#HARWOODSummer is here and the HARWOOD District is turning up the volume on live music programming at its restaurant concepts. With genres spanning the spectrum from well-known live DJs to entertaining big bands, there’s something for every music lover to enjoy with their culinary experience in the district. 

Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar

 Daniel Rocha live on the Saint Ann stage

Daniel Rocha live on the Saint Ann stage

With new entrées and appetizers come new musical acts set to play on the city’s largest garden patio. Expect entertaining big bands at Saint Ann every Wednesday and Thursday brought to you by Hunter Sullivan and Pete Coatney. Texas-based band Big Gus & Swampadelic are an impressive six-piece band complete with a saxophone and trombone player. Blending the blues, classic soul, and Cajun rhythm, their music is eclectic mastery that is very seldom heard. Influences from their work with legends like Merle Haggard are definitely apparent. Other bands booked at Saint Ann include Brother Pete’s Big Ensemble, Spread, The Vanguards, and more. 

Saint Ann slows it down just a notch every Saturday during brunch with an acoustic set by guitar virtuoso Daniel Rocha. Playing your favorite current Top 40s hits and even those classic pop, blues, and classic rock songs, you’ll most likely find yourself singing right along – especially after a refreshing Saint Sangria or two. 

Mercat Bistro

 DJ Paul Paredes of THE FEELS

DJ Paul Paredes of THE FEELS

The HARWOOD District’s contemporary European-style eatery welcomes guitarist Ricardo Castillo every Tuesday evening and the return of its popular daytime soirées during Saturday brunch. 

Castillo is well-known for his worldly style, strumming flamenco, Latin, and jazz tunes on his perfectly tuned acoustic guitar. His musical styling adds even more romanticism to the intimate and unmatched ambiance of Mercat. 

On select Saturdays from 11 AM to 3 PM, Dallasites can brunch to the beats from stand-out producer Paul Paredes of THE FEELS and debut DJ Margaret Farris. Paredes first garnered attention as PARADISE and has become a leading force behind Dallas’ musical festival series Decks in the Park, which draws thousands of music tastemakers. With captivating sound ranging from electro, pop, and underground house, Paredes has debut releases on Atlantic Records/Big Beats Records and UK-based Punks as THE FEELS. 

Farris might be new to the decks, but her style mimics that of a well-toured, show stopping DJ. Exposed to both experimental and classical music early on, Farris plays lively mixes with a signature blend of house, nu disco, and indie/dance that will keep intrigued while sipping your rosé. 

The Grove at Harwood

 The Grove from  Beckley & Co. Photography

Craving to hit the beach but don’t have the time to make the drive? The Grove at Harwood is a playful urban oasis that feels just like a sweet escape to paradise. Look forward to playing volleyball or playing fetch with Fido to a live #HARWOODSummer soundtrack by The Grove’s roster of rotating musicians every Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. 

Daniel Rocha strums away your work week worries every Tuesday evening with a laid-back acoustic set during The Grove’s happy hour. Another act on the books is Jessica Grai, a New Jersey born and raised singer-songwriter who won the Artist Showcase at The House of Blues just last year. Owning the Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon programming at The Grove, Grai’s vocal talent is often compared to artists like Amy Winehouse and Norah Jones, with influences of Ray Lamontange and Damien Rice. Her carefully curated acoustic set list includes originals as well as cover songs, playing each one as if there’s a story to tell or a secret to share. 

DJ Ducati revs up Saturday nights at The Grove – almost literally. With a unique turntable set up on a real Ducati motorcycle, DJ Ducati plays a fun open format set that features a few surprises over the course of the three-hour spin session. Growing up to music by pop icons Michael Jackson and Madonna, DJ Ducati has a must-hear knack for blending decade jams from ’70s disco to ’90s dance.  

Happiest Hour

 Happiest Hour

Happiest Hour

As Texas’ most popular bar, Happiest Hour is usually a full house where the good times just don’t stop. Happiest Hour’s ‘round the clock happiness gets a special soundtrack every Friday and Saturday night when stylish DJs hit the decks. 

This summer, Happiest Hour adds Decks in the Park founder DJ S.O.U.L.JAH to its roster of turntable rockers. He is one of Texas’ most versatile DJs honing his skills DJing, remixing, and producing everything from hip-hop, electronic dance music, and the Top 40s. A native Puerto Rican, S.O.U.L.JAH even effortlessly weaves in some Latin ear candy into his sets. He has performed, opened, and headlined shows with the likes of Major Lazer, Polish Ambassador, and Paper Diamonds. His showmanship is definitely something to witness and dance to at Happiest Hour. 

Join us this #HARWOODSummer and enjoy some live tunes from every corner of the district. For a chance to win a $50 HARWOOD gift card, check out our #HARWOOSummer giveaway.