Take a musical journey through the decades with the live music acts hitting the stages across Irving in July. From ‘70s classic rock to ‘80s powerhouses, ‘90s grunge stars to ‘00s hit makers, there are opportunities aplenty to experience a still-fresh blast from the past. Acts of the moment make appearances too, for a month of music so cool it’ll help you fend off the summer heat.
Monday, July 2
- Kick off your Independence Day celebrations with a Patriotic Salute Concert at City Hall. The 36th Infantry Division Band, a National Guard unit from Austin, will play a free 90-minute evening concert on the east lawn.
Wednesday, July 4
- Irving’s official Fourth of July festivities begin in the morning with an Independence Day Parade at 9 a.m., followed by a reception with free live music until noon at Heritage Park.
- The celebration picks back up at 6 p.m. at Lake Carolyn where cover band extraordinaire The Argyles will play all the best party songs and a DJ will spin tunes between performances. Admission is free and the fireworks finale over the water is a distinctly Irving display you must see to believe.
Saturday, July 14
- Having graduated from emo beginnings to full-fledged pop-rock stars, Paramore brings its After Laughter Summer Tour to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Joined by indie rockers Foster The People and DIY multi-instrumentalist Jay Som, it’s a night of live music you won’t want to miss.
- Experience a different kind of dance party with the I Know You Got Soul Party at Avocado Restaurant & Lounge. It’s a silent event where attendees wear headphones to tune into one of the three DJs spinning live. You control the music you hear and colored lights let you know what your friends are listening to so you can dance together along to neo-soul and R&B.
Sunday, July 15
- Folk meets punk with the Violent Femmes playing The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. English rockers Echo & the Bunnymen will also bring their collection of moody, post-punk classics.
Tuesday, July 17
- Keep the ‘90s alive in Irving with 3 Doors Down & Collective Soul at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. With Soul Asylum as the opening act, you’ll want to bust out your plaid and grunge gear that’s oh so popular at the moment.
Saturday, July 21
- The ‘70s and ‘80s may be long gone, but you can rock out to a night of throwback stadium anthems when the Juke Box Heroes Tour hits The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory with Foreigner, Whitesnake, and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.
Tuesday, July 24
- With ‘90s origins, but ‘00s staying power, Counting Crows bring their catalog of hits to The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory where they’ll be joined by fellow multiplatinum rockers, Live.
Wednesday, July 25
- Legendary guitarist Jeff Beck joins forces with fellow rock legends Paul Rodgers and Ann Willson for their Stars Align Tour at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory. Though they’ve been making hits for decades, the new tour proves their glory days are far from behind them.
Friday, July 27
- Feel-good rockers O.A.R. will play their infectiously positive songs at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, along with opening act singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson.
Live music seekers can also catch the many recurring acts happening on a regular basis.
- Start the week off on a musical note with Texas Local Live at The Ranch every Monday night at 8 p.m. It’s your chance to see local country acts on the patio before they hit it big.
- Stop by the OUTLAW Taproom at the Four Seasons for live music every Thursday and Saturday, 6-9 p.m.
- Grab a slice and enjoy live music with your meal at New York Pizza and Pasta, every Thursday at 6 p.m.
- Catch local entertainers every Friday night at Bar Louie starting at 10 p.m. The late-night party has music that’s always rockin’ and bands that are always from Texas.