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Lee Harvey's Was a Friend of Mine

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On Monday, WFAA-Channel 8 ran a story about a guy named Chris Jones, who moved half a block away from an existing bar/live-music venue -- Dallas Observer readers' fave Lee Harvey's -- and discovered that, wow, living half a block away from a bar/live-music venue can be kinda loud sometimes. Debbie Denmon's story asserted that "many residents say [Lee Harvey's] is too loud," but, nope, all she could find was Jones; everyone else in the Cedars neighborhood says, yeah, like, no problem. Then there's Jones, who says, "I was aware that the bar was here before I moved here, but that is still inconsequential."

Not so much, say many of the patrons and musicians who've been peppering Unfair Park with e-mails this week (wondering why we haven't mentioned this ... um, sorry?). After the jump is word of warning, sent to UP HQ last night by Reid Robinson of Dallas Observer Music Awards-nominated Shanghai 5. Speaking of, you do know Shanghai 5's playing the DOMA showcase tomorrow night on Lower Greenville Ave., right? I hope they're loud. --Robert Wilonsky


South Dallas favorite Lee Harvey’s is under attack for live music on Friday and Saturday, 8:30p-12a. Lee Harvey’s has hosted artists including; Theater Fire, Sorta, White Ghost Shivers, THe BAcksliders, Shanghai 5, PPT, DJ Sista Whitenoise, EZ Eddie D, MC 900 FT Jesus, and many more.

Since photographer Seth Smith opened Lee Harvey’s five years ago, they’ve helped turn an industrial warehouse, and drug ridden area of Dallas, into a well lit, secure, and unique oasis.

A person by the name of Chris Jones recently moved into the Cedars District condo, about a block from Lee Harvey’s. They had been at Lee Harvey’s before moving to the area, and were aware of music, parking, and the well established business at the S. Dallas bar & grill.

After moving into into the Cedars condo a couple of months ago, The Joneses filed numerous noise complaints against Lee Harvey’s and other neighbors around the block. The Dallas Police recently sided with Lee Harvey’s on being well within the legal noise level, and Lee Harvey’s also monitors the sound with a noise db meter. They have installed soundproofing material over the stage, and taken other measures to accommodate the Joneses.

There has been an outpouring of support by neighbors,customers, musicians, and the majority of the Cedars District for Lee Harvey’s.

This is symptomatic of what’s wrong with Dallas on so many levels! Artists, musicians, photographers, etc. clean up, revitalize, and rebuild a neighborhood, keeping the character intact. But soon after, the McMansions/stucco-miniums are built, gentrification takes over, and the reason the neighborhood was unique, is no more.

WFAA 8 aired a story on the 6pm news, last Sunday. ‘Live music drives neighborhood clash’ Note this quote from Mr. Jones. “I was aware that the bar was here before I moved here, but that is still inconsequential,” said resident Chris Jones. “[It] still doesn’t give the bar a right to invade my household.” The story also states, “Dallas code enforcement officers measured the noise in mid-July and determined Lee Harvey’s was not violating city standards.” Something else peculiar about Mr. Jones, from the shots in this WFAA story, are the lack of furniture, rugs, or art, in his living room.

Chris Jones knew about music at Lee Harvey’s before moving into an outside condo facing the bar, and has been coached by Lower Greenville’s “barking dog”, Avi S. Adelman. The night shots that appeared on WFAA were apparently taken by Mr. Adelman, and the story appeared on the Barking Dog website.

Is Mr. Jones a tool for speculating real estate developers(not unheard of), or just a lone spoiler of this cherished neighborhood establishment?

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