Deep Ellum is located in City Center District of Dallas. This area is composed of arts and entertainment buildings.


The area got its begin in 1884 when Robert S. Munger designed his 1st factory, for the Munger Improved Cotton Machine Company, in what’s currently Deep Ellum. In 1913, Henry Ford opened an assembly plant here to supplement the manufacture of the Ford Model T at the Detroit plant. The Grand Temple of the Black Knights of Pythias was built in Deep Ellum at Good-Latimer and Elm Street, which was later turned in to the Union Bankers Building.

 Jazz and Blues

Deep Ellum became distinguished as a major jazz and blues hotspot within the South. Artists like Blind  Robert Johnson,Lemon Jefferson,Huddie Ledbetter, and Bessie Smith played in Deep Ellum clubs just like the Harlem and therefore the Palace.

In 1937, a columnist described Deep Ellum as:

The one spot within the town that desires no daylight saving time as a result of there’s no bedtime. It is the sole place recorded on earth where religion,business, hoodooism, gambling and stealing goes on at constant time while not friction. Last Saturday a prophet held the simplest audience during this ‘Madison sq. Garden’ in saying that Jesus Christ would come back to Dallas face to face in 1939. At constant time a pickpocket was lifting a week’s wages from another guy’s pocket, who stood with open mouth to listen to the prophecy.

At the time, you’ll realize gun and locksmith outlets, outfitters, the Cotton Club, tattoo studios, barber-shops, pawn shops, drugstores, tea rooms, loan offices, domino halls, pool halls, and walk-up hotels.

Back in the Day

During the 1960’s and 1970’s, Deep Ellum was largely a warehouse and industrial district that began to attract artists to a budget loft area that was on the market. one in every of the primary was a 1982 “nightclub” known as Studio D on Main Street that includes native punk bands like Stick Men With Ray Guns and also the Hugh Beaumont expertise. In fact, the “club” was nothing over an empty warehouse equipped with a drum riser, and a card table by the door to gather the $2 cowl charge and residential to empresario Frank Campagna. However, such an unassuming atmosphere was the proper place for the first punk bands, and lots of national acts played here, as well as The Dead Kennedys, Black Flag, and also the Meat Puppets.

While Studio D actually represented the punk rock audience, the primary live music venue to feature a broad cross section visual artists, of musicians, performance artists and theatre performers was the Theatre Gallery. This venue hosted live shows by native bands Old 97’s, Toadies, The Butthole Surfers and Tripping Daisy, and alternative bands like unhealthy Brains, Hüsker Dü, The Replacements, 10,000 Maniacs, Red Hot Chili Peppers, New Bohemians, Decadent Dub Team, Flaming Lips, finish Over finish (who was the primary native band to perform at TG as “The End”), Shallow Reign and 3 On a Hill. The house sound crew included Jim Heath, later called The Reverend Horton Heat. TG additionally featured art openings by painters / visual artists Jeff Robinson,Ron English,Richard Hoefle,Matt Miller,Bill Haveron,Greg Contestible,  and Chris Cole.

Later, the club’s owner Russell Hobbs converted to Christianity, and opened a venue known as The Door that had eventually moved into the previous Gypsy Tea space area once the previous Door location was torn down. Liles still writes a weekly blog column “Echoes and Reverberations” concerning the history of Dallas music.

Another early milestone occurred with regular parties with DJs at the previous Clearview Louver Window building. The multi-room atmosphere with totally different DJs and bands was terribly successful but the club was evicted from the building. Clearview moved to a different location, taking the previous building’s signature “Clearview” neon sign, and also the multi-room format, in conjunction with it. it had been among the longest-running clubs in Deep Ellum, finally closing December thirty one, 2006. alternative early- to mid-1980s nightspots were Prophet Bar, the Twilight space (later named Circle A Ranch), the five hundred Café, the most Bar, Empire, Video Bar, and Club Dada, the Gypsy Tea space, and Trees.

With closure of Dallas’ alternative 2 punk-rock clubs (Hot Klub and DJ’s), Deep Ellum became the de-facto home of the area’s bourgeoning punk scene. On the streets the realm had still acquired considerable “buzz”, and had become another primary live-music destination.

