and respect optimizes the concert experience and fosters a sense of harmony and community at every show. That’s why we call our staff ‘Serenity.’ We are proud to be in the business of kindness for 13 years and counting. Big thanks to the Dallas Observer for speaking with us and featuring our beloved venue.
The thoughtful, well-written profile goes into detailing owner Mike Schoder’s background in music and hospitality that informs the way our business is run today. “Love Yourself” isn’t just a random optimistic phrase painted at the front of the stage, but a mindset that permeates everything we do here at Granada Theater and Sundown. We look forward to many more years of bringing communities together through the power of love and music.
“Rock n’ roll and religion are essentially the same. They bring community and people together with like interests. It’s very emotional, both of them.”
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 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!
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
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!)