Deep Ellum: The Heart of the Dallas Music Scene

Deep Ellum has a long but tumultuous history as the heart of the North Texas music scene. The small neighborhood just east of downtown Dallas first made a name musically in the early 20th century as a blues mecca, hosting the likes of Robert Johnson, Lead Belly, and T-Bone Walker. After a long derelict period the scene rebounded in the early 90s with alt-rock bands like the Toadies, Old 97s and Funland leading the way. After a brief downturn at the turn of the century the scene rebounded again with storied clubs like Trees and City Tavern reopening to host a musically diverse group of bands including Polyphonic Spree, Erykah Badu, and Sarah Jaffe.

An Oral History of the Dallas Music Scene, 10.13.11