The Opening Night of It'll Do Club Gives The Overserved a Few Ideas

Categories: The Overserved

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Deb Doing Dallas
A patron of It'll Do with the appropriate accessory
See also: It'll Do Club set to re-open

See also: Video of opening night

One of the best club signs in Dallas has always been It'll Do's, just off Elm and Carroll in East Dallas. I rode past it on bike rides and always stopped to take a picture of the red, white and blue mural on the exterior wall. Curious about what it looked like inside, I even attempted to find that lone, unlocked door, so I could just take a peek inside, but my attempts were always futile.

When news came that Brooke Humphries and her gang of merrymakers were taking over the space, I was thrilled. And on Saturday night, the party started right. And quickly.
Admittedly, parking was a bit of a nightmare, but that was a small price to pay. I was inside for mere moments before a wish list started forming in my head for future events.

I passed the bar and headed straight to the long, open dance floor, surrounded by rows of bleachers on either side, which led up to the DJ booth. Dancers fought for their turn on the small LED runway at the end of the floor, taking turns sashaying down it or creating dance lines.

Slinking around the gorgeous wood floors, trying to take in the scene, I started to imagine how fantastic a roller disco night would be. BYO skates, perhaps? I'd be willing to sign a waiver.

I found a spot to people-watch on the bleachers. Perched above the floor, I started to imagine a grown-up Sadie Hawkins dance, the bleachers lined with Dallas fellas and all the fans of those fellas in the middle selecting a dance partner for the night. It might make for a fun Valentine's party.

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Deb Doing Dallas
The dance floor
It'll Do feels like an old-fashioned dance hall, and on Saturday in particular, a grown-up warehouse party. The lounges can be nice, but all you really need is a room and a fantastic sound system. It'll Do's further amenities: A cheap bar, a few places to rest when you need a break and some terrible bathrooms that make it feel like the dance rooms of the late '90s, when we weren't there to be seen. We were there to fucking dance.

Miguel Migs proved his dexterity in the booth, while Lisa Shaw jumped on the mic to sing live, an addition I always appreciate. His mix of "Caribbean Queen" was just the push I needed to take my own turn on the disco-lit floor, though I eventually got pushed off to make room for the next round of dance-offs.

Humphries has again done what she has been able to do in every spot she touches: Create a playground unbiased by genre or demographic. There are few places in town where a straight girl can run into former flames and drag queens, and they all feel equally comfortable. There we were, in the pursuit of a little fun, dancing together on opening night as if we had known this place all our lives.

Special thanks to Catherine Downes for editing the video, and Redsean for providing the track.


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You are so completly ignorant and close minded!! It doesnt surprise me one bit you have all this time to hate on other people! Infact, Im almost certain that all this time comes from not having any friends of your own to have fun with and assume that if people are having fun...they must be on drugs. Stop hating life and live a little!!!!

Mark Brack
Mark Brack

Dear Timetomoveon - as RedEye said below please do  move on that is - we don't need your smarmy comments anymore - you arrogant ass!

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

"In the scene" LOL And who has a basement around here? 

Coleman
Coleman

That's a pedestrian argument, dude.

Djredeyedallas
Djredeyedallas

dude ...just shut the fuck up. And yes revitalizing=bringing new blood and life into a market that was missing a little something..... and it could only be "self important" if she was saying it about herself...but IM saying it, so since you know so much about common sense (according to you in another pointless rant of yours earlier in the thread) you would know that your argument makes no sense. This is the last response you will get out of me...youre obviously a pussy that hides behind user names, and tries to eek out a purpose in your obviously meaningless life by crapping on other people in the scene who are actually doing something. Enjoy feeding your 20 cats named after comic book heroes, practicing your Vulcan language skills, not being invited to anything ever, and dropping dead facedown into a bowl of Cheetoes in front of your computer....still in your moms basement. Now if you'll excuse me...we have a bad ass new club to run.

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

Revitalizing Dallas? Aaahhahahah. Wow. I guess I was wrong about her seeming self important!

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

You're right. It's definitely "guys like me" and not half illiterate idiots like yourself.

