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2012 Jazz Nights at The Dream Café

20 Mar

Once upon a time (about two decades ago) an aspiring entrepreneur dreamed up a place where people could eat healthy, get tasty food, let the kids run free and be able to let their hair down while doing so. It would be a safe haven for adults and children alike that allowed them the freedom to be themselves and let their imaginations run wild. This place came into existence in the DFW metroplex, and the owners were so pleased with themselves that they opened a second location. Both provided a relaxing patio atmosphere, occasional classic movie nights, easy going ambiance and an eclectic family friendly menu. “Let’s call it The DREAM Café!” they said. Then, a couple years later, another idea popped into their heads. “Let’s set aside special nights where customers can not only eat and drink, but hear live music outside on the patio at the same time. We’ll do it in the springtime, since this IS Texas.”

This spring explore your dreams and find a place of evening refuge in Uptown Dallas at The Dream Café’s Jazz Nights every Monday and Wednesday from 7 to 9pm. Local artist Melanie Skybell, a regular performing artist at The Dream Café, along with The Brehms Duo will alternate nights giving live shows on location. In fact, Melani Skybell will be having her Album Release Party on Wednesday, April 11th at the Uptown Location. Help her celebrate her newest CD with Pete Brewer on sax, Jaelun Washington on drums and Jonathan Fisher on bass at her second home – The Dream Café. (outside on patio, weather permitting)

*While you’re at Jazz Nights on Wednesdays, those who like to sip after a long day’s work, can enjoy ½ priced bottles of wine, every Winey Wednesday.*

Check out the full 2012 Spring Jazz Nights Schedule:

Mon. Mar 19: The Brehms Duo
Wed. Mar 21: Melani Skybell
Mon. Mar 26: The Brehms Duo
Wed. Mar 28: Melani Skybell
Mon. Apr 2: The Brehms Duo
Wed. Apr 4: Melani Skybell
Mon. Apr 9: The Brehms Duo

Wed. Apr 11: Melani Skybell (CD Release Party!)
Mon. Apr 16: The Brehms Duo
Wed. Apr 18: Melani Skybell
Mon. Apr 23: The Brehms Duo
Wed. Apr 25: Melani Skybell
Mon. Apr 30: The Brehms Duo
Wed. May 2: Melani Skybell
Mon. May 7: The Brehms Duo

The Brehms Duo

The Dream Café is very casual restaurant (with vegetarian friendly items offered on their menu) found right in the heart of Uptown Dallas located at the Quadrangle off Routh Street. Parking is Free either in the Quadrangle lot or the nearby garage. Although The Dream Café is also in Addison, Jazz Nights will just be taking place in Uptown for now, as the Addison location is typically closed during the evenings – but perfect for Brunch. This hidden treasure is no longer remaining a ‘secret’. (I personally came across it a couple of summers ago when looking for new things to do.) So For the next 2-3 months, don’t just dream about Free Jazz Nights, but make it a reality. By the end of the evening -between the wine and the soothing sax sounds- you may be walking on clouds.

Now if we could just get those Classic Movie Nights back up and running! 😉

Uptown Location
2800 Routh Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Addison Location
5100 Beltline Road
Dallas, TX 75254

*Check out the Dream Cafe Menu here*

Summer Rhythms at Old Red

3 Aug

There’s another FREE summer concert series you may or may not know about that takes place at Old Red Museum. On Thursday, August 4th the jazz band Natural Change will be playing from 6 to 8pm. Natural Change is a Dallas band that plays smooth jazz and R&B. The first time I heard them they were playing at Brooklyn’s one Saturday night. The four talented musicians will be providing free Summer Rhythms at Old Red Thursday evening. Not only will light hors d’oeuvres be provided but a cash bar will also be available! Keep in mind that this is a free event and Space is limited so RSVP by e-mailing RSVP@OldRed.org or at the Old Red Facebook page. This is the last concert of the series so be sure to RSVP and get there early! Summer Rhythms at Old Red is sponsored by Beyond the Box Catering and Platinum Security.

Old Red Museum of Dallas County History & Culture
100 S. Houston Street
Dallas, TX

JAM To Give | Beat the Heat with The Best of the Beatles

8 Jul

End a hard day’s work listening to A Hard Night’s Day from 7-9pm and donate to a worthy cause.

Cedar Hill Uptown Village’s Summer series continues this Friday, July 8th with A Hard Night’s Day. Enjoy the musical tribute to the Beatles in the center of Cedar Hill’s liveliest weekend spot. The kids can splash around the water gardens as you travel back to a time when mop top haircuts showed your level of ‘swag’. A Hard Night’s Day is the best known Beatles cover band in the DFW area. As you know, the concert lasts from 7-9pm and it is requested that you donate a particular item each week for a charitable cause.

DFW's #1 Beatles cover Band hits the Village Green 7/8

The Tri City Animal Shelter is the organization that will benefit from this week’s donations. Located right down the street from Uptown Village on Pleasant Run, The Tri City Animal Shelter provides cages and kennels for strays as well as adoptable dogs. The municipal animal shelter serves DeSoto, Cedar Hill and Duncanville so once a stray is found in one of those cities they can be brought here. The mission of the Tri-City Animal Shelter & Adoption Center is to provide exemplary care for the impounded and unwanted animals through redemption, adoption, and public education. It’s only been a couple of years that they’ve been in their new Pleasant Run location and have already made a significant impact on the community, not to mention surrounding cities as well.

So, how can you help?? Bring Dry dog good and newspaper to Friday’s concert. Newspaper is easy since many of us already get that and throw them out anyways. Just make it a point to bring those newspapers for a shelter that can use it! This event doesn’t get much better! Pack up the cooler and lawn chairs and join us on the Village Green this weekend as we give back and JAM to Give! Remember your donation items: dry dog food and newspaper.

Tri-City serves DeSoto, Duncanville & Cedar Hill

JAM to Give | A Triple B Benefit Concert

1 Jul

Saxophonist Tom Braxton performing at last year's JAM to Give in July

Today marks the first JAM to Give of the month of July! Start out the Holiday weekend with your family by supporting a good cause. Cedar Hill Uptown Village‘s JAM to Give concert series has returned this summer with a lineup of great bands and local artists. This Friday is no different with the soul/funk group Buster Brown Band. Tonight’s concert will benefit Campfire Creek Therapeutic Riding Center. You can contribute by bringing children’s toys. It’s okay if they are gently used but try not to bring anything too worn out and dirty.

The mission of the Campfire Creek Therapeutic Riding Center is “to improve the quality of life for children and adults with physical, mental, emotional, behavior, social and spiritual needs by providing activities through the interaction with the equine family and the agricultural environment. The organization will educate others to work with horses in the treatment of individuals with these challenges.” Visit the Campfire Creek Therapeutic Riding Center website to learn more about this great organization.

Buster Brown Band

The event goes from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Village Green. With this heat your little ones may even enjoy running around the water garden. JAM to Give is here EVERY FRIDAY NIGHT (unless bad weather hits) to benefit a good cause and present you with the opportunity to sit back and relax some great music while the kids enjoy the outdoors. You can hear the music playing throughout the mall as you shop at any of Uptown Village’s local stores. Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers are welcome, but please leave the boo’s at home. You can’t miss the stage on the Village Green once you enter Uptown Village in Cedar Hill! This is a great way to unwind at the end of a week. It’s also something to keep the kids busy. It takes place close to sunset so you won’t have to worry about scorching temperatures the entire time. Don’t forget your toys (maybe some sunblock too) and we’ll see you then!!

Cedar Hill Uptown Village is located between 1382 & Pleasant Run Road by Hwy 67

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