Just a few months back--before the ownership changes at Club Dada and before news of the opening of the Lounge on Elm Street (next week, natch)--we were ready to hang things up and Deep Ellum. Least, far as music was concerned; we were taken aback by the thriving arts scene just east o' Downtown. Now that the music scene in Ellum seems to be picking up a bit (sorry, Lash Outs--still, great song), there's something kinda cool going on there. Especially when the music and visual arts world collide.
Take, for instance this sweet lil' event happening at Frank Campagna's Kettle Art Gallery. Starting tomorrow, the space will be hosting a three-week show called "Deep Ellum Good Buy", which will feature framed, and sometimes signed, posters (most for sale, I believe) from the past 20 years of Deep Ellum's music scene--really cool stuff, basically. Here's the deal behind it, straight from the horse's mouth:
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"Deep Ellum Good Buy is an exhibit of Deep Ellum memorabilia from the mid 1980's through the early 2000's. Items from venues past such as Gypsy Tea Room, Club Clearview, Trees, Club Dada and the Green Room are all part of this major collection. Framed and autographed photos, posters and artwork by luminaries such as The Old 97's, Jack Ingram, Course of Empire, Doosu, Buck Jones, Patti Griffin, Son Volt, Sarah Hickman, Ben Folds Five, Junior Brown, The Grande Street Cryers, Guster, Galatic, El Vez, Little Sister, Mojo Nixon, Mathew Sweet, Tripping Daisy, The Derailers and many more are all part of this show.
Very rare collectible posters for Victor Dada (Club Dada founders) or a 1970 Janis Joplin original poster will also be for sale as well as one of a kind artworks by artists Greg Metz, Dwayne Carter and Frank Campagna."
And, since you'll already be down in Deep Ellum for that, you might wanna check this show out, too. Called "Obscenely Unseen 3", this show will feature the artwork of some 14 local artists, as well as musical sets from 8 area bands--one per hour this show will be open. Here's the schedule of bands:
11 p.m.: Holy Diver
10 p.m.: The Kul
9 p.m.: Dragna
8 p.m.: Robert Jones
7 p.m.:The Happy Bullets
6 p.m.: Spector 45
5 p.m.: RTB2
4 p.m.: The Pumpkin Sea
Your ass is gonna get so cultured this weekend. --Pete Freedman