Sunday, April 21, 2024

Aria Amphitheatre Receives New AV System

The Aria Amphitheatre at Legends Hall is getting a new look and sound, but you may need to search carefully to see it.

The Aria Amphitheatre received a brand-new audio/visual system on Friday, April 14, 2023. The fruit of a year-long process, the Aria AV upgrade aligns with our Marq facility replacement plan and consulted various community stakeholders.

Community Services staff worked with local partners to identify areas of improvement for the Aria Amphitheatre beginning in FY 22. City staff conducted stakeholder meetings with the APEX Arts League, Southlake Arts Council, the Southlake Community Band, the Fort Worth and Dallas Symphony Orchestras, and Ford representatives to understand community needs for the space. Key takeaways from these meetings included the need to bring sound in and out of Legends Hall to the Aria and improved amplification for larger musical ensembles.

Upgrading the Aria AV system was a no-brainer due to its installation in late 2015. The typical lifespan for similar AV equipment is 5-8 years. This new AV system will increase the service levels of the Aria to its full potential.

Highlights of the equipment upgrades include:

  • New A/V Rack
  • New Audio system, including speakers, subwoofers, monitors, and amps
  •  New 48 Channel Mixer
  •  New Audio Snake
  •  New front-fill speakers to boost sound closet to stage
  •  New lighting package to enhance stage production
  • Capability to connect Aria and Legends Hall to bring sound in and out

A few additions remain to complete the upgrade, including a new full microphone package. Our staff aims to accommodate the diverse array of offerings Aria seeks to attract in partnership with Southlake’s art nonprofit organizations.

Legends Hall staff received training on the new AV system on Friday, April 14, and are looking forward to offering an enhanced experience at Aria moving forward!


The 2021 MasterWorks Concert Series Brings Free Music to Southlake this Fall

Polish off your dancing shoes, roll up your picnic blanket, and grab a partner because the 2021 Masterworks Series is jamming into the fall season!

Arts Council Northeast and the City of Southlake are pleased to continue a Southlake family-favorite tradition this Fall: The MasterWorks Concert Series! Get ready to enjoy free family concerts held at Southlake Town Square at the Rustin Pavilion and Aria Amphitheater at The Marq Southlake.

This year, there is something for everyone thanks to our bands’ wide range of genres and styles. Chill in style with our cool concerts featuring local, regional, and national talent. All performances are free, and everyone is welcome. Alcohol and glass are not permitted.

Mark your calendar for this year’s lineup!

David Carr Jr Jazz Band
Friday, September 3, 2021
7:00 PM-8:30 PM @ Rustin Pavilion
David Carr Jr. is an irresistible musical force, a perfect storm gaining momentum and showing no signs of letting up. He writes, records, and produces, and masters all of his soulful music in his studio. His interpretation of jazz is distinctive and original. Coupled with his provocative stage presence and innovative styling, David’s smooth and rhythmic sound has been compared to legendary greats such as Grover Washington Jr. and David Sanborn.

Empty Pockets
Friday, September 10, 2021
7:00 PM-8:30 PM @ Aria Amphitheater
Forming in 2003, Empty Pockets has emerged as one of the best Country Variety bands in Texas. With both male and female lead vocals, Empty Pockets performs Top 40 Country and Classic Rock hits—there’s something for everyone! The playlist features Top 40 hits by Country artists including Alan Jackson, George Strait, Patsy Cline, Martina McBride, Taylor Swift, and many others. Top 40 Classic Rock artists include the Eagles, Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffet, Bob Seger, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more.

Led Zepin
Friday, September 17, 2021
7:00 PM-8:30 PM @ Rustin Pavilion
Led Zepin is the longest-running Led Zeppelin tribute band in the southern United States. Established in 1999, the DFW-based project brings back Led Zeppelin’s majesty and magic with tantalizing accuracy. Just close your eyes, and you’ll be beamed back in time with Led Zepin’s incredible replication of Led Zeppelin’s music. Led Zepin’s repertoire includes a wealth of live-version performances and acoustic renditions in their setlist of over 50 songs.

