Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The Door moves into Gypsy Tea Room to not-so-rave review
Delivered in the journalistic and professional G-Talk style, those interested can get a feel for what has become of the once famous Gypsy Tea Room building as its latest incarnation: The Door.
As you may now know, the ultimate all-ages, no alcohol (don't forget Christian) music venue has moved down the street. The Door Dallas is now inhabiting the old space that was once Dallas' famous music icon, the Gypsy Tea Room.
Having not been to the location since its renovation, we had to seek out someone who had in order to get the rundown on whether the new face of the building can live up to its illustriously grungy, hip history. A source, who would like to remain a shadow in this writeup, did visit the locale last Friday to see Domestic Sleepless and Rory & the Artificial Heart. Ripping off the success (and ultimately the ease) of our Top Chef instant messengers, the following information is presented as it was delivered: G-Talk style.
Erin Rice: did you check out the tea room this weekend?
ER: "the door"
Super Secret Anonymous Everyman Source: yeah... the lack of mids in the sound system followed the door over from their other location apparently
SSAES: they took a great sounding room and pretty much ruined it
SSAES: well, I'm not surprised
SSAES: I expected it
(intermittent talk about the actual bands performing that night)
SSAES: so differences in the room layout: the stage is at the back facing the door, not in the corner anymore
SSAES: subs are out from under the stage... they're now on the floor right in front of it
SSAES: the sound booth is back against the opposite wall from the stage, and there's a gaping hole in the wood floor where it used to be
SSAES: of course they don't serve alcohol so the huge bar in the middle is mostly unused
SSAES: except for a very small concession area
ER: what specifically was bad about the sound system?
ER: just not enough?
SSAES: highs and lows were really hyped (especially lows) and mids were nonexistent
SSAES: basically, lots of boom and high end but you could barely hear guitars and such
SSAES: just like the door used to be
SSAES: maybe it'd be different if the room were full
SSAES: but a good sound guy shouldn't require a full room to get a decent sound
SSAES: the curtain club can certainly pull it off
SSAES: I would say that's now definitely the best sounding venue in Deep Ellum
(intermittent idiotic moment on Erin's part)
SSAES: but yeah for its size Curtain Club is probably the best sound you'll get
SSAES: and with the qualifier "for its size," I feel comfortable saying that for all of DFW
ER: I do love the curtain club
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