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Deep Ellum bar garners applause as one of America’s best small music venues

Deep Ellum bar garners applause as one of America’s best music venues

The Daylights performing at The Propet Bar in Dallas
Prophet Bar has been named one of the country's best small music venues. Photo courtesy of You+Dallas Music

Deep Ellum is known as a music hotbed, so much so that one of its clubs was just named one of the 50 best small music venues in America by online ticket broker Prophet Bar.

The list highlights the iconic performance spots for live music around the nation where “you’ll be so close to the action that you’ll be able to read the brand name on the drummer’s sticks.”

The website points to the all-ages venue’s ability to attract famous musicians to its legendary Wednesday night jam sessions. Prophet Bar also offers a full-service bar and grill. Those are apparently of equal weight.

Originally opened in 1985 and then “reestablished” in 2007, Prophet Bar was a catalyst in Deep Ellum’s musical heyday. The original bar regularly featured locals such as Reverend Horton Heat, TimBuk3, and New Bohemians. Now bands including Sticky Fingers, Civil Youth, and Soul Asylum are booked months out in advance.

Other small Texas venues on the list are the Mohawk in Austin and Numbers in Houston.