Thursday, March 30, 2006
Deep Ellum's Club Dada reopens tonight under new management, after a being shut down for months.
Some gloomy, un-Christmas cheer hit Deep Ellum last year, as Club Dada closed its doors.
It reopens tonight under new management with shows by Hard Night's Day and Queen For A Day. HND members, who have played the club regularly over the years, were among the investor team that bought the club.
Among the highlights for April: Singer/Songwriter Chris Demspey hosts an acoustic and electric show; Chris Holt will headline Wednesday nights; Thursdays will be home of The Dead Thing, a night of Grateful Dead music.
A little history, from the club's new website:
As told by David Border:
Club Dada originated with several members of Victor Dada, an avant garde performance art group that performed around town in the early 1980's. It all started at the St. Valentine's Day Sex Massacre at Tahiti's on lower Greenville Avenue, February 14th 1986.
David Border and Doak Boettiger wanted to have a performance space where Victor Dada could perform and have their own place to drink. Tom Henvey thought that would be a grand idea and joined in. He suggested Deep Ellum was the place to be and indeed it was. The old Blues and Jazz tradition of days gone by created the energy for new music. We were Don Cass's first tenant. The courtyard was the crown jewel. We started out around one third of the original size and kept growing for the next 17 years.
Local and national acts graced our stages: The New Bohemians, Horton Heat, AC/DC, Tiny Tim, Joe Walsh stopped by... Todd Rundgren, Shoso, Jim Messina, Paul Simon stopped by... Blues Traveller, Kinky Friedman, Oliver Stone dropped by... The Subdudes, The Jayhawks, Shawn Phillips, Billy Gibbons stopped by... Sara Hickman, Ten Hands, Fever in the Funk House, Spot, Trees, Loco Gringos, Feet First, Earl Harvin, Josh Allen, Little Sister, Ian Moore, Pat Green, The Dixie Chicks, Spalding Gray stopped by, Mr. Peppermint, Rev. Bob, and Danny Glover even shot a movie here...
We Need Your Help!
If you have a great Dada story or memoir you would like to share, any historical photos of past great shows, we would love to build an archive on this site for all to enjoy.
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