Sting makes opening of Mark Cuban’s Design District music hall official – The Dallas Morning News

It’s been a long road for the new Dallas music venue Mark Cuban announced nearly two years ago, across from American Airlines Center. On Tuesday night, a grand opening — headlined by Sting — christened it.

In the intimate 1,000-capacity Echo Lounge & Music Hall, Sting rolled out a parade of hits from the Police and his solo era, everything from “Message in a Bottle” to “Fields of Gold.”

The intimate venue backed by Mark Cuban holds only 1,000. Sting is the biggest act it has drawn in about a dozen shows.(Elias Valverde II / Staff Photographer)

The exceptions were a few songs of his latest album, The Bridge. Otherwise, the nearly two-hour set stuck to the classics: “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” “Englishman in New York,” “Walking on the Moon,” “So Lonely,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne.”

Cuban rose to his feet at times during what was the biggest show his new venue has hosted out of about a dozen so far. Earlier in the night, he called the club a first step in bringing nightlife to the Design District.

Cuban and Live Nation partnered to revamp a former warehouse across from American Airlines Center into the club.(Elias Valverde II / Staff Photographer)

“People have talked about the Design District being a destination,” he said on the club’s patio, speaking over rush-hour traffic on Stemmons Freeway. “And I think this is the hub.”

A full review of the concert will appear soon.


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