Dallas being the 9th most populous city in the country and the 3rd most populous in the state, it is no surprise that this city has become best known for its iconic skyscrapers and busy streets. However, taking a walk from the corporate life of Dallas down the street to Deep Ellum there is a wildly drastic change in scenery and culture. Being so close together Dallas and Deep Ellum couldn't appear to be more different at a glance.
|Deep Ellum graffiti art|
The inspiration the music industry has on Deep Ellum was evident as soon as we set foot in this artistically sprayed downtown area that is largely influenced by the arts and of course the variety of unique entertainment venues nestled just east of Downtown Dallas.
|Venue band listings|
|Venue's concert schedule for the month|
Some of the more radical venues didn't have posters or announcements showcasing that month's gigs. They simply spray paint the shows that would play that month on the side of the venues.
There is really nothing like finding such diversity like a German made Volkswagen that is highlighted with Mexican print seat covers and a simple western style hat to tie it all together. Taking a walk around Deep Ellum and finding neat things in the area never fail to make a trip feel adventurous and exciting. It's like visiting an art gallery that is free and conveniently placed outside for public viewing.
|Volkswagen tire in Deep Ellum|
|Eclectic Volkswagen parked on the side of the street|
|Jesse Rutherford (vocalist for The Neighbourhood) preforming at Trees|
We had the chance to check out The 1975 and The Neighborhood putting on a show at Trees. This trendy venue is a hot spot for some of the biggest names in music. Trees lives up to its name with tree-like support beams that add an organic and hip vibe to the space. With a bar to the back of the venue it is a ideal place to see your favorite indie band with an active audience in an intimate setting. The added details of posters and decor that cover the brick walls are truly cool and combine to create a one of a kind atmosphere that can only be found in the depths of Deep Ellum.
Witnessing the variety of diversity in the weird, the interesting and the trendy makes is what makes Texas, Texas.