Me & My Monkey
Friday, October 8, 2021
7:00 PM-8:30 PM @ Aria Amphitheater
Twist and shout to the original Fab Four’s British Invasion beats! Relive the magic of the 60s and 70s as you experience DFW’s ONLY premier Beatles Tribute Band. You’ll feel like you’ve entered the Yellow Submarine as you experience a realistic recreation of a Beatles concert! This band will have you believing that All You Need is Love… and great music!

Join the Outdoor Fitness Spring Series

Embrace the change of season and recharge your fitness goals with the Outdoor Fitness Spring Series!

Champions Club is all about bringing the best fitness to the Southlake community, and the Outdoor Fitness Spring Series is no exception. Back by popular demand, the Outdoor Fitness Series is open to all community members for free. Registration is not required! Change up your fitness routine while enjoying time in our beautiful parks!

April 19 at 6:00 pm
Start your Monday off on the right foot with High Fitness at the Aria Amphitheater. This hardcore class focuses on interval training through popular music and accessible choreography.

April 28 at 6:00 pm
Join us at Outdoor Turf 2 in Bicentennial Park for Rise ‘N’ Grind! Bring your A-game and prepare to mix strength training with cardio for a workout that is sure to burn some major calories.

May 3 at 6:00 pm
Train like a champion through high-intensity interval training during Strength HIIT at the Outdoor Turf 2 in Bicentennial Park. Push yourself to the limit with this fun yet challenging workout.

May 8 at 9:00 am
Start the weekend off right with a relaxing yoga class at Bob Jones Nature Center! Connect with your soul and nature as you stretch and practice breathing.

May 12 at 6:00 pm
Get ready to dance to the beat at the Aria Amphitheater with Zumba! Explore Latin rhythms and moves as your get your heart rate up with this party-like exercise.

May 15 at 9 am
End the series with a mindful session of Yoga at North Park. Take a moment to be grateful for the chance to exercise outdoors.

Whether you are a Champions Club member or not, there is an outdoor class for you! Don’t miss your chance to find your new workout frenzy and win a door prize at the end of each class! You will be entered into a random drawing at every session. There is also a grand prize for two lucky winners at the end of the series. Those who attend four or more classes could win either a 5-pack of Personal Training sessions or a 3-pack with our Registered Dietician. Drawing winners will be announced on May 17.

See you at the parks!

Senior Activity Center Hosts Outdoor Tai Chi

The Senior Activity Center hosted another fun outdoor event for Southlake’s seniors.


The Senior Center has been hard at work developing engaging and safe programs for Southlake’s seniors. Now that the weather is warmer, the focus of senior programming has shifted to outdoor events. This Friday, seniors were in for a treat with an outdoor Tai Chi class hosted in the Aria Amphitheater outside Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake. Rain or shine, our seniors were ready to get in the action!


Tai Chi is a popular exercise focused on breathing and slow movements. Its emphasis on core, balance, and breathing makes it an excellent practice to reduce stress, improve sleep, and strengthen balance. Our seniors had a great time getting outside and learning from our Senior Volunteer members.


The Senior Activity Center is committed to providing the Southlake community with world-class outdoor programming throughout Spring and Summer. Our Outside Series includes Tai Chi, Zumba, and social opportunities such as the Senior Walking Club. We love empowering our seniors to take ownership of the programs they want to see in Southlake. Whether it’s a curbside lunch pickup or outdoor entertainment, creating life-long memories is our goal.


If you enjoyed this program, make sure to keep an eye on the Senior Activity Center website for more fun outdoor programs!

Lunch and a Show: Lucille Ball Impersonator Arrives in Southlake

The Southlake Senior Activity Center is kicking it old school this week with a special Lunch and Lucy Show Picnic.

There’s no better time than April to enjoy the Spring weather now that winter is behind us. To bring in the new season, the Senior Center, in partnership with Southlake Library, will be celebrating the National Bookmobile Day on Wednesday, April 7. The Senior Center is inviting members to join them on the back patio of The Marq’s Legends Hall and the Aria Amphitheater lawn for a picnic lunch provided by Jersey Mike’s. The fun doesn’t stop there. Senior Center members can look forward to a hilarious Lucille Ball impersonator show!

Lucille Ball rose to international fame with the premiere of I Love Lucy in 1951. I Love Lucy set the standard for the American sitcom for decades to come. Its hilarious take on the cultural issues of the time, and emphasis on strong, female friendships, made I Love Lucy one of the most popular tv shows in history. The Senior Center is excited to be bringing the nostalgic humor of Lucille Ball to Legends Hall.

