Toyota Music Factory
It was the grand opening for the newest venue in the metroplex last night. After having to delay the opening because construction was not complete, the Toyota Music Factory was finally ready for the masses.
The entertainment complex is incredibly unique in that it can transform from an indoor venue that seats 4,000, to an outdoor venue which seats 8,000. Many great restaurants have flocked to the location to be part of the complex and feed hungry concert goers.
Alejandro Escovedo was the opening act and wasted no time getting the crowd going with his fiery guitar playing and his crazy tight band. Featuring Peter Buck from REM on guitar, their smoking hot set was out of sight. I’m sure most of the crowd didn’t know who he was, but they all knew his name by the end of his set.
The fabulous Texas trio also known as ZZ Top had the pleasure of headlining opening night. Billy Gibbons, Dusty Hill and Frank Beard received a grand welcome from the crowd and immediately let them know how much they are loved in Texas. The band quickly returned the favor by ripping into “Got Me Under Pressure”.
The stage sizzled as they weaved through their catalogue of hits spanning decades of great music. Favorites like “Gimmie All Your Lovin”, “Sharp Dressed Man” and “Legs” were what the crowd came to hear, but most were pleasantly surprised with covers like “Foxy Lady” and “Act Naturally”. Before leaving Dallas, fans were treated to a rocking rendition of the Elvis classic “Jailhouse Rock” complete with flashy clothes, flashy guitar playing and cheap sunglasses.
All in all, a great opening night for a killer new venue in the DFW area. Check out the setlist and our photos from the show below.
Got Me Under Pressure
Waitin’ for the Bus
Jesus Just Left Chicago
Gimme All Your Lovin’
I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
I Gotsta Get Paid
My Head’s in Mississippi
Sharp Dressed Man