Perhaps The Greatest Thing Ever to Happen to The Arts District: BYOB Now Allowed at Artists Square

Thanks to a new ruling by TABC, beginning with the Gipsy Kings concert on May 2, audience members will be able to bring their own beer and wine to outdoor events at the AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Annette Strauss Square. Here are the details:


April 13, 2012



BYOB Kicks Off With GIPSY KINGS Concert at the AT&T Performing Arts Center


(DALLAS) Audiences enjoying performances under the stars atAnnette Strauss Squarewill now be able to bring their own wine, beer and alcoholic beverages. A new ruling by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission allows guests to BYOB to most lawn and seating areas inStrauss Square, the outdoor performance venue at theAT&TPerformingArtsCenter. Guests can now bring their own picnic baskets as well. This will begin with the GIPSY KINGS concert on May 2.


“Our guests have consistently told us they would like the option to bring their own wine or beer, said Doug Curtis, acting president and CEO of the AT&T Performing Arts Center. “This ruling now allows us to offer this, and I can’t think of a better concert to kick this off with than the GIPSY KINGS!


As part of the policy change, the Center will let audience members to bring in coolers, but only soft-sided coolers will be allowed. Alcoholic beverages will still be for sale in separated area on the elevated porch, but according to TABC rules those drinks must be consumed within that defined area.


The GIPSY KINGS will perform in Strauss Square on Wednesday, May 2 at 8 p.m. The concert is a co-presentation between the Center and Dallas Pops. The highly popular GIPSY KINGS consist of two bands of brothers: the Reyes (Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Patchai, Andre) and the Baliardos (Tonino, Paco, Diego).  The Reyes and Baliardo boys were the offspring of Spanish gypsy families that had fled into France to escape Spain’s Civil War. They grew up roaming the south of France, working harvests and making music.  GIPSY KINGS is co-presented by the Dallas POPS.


Tickets range from $55.00 to $95.00 and can be purchased online at, by phone at 214.880.0202, or in person at the AT&T Performing Arts Center Box office at the Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora Street (Monday through Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 11 am – 4 pm), or at the remote Box Office at Park Place Lexus Plano at 1025 Preston Road.


About the AT&T Performing Arts Center

The AT&T Performing Arts Center, a new multi-venue Center for music, opera, theatre and dance opened in October 2009, completing the 30-year vision of the Dallas Arts District. Located at2403 Flora Street, the Center serves as a gateway from downtownDallas’s business center to the Dallas Arts District. Featuring multiple state-of-the-art facilities that are woven together by a ten-acre urban park, which creates a dynamic cultural destination that is unparalleled in the world, the Center includes:

  • The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, designed by Foster + Partners in a modern horseshoe configuration, seats 2,200. Its acoustics are considered among the best in the world.
  • TheDeeand Charles Wyly Theatre designed by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas, seats up to 575 and uses a superfly system to rapidly change the performance hall’s configuration to proscenium, thrust or flat floor, depending on the nature of the performance.
  • The Elaine D. andCharlesA.SammonsPark, designed by Michel Desvigne, is a lush urban park that unifies the Center’s venues with the Arts District and surrounding neighborhoods ofDallas.
  • The completely newAnnette Strauss Square, designed by Foster + Partners, is the Center’s outdoor entertainment venue.
  • Two underground parking areas accommodate more than 850 vehicles.
  • The Center’s Resident Companies are:  The Dallas Opera,DallasTheaterCenter,Dallas Black Dance Theatre,TexasBallet Theater and Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico. The Center also has a partnership with TITAS, the premier performing arts presenter inDallas.


More information on the AT&T Performing Arts Center is available at


About TCG Productions:

TCG Productions (parent company of the Dallas POPS) was started by Stephen Cook to bring top level concerts to North Texasas well as seamlessly bring strategic marketing and execution as well as top level talent buying into the entertainment and performing arts industry.  The goal of Dallas POPS is to bring great music to the masses.  With shows in venues throughout North Texasand at affordable ticket pricing, Dallas POPS concerts are available to the masses.  TCG Productions and The Cooking Group provides top quality producing, programming, booking, marketing, brand, and publicity services to clients and projects.  With experience drawn from years of working with some of the biggest brands in entertainment and the performing arts including Feld Entertainment, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, Universal Studios, Disney on Ice, Six Flags and more, TCG offers clients and partners an unparalleled range of expertise. For more information, visit or or call 972-727-7779.

Dallas POPS is a registered trademark of TCG Productions LLC.  All rights reserved 2012.  Not affiliated with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.