Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 98

dallasobserver.com dallasobserver.com Best Dance Club Couture Red Light Lounge Every Thursday night, the rooftop deck of two-floor Red Light Lounge comes alive with music from The Guild, a group of DJs who have played at Burning Man. The real show, however, is the crowd of regulars who show up in wild-ass wigs, feathers, leather, sequins, tutus, body paint and other outrageous disco costumery. How much time should you put into your couture for this club? They enforce a “no effort, no entry” door policy. Adorn yourself accordingly. 2911 Main St., 214-826-4769, redlightdallas.com Nightlife & Music like Jesus and Mary Chain and D’Angelo built on the buzz. Best of all, those lines around the block have continued, suggesting The Bomb Factory and Deep Ellum are truly back. 2713 Canton St., 214-932-6501, thebombfactory.com But best of all, Badu won the prestigious Ella Fitzgerald Award at the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal. It’s an honor shared by Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin, and it per-fectly befits our own Queen of Neo-Soul. Best Erykah Badu Moment Montreal Jazz Festival We’ve been blessed with a steady stream of Erykah Badu updates this year. Some of the things that have kept her busy: She busked in Manhattan, appeared on the local news when her flight was delayed, performed an epic hip-hop medley with the Roots, headlined opening night at The Bomb Factory, dissed the Black Eyed Peas and released a mixtape to save the world. (We’re nearly out of breath.) Best Jukebox Lakewood Landing A jukebox — a real, honest-to-goodness one with CDs or records and pages that flip — is most at home in a dive bar. And if any bar in Dallas gets it right, it’s Lakewood Landing. Put in $1 and you’ll get three songs, but why would you do that when $2 gets you seven? Cue up some Ernest Tubbs to go with ELO, Fleetwood Mac, the Pixies or Big Star, grab a Lone Star and celebrate your impeccable taste in music from the comfort of the patio, SPORTS/RECREACTION | | stage NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC | | Night+day FOOD/DRINK CULTURE/PEOPLE | SHOPPING/SERVICES | Classified | MusiC | dish | Movies | Culture | feature | | sChutze | uNfair Park | the thread | CoNteNts | Readers’ Pick: Granada Theater 3524 Greenville Ave., 214-824-9933, granadatheater.com Best Dive Bar Velvet Elvis If you’re going to give yourself a name like Vel-vet Elvis, you better be tacky in your execution. And if there’s anything that Velvet Elvis does well, it’s bad taste. It’s everything that a hole-in-the-wall dive located in a strip mall should be: dark, grungy and full of bad art, with no beers on tap (bottles and cans only) and drinks that will knock you off your feet. Like any self-respecting dive, Velvet Elvis is the place to get away from other people, but if you want to hate yourself a little more, there’s always karaoke. 3720 Walnut Hill Lane, 214-358-0897, facebook. com/pages/velvet-elvis-dallas Best Local Music Release Coming Home by Leon Bridges The feel-good story of Dallas music in 2015 has undoubtedly been the rise of Leon Bridges, who used a contract with Columbia Records to spring onto late-night TV shows, but still takes the time to go busking in Deep Ellum. Listening to Coming Home , it’s easy to understand what all the fuss is about. More than a throwback, the album demonstrates strong songcraft, a painstaking attention to detail and a hell of a lot of talent. Coming Home soars highest on the title track and “Better Man,” while “Twistin’ and Groovin’” and “River” are its most grounded songs. Best Roving Music Venue ViCE PaLaCE Readers’ Pick: Lee Harvey’s 1807 Gould St., Dallas, 214-428-1555, leeharveys.com Best Rock Bar Club Dada Club Dada’s patio gives it a bit of an unfair ad-vantage in this category. Sure, shows indoors at Dada kick plenty of ass; moshing along to Total Trash just wouldn’t be the same in the fresh outdoor air. The dingy, don’t-really-give-a-shit decor is a nice touch, and the bathrooms are, shall we say, very rock ’n’ roll. But Dada’s patio puts it over the top, making it an untouchable Deep Ellum double-threat. There hasn’t been a better outdoor show this year than Courtney Barnett’s, and shows like that only happen at Dada. 2720 Elm St., dadadallas.com Readers’ Pick: Coming Home by Leon Bridges Kathy Tran Best Live Music Venue BoMB FaCToRy DALLAS OBSERVER DALLAS OBSERVER eptember 24-30, M S onth XX–M onth 2015 XX, 2014 Readers’ Pick: Trees 2709 Elm St., 214-741-1122, treesdallas.com Best Live Music Venue The Bomb Factory When was the last time hype paid off so glori-ously? The return of The Bomb Factory, out of commission as a concert venue for 20 years, had been publicized for over a year when the doors finally opened in March. And boy, did it ever live up to expectations: The chic decor, great sight lines and crisp sound quality are hallmarks of a renovation that spared no detail. After the pomp of Erkyah Badu’s opening night performance, shows 2 98 Mike Brooks

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