The Senior Center is always coming up with fun and creative events to involve Southlake’s senior community. From weekly wellness calls, the Monday lunch curbside pickups, and safe outdoor events, Senior Services Coordinator, Soheila Phelps, is always committed to bringing fun to Southlake’s seniors.

“Now that the beautiful Spring weather is upon us, providing outdoor programs where our senior community can safely get together is a step in the right direction in bringing some normalcy back into their lives,” stated Soheila Phelps. “We hope to bring more outdoor activities and programs like this in the coming months.”

Don’t miss out on the fun! Seniors 55 and over can grab their blankets and chairs, social distance, and join us on April 7! Advance online registration is required, and the fee to participate is $6.00. Lunch begins at noon, and the show goes from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Register here.

Help us Celebrate What Makes Southlake Special

UPDATE MARCH 12, 2020: Celebrate Southlake has been postponed. Read more here.


Join Mayor Laura Hill and her Alliance for Unity & Culture as they Celebrate Southlake, March 20 -22 in Bicentennial Park.

Celebrate Southlake is a community event designed to bring the people of Southlake together in celebration of our cultural diversity and inclusion that makes our beautiful city so special.

As Mayor Hill has said before, “I believe in Southlake, and I believe in anyone who is willing to stand up with me to make Southlake the best it can be.”

Celebrate Southlake events provide an opportunity and location to gather and have conversations that contribute to creating meaningful change and inclusion in our community all while enjoying food, music, performances and entertainment.

New this year will be three days of different events to help celebrate our great community. If you can’t make it to one event, there will be two other opportunities to celebrate with us!

On Friday, March 20, take some time to talk with Mayor Hill and members of her Alliance for Unity & Culture while enjoying a meal in Bicentennial Park, appropriately right on Unity Way.  The Community Dinner kicks off at 5 p.m. Sit side-by-side with your neighbors, taste a variety of world cuisines and feast on engaging conversation.  It’s a special opportunity to really break bread with your Southlake neighbors and get to know them. Sharing a meal is always a great opportunity to sit back, relax and take time for conversation. The Community Dinner gives you the opportunity to do just that while enjoying a variety of local cultural cuisines available for purchase.

Saturday, March 21, the fun moves to Aria Amphitheater and The Marq promenade to bring back the cultural festival that started Celebrate Southlake three years ago.  We invite you to “Travel the World” with us and visit cultural booths. While you’re learning more be sure to get your Celebrate Southlake passport stamped.  The passport will make the perfect keepsake to commemorate all the different cultures that make up Southlake.  When you’re not learning more at the booths, take in some of the cultural performances and entertainment. Some of the entertainment will include Indian music and dance, the music of China and much more.  Kids and adults will enjoy lawn games and various interactive cultural activities.

Celebrate Southlake wraps up on Sunday, March 22 at Champions Club with a family-friendly trivia competition. Teams of six will compete to answer questions and prove their knowledge of local and world history and culture all while enjoying small snacks and refreshments. Prizes will be awarded each round, with the last team standing taking home the grand prize.

We hope you will save the date and join us. This promises to be a special weekend so tell your friends and neighbors and we hope to see you there. For more information, please visit our website or give us a call at (817) 748-8019.

Celebrate Southlake Returns this March

UPDATE MARCH 12, 2020: Celebrate Southlake has been postponed. Read more here.


Join us March 20-22 for a weekend of celebrating our diversity at The Marq Southlake!

Celebrate Southlake is a community event designed to bring the people of Southlake together in celebration of our cultural diversity through food, music, performances, entertainment, and engaging conversations. This year’s event will be expanded into a full weekend of family activities, starting with a community dinner on Friday evening at 5:00 p.m. Sit side-by-side with your neighbors, taste a variety of world cuisines, and feast on engaging conversation.

Return to the Aria on Saturday from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. to “travel the world” by visiting cultural booths and collecting stamps in your Celebrate Southlake passport. Your passport will make the perfect keepsake to commemorate the festival and all your discoveries. You’ll also take in performances, entertainment, music, crafts and more as you explore.