In the late 1980’s, the town of Dallas began updating roads, lighting, and parking along Commerce, Main and Elm streets. Up till now, the streets had been rather neglected, and there was very little lighting, leaving the entire neighborhood dark, and dangerous-seeming. Also, the realm had already become related to the burgeoning punk-rock scene, still viewed with nice suspicion by the native authorities. And not entirely while not reason: native skinheads and fans of the then-new hardcore punk scene particularly were usually seen agitating the dark streets and alleys. Though purists decried the loss of their original atmosphere, the newly-lit streets did result in lower crime rate.

Entertainment District

The Nineties were a high purpose for Deep Ellum as the liveliest entertainment district of Dallas. By 1991, Deep Ellum had fifty seven bars and nightclubs. there have been restaurants, tattoo parlors, alternative numerous retail outlets, and an increasing quantity of high-rent residential loft houses. Notable businesses of the Nineties included Deep Ellum Live (closed in 2004), Trees (closed late 2005, reopened August 2009), 2826, Monica’s Aca y Alla (a restaurant, still in business), Club Dada (closed & reopened 2006), The Angry Dog (a restaurant, still in business),  Looker Hair cluster (a salon), Galaxy Club (closed early 2007), the inexperienced space and Tarantino’s (both restaurants closed September 2006), and also the Red Blood Club (closed & reopened 2007,and then closed once more in 2008).

One notable event back in 1988 involves Russell Hobbs, the previous owner of Theatre Gallery and the Prophet Bar converted to Christianity, closed his 2 still-popular clubs, and opened The Door to a Christian oriented venue. This was a success story involving the restaurant Monica’s Aca y Alla. When the owner of Eduardo’s Aca y Alla (Eduardo Aca y Alla)divorced his wife he had a highly publicized sex-change and reopened underneath her new name. Monica’s Aca y Alla remains a stylish hotspot these days.

Life in Deep Ellum opened in 2007 of January. The 23,000-square-foot (2,100 m2) venue options Mokah occasional Bar, the Live@Mokah concert venue and Mokah Art, an oversized gallery house.

Music Venues

Adair’s Saloon on 2624 Commerce Street
AllGood Cafe on 2394 Main Street
The Bone on 2724 Elm Street
Curtain Club on 2800 Main Street
Club Dada on 2720 Elm Street
The Door on 3202 Elm Street (Moved to Gypsy Tea room’s building)
Double Wide on 3510 Commerce Street
Live@Mokah(Life in Deep Ellum) on 2803 Taylor Street
The Liquid Lounge on 2800 Main Street
Sons of Hermann Hall on 3414 Elm Street
Renos Chop Shop on 210 N. Crowdus Street
Lizard Lounge/The Church on 2424 Swiss Ave.
Trees on 2709 Elm Street
The Prophet Bar on 2458 Elm Street
2826 Arnetic on 2826 Elm Street

Deep Ellum Performing Arts

Ad-Libs  on 2626 Main Street
The Hub Theater on2809 Canton Street
Undermain Theater on 3200 Main Street
DALLAS COMEDY HOUSE on 2645 Commerce Street

Art Galleries

500X Gallery on 500 Exposition Avenue
Gallery on 4221 Bryan Street
The Public Trust on 2919C Commerce Street
Barry Whistler Gallery on 2909B Canton Street
Blue Square Art Gallery on 3023 Commerce Street
Dahlia Woods Gallery on 600 Cantegral Street
Gallery 2910on 2910 Commerce Street
Kettle Art Gallery on 2714 Elm Street
Mokah Art—2803 Taylor Street
Mutt Gallery on 3405 Main Street
Nine Eyes Studio on 130 N. Peak Street
Pawn Gallery on 2540 Elm Street (closed Fall 2008)
Pidgeon Stone Project Gallery on 3311 Commerce Street
Revolution Gallery on 3309 Elm Street
Road Agent Gallery on 2909A Canton Street
Steve Paul Productions on 2814 Main Street

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