As fall concert season nears, national and regional acts are preparing to entertain and wow audiences at Dickies Arena, Billy Bob’s Texas and nearby Texas Live!

Newcomer Dickies Arena has reshaped the Cultural District’s landscape, and in the coming months, it promises to reshape Fort Worth’s live music landscape, too. The state-of-the-art venue will host concerts, sports games and community events in addition to Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo performances. The grand opening for Dickies Arena is scheduled for November. 

If you are curious which not-to-be-missed concerts are heading to these world-class music venues this fall, this round-up is just for you. 


Dickies Arena promises to provide robust seating options, convenient parking and a wide range of touring music acts. The central concert space seats 14,000. Indie-pop duo Twenty One Pilots —famed for hits like “Stressed Out and “Holding on to You”— recently expanded their highly anticipated Banditø Tour to meet swelling demand. The Grammy Award-winning troupe will perform in Fort Worth November 8. 


Dan Auerbach (guitar, vocals) and Patrick Carney (drums) form the backbone of blues rockers The Black Keys. The longtime friends first began jamming in the mid-1990s and have since gone on to become internationally recognized performers and recording artists. You can catch The Black Keys November 14 as part of their 2019 tour with special guest Modest Mouse. 

On November 17, the Imagine Nation Tour brings three popular music acts to Dickies Arena. Headliner MercyMe is a Christian band that has penned many faith-based ballads, such as “Best News Ever,” “Grace Got You” and “Even If.”The well known song “I Can Only Imagine” is featured on the box office film of the same name. Imagine Nation Tour also features modern worship band Crowder and Christian pop performer Micah Tyler.


Late November features two nights (22nd and 23rd) of George Strait, the famed American country music singer, songwriter, actor and music producer who is known by many simply as the “King of Country.”


Each year, thousands of tourists land in DFW International Airport before making a beeline to Billy Bob’s Texas, the world’s largest honk-tonk. While the sprawling music hall is best known for attracting country acts, this fall’s performance schedule boasts a wide range of genres to look forward to. 


The Chicano rock trio Los Lonely Boys performs at Billy Bob’s August 31. Tower of Power, an R&B-based horn section/band, has been actively performing since 1968. You can catch the soul group on September 7. Outlaw country artist Aaron Lewis, the writer of “State I’m In,” performs September 14. The ‘90s would be a little less memorable without “One Headlight,” in my opinion. The popular rock band behind that hit, The Wallflowers, performs September 27.


Country singer-songwriter Billy Currington drops by on October 12 as part of his Stay Up ‘Til The Sun Tour. American gospel singer Josh Turner brings his faith-based performances to Billy Bob’s on October 26. The superstar acts keep rolling as Willie Nelson returns for his 57th show on November 15.


Texas Live! is a 35,000-square-foot gathering space in Arlington that features dining, sports and lots of live music. The event facility features multiple music venues and plenty of opportunities to catch your favorite local, regional and national music acts while resting your head in Fort Worth. 


Fun fact: The members of the country band Eli Young Band first met while studying at my alma mater, UNT. The hitmakers perform September 20. Country artist Keith Mitchell performs a mix of classic country, Texas red dirt, rock ‘n’ roll and R&B. You can catch the talented troubadour October 7. Notable Texas music singer-songwriter Steve Helms takes the Texas Live! stage October 26. The great ‘80s metal band Metalshop rounds out the heavy hitters performing this fall with a concert on November 30th.