Too bad there is not a lot of videos from the Houston show yet! Let<s be patient. Tonight is in Dallas!
Gexa Energy Pavilion (formerly known as Coca-Cola Starplex, Smirnoff Music Centre and Superpages.com Center) is an outdoor performing arts center in Dallas, Texas (USA). The stage/production area and covered pavilion seat 7,533 persons while a sloping lawn accommodates another 12,578. Completed in 1988, it is part of the Fair Park complex, which includes museums, an aquarium, gardens, and the Cotton Bowl football stadium. While the site is owned by the City of Dallas, operation of the amphitheatre is contracted to a private leaseholder.
The venue opened in 1988 as the Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheatre. After Coca-Cola’s naming rights expired in 1998, the venue was known simply as Starplex Amphitheatre. In 2000, naming rights to the amphitheatre were sold to the Smirnoff vodkacompany as a result of a corporate sponsorship agreement with The House of Blues, which currently operates the venue.
The center was previously called Smirnoff Music Centre. Naming rights were awarded again in January 2008 to Superpages.com Center. It was renamed in 2011 to Gexa Energy Pavilion.
Dallas is the third-largest city in Texas and the ninth-largest in the United States. The Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex is the largest metropolitan area in the South and fourth-largest metropolitan area in the United States.Divided between Collin, Dallas, Denton, Kaufman, and Rockwall counties, the city had a 2010 population of approximately 1.2 million, according to the United States Census Bureau.
The city is the largest economic center of the 12-county Dallas–Fort Worth–Arlington metropolitan area (the DFW MSA) that according to the March 2010 U.S. Census Bureau release, had a population of roughly 6.5 million as of July 2009.The metroplex economy is the sixth largest in the United States, with a 2010 gross metropolitan product of $374 billion.
Dallas was founded in 1841 and was formally incorporated as a city in February 1856. The city’s economy is primarily based on banking, commerce, telecommunications, computer technology, energy, healthcare and medical research, transportation and logistics. The city is home to the third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in the nation. Located in North Texas and a major city in the American South, Dallas is the main core of the largest inland metropolitan area in the United States that lacks any navigable link to the sea.
The city’s prominence arose from its historical importance as a center for the oil and cotton industries, and its position along numerous railroad lines. With the advent of the interstate highway system in the 1950’s and 1960’s, Dallas became an east/west and north/south focal point of the interstate system with the convergence of four major interstate highways in the city, along with a fifth interstate loop around the city. Dallas developed a strong industrial and financial sector, and a majorinland port, due largely to the presence of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, one of the largest and busiest airports in the world.
In the latest rankings released on September 14, 2011, Dallas was rated as an Alpha- world city by the Globalization and World Cities Study Group & Network and is the only city in the South Central and Southwest regions to achieve that status.