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Review The Venue: Three Links in Deep Ellum

3links1by Jon Daniel

Across the street from Trees in Deep Ellum   resides Three Links.

Three Links is co-owned by Oliver Peck (Elm St. Tattoo), Kris Youmans (Transmission Events) and Scott Beggs and recently celebrated their second anniversary bringing an excellent mix of Punk, Metal, Ska, Rockabilly (and anything else that tickles Scott’s fancy)acts to their great sounding and accessible room that features  a roll up door opening onto Elm Street.

Parking near Three Links is covered in our article here  but we did make special mention of the lot across the street behind Trees as one of our favorites. And of course, always consider Lyft instead of driving.  Continue reading

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Gas Monkey Bar and Grill Venue Guide

gas-monkey-exterior-backby Jon Daniel

The Gas Monkey Bar and Grill (GMBG) is located near the intersection of Northwest Highway and I-35 in Northwest Dallas.  It’s about 10 miles from the Omni Hotel in Downtown Dallas and 13 miles from DFW Airport.  The GMBG is located in an area with several restaurants and the owner’s other venue, called Gas Monkey Live, is across the street. I’ll review that venue at a later date.

The Gas Monkey Bar and Grill and Gas Monkey Live is owned by the Reality TV star Richard Rawlings from the show “Fast N’ Loud”. There is a gift shop selling GMBG merchandise in the back of the restaurant.

Transportation options

The DART Bachman station is 1.6 miles away and there are DART bus stops nearby.    Continue reading

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Love the Band, Deal with the Venue: Southside Music Hall

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Location

The Southside Music Hall is part of the Gilly’s entertainment complex on Lamar Street just southeast of downtown Dallas. It’s a 15 minute walk (about a ½ mile) from the Omni Hotel, and 23 miles from DFW Airport. Despite what the Gilley’s website says, it is not “three blocks” from the Omni. The venue also includes The Loft which is a smaller venue. I’ll review The Loft at a later date.   Continue reading

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Review: The Flatlanders at the Kessler Theater

flatlandersby Jon Daniel

My friend Charles is in his mid-50’s and grew up in Flatbush Brooklyn. You can hear it in his voice. People who are connoisseurs of Brooklyn accents swear they can tell the difference between Flatbush and Bensonhurst, or many of the other neighborhoods in Brooklyn. But this only works when listening to people Charles’ age and older. These communities with specific accents in Brooklyn are largely gone.  White flight to the suburbs and the general homogenization of American culture has made regional differences disappear, or even differences between subway lines in New York. But in people like Charles, you can still hear these lost cultures in his voice.

Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock were born in the mid 40’s and grew up in Lubbock. You can hear it in their voices. People who are connoisseurs of West Texas accents swear they can tell the difference between Lubbock and Midland.  People who are connoisseurs of Texas Music and Texas singer/songwriters can hear the vestiges of a lost culture also. The remoteness that produced so many great Texas artists has disappeared. Texas has transitioned into mostly a suburban state. The homogenization of country music into Nashville pop and Texas music into Pat Green style hyperbole has made regional Texas voices disappear.   Continue reading

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The Ultimate Parking Guide To Bishop Arts District

IMG_7065by Jon Daniel

The Bishop Arts restaurant district is now entrenched as a “go to” spot for Dallasites and tourists looking for a unique dining and shopping experience.  The area offers a blend of locally owned restaurants and shops in a charming walkable environment. Additional restaurants and shops are opening every month as industrial and existing retail buildings are re-purposed.  The Bishop Arts district now encompasses an almost 30 square block area south of Davis Street between Zang and Tyler.

So to get this out of the way – there is no parking problem in Bishop Arts.   Continue reading

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Brotherly Smiles

dave-and-phil-alvinby Jon Daniel

Dave Alvin is grinning at his brother Phil like a kid who just flushed an M-80 down the toilet in the boy’s bathroom, and is waiting for the “boom” and gush of water.  He’s a short stocky guy with a big toothy smile, and when he’s feeling particularly happy with his guitar playing he’ll spread his legs and cowboy boots out wider and wider until he looks like he might bust the seams on his jeans.  Dave Alvin has written songs for The Blasters, his solo projects, two books of poetry, won a Grammy for a folk album, and had a stint in the punk band X. But tonight, playing with his big brother seems to have him in good spirits.

I’ve seen that smile on Dave Alvin face every time I’ve seen him play, both with his brother Phil and without. Friday night at the Kessler Theater, the brothers Alvin were reunited back in Dallas for the first time since the early 80’s when they played at a long forgotten club named Wild Turkey on Walnut Hill and Harry Hines with Johnny Reno.   Continue reading

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Trees In Deep Ellum Brings Vitality To The City

trees3by Jon Daniel

The resurrection of the famous Trees Dallas  by new owners  Clint and Whitney Barlow in 2009 was a sure sign the Deep Ellum’s music scene was on the way back to prominence.  Trees has been bringing local and national acts of virtually every genre to Dallas ever since. Clint toured as the drummer for Vanilla Ice, and was a booking agent before reopening Trees. Clint’s music industry background focused the renovations on improving the sound, A/C and sight lines without losing the unique character of the building. Trees recently announced that the sound system will be upgraded again, with the new system going live in mid-August. This is the loudest venue in Dallas. Bring earplugs!

Trees was the scene of arguably the most infamous concert in Dallas history, where Kurt Cobain got into a fight with one the bouncers.   Continue reading

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