Common Sense
Common Sense

Did not know I was writing a master's thesis. Thought I was just responding to an internet bully on a music blog. Guys like you are the problem with Dallas. Guys like you are why Dallas has been made the butt of so many jokes for the past few decades by other music scenes across the country. That is finally starting to change and even your bitter vitriol can not change that.

Djredeyedallas
Djredeyedallas

being the owner of several thriving businesses and helping to revitalize a city seems pretty positive to me...how many businesses have you opened from your Moms basement while you watch Star Wars (and apparently Party Monster) over and over again? This is all very personal to you obviously, thats the only time people bring up the pasts of others, personal vendetta/insecurities/butt-hurtness....so if it makes you feel better about yourself, have at it. It's not gonna change anything she's done for herself....and it just makes you look like the tired ass internet troll you are that "knows" everything, but has "done" nothing. Welcome to Loserville, population...you. Enjoy your stay.

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

Grown folks know the difference between your and you're. It's like common sense and stuff.

25yr old Dallasite
25yr old Dallasite

I loved the layout & old-school vibe of the club, it makes you wonder what kind of fuckery went on in this same building in the 1950's. You feel the history the moment you walk in. The bar was 8 ppl deep all night, impossible to get a drink. Let's hope they address that asap. Good investment overal, Dallas needs a place like this (Lizard Lounge is cool but this's for grown folks). On another note I hope it's not going to be a disco-house exclusive venue: i swear I heard all those tunes this past Saturday at Express or the Gap. EDM has arrived, bring in some good house DJ's like Wolfgang Gartner, Kaskade or Axwell!

Beastiebroc
Beastiebroc

Geez we know the story moron; Did you write your book report while we were dancing Saturday night or rent the movie? #Nitenite

Gavin Mulloy
Gavin Mulloy

Isn't the point of America to give people a second chance? Brooke is great for Dallas.

Commonsense
Commonsense

 I love Punk Rock and I love House music. I am drug free and enjoy dancing. I drink very little. There are dance club morons, but there are way more coked out, alcoholic and violent sport fans out there and no one stereotypes all sports fans as being all druggies. Some people just like to dance. Some people like to be haters on music blogs. I think latter is closer to being a moron.

Djredeyedallas
Djredeyedallas

Hey Timetomoveon you sure know a WHOLE lot about ms Humphries...like more than any other person should even care about someone else....maybe you should take the advice of your tagline and move on. Looks like she has.

