The Best Thing About Denton: Interviews with Vendors, Bands, Policemen and Fans

It's no accident that the name 35 Denton finally settled on features its hometown's name so prominently. The organizers of the festival want nothing so much as to champion Denton, and to that end they have created a gathering place for not just musicians, but fans and businesses from around DFW. We talked to a few people awaiting Brutal Juice's manic opening set on Friday about what makes Denton unique.

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Chris Welch Musician: Old War Horse and Pinebox Serenade

Who are you most excited to see this year? Reigning Sound, Roky Erickson and Killer Mike.

What's the best thing about Denton? You see the same people in a million different bands. That's Denton.

Julie Stebbins, Annie Haase and Kate Alleman Fans: All three women attended UNT and are on their 3rd 35 Denton.

What was your favorite set at this festival in the past? Stebbens: I loved Big Boi. Haase: Dr. Dog. Alleman: The Mountain Goats. His music has always been so important to me.

What's the best thing about Denton? Stebbens: It's a small big city. Haase: It's like a big family. Alleman: The community.

Danielle Osborn, Aryton Chapman (not pictured) and Bailey Chapman Vendors. The Chapmans own TaterCake, and Osborn owns Hoops and Stones.

What's the best thing about Denton? Bailey: We love it. The people, the music... Osborn:...the music, the art... Bailey: There are lots of young people, creative people. Osborn: They really do support the local businesses. Ayrton: The best thing about Denton is everything.

Detective Chris Murphy, Officers Jason Kolba and Rick Howell and Sergeant Vernell Dooley (pictured below with Howell) Denton Police. Murphy's been with the force for seven years, Howell's been with it for ten, Kolba's served 19 years and Dooley 8.

What's the best thing about Denton? Dooley: The people. They're very unique -- it's a creative city. Howell: It's definitely lots of different kinds of people. You're at a music festival, but there's a guy over there wearing a cowboy hat. Murphy: The feel is different. You're out of the Metroplex, but you can still get to Dallas and Fort Worth easily. Kolba: I didn't realize this until I had kids, but there are a ton of programs for kids.

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Donny Domino, -Topic and Koolquise Artists. They performed together as Teamfromnowhere later last night at Hailey's.

What's the best thing about Denton? Domino: Fry Street. The Fry Street crawl -- if it's your birthday you can go from bar to bar and get a free shot. -Topic: 35 Denton. If you want food, it's here. If you want music, it's here. People are throwing free stuff at me. Koolquise: He [-Topic] took my answer. 35 Denton.

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