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What to Expect at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Free Summer Concert

Dick Dale and Jimmy Dale at the DMA Late Night Concert (photo by Mr. Holga)

Dick Dale and Jimmy Dale at the DMA Late Night Concert (photo by Mr. Holga)

The Dallas Museum of Art’s Free Summer Concert is this Friday, June 17.

Over the weekend Dallas Art News received a question about the Dallas Museum of Art’s (DMA) free summer concert (see Dallas Museum of Art Presents The Polyphonic Spree). Our reader will be traveling to Dallas from afar for the concert and wanted to know if they would be able to see The Polyphonic Spree perform.

We started off our answer by stating the free summer concert belonged to the DMA, not us. And anyone with questions should contact the DMA for more definitive answers. In other words, if we are totally wrong here, then it’s not our fault.

The DMA’s free summer concert is part of the Dallas Museum of Art’s monthly Late Night event, which coincides with this year’s Dallas Arts District’s annual Summer Block Party including Late Nights at the DMA, Crow Collection After Dark,‘Til Midnight at the Nasher, performances at the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Lexus Broadway Series.

Having experienced last year’s free summer concert with Dick Dale (see Dick Dale and Jimmy Dale at the Dallas Museum of Art Late Night Summer Concert), we feel that everyone will get a chance to see and hear The Polyphonic Spree perform. We do not follow their music specifically, but we do know they are not The Rolling Stones, so there should be ample room for everyone.

The DMA’s free summer concerts take place in the Ross Avenue Plaza located to the south of the museum. The plaza is part pavement and part lawn with the large sculpture Ave (1973) by Mark di Suvero. There is ample lawn area to spread out a blanket, or bring a lawn chair. There is a short border wall along Harwood Street that could be used for sitting. The area will be first come first serve. If you aim to sit, then we recommend getting a seat at a distance, otherwise, you will be staring at the backs of strangers for the whole concert.

As most Dallas residents know, it’s hot and sticky in Texas this time of year. Either bring a lot of water or bring some cash to purchase water (see Dallas Arts District Summer Block Party, Think “Water”!). There should be a vendor on hand selling cold drinks and other refreshing treats. Please keep in mind that neither your lawn chairs or beverages will be allowed inside the art museum.

Let this be a warning. Parking for the DMA’s free summer concert will be tight. The DMA’s garage, which is free for members and $10 per car for non-members, will fill up fast and all patrons, museum members or not, will have to pay at one of the lots across the street. This is one of the occasions we highly recommend taking DART Rail. A $2 rail pass trumps $10 parking plus gas any day. Just get off at St. Paul Station and walk about one block north to Ross Plaza. DART has a great mobile website for determining rail times.

We hope to see you there. And remember, if you have any questions about the DMA’s free summer concert, don’t hesitate to ask … the DMA. Cheers.

About Mr. Holga

Mr. Holga is our walkabout photographer and art reporter. Mr. Holga specializes in film photography, especially with Holga cameras. You can follow Mr. Holga on Twitter at twitter.com/MrHolga or visit his website at www.mrholga.com.

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