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

Such a fine upstanding individual you are supporting: Ms. Humphries, 27, is one of more than 40 people, including club directors, party promoters, bouncers and drug dealers, who were arrested on a variety of drug-related charges in connection with the Gatien case. Like most of them, she pleaded guilty and was among those co-defendants who agreed to testify against the club owner known for his trademark black eye-patch.But now she is the second potential witness against Mr. Gatien that the prosecution has had to abandon because of criminal wrongdoing or criminal charges. In September, Michael Alig, who worked for Mr. Gatien as a party promoter, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of a man with whom he reportedly had a financial dispute and whose body was dismembered and thrown into the Hudson River.Prosecutors said in a hearing several days before the trial opened that Mr. Alig had told the Government that Mr. Gatien had paid him for drugs and had decided which drug dealers would be allowed to work at Limelight. Mr. Alig later recanted these statements and accused Federal agents of fabricating evidence.Ms. Humphries was an important witness, the prosecutors said at the hearing, because she was a friend of Mr. Alig's to whom he had also made the statements regarding Mr. Gatien's alleged involvement with drugs and drug dealers. They had expected that she would testify about Mr. Alig's alleged statements, getting them before the jury even without Mr. Alig's testimony.The chief prosecutor at the trial, Eric Friedberg, an assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, declined to comment yesterday on the impact Ms. Humphries's arrest would have on his case, citing the judge's order that prosecution and defense lawyers not discuss the trial with reporters.But the prosecutors' courtroom statements in the trial up to now indicate they believe that testimony by the Government witnesses who have appeared -- including a convicted top aide to Mr. Gatien and three convicted drug dealers -- provides strong evidence that Mr. Gatien authorized and financed drug dealng and use at the the Tunnel and Limelight. By implication, they appear to believe that they still have a strong case, even without the testimony of Ms. Humphries and Mr. Alig.Mr. Gatien's lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said yesterday that the arrest of Ms. Humphries did ''not really come as a surprise.'' He declined to elaborate, also citing the order by Judge Frederic Block not to discuss the trial with the media.But Mr. Brafman has contended at the trial, which was in recess yesterday, that the major prosecution witnesses could not be trusted because they were criminals who would provide false testimony to save themselves from long prison sentences after pleading guilty in the case.He has also argued that any drug dealing at Mr. Gatien's clubs was by dealers who had ''infiltrated'' the clubs despite his client's efforts to prevent such activity. And he has maintained that Mr. Gatien was accused of crimes because the prosecutors and drug agents wanted to snare a prominent name on the night-life scene -- an accusation that prosecutors have called false.Ms. Humphries, who had been accused of being a ''house dealer'' at Limelight, pleaded guilty last year to drug conspiracy charges in the case and agreed to testify against Mr. Gatien in return for leniency, under a deal that also required her not to commit any further crimes.But on Thursday, she was quietly arraigned in another courtroom of the same courthouse where the Gatien trial is taking place. She was charged with lying to a Federal official. Mr. Friedberg said at the arraignment that she had broken the agreement and it was being terminated.He said she had violated the agreement on several occasions since she signed it by selling small amounts of cocaine, apparently in Dallas, prosecutors said. Mr. Friedberg declined to say yesterday when Ms. Humphries had allegedly resumed selling drugs or how the authorities had learned about it, though they had to have learned about it after opening statements Jan. 14, because the prosecution's statement promised testimony by Ms. Humphries.Ms. Humphries's lawyer, Susan V. Tipograph, said yesterday that Ms. Humphries was not guilty of lying to prosecutors. If convicted of lying, she would face up to five years in prison. Her guilty plea to the drug charges in the Gatien case stands, but now, if convicted of lying, she faces at least five years in prison on those charges with no prospect of leniency.In the prosecution's opening statement, another prosecutor, Michele Adelman, told the jury that Ms. Humphries was ''a club kid.''''Her hair is dyed a lot of colors, and she has body piercing,'' the prosecutor said.Ms. Humphries, she said, would describe how for a time at the Limelight, ''she sold every single Wednesday and Saturday night'' drugs that included ''hundreds of vials of cocaine.''

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

I consider it something of a civic duty.

FMSINONDADCP
FMSINONDADCP

Just out of curiosity, if you think dance club people are fucking moronic, self indulgent drug addicts, why pray tell were you wasting your precious time reading reviews on the It'll Do Facebook page?  Although Miguel Migs is not my fave, I had a great time, drug free.

Deb
Deb

There were a lot of folks there on Saturday, some of them I am sure were assholes. One pleasant thing about being on a dance floor is I don't really have to know that, which is probably for the better. Admittedly house music isn't really my thing, but Migs's and the rest of the DJ's on the calendar have the stripes and the folks there are clearly fans, making it easy to enjoy the night with them. East Dallas will gobble up a place like this. I think the FB page is mostly filled with thankful folks who had a great time, maybe the caps aren't neccesary, but I hardly think that makes them overly self-indulgent. I think there is a swath of Dallas thrilled It'll Do is back and it I thinj it will make for an interesting venue as things diversify over time.

Timetomoveon
Timetomoveon

The "reviews" being posted on their facebook would certainly attest to this statement. So many RANDOM caps WORDS from self INDULGENT drug addicts.

Djredeyedallas
Djredeyedallas

Glad you enjoyed yourself...the reason the bar was so hectic was because Aloha (the system the computers used at some bars and eateries) went down about 12:30....it crashed at several other places around the city at the exact same time. As far as the music...we have a certain vibe we're going for...people like to call EDM and house the same thing, but they are not.....we're going for the more soulful, deep, techy kinda vibe. EDM has places like Lizard Lounge and countless others to be represented. Thats not our target audience. Not dissing it, but thats not the market we're trying to hit. Call it throwback or whatever, but we wanna stay more on the pure house/tech vibe. You can go anywhere else in Dallas and hear the EDM stuff. We want to appeal to a market that has been overlooked. :)

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