Deep Ellum, Dallas’ iconic cultural district, is gearing up for its grand 150th-anniversary celebration. The highlight of this historic milestone is the first-ever Deep Ellum Music Festival, set to take place on Saturday, November 18th, from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the intersection of Main Street and Good Latimer Expressway. This free and family-friendly festival promises an unforgettable experience for all music enthusiasts. In this article, we’ll take you through the exciting details of this momentous event and its headliners, including Reverend Run, Doug E. Fresh, and local heroes Bowling for Soup.

Deep Ellum’s Rich Musical Legacy

Deep Ellum has long been the heartbeat of Dallas’ music scene. With over 20 live music venues, the district offers a diverse range of musical genres year-round. As part of the 150th-anniversary celebration, Deep Ellum will showcase its exceptional musical talent. Local performers such as RC Williams & Friends, Cure For Paranoia, The Grays, The 40 Acre Mule, Cayuga All-Stars, Averi Burk, and DJs Christy Ray & Edgar Blue will grace the stage. Additionally, Emmy Award-winning TV personality and journalist Tashara Parker of WFAA 8, will host the event, with special guests making appearances throughout the day.

Headliners Stepping Up

Deep Ellum, Deep Ellum Music Festival, Bowling For Soup,
Celebrating 150 Years Of Deep Ellum: Inaugural Music Festival 2

Reverend Run, a founding member of the legendary Run-D.M.C., and Doug E. Fresh, the pioneer of American beatboxing, will co-headline this historic festival. They’ll not only celebrate Deep Ellum’s 150-year musical journey but also honor the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. This event promises to be a vibrant blend of classic and contemporary sounds.

Bowling for Soup: Hometown Heroes

Adding to the star-studded lineup is Bowling for Soup, a band that got its start in North Texas and honed its craft in Deep Ellum. With international acclaim, they’ve played at numerous neighborhood venues over their illustrious career. After the festival concludes, attendees are encouraged to explore Deep Ellum’s 25 live music venues, continuing a tradition that has made the district a haven for Dallas culture.

A Legacy of Music

In its 150-year history, Deep Ellum has been a launching pad for countless artists and bands, resulting in unique collaborations and unforgettable musical experiences. Venues like Sons of Herman Hall, The Factory in Deep Ellum, Three Links, and Deep Ellum Art Co. have continued the legacy of renowned venues like The Gypsy Tea Room, Lizard Lounge, and The Prophet Bar. From Blind Lemon Jefferson to modern stars like Erykah Badu and The Old 97s, Deep Ellum’s influence on Dallas and the nation is undeniable.

Words from Bowling for Soup

Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup fondly reminisces about Deep Ellum:

“Honestly, when I think of Deep Ellum, it is pretty much the same as thinking about ‘home.’ Deep Ellum Dallas is a huge part of who Bowling for Soup was, is, and will be.”

A Family-Friendly Deep Ellum Music Festival Extravaganza

The Deep Ellum Music Festival is an all-ages event and will also feature local vendors and artists as part of the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market. As Deep Ellum celebrates 150 years of business, culture, and entertainment, everyone is welcome to join in the festivities.

About Deep Ellum Foundation: The Deep Ellum Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, manages public and private funds to advance the interests of the neighborhood. Their goal is to ensure sustainable growth for the district. For more information on the Deep Ellum Foundation, please visit their website at https://www.deepellum-foundation.com/150.

Don’t miss the chance to be part of history as Deep Ellum celebrates its 150th anniversary with the inaugural Deep Ellum Music Festival. Mark your calendars for November 18th, and get ready for an unforgettable musical journey through the heart of Dallas’ most iconic district. Join us in celebrating 150 years of culture, music, and entertainment!