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Edwin Cabaniss has always been sensitive to the neighborhood surrounding the Kessler Theater, the concert venue he launched just a few years ago. So instead of risking a hoard of cars lining neighboring streets and spillover crowds outside the restored theater just off of West Davis Street, Cabaniss has decided to move the inaugural North Oak Cliff Music Festival to Lake Cliff Park.

“We thought that the festival would one day out grow the neighborhood, we just did not think it would be the first year,” said Edwin Cabaniss of Kessler Presents. “Lake Cliff Park has a great history of providing entertainment and amusement dating back for Dallas residents for over 100 years. We anticipate this location to be home to the North Oak Cliff Music Festival for many years to come.”

Besides a stout festival lineup of local acts, a child-friendly activity zone has been added with arts, crafts, and other activities. Tickets to the music festival are free for kids younger than 10.

Festival attendees can look forward to merchandise, food trucks, and adult beverages along with tunes from performers such as  The Joe Ely Band, Carolyn Wonderland, Alejandro Escovedo, Lucky Peterson, Bobby Patterson, Hunter Hendrickson, Jim Suhler, Nick Waterhouse and His Tarots, Yells at Eels, and Jacob Metcalf.

A portion of the festival proceeds will benefit the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association, one of the oldest and most active neighborhood groups in Dallas.

To find out more about the new location and the lineup of bands, visit

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