In honor of the first anniversary of achieving Music Friendly Community certification from the Texas Music Office, the City of Grand Prairie is launching Grand Prairie
Live!, an ongoing series of live music performances happening across the city.
Set for Nov. 17-20, the first Grand Prairie Live! event will feature Tejano and regional Mexican music performances and two movie screenings at six Grand Prairie venues. All events are free, with the exception of the Nov. 18 Texas Trust CU Theatre concert.
City officials are planning additional Grand Prairie Live! events for 2023 as part of what Sara Dedeluk, manager for Visit Grand Prairie and the city’s Texas Music Friendly liaison, says is Grand Prairie’s growing presence as an entertainment destination.
“Grand Prairie Live is the latest offering in our city’s ongoing evolution as a location where live music is both played and made, and as a premium destination for family fun in the North Texas region,” said Dedeluk. “This inaugural event will offer the chance to hear some of your favorite Tejano music and artists or experience Tejano music for the first time, discover upcoming artists, and extend your fun with excursions to some of Grand Prairie’s newest entertainment destinations and restaurants.”
A noteworthy aspect of the debut Grand Prairie Live! series is the finale of the “Buscando Talento Con David Olivarez” event. Hosted by long-time Tejano hitmaker David Olivarez, this eight-week music competition will take place at Traders Village in Grand Prairie and is expected to draw aspiring music artists from around the state.
“The top two winners of the David Olivarez competition will perform at two of our venues as part of Grand Prairie Live,” said Dedeluk. “We’re delighted with the opportunity to partner with David Olivarez to add an extra layer of excitement to our inaugural event.”
To learn more about the Grand Prairie Tejano music series and discover other live music events and venue opportunities for North Texas music artists, click here.
Grand Prairie Live! Tejano Music Schedule:
7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 17: Artist TBA (David Olivarez talent competition winner)
Location: Music on Main, 120 W. Main St.
The Nov. 17 edition of Music on Main, an ongoing downtown Grand Prairie live music series, will be part of Grand Prairie Live! and feature the winner of the “Buscando Talento Con David Olivarez” contest.
8 p.m. Nov. 18: Intocable
Location: Texas Trust CU Theatre, 1001 Texas Trust Way
Hailing from Zapata, the popular and influential band Intocable is known for regional
Mexican music featuring a “tough Tejano/Norteño fusion” as well as romantic, hooky melodies, tight instrumentation and vocal harmony. This is a ticketed concert, but all other Grand Prairie Live! shows are free. Get tickets here.
10 a.m. Nov. 19: Artist TBA (David Olivarez talent competition runner-up)
Grand Prairie Farmers Market, 120 W. Main St.
Noon-4 p.m. Nov. 19: "Selena"
Location: Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St.
Between the Farmers Market and Firehouse concerts, the Uptown Theater is showing two
screenings of “Selena” (at noon and 2:30 p.m.), as well as offering a Hispanic art gallery show and a children’s “make it and take it” craft activity.
8 p.m. Nov. 19: SqueezeBox Bandits
Location: Firehouse Gastro Park, 321 W. Main St.
This popular DFW group of honky-tonkers is noted for an audience-pleasing blend of country & western and Tejano music.
Noon Nov. 20: Multi-artist concert
Location: Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road
This all-day concert will feature a range of Tejano and Mexican regional music artists, including Uvalde-based Los Palominos; Grammy winners Solido; Tejano Music Award singer-songwriter Shelly Lares; and Grand Prairie’s own Tejano Music Award winner Monica Saldivar.
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