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Deep Ellum Pioneer Russell Hobbs Explains Why The Door Is Relocating

2 years ago by Nic Huber
Deep Ellum's The Door, which opened in '98, is the first Dallas music venue to host many now-famous rock musicians, including Fall Out Boy, Paramore and Brand New. It has overseen decades of change and growth in the neighborhood. But now The Door is packing its bags. Owner and talent buyer...
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This Week In Dallas Music History: Russell Hobbs Remembers Deep Ellum's Beginnings

9 years ago by Daniel Hopkins
Russell Hobbs​This is the week that the Dallas Observer will release its annual Best Of issue, so it seems appropriate to open the vault and look back at a Best Of issue from September 2000. During this week 10 years ago, staff writer Jimmy Fowler shed light on Russell Hobbs'...
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The Door and Prophet Bar Owner Russell Hobbs Deserves Credit for Booking Brother Ali

11 years ago by Pete Freedman
This Russell Hobbs guy—the one who runs The Door and The Prophet Bar down in Deep Ellum along with a handful of other The Door entities around the region, the one who had a hand in bringing forth the Deep Ellum golden days of the '80s and '90s—he sure is...
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One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

12 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
Barry Annino just shot us this one-sentence missive concerning the fate of the Gypsy Tea Room's space: The Door signed a lease for the Gyspy Tea Room yesterday. Salvation, thy name is Russell Hobbs? --Robert Wilonsky...
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The Importance of Networking: How To Get Your Band Booked at a Music Venue

1 year ago by Jacob Vaughn
Walking up and down the streets of Deep Ellum, one might pass by 10 to 15 music venues, which can be said for a lot of cities. So why is it so hard to book your own shows? The truth is, it isn’t. Before a band hits the big time...
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Booking Company MyAfton Angers Local Bands by Giving Stage Time Based on Ticket Sales

1 year ago by Jacob Vaughn
Getting sucked into the wishful thinking of potential musical success is easy. MyAfton, a booking agency based in Portland, Oregon, thrives on this kind of naive optimism. At first glance, MyAfton’s unsolicited booking emails might look exciting and, to the uninitiated, like a revolving door of endless opportunity. However, after...
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Fort Worth's The Door Will Now Sometimes Be Called The Bandwagon

9 years ago by Pete Freedman
Earlier this week, the Fort Worth location of Russell Hobbs' The Door franchise announced a name change to The Bandwagon. Well, sort of. As Preston Jones of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram learned earlier this week when he broke the news, it's more of a half name-change. Just as is the...
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Jeffrey Liles Is the Dallas Music Scene's Strongest Witness, and Friday He Bares His Experiences

2 years ago by Rachel Williams
Jeffrey Liles has packed a lot of living into the past 35 years. The Kessler Theater artistic director’s resume — his life story, actually — reads like a fanfic book co-written, somehow, by assorted members of the 27 Club and the characters of Almost Famous. He’s resurrected his alter ego,...
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More Potentially Embarassing Footage Of A Young Rhett MIller

10 years ago by Pete Freedman
Yep, that's a young pre-97's Rhett MIller in the video from 1987, posted above--just part one of a two-part Hi-Res Diner interview (part deux is after the jump) Dragon Street Records' David Dennard posted to Youtube last week. It's a continuation of this performance, which we showed you last month.In...
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OK, So This Just Keeps Getting More And More Impressive

11 years ago by Pete Freedman
Kii Arens Another impressive show to add to the growing list of jaw-droppers the Door's been booking to its stage lately: The Eagles of Death Metal. No, seriously. On Friday, December 12. Add that to the list that already includes Ice Cube, Fishbone, King's X, Plain White T's, Job for...

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