Jan 29, 2023 | Blog, Blues Festival, Trinity River Blues Society

Poor David’s Pub is currently the longest continuously running music venue in Dallas, Texas by a single owner. Owner and founder, David Card, opened the 1st location in 1977 on McKinney Ave. He purchased his first bar with the original name of Eaton Run, but when that liquor license expired, he changed the name to Poor David’s Pub. At that location he showcased an up and coming blues guitarist named Anson Funderburgh on Monday nights, which proved to be a very popular night, and gave the musician an opportunity to play regularly for blues lovers.

After several years on McKinney Ave., Card moved his business to lower Greenville Ave., where he remained for 21 years. He has hosted a slew of celebrity musicians, among them Delbert McClinton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lyle Lovett, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Dixie Chicks, Arlo Guthrie, Miranda Lambert, John Lee Hooker, and Grammy Award Winner Maren Morris.

Card has created a haven in Dallas for new artists and songwriters to perform and share their music in a pure performance venue. There are no distractions such as TV’s, games, or even a kitchen, to distract from the audience’s attention from the performers and their artistry. The sound quality is excellent and is masterfully managed by Carlos “The Magnificent” Sanchez.

The newest location on Botham Jean Blvd. opened in 2004 with Guy Clark as the first performer. It is located in The Cedars neighborhood of Dallas.

KNON is presenting their annual Bluesfest at Poor David’s on
February 4th & 5th, with a jam packed list of stellar blues musicians.