May 19, 2003
Sort of a quintessential Texas juke joint, Poor David's is a small venue probably capable of holding a couple hundred patrons. It hosts regional (read: Texas) acts and other lesser-known artists. The Dixie Chicks performed here in their formative stages, and Janis Ian has been a frequent visitor over the years.
You'll find no glizty neon signage out front nor any hip advertising in the local entertainment weeklies. What you will find are rows of small round tables, an assortment of vinyl-covered chairs, exposed ceiling joists, and what looks to be the same carpeting that was here more than a decade ago when I first experienced this venue to see 6-time W.C. Handy Award winner Anson Funderburgh and the Rockets. The walls are filled with dozens if not hundreds of photos of musicians that have performed here, nary a one that probably hangs straight, having been vibrated from level by the sound waves emanating from the cozy stage. The place is so small that it makes for an intimate setting regardless of the performance.
If you're visiting Dallas for the first time and are in the mood to experience some live music Texas style, Poor David's is probably as good a place to start as any.
Atmosphere: pub, live music (rock, country, pop, blues)
Hours: Tues-Sun 7pm-2am
From journal Lounging Around Big D