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Who’s Got The Deep Ellum Blues?

I swear to Bog, I’m not going to whine. I’m not.

Okay, maybe a little.

There was a ten-year period where the North Texas area had some of the most phenomenal live music options. You had an influx of phenomenal rock and funk bands from Denton, a plethora of potent acts in Dallas spanning the musical spectrum, and Fort Worth was brimming with scads of hard rock and soul outfits. On any given weekend night, you could go to Deep Ellum and see an amazing live club gig from a band that you just knew was going to be the Next Big Thing.

Of course, that was before the Great Gentrification of Ellum.

I’d like to think it was a gradual sloping off of the coolness factor, but the truth is the climate of the district changed a lot in the mid-1990s. Bring me your tired cliches of crime, gangs and hooliganism, your yearning to return to a simpler time. You know the story — the Dallas Observer has chronicled the Decline of Deep Ellum for the last 20 years. Hell, I remember a cover story in the Observer as far back as 1991, claiming the current residents were fearful that the higher dollar developers were invading Ellum and stealing its soul.

Eavesdroppings Aftermath

So I went to the Grapevine last night to meet up with my friend Jon like planned. No one that might have read the previous post stopped by to say hello, but the evening was not without fun random encounters. Jon brought along his friend Chelsea, who I was able to make random connections to…she happened to have been in a few of my classes at UNT, and she used to worked with my brother. She’s here in town for a while between her globetrotting. She’s what you call a “professional pioneer.” We all settled down at a table on the patio and allowed the night to unfold.

Our first table guest was a guy who was handing out flyers for a new pizza joint on McKinney Ave, called Campania Pizza and More. At first he seemed a bit like a missionary for cheese, making sure to go through the menus he handed us and explain why each item was better than the next. We vouched that we’d sometime have to try this new place out, per his persistence and enthusiasm, and then he was off to spread the word. I’m guessing when his menus were exhausted, he returned to our table with his friend, an official Bali’s fitness instructor. Together they were quite the powerhouse of energy. At first the conversation continued a bit with the topic of this new pizza joint, and departed somewhere between discussing a well-endowed cop showering at Bali’s, and proving just how good a sub sandwich is by gesturing it crammed into a place where the sun don’t shine. I think I might have to try one of those subs.

We all sat in the cold, drinking, smoking, talking, and laughing. Our laughter seemed to be contagious, and soon we found that more and more people had started finding their way to the patio. Things were starting to warm up with more people around. Soon we were joined by another warm body


Here’s the start of a new series of posts…”the eavesdroppings.” Everyone seems to ask the same questions about what to do here in Dallas, and we all answer them differently, depending on our motives.

While chatting with my friend Jon today, it got me thinking about making this series of posts via interviews with various people in and around Dallas looking for things to do. I mean who doesn’t like peeking into other people’s conversations in that reality entertainment, voyer whore sort of way. So I decided to ask him a few questions about his plight in being a single Dallas-ite, and how he fills his time. I barely get to hang out with him, but by the end of the conversation we had scheduled a time to hang out, with the open invitation to have anyone that reads this come by and say hello.

SO 9 pm, this Monday at the Grapevine (3902 Maple Ave – corner of Maple and Oak Lawn) we’ll be doing something rather than wondering why we’re doing nothing. Come by. Say hello…you just might be the next to get interviewed for an upcoming Eavesdropping.

Also feel free to contact either Jon or myself on AIM. Our buddy names can be found in our conversation…we ain’t shy.

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: do you feel that every time you go out you are on "the lookout" for someone to date?


: The "lookout" is always in the back of my mind. First and foremost I go out to be around my friends that live in Dallas. Bars are filled with hunters and game, so you know, I think all of us keep our eyes open for someone to shoot and mount on our wall.


: No, not at all. It gives me something to bitch and moan about.


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