The clubhouse for indie film and music aficionados, Texas Theatre’s Behind the Screen concert series marries cult films with local and touring bands whose music pairs perfectly with said film. Ticket combo packages for the movie and a concert also come in at under $20, which makes it one of the most affordable and hip events in town.
Fun fact: The original chair that Lee Harvey Oswald sat in before being captured by Dallas police was removed by the owner of the theatre that day and replaced with another chair, which the FBI confiscated the next day as evidence, believing it to be the original.
Yet another abandoned theater which was restored to its former glory, this music venue sits in the heart of Lower Greenville and offers one of the most eclectic concert calendars in the city. The venue’s commitment to catering to music superfandom of the metroplex is second to none.
Fun fact: The murals in the theater’s lobby and venue were designed by the same muralist who created the paintings inside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
If Club Dada was a cat, it would be on its seventh or so life. It has hung around to see Deep Ellum’s rise and fall many times over. But the one constant is that Club Dada has always had a commitment to cutting-edge music and quirky local acts who might not fit on a bill anywhere else in town.
Fun fact: Before a major renovation a few years ago, tables at each booth next to the bar included laminated candid pictures of local artists such as Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians, for whom the club was a home base in the 1980s.
While catering to the noisier and punkier side of indie rock, this venue has been vital in the rebirth of Deep Ellum as a gritty and energetic music hub of the Southwest. It doesn’t hurt that it was founded by Oliver Peck (of TLC’s Ink Masters TV series) and local booking powerhouses Kris Youmans and Scott Beggs. Three Links definitely knows how to attract buzzworthy national acts.
Fun fact: If you’re on the fence about whether or not you want to check out a show at Three Links, just walk down the sidewalk on Elm St on a night with good weather. The garage door at the back of the venue will be up, and trust us, you’ll be able to hear the show from a few blocks away.
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