The weekend will wrap up with a family-friendly trivia day at Champions Club on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Teams of 6 will compete to answer questions and prove their knowledge of local and world history and culture. Prizes will be awarded each round, with the last team standing taking home the grand prize.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Celebrate Southlake
March 20-22, 2020
at the Marq Southlake

Visit our website for more info.

Free Concerts Return to Southlake with 2019 MasterWorks Concert Series

Arts Council Northeast and the City of Southlake are pleased to announce the lineup of Southlake’s 2019 MasterWorks Series, a collection of free concerts hosted at Southlake Town Square and Aria Amphitheater at The Marq Southlake.

The MasterWorks Series offers quality family entertainment through free outdoor concerts by local, regional and national artists. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs and coolers to each concert, but alcohol and glass are not permitted. All ages are welcome.

Check out this year’s lineup!

Big City Outlaws
Saturday, April 20, 2019
7–8:30 p.m. @ Aria Amphitheater

Big City Outlaws is the hardest-hittin’ country rock band in Texas, seamlessly blurring the line between country and top 40. Their energy never fails to get fans two-stepping, line dancing AND club dancing to current popular music and classic hits.

Southlake Community Band
Saturday, May 18, 2019
7–8:30 p.m. @ Southlake Town Square

Southlake Community Band, directed by Mr. David Stone, is a concert band of more than 70 talented adult amateur musicians who enjoy playing music just for fun. The band performs regularly in Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Colleyville and surrounding communities. Their concert programs range from classic band to Broadway, rousing Sousa marches to familiar children’s music.

Johnny D and the Doo Wops
Saturday, June 8, 2019
7–8:30 p.m. @ Southlake Town Square

Johnny D (John E. Dosher) grew up in Louisiana and began his professional career on Bourbon Street at the age of fifteen. Before settling in Texas, Johnny traveled extensively with numerous rock, jazz and country groups. Johnny D and the Doo Wopps began when Rocky Walton, Bill Stetzer and Tim Carman needed a band to perform for their tennis club in the early ’80s. Their sets include music from the ’60s and ’70s, soul music and a little bit of doo-wop. With a killer horn section and tight vocal harmonies, this twelve-member band always puts on a great show.

The Vinyl Stripes
Saturday, July 27, 2019
7 – 8:30 p.m. @ Aria Amphitheater

Rockabilly, rock and roll, drive-ins, car hops, early Elvis and Sun Records—it’s easy to see how the classic sights and sounds of the ’50s and ’60s have influenced Texas-based band The Vinyl Stripes! With their skinny ties, Gretsch guitars and slappin’ standup bass, The Vinyl Stripes perform hits from era icons including Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, the Beatles, Eddie Cochran, Buddy Holly and many more. You’ll also fall in love with their new original songs that sound just like they were written in those long-ago rocking days.

Southlake Community Band
Saturday, September 14, 2019
7 – 8:30 pm @ Aria Amphitheater

The crowd-pleasing Southlake Community Band will return in September for another free concert, this time at Aria Amphitheater. Grab a lawn chair, pack your cooler and spend an evening with some talented local musicians!

Vocal Trash
Sunday, October 27, 2019
2–5 p.m. @ Aria Amphitheater

Described as “Glee meets Stomp,” Vocal Trash is a one-of-a-kind group of performers whose Broadway-style show energizes audiences from New York to Seattle and Las Vegas to Beijing. Their show includes world-class singing, industrial drumming, award-winning break-dancing and so much more. Led by producer/creator Steve Linder and producer/choreographer Kelsey Rae (Annie), this green-minded ensemble tours globally on a relentless pursuit to bring people together using the universal language of song and dance.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Southlake Community Services at (817) 748-8019.

Free Movies at The Marq Return Just in Time for Summer

Grab your blankets and lawn chairs for a free movie night in the park with your family and friends!

Southlake’s free family movie series Movies at The Marq brings new and old favorites to Aria Amphitheater, located behind Legends Hall at The Marq Southlake. In addition to featuring new releases and classic favorites on a giant outdoor screen, Movies at The Marq also offers free popcorn, refreshments and a variety of movie-themed activities and giveaways.

Festivities begin at 8:00 p.m., and movies begin at dusk. Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome, but tarps, tents, alcohol and glass are not permitted at this event. For more information, please call Southlake Special Events at 817-748-8919.

2018 Movies at The Marq Schedule