It the event heard 'round the world. Well, okay, the event heard around Dallas, but it was the buzz of all North Texas music last month, and the lines certainly wrapped around the block. We're talking, of course, about the grand reopening party of Deep Ellum's biggest concert venue, The Bomb Factory, which hadn't hosted a show in something like two decades.
The club ran a string of shows from Thursday through Saturday last week, attracting in excess of 4,000 people each night. Sarah Passon was there on the first of those night to catch Erykah Badu and the busy Bomb Factory staff in action.
Opening up a concert venue under any circumstances is a hell of an undertaking, and that fact is only multiplied when the venue in question is as big and ambitious as The Bomb Factory. Trees' owners Clint and Whitney Barlow pulled out all the stops to make the place top-notch, but there will always be fires to put out and people to make happy -- especially on opening night. And that's what Passon was there to find.
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Passon talked to box office manager Karen Cunningham and followed around her and marketing director Gavin Mulloy as they took care of the dirty work of seeing the place through its first night of operation. Keep a look out too for cameos from Robert Wilonsky and Sarah Jaffe's manager, Tami Thomsen.
If you think the music business is all fun and games, well, you're mostly right, but there's plenty of work hard too -- and these folks can tell you a thing or two about it.
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