And, see, that's the thing: Williams' session doesn't need that kind of attention.

"Really, it's best when no one's here," Prophet Bar bartender Jon Lawson shared on a recent Wednesday night, as hands filled with wads of cash were thrust his way. His remark, however, had little to do with the crowd; just the players and their on-stage offerings. "Those nights are when they get their most experimental."

Those nights are when the players play for themselves, when they smile and shake their heads in awe at one another's solos and leads, when they congregate by the bar between sets to pat one another on the back. There are no stars on these nights; just players. There is no excessive audience here for the big names; just the music and the scene. It is on these nights when the music feels most sincere, when the offerings are as cathartic as they are entertaining, that the man whose name appears on the plaque just outside of the Prophet Bar's entrance might be most proud to see what has become of his Deep Ellum legacy.

It is on these nights Deep Ellum survives.

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Slynn
Slynn

I do love Deep Ellum. I went to the arts festival there this year with my sister, and man- it was packed! Not like it usually is a at all. I'm not sure if I liked it. But thats besides the point... I love how the cultured look of the area has been preserved. Older buildings that have loads of character, even the streets all have this feel to it that the rest of Dallas has lost with their shiny new buildings.There really isn't any place I've been to quite like Deep Ellum... Although, you do hafta be careful and watch yourself in some of the neighborhood. But thats like that most places you go.

All in all, I really do love Deep Ellum. :) <3

Wordb
Wordb

wish they did play more blues and jazz

JaiWarren
JaiWarren

Just moved to Deep Ellum from the northern burbs... Must check this out. Elm Street has suchpositive, powerful energy. This area of the city has a history of art, music and innovation thatmoney can't buy...keep it alive Dallas!!!

zorro
zorro

liquified macrobiotic bovine wash...

 
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