Jess Barr

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2014

    The Best Bar Staffs in Dallas

    When it comes to live music venues, Dallas has polychromatic shades of bar staffs, from its draft-pouring, quietly rustic bartenders to the sophisticated mixologists with novel ways of concocting a drink. When you frequent a venue often enough, it's nice to be remembered. This could very well mean y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2013

    The Best North Texas Venues that Opened in 2013

    North Texas already had more than its share of places to see live music. But it got a few notable additions in 2013, especially in Deep Ellum, where Three Links has wasted no time becoming a fixture and Twilite Lounge started to feel like it had been there for 50 years about three weeks after openin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Inside the Best New Bar in Dallas: Twilite Lounge

    It's a cool, breezy September night as Danny Balis and Jess Barr watch the Saints/Dolphins game on the patio of their new Deep Ellum spot, Twilite Lounge. They drink beer, and snack on some leftover pizza as the boys in black and gold dominate in the Superdome. Balis is the bassist for both Calhoun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    The Nine Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: June 27-July3

    There's a lot happening in music around here -- a lot has happened this week, in fact. In this sprawling metropolitan music scene, with a kaleidoscopic framework of ever-changing people and bands and venues and ideas, a lot happens at once. The only thing we know for sure is that the people who make ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Twilite Lounge's Grand Opening Is Friday. There Will Be Boozes.

    The Danny Balis (maybe-your-favorite-radio-talking-guy from 1310 The Ticket, King Bucks tambourinist, new-bar-haver) and his partner The Jess Barr (Slobberbone guitarer, new-bar-haver) have recently opened Twilite Lounge, a bar in Deep Ellum. You've probably already heard of it because you're tapped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2013

    We Ran into Warring Council Candidates Philip Kingston and Bobby Abtahi at a Bar. Awkward!

    There wasn't much interest in the City Council elections this year, evidenced mainly by the fact that hardly anybody showed up to vote in them. We don't blame you. It was a Saturday, and there were probably waffles somewhere. But the runoff election in District 14 between Bobby Abtahi and Philip ... More >>

  • Music

    December 24, 2009

    Slobberbone, Telegraph Canyon, Scott H. Biram

    Wednesday, December 30, at Granada Theater

  • Music

    May 31, 2007

    Jubilee Year

    The Drams are the Best

  • Music

    July 27, 2006


    Brent Best and his longtime friends in the Drams don't have a bone to pick

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    Best Friends

    Members of Slobberbone return to do bigger--and perhaps better--things as The Drams

  • Music

    August 18, 2005

    Go to Ellum

    Grab your paintball guns and bottles of liquor--it's time to party, Deep Ellum style

  • Music

    March 10, 2005

    Head Full of Beer

    The Slobberbone chronicles: An oral history

  • Music

    December 2, 2004

    Separate Ways

    After more than a decade, Slobberbone breaks up

  • Music

    February 13, 2003

    Happy Freakin' Valentine's Day

    Some local CD-release shindigs make this horrible holiday a little more tolerable

  • Music

    November 14, 2002

    Bar Exam

    Slobberbone is the best bar band in America. Here's proof.

  • Music

    September 12, 2002

    Cover Up

    Slobberbone preparing to hit the road in support of new album

  • News

    April 19, 2001

    2001 Dallas Observer Music Awards

    Narrow margins remind us that everyone's a winner

  • Music

    December 28, 2000

    Dallas Stars

    Revisiting the best local albums of 2000

  • Music

    July 13, 2000

    Out Here


  • Music

    April 16, 1998

    Exile on Fry Street

    Slobberbone is still a little bit country and a lot rock and roll