Index Festival kicked off in Deep Ellum last night with sets from some 30-plus bands on 9 stages. Killer Mike and EL-P's Run the Jewels project kicked things off in high spirits, and a solid mix of local and touring bands kept the streets of Deep Ellum lively until past 2 a.m.
Index brought plenty of people to the neighborhood -- some regulars and some who haven't made the trip in years. We talked to a few of them about what they love about Deep Ellum and what would have them coming back even more.
Name: Jobie Tobe (right) and Whitney Freeman (left) Age: 32 (Tobe), 27 (Freeman) Occupation: Construction Manager (Tobe) and Finance (Freeman)
Who are you most excited about at Index Festival? Tobe: "I'm here for the drinks." [laugs] Freeman: Warpaint
What's your favorite Deep Ellum business? Tobe: "I used to go to trees a lot." Freeman: "Angry Dog."
What do you wish Deep Ellum had that it doesn't? Tobe: "More small places for local bands. Like it used to be." Freeman: "A grocery store."
Name: Eric Pool Age: 19 Occupation: Student of Finance at UT Austin
Who are you most excited about at Index Festival? "Boxcar Rebellion and Real Estate. When I saw them on the lineup, I bought tickets."
What's your favorite Deep Ellum business? "Club Dada."
What do you wish Deep Ellum had that it doesn't? "There's nothing really missing that I can think of."
Name: Laura Booher (Left) and Ryan Clayton (Right) Age: 33 (Booher) and 35 (Clayton) Occupation: Booher works at Blackberry and Clayton works for a middle school
Who are you most excited about at Index Festival? Booher: Andrew Bird and Girl Talk Clayton: Lucero
What's your favorite Deep Ellum business? Booher: "I used to go to Gypsy Tea Room. Now I'm a sucker for Allgood Cafe." Clayton: "Gypsy Tea Room, yeah. Now it's Deep Ellum Brewing Company. It's helping the revitalization of the area."
What do you wish Deep Ellum had that it doesn't? Booher: "I think it would be fun if there were more funky boutiques, to add some daytime activity." Clayton: "That's what makes Bishop Arts cool. There's stuff to do during the day and at night."
Name: Stephanie Shih (Left) and Kathy Tian (Right) Age: Both 22 Occupation: Both recent UT graduates, Shih works for Texas Instruments and Tian works for Frito Lay. They moved to Uptown this spring.
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Who are you most excited about at Index Festival? Shih: Air Review Tian: Andrew Bird
What's your favorite Deep Ellum business? Shih: "Club Dada is really the only place we've been to."
What made you move to Uptown? Shih: "It was convenient and there's plenty to do." Tian: "The culture, the nightlife. It's nice."