Whether you like your music live and local or crave a star-studded concert scene, Frisco, Texas, has you covered.
Frisco, incorporated as a town in 1904 in what was then the wilds of north Texas prairie, is home to well-kept neighborhoods and a Main Street downtown dotted with independent restaurants, shops and cafes. Many of these locally-owned spots have lush patios that provide the perfect stage for bands that might be led by a local high school teacher or software engineer. There’s even a Frisco Music Scene Facebook page to promote and grow the music culture and publicize events like The Rumble Kings recent appearance at Frisco Rail Yard, a local gathering spot and food truck park.
Downtown Frisco, located within 10 minutes of the Hotel Indigo, boasts a handful of indie music venues worth investigating. Lovers of the grape will be drawn to Eight11, an intimate wine bar and patio scene opened by Los Angeles transplants Clark and Jessica Knoblock and Derek and Sheree Simms. The quartet wanted to own the kind of place they’d appreciate themselves, a comfortable welcoming spot with interesting wine, craft beer, well executed comfort food and a venue for live music Thursday through Saturday. Add in the fire pits and s’mores option and Eight11 is sweet indeed.
For more of a rocking scene, head to Stan’s Main Street, which serves some of Frisco’s best burgers to the beat of live Texas two-stepping. Situated two miles from downtown Frisco, the Rockin’ S Bar ups the game, taking the music onto a state-of-the-art sound stage geared to larger acts. This is the place to dance if you’re so inclined, whether it’s an ’80s-themed party, Stevie Ray tribute band or a kick ass cover band providing the tunes.
In Frisco Square, locals flock to Green Gator for its Cajun seafood restaurant and live zydeco, Cajun and Texas rock ‘n’ roll on the weekends, an especially popular tailgating spot before the game.
During the month of June, Frisco Square in front of City Hall becomes a free concert venue, as families, couples and young professionals gather to hear live music at dusk. Whether it’s a blue grass band covering the Beatles or a throwdown Texas trio, this popular evening draws a crowd.
Frisco also attracts its share of nationally known acts, from Blake Shelton to Jimmy Buffett to Ludacris. Dust off your favorite cowboy boot and head to the Off the Rails Country Music Fest at Toyota Stadium, an annual two-day country music fest held in May that draws the likes of Miranda Lambert and the Charlie Daniels Band.
Then there’s Edgefest, which has brought alt rock groups to Frisco for the past 25 years in April, also at Toyota Stadium. Bands like Blink 182, The Offspring and 311 play to capacity crowds for this yearly event.
Although football is usually on the agenda at The Star, the world headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys just a few blocks from Hotel Indigo, the arena also hosts big name concerts, with James Taylor and Bob Seger on the recent schedule.