So That Lucero Show At Dada Last Night Was Pretty Insane, Huh?

Lucero's Ben Nichols growled his way through an hour-and-a-half set for a packed house at Dada last night (Gloria R. Levario)

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Ben Tapia, the new co-owner at Club Dada, caught a little flak in our comments section when, in the piece I wrote about him trying to revamp the club's image, he said, "You know that old saying, 'If you build it, they will come?' Well, I'm building it."

Thing is: He's kinda doing just that. We here at DC9, for instance, have been pretty stoked about the upcoming Black Rebel Motorcycle Club show happening there since we first heard about it.

But I sure as hell didn't expect what I saw last night at Dada...

Shit was crazy. Place was packed: so much so you could barely move on the side of the bar in front of the stage; so much so that the garage door in the back had to be opened to accommodate the number of people in there; so much so that pretty much everyone was sweating through their shirts.

No disrespect to Lucero--hell, I like Lucero's gritty-voiced alt-country sound--but I don't think anyone would've imagined

Frontman Ben Nichols sure didn't; I talked to him a bit at the bar after the show. He was blown away by the crowd and hardly expected such a big one on Monday. By the time he'd reached the bar, after an hour-and-a-half long set that even included an encore, he was practically falling over himself, he was so spent.

But what he didn't understand--and, hell, why would he?--was how crazy this was for Deep Ellum. 400 people in a Deep Ellum club just doesn't happen these days. And almost certainly not on a weeknight--a Monday, no less.

I spent probably 95 percent of my night there shaking my head in disbelief. It was unbelievable--reminiscent, I imagine of Ellum in the '90s. Sure was close, at least, agreed longtime Deep Ellum business owner Frank Campagna, who was also in attendance.

It was a big step in the right direction for Dada and Deep Ellum last night. And a huge slap in the face of the people who've been championing the fact that Deep Ellum can't survive as a destination hangout anymore. Proof was in the pudding. --Pete Freedman

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