Arts Jazz 2014

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2014

    Story by Krystal Maestas: Photos courtesy of Festival

    Jazz: More than a Four-letter Word

    As you walk throughout Quakertown Park, the sound of trumpets trill in your ears; little girls run around with fairy wreaths in their hair, ribbons blowing in the air behind them; a family rests under a large tree enjoying the shade while deciding which stage they will venture to next; delicious smelling tasty treats lure you through the crowd toward myriad […]

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    Denton Airshow

    Denton Live Issue:
    Featured, Jan-June 2014

    Story by Renee Hansen

    Photos by Lynn Cromer

    The Show Must Go On

    Nothing will ground Denton’s annual high-flying production An array of planes gracefully soar over the horizon each Father’s Day Weekend – year after year – like clockwork. On June 14, 2014, the one-day Denton Airshow comes to town, entertaining the 13,000-plus visitors with aspirations as wide as the wing spans of a B25-J Mitchell. Since the show’s inception in the mid-1980s, the […]

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    Photo by Caroline Basile

    Denton Live Issue:

    Story by Lauren Williamson

    Photos by Jun Ma and Caroline Basile.

    Walk the Thin Line

    It started off as a small project making a music video and ended up an anticipated annual event for the Denton community, but the Thin Line Film Festival isn’t stopping there. The festival is evolving into a complete entertainment experience by expanding beyond only featuring documentary films and wading into music festival territory. And right now, festival founder and coordinator […]

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    All Events
    Thu Night @ The Bear's Den
    Aug 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm Night @ The Bear's Den | Pilot Point | Texas | United States

    The Bear's Den

    Come out to see Kody West perform at The Bear’s Den!

    Hear great local music and enjoy delicious pizza!

    Music vs. MS @ Andy's Bar
    Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 29 @ 12:00 am
    Music vs. MS @ Andy's Bar | Denton | Texas | United States

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    The Dolly Llamas, a two-piece band from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, will kick out some jams to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on Aug. 28 in downtown Denton. Whiskeyboy Radio, a Fort Worth music, comedy and variety podcast, will be staging a benefit show at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Andy’s Bar, 122 N. Locust St. “Music vs. MS” also features performances by Dallas and Fort Worth rock and punk groups Cold Bloom, the Circle, The Last Place You Look and No Weapon Formed. Attendees can buy raffle tickets for prizes from the Frisco Rough Riders, Golden Triangle Mall, Circa 77 Vintage and more. For more information, visit .

    Thursday Night Open Mic @ The Whitehouse
    Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm
    Thursday Night Open Mic @ The Whitehouse | Denton | Texas | United States


    Come hone your performance skills in a relaxed atmosphere at The Whitehouse coffee, bistro, beer and wine bar! Every Thursday, sign-up is 7:00pm, 7:30pm start.

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    Unicorn Lake Summer Concert Series @ Unicorn Lake
    Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Unicorn Lake Summer Concert Series @ Unicorn Lake | Denton | Texas | United States

    Unicorn Lake Summer Concert Series 2014 small

    Come on by Unicorn Lake for their summer concert series with Bring a chair and enjoy some Denton-style music & fun for the whole family!



    Live Jazz @ Wine Squared
    Aug 28 @ 8:00 pm
    Live Jazz @ Wine Squared | Denton | Texas | United States

    Wine Squared

    Come out to Wine Squared every Thursday to sip on a glass of wine and listen to live jazz music!

    Open Mic Night @ Banter
    Aug 28 @ 8:00 pm – Aug 29 @ 12:00 am
    Open Mic Night @ Banter | Denton | Texas | United States

    Locals, college students & everyone in-between!!! Come out & enjoy the show…or signup for your 7 minutes/2 songs of fame. Poets & comedians are also welcome!

    William Clark Green @ Rockin' Rodeo
    Aug 28 @ 8:00 pm
    William Clark Green @ Rockin' Rodeo | Denton | Texas | United States

    William Clark Green Rockin' Rodeo

    William Clark Green is playing at Rockin’ Rodeo with special guest Josh Grider!

    Tickets are only $10. The show starts at 8PM.

    American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity @ Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts
    Aug 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
    American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity @ Patterson-Appleton Center for Visual Arts | Denton | Texas | United States

    The Greater Denton Arts Council exhibit American Brides: Inspiration and Ingenuity will be on display June 27 – October 24.

    Read the full story from the 2014 Spring issue of Denton Live magazine.

    Gallery hours:
    Tuesdays through Sundays, 1-5 p.m.

    Free admittance.

    American Brides

    Classical Guitar @ Banter
    Aug 29 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 29 @ 7:30 pm
    Classical Guitar @ Banter | Denton | Texas | United States

    Banter has classical guitar every other Friday!
    Come listen while you eat dinner or just to listen to the great music.

    Bonnie and Nick Norris @ LSA Burger Co.
    Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
    Bonnie and Nick Norris @ LSA Burger Co. | Denton | Texas | United States

    Bonnie and Nick Norris are playing at LSA Burger!

    Come out to enjoy a delicious burger and great local music.


    Letter from the Mayor

    Denton recently ranked first of only two Texas cities on’s 2014 list of the “Top 100 Best Places to Live in America,” coming in at number 55 nationally. It’s clear that the word is out: Denton is vibrant, hip, safe, creative, artistic, historic, original, independent and a happening place to live and visit.

    Downtown is dynamic, teeming with local musicians and artists showcased among 25 live music venues located within two blocks of our celebrated city square. Some of our most significant regional  events like the Thin Line Film Festival (now including a live music component to complement the 80-plus documentaries) and the giant, three-daylong, seven-stage-large Denton Arts & Jazz Festival spotlight raw creativity at its best.

    While music is a major theme in Denton year-round, spring and summer bring numerous events that highlight other attributes of our city. Cinco de Mayo and Juneteenth celebrations focus food and fun around cultural and historical commemorations of our nation’s diversity exemplified in Denton’s own rich heritage. Dog Days of Denton honors man’s best friend. The Denton Air Show boasts  aerial daredevils and stunt pilots at the Denton Airport, Texas’ eighth largest.

    Spring is a perfect time to try the A-Train, our two-year-old commuter rail connecting visitors between Denton and the rest of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Big city musical shows, theatre and  dining opportunities are clustered within blocks of each other in the new Hickory and Industrial Street arts and entertainment corridors, a short walk from the square. Our galleries offer world-class art  of every medium, and our international award-winning live theatre productions are far beyond that of other cities our size.

    Our two great universities are at the heart of our unique vivacity. Drawn by our creative wealth and energetic vibe, University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University students fuel Denton with a perpetual stream
    of new talent. While we are one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, we cherish our character that
    says, “we’re still small enough to be people-friendly with a ‘care about your neighbor’ attitude.” Our safe and conveniently-located entertainment venues, parks and public facilities make Denton a truly walkable city.

    While other cities try to replicate old-town charm, Denton’s famous 150-year-old courthouse square is like a Norman Rockwell painting, but one set to jazz and indie music. It has character. And it has characters. But it’s not as much the personalities of this place as it is the personality of Denton that hooks you. I love it here. We all
    do. And I believe you will, too.

    Now, relax and kick back. Then come out and experience for yourself why Denton is the place to be.

    Mark Burroughs,

    Mayor of Denton

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