Chris Rock. KISS. Dave Chappelle. The Flaming Lips. Jeff Foxworthy. Young the Giant. Harry Styles.

The pros and cons of Dallas-Fort Worth's big music venues

The long-awaited The Pavilion at Irving Music Factory, expected to open Labor Day Weekend, sure has a stocked calendar.

The earliest announcements came when we learned comedy icon Chappelle would christen the venue on Friday, Sept. 1. Then came word he tacked on an earlier date, Thursday, Aug. 31, either because of demand, or because the marketing department paced ticket sales just right, or both.

For the Music Factory's first musical event, country megastar Brad Paisley will headline the 8,000 seat amphitheater on Saturday, Sept. 2. 

The concert venue is nestled in the middle of the $180 million development in Las Colinas on the northeast side of State Highway 114, just south of the Irving Convention Center. 

On opening weekend, the country good times will roll through Labor Day Weekend when "Blue Collar" comedians Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy perform on Sunday, Sept. 3. 

The big names aren't reserved for the start of this place, though: The venue will host shows from hair metal kings Scorpions, current alt-rock poster boys Young the Giant and appearances from '90s radio titans Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20 and Counting Crows in the first few months of the venue's existence.

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If you don't count sports arenas that sometimes host concerts (such as AT&T Stadium, American Airlines Center and the Cotton Bowl), and Irving Music Factory basically becomes the second-largest music-focused venue in north Texas, behind Starplex Pavilion. (That's the venue formerly known as Gexa Energy Pavilion. And formerly a lot of other things.) With the May opening of The Colony's Lava Cantina and its 1,000+ seat concert venue, it's worth noting that previously empty areas of D-FW are filling up substantially.

Kudos to the 'burbs: There's a lot to do north of Dallas' city center.

Check out the impressive list of upcoming concerts at the Pavilion at the Music Factory in Irving:

Here's an artist rendering of the completed Irving Music Factory. The $180 million development will include retail space, offices and restaurants to go along with the "3-in-1-style" Pavilion at Irving Music Factory.

Here's an artist rendering of the completed Irving Music Factory. The $180 million development will include retail space, offices and restaurants to go along with the "3-in-1-style" Pavilion at Irving Music Factory.

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  • Aug. 31 and Sept. 1: Dave Chappelle
  • Sept. 2: Brad Paisley with Dustin Lynch, Chase Bryant and Lindsay Ell
  • Sept. 3: Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy with Eddie Money and the Marshall Tucker Band
  • Sept. 4: Lifehouse and Switchfoot
  • Sept. 6: Goo Goo Dolls with Phillip Phillips
  • Sept. 14: Sammy Hagar
  • Sept. 16: Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue
  • Sept. 17: NeedToBreathe and Gavin DeGraw
  • Sept. 19: Steve Winwood
  • Sept. 23: Sin Bandera
  • Sept. 28: Lauryn Hill, Nas and Chronixx
  • Sept. 27: KISS
  • Sept. 29: Young the Giant with Cold War Kids and Joywave
  • Sept. 30: The Flaming Lips and Mac DeMarco
  • Oct. 1: Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows
  • Oct. 10: Harry Styles
  • Oct. 12: Scorpions with Megadeth
  • Oct. 19: Shopkins Live! (a kids show)
  • Nov. 9: Chris Rock
  • Nov. 11: Trevor Noah
  • Dec. 28: Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Tour
  • Jan. 19, 2018: 2 Cellos (rescheduled)
  • April 6, 2018: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
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