There's no arguing that Deep Ellum is the premier destination for live music in Dallas-Fort Worth. From DJs to punk and metal to jazz, and so much in between, the neighborhood continues to lovingly offer area residents an unmatched smorgasbord of beats, samples and styles.
The Blue Light Dallas, an offshoot of the revered Blue Light Live in Lubbock, opened its doors Oct. 19 near Easy Slider and Revolver Taco Lounge on Main Street. At the soft opening, the club welcomed plenty of Texas Tech alums and featured a couple of beloved Lubbock songwriters for a christening concert by Dalton Domino.
It takes a long time for a music club to display any sort of grit or soul, but the bones are in place for the Blue Light Dallas to do that sooner rather than later. The space, which holds around 200 people, has large stage backed by an exposed brick wall and a single, well-stocked bar with a reliable selection of canned beers. All the place needs is time and a few scuff marks on the dance floor. The no-fuss nature of the spot is welcome in a sea of many new Dallas-area bars with life-sized Jenga and Insta-worthy adult milkshakes.
The chatter could be overwhelming at times during the opening-weekend show, as Nashville-based Chris Canterbury and popular Lubbock songwriter Brandon Adams took turns performing acoustically, but it didn't seem to bother the audience. Then Domino, a locally based songwriter-performer who honed his chops in Lubbock, and his band (complete with a fiddle player) gave the new venue's sound system a test spin.
The performances by the acoustic openers and the plugged-in headliner gave those in the comfortably crowded room a taste of what to expect from the Blue Light Dallas. The club seems to occupy an agreeable middle ground between respectful listening room and shot-slinging sing-along parlor.
Upcoming concerts include free shows by bluegrass-tinged country artist Kody West on Nov. 24 and Texas rock band the Forty Thieves on Nov. 30. Musician Zac Wilkerson hosts singer-songwriter open mic nights on Mondays.