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Concert Review – The Lonely Forest at Club Dada 03.14.11

15 Mar

Photo Credit: Terrible Photo Courtesy of Brandon Hancock

 

Last night at Club Dada in Dallas, TX the few people brave enough to venture out to Deep Ellum on a post St. Patty’ Day Monday night were treated to what amounted to a private concert by a currently-breaking-out band from the Evergreen State.  The Lonely Forest put on an amazing pre-SXSW show for what couldn’t have been more than 15 people at the recently resurrected Deep Ellum institution.

Both the band and Dallas music fans were put in a tough spot with this show.  The Monday night concert, 11pm set time for The Lonely Forest, was sandwiched between one of the biggest party weekends on the Dallas booze calendar (and a full concert weekend to boot) and SXSW which might be the biggest event for music lovers in Texas as well as nationally.  In fact, the band admitted the Dallas show was put together somewhat last minute and booked mainly to help pay the gas bill to and from Austin (the band will be playing a number of shows at SXSW, including garnering a huge headlining gig at Baeble Music’s Tuesday party).

The show also lacked any sort of organized publicity which definitely helped keep the crowd numbers light. I myself flirted with the thought of not attending Monday night and instead opting to see them later in the week at SXSW, a strategy I know a few Dallas music fans decided on. After the momentary lapse in judgement, I made the decision to head out to Club Dada on Monday night, and I’m glad I did.

With all the excuses laid out above, The Lonely Forest could have easily phoned in their performance last night and no one would have blamed them for choosing to save their voices and energy for the grueling week ahead at SXSW, but they more than delivered to the faithful few that made it out to see their Dallas debut (a November 2010 opening gig for Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin at House of Blues Dallas was canceled so the band could beat an impending snow storm over the Rockies and make it back to their home base in Anacortes, WA for Thanksgiving).

The band started out their roughly 45-minute set with a surprising amount of energy considering they had no crowd to feed off and instead had to generate it all by themselves up on stage.  The band raced through songs from their forthcoming new album Arrows (released 03.22.11), their 2010 EP The Lonely Forest, and even a song or two from their self released 2007 album Nuclear Winter.

Highlights from the show included Coyote, Turn Off This Song and Go Outside, Live There (I Don’t Want to Live There), We Sing in Time, and the very strong but seldom played Let It Go. In fact Let It Go is so seldom played that when requested (by yours truly) lead singer John Van Deusen hesitated as he asked his band mates if they remembered how to play the song live.  Van Deusen even forgot a few lyrics in the middle of the song.  Let It Go is one of their best songs and would be great to see on a future album as well as put back into the live concert rotation.

After the group’s final song, the band members jumped off stage and personally came up to each person individually and thanked them for coming out.  They seemed genuinely thrilled that a handful of people in Dallas came out to see them on short notice.  It was a cool gesture for a band that had recently played sold out shows on the west coast in front of audiences as big as 1,500 fans. Even though they had to hit the road for Austin, in a final act of appreciation the band stayed around and had a few drinks with the remaining fans until the staff at Club Dada literally started to turn off the lights at the venue.  I’m convinced the band would have stuck around as long as the venue would have let them.  I’m also convinced that during their next swim through town, getting a ticket won’t be as easy, nor as cheap.

Band Details:

Website

New Album Arrows will be released 03.22.11

Upcoming Shows:

March 15 Austin, TX SXSW-PureVolume House
March 17 Austin, TX SXSW-Klub Krucial
March 17 Austin, TX SXSW-Maggie Mae’s
March 19 Austin, TX SXSW-Waterloo
March 19 Austin, TX SXSW-Austin Convention Center

After SXSW the band will be starting a 23 city tour in support of their new album with The Joy Formidable that will take them coast to coast and into Canada through April 29.

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Local Band Alert: “The Hope Trust”, Tonight!

4 Mar

Good Local Stuff

VERY late notice, but I wanted to pass along that Authentic Dallas will be at Club Dada in Deep Ellum tonight for The Hope Trust Dallas CD Release party.  I heard these guys on KXT 91.7 a week or two ago and have been very impressed with the new album, Light Can’t Escape (preview entire record at this link).

Doors open tonight at 8, first band goes on at 9pm and The Hope Trust is scheduled to take the stage at 11pm.  Other bands performing tonight in order of appearance include: Sloan Automatic (9pm), Lo Fi Chorus (10pm), and Here, In Arms (12am)

If you can’t make it tonight, suppot a local band and record store and pick up the new album at Good Records on Lower Greenville.

You also have a chance to catch them next week in Denton at the 35 Conferette on Thursday March, 10 at “The lab” at 10:50 (I assume it is pm). At this time, Authentic Dallas will not be at this years 35 Conferette as we are saving our energy for SxSW in two weeks (more on this later), but we won’t turn down a free wristband if anyone has a hookup.

Enjoy the Show!

