Someone mentioned the idea of a Dallas sound to me the other day. I don't know if any city ever winds up with one sonic thumbprint that truly captures everything about the place, and if they ever did they certainly don't know. The population shifts faster than ever and musicians have access to influence from around the world. Dallas feels especially jumbled in this way. If it sounds like a dig, it's not meant that way. You can hear musicians pushing boundaries in basically any direction you can think of here.
That's one of the big things to take away from this weekend's DOMA Showcase. Those 50-some bands have little, generally, in common except a home town. Our Busking series with Globe Trek Productions attempted to capture some of that breadth by inviting a few bands to a special set on the roof top of the Deep Ellum bar The Green Room. They played a song or two unplugged, with a few people scattered around the tables or walking over to see what was happening.
Here are the first four of those videos -- we'll have a few more next week.
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