A local music festival that wants to be a cult TV show is coming to Deep Ellum.
Damn Fine Music Fest will feature new music from members of notable North Texas bands including Pinkish Black, Pearl Earl and Midnight Opera. The musicians have reconfigured to collaborate in five groups named after characters from Twin Peaks, David Lynch's surreal crime drama series from the '90s.
It's a concert as strange as the show.
Twin Peaks is a small-town murder mystery show with quirky characters and some of the most visually striking cinematography in TV history. Twin Peaks debuted in 1990 and quickly became a cultural phenomenon. It ran for just two seasons but lived on through a feature film prequel and generations of obsessive fans. Last year, Lynch resurrected the series with a third season, and anticipation was so fervent that some theaters screened the new episodes.
Dallas man Jeff Brown is the brains behind Damn Fine Music Fest. He started considering the idea for a Twin Peaks-themed night of music while the last episodes aired in September.
"I connect with Twin Peaks," says Brown, who promotes shows under the name King Camel. "The content and the characters are so rich and deep. It has alternate timelines, post-life entities, and oddball goofy daytime drama characters."
"It's this mishmash of so many different ideas and themes," he continues. The same can be said about Damn Fine Music Fest." After getting local musicians involved, he arranged them into groups of people from different bands. "I want to see what kind of new music can be created by people from different backgrounds. We've got psychedelic music mixing with dream pop, punk and metal. It's all coming together to create something brand new," Brown says.
The festival's name references Twin Peaks' eccentric FBI agent protagonist, Dale Cooper -- specifically his passion for coffee.
The five groups of collaborators, paired with local video artists, will perform 25-minute sets of new material dedicated to unforgettable Twin Peaks characters like Log Lady, The Arm and Killer Bob. Brown will even be serving coffee and donuts to the crowd.
Damn Fine Music Festival takes place at 9 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 12 at Three Links, 2704 Elm St., Dallas.
Here is the full lineup:
Nicole Marxen-Myers (Midnight Opera)
Max Henderson (Bathhøuse)
Charlie DeBolt (Teenage Sexx)
Chris Moline (Mother Tongues)
Daron Beck (Pinkish Black)
Teddy Waggy (Midnight Opera)
Brooks Willhoite (Mountain of Smoke)
Matthew Crain (Dead Mockingbirds)
Sammy Rios (Rat Rios)
Sarah Ruth (They Say The Wind Made Them Crazy)
Gabriel Jordan (Duo Contra)
Paul Hernandez (Bummer Vacation)
Kamaron Black (Native Fox)
The Arm/Man from Another Place:
Ariel Hartley (Pearl Earl)
Kenneth Pritchard (Dead Mockingbirds)
Cody McPhail (Atop)
Eric Vaughn Eisenman (Loafers)
Adam Locklear (Bargoyles)
Chelsey Danielle (Pearl Earl)
Aaron Mireles (Sub-Sahara)
Rob Martinez (Honor System)
Bill Spellman (Clifffs)
Jim Branstetter, Killer Bob
Sean Miller, Dale Cooper
Chad Walls, Laura Palmer
Michael Morris, The Arm
Erin Shea Devany, Log Lady