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Authentic Dallas Super Bowl Guide

1 Feb

 

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Authentic Dallas would like to welcome the masses to Dallas for the Super Bowl.  Now that you’re here, you are probably wondering what to do in our great city?  I’m sure you’ve been told to visit  The Galleria and Northpark Center, but with apologies to NorthPark (which is truly a great shopping mecca both architecturally and with its lineup of stores), if you’ve been to one big city mall, you’ve been to them all.  I’m also sure your to-do list includes a visit to Dealey Plaza and the Sixth Floor Museum which should be at the top of your list, but what to do with the rest of your days leading up to the Big Game?

Have no fear!  Authentic Dallas is here to steer you to authentic and unique activities, events, restaurants, and bars.  Due to the city moving to ICE FORCE 2!, this list will trend heavily towards eating and drinking, but at least that will keep you warm!

(Note: You might want to call ahead to these places, especially the bars and restaurants, and make sure they are not closed for private parties this week.)

Coffee Houses

Speaking of keeping warm, lets start out with where to grab a great cup of coffee (or tea) without having to visit the ubiquitous Starbucks.  Visit the following places for a unique brew and authentic atmosphere.

Crooked Tree Coffeehouse – 2414 Routh Street – Website
  • Central location in Uptwon Dallas, walking distance from The Crescent, Hotel ZaZa, Ritz Carlton and Downtown Hotels.  It’s also near a bunch of great restaurants and bars.  Chances are if you’re staying in Dallas, you’ll be in Crooked Tree’s orbit early and often.
Murray Street Coffee Shop – 103 Murray Street – Website
  • Murray Street is located in Deep Ellum which is an area with bohemian shops, interesting museums, and some of the best restaurants in the city.  See my previous post on Deep Ellum for some suggestions.  Back to Murray Street, this is probably my favorite coffee house in terms of location, feel, and the actual building.  Murray Street is easy to get to for those staying Downtown or traveling in the Uptown/Downtown area.
Espumoso Caffe – 408 North Bisjop Ave – Suite 105 – Website
  • Negative points to Espumoso Caffe because it isn’t truly authentic to Dallas (they have a location in the Vegas Hard Rock Hotel), but positive points for being in the most authentic area in Dallas, The Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff, and major points for being (to my knowledge) the only place in Dallas that serves Acai Bowls, which is perhaps the greatest thing on earth.  Learn more about Oak Cliff and how to get there below.
The Pearl Cup Espresso Bar – 1900 N. Henderson Ave. – Website
  • The Pearl Cup is located in another great authentic dining and shopping corridor known as the Knox-Henderson neighborhood.  More on the neighborhood below, but if you like a good restaurant and bar scene, you’ll be familiar with the area by Super Sunday.  Henderson Ave is a 5 minute cab ride from Downtown and Uptown hotels and is worth the short trip.

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Visit Deep Ellum for the First Time…Again

12 Aug

A nod to Deel Ellum's past

DEEP ELLUM IS BACK…

but don’t tell anyone.

I’ve loved Deep Ellum since my first visit to Dallas in the late 90’s.  Purists would say that Deep Ellum was past it’s prime by then, but I was enamored after that first visit and I thought the neighborhood had everything I always pictured a downtown entertainment district having.  Lots of street activity, a nice mix of bars, live music, and street food.  Unfortunately, every consecutive visit paled in comparison to the last, and by the early aughts Deep Ellum was an after thought when I was deciding where to hang out.

I still returned sparingly, for dinner at the Green Room or Monica’s, or lunch at Angry Dog.  I even returned for the very infrequent night out at Adair’s (mostly before or after a concert in the Cedar’s or Downtown), but the neighborhood was a former shell of itself, and frankly depressing for me and whoever I could bribe to come down to the district with me.

But now Deep Ellum is Back, and what’s great is the organic nature in how it’s happening and that most people don’t knows its going on, at least not the fickle trend setting crowd.  It is being sustained by the staying power of aforementioned Monica’s Aca Y Alla, Angry Dog, Adair’s as well as others such as St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin.  It’s being revived by the reincarnation of favorites such as Trees and Green Room.  It’s being reinvented by newcomers such as La Grange and many others.

When You Go…

Go by Dart and utilize the two new Green Line stations, including the one with the best public art in the city…

"Traveling Man" Courtesy of Matt Clarkson

The Future

I’m very excited to see how the area evolves and hope it is slow and steady so that this renaissance has staying power.  The business I am most excited to see open is the Deep Ellum Brewing Company.  I’ve been clamoring for years for a craft brewery to open in Dallas proper (Franconia is a great brewer, but they are in the ‘burbs), and I’ve even dreamed about opening one myself, in Deep Ellum no less.  I hope this is the first of many Dallas breweries and we can get a healthy scene going.

Plan Your (re)Visit to Deep Ellum

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New Deep Ellum Bar: 2826 Arnetic

21 Jul

D Magazine has a “Web Exclusive” article reviewing a new bar called 2826 Arnetic (Arnetic is an acronym, for Absolutely Reluctant iN Everything That is Conforming, kind of sounds like a bar after this website’s heart).

Reading the article is my first exposure to this bar, but I will be checking the place out in the next few weeks and will report back with my thoughts.  Until then, I encourage everyone to give them some business and let me know what you think.  Also, if you know of any other bars, restaurants, etc. that deserve a mention, be sure and send an email and let us know.

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