Last night The Dallas Observer held their Music Awards Showcase in the streets of the Big D’s famed (and infamous) Deep Ellum. Sarah Jaffee, Centro-Matic, Old 97’s and The Toadies kicked off the festivities on the main stage constructed in the street with the sparkling Dallas skyline as their backdrop. Afterwards roughly 50 bands played in multiple clubs throughout the district, entertaining revelers as well as Zombies until late into the morning.

By all accounts, the guys nailed it, busting it open 97’s style in front of a packed street.

image by Rachel Parker of Dallas Observer


image by Neff Conner


image by Branton Ellerbee


image by Rachel Parker of the Dallas Observer


image by Rachel Parker (hair by Rhett)


You knew St. Ignatius had to be on the setlist, right?

(Thanks to TheBourneBlogger for archiving the evening on YouTube.)

Later Philip and Rhett picked up the sticks to lend a hand on the skins during the Toadies set. Who wouldn’t want to see video of this? If anyone stumbles across any, please post in comments.

image by Rachel Parker

Looks like it was a an amazing night to be roaming the streets of Dallas’ music scene, with or without brain-munching Zombies.

There are more photos of the evening for your viewing pleasure  here.

Read an oral history of Deep Ellum by the artists who inhabited its clubs back in the day here.