Busking with the Jayhawks on Lower Greenville [VIDEO]

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Gary Louris of the Jawyhawks posted up at Aw Shucks for our 20th busking episode
For those of you keeping count at home, this morning's installment of our busking series marks a bit of a milestone. Since the folks at Globe Trek Productions started these band-on-the-street videos last year, they've brought us an array of great performances, from local and touring bands alike. This one marks the 20th video that they've produced for us. Here's to many more.

Appropriately enough, then, this new video, featuring Gary Louris of Minnesota's the Jayhawks, mixes things up a bit with not only an electric guitar but also some live artwork, courtesy of a mysterious companion named "Jacques." Keep it weird, guys.

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Busking with Slaid Cleaves at Poor David's Pub

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Slaid Cleaves gives a Texas-sized performance in the latest busking episode
If anyone there anyone especially well suited to our ongoing busking video series, it's Slaid Cleaves. A native of Austin, Cleaves is the archetypal troubadour: A roving singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar and a sharp eye for storytelling. Give the guy a minute and a video camera and you'll get a performance at touching, heartbreaking and downright funny. So when Globe Trek Productions set Cleaves up on the patio outside Poor David's Pub outside downtown Dallas, it was bound to be something special.

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Busking with the Toadies: A Video Tour in Downtown Dallas

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Vaden Todd Lewis and the Toadies played downtown Dallas last Thursday
"Hello, we're the Toadies." So says Vaden Todd Lewis in one of his few between-songs remarks in the latest installment of Globe Trek Productions' Busking series. Appropriately, it comes after he and the boys have finished playing a cover of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" -- just in case there was any room for confusion.

This extended, two-part video was shot last week while the Toadies were busking around downtown Dallas ahead of their weekend celebrations at Dia De Los Toadies festival in Fort Worth. Scenes were shot between Winspear Opera House, Klyde Warren Park and Pecan Lodge, and there's not one but two renditions of "Possum Kingdom." Call it a deluxe edition, if you will.

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Busking with Sarah Jaffe, Part Two: "I Had a Hard Time Writing"

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Sarah Jaffe busks on the roof of the Majestic

Back on Monday, we brought you a brand-new video of Sarah Jaffe busking for Globe Trek Productions from inside the Majestic Theatre. (She'll be playing there on Saturday to celebrate the release of her new album, Don't Disconnect.) Yesterday, we had a profile of Jaffe, which is on the cover of this week's Observer, in which she spoke at length about the creation of the new record. Now the folks at Globe Trek are back with the conclusion of the busking session with the local singer, and appropriately the video would seem to tie together all those themes from this week's content.


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Busking with Sarah Jaffe, Part One: "I've Never Even Seen a Show at the Majestic"

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Sarah Jaffe busks inside the Majestic Theater

The folks at Globe Trek Productions are back with another installment of the busking series, and they've picked a fine time to come back. This time around they managed to catch Sarah Jaffe in the middle of a busy schedule that includes a recently wrapped-up tour with the Polyphonic Spree. Oh, and there's that little thing where she's releasing a new album this week.

Appropriately, with Don't Disconnect about to get its proper release tomorrow, Jaffe popped into the Majestic Theatre a few days early to perform a couple songs on the same stage she'll be on this coming Saturday for her album release show.


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Busking with Band of Heathens: "Our Records Will Always Be Made Face to Face"

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Globe Trek Productions are back again this week with another installment of their Texas busking series. Last week, of course, we featured a late-night session with Dallas rapper Blue, the Misfit. This week goes in a completely different direction with Austin-based balladeers Band of Heathens, who pulled out their acoustic guitars for a late-afternoon stroll around the square in Denton.

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Busking with Blue, the Misfit: "It Took a Long Time for Me to Be Comfortable"

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It's been a few months since we've featured one of our ongoing series of busking videos from Globe Trek Productions, but today the wait is over. The subject of this installment should need no introduction for regular readers of DC9 at Night: Blue, the Misfit, whose debut full-length, Child of the Wild, was featured in on the blog (and in print) just last month. Well-known around Dallas for his skills as a producer, Blue's busking session showcases his rapping with a pair of songs off the new record.


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Busking with Salim Nourallah: "The Last Five Years in Dallas Have Been a Golden Time."

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Our Busking video series with Globe Trek Productions returns this week with guest Salim Nourallah. Our Morgan Chadwick talked to him about cults and North Texas music in his studio before he played a couple songs. The full clip is below.

Salim Nourallah was born in Illinois but he is as deeply embedded in the fabric of this area's music as anyone. He's lived in North Texas for 25 years and in that time, played in several notable bands and released a handful of acclaimed solo albums. As a producer he's helped shape plenty of the biggest voices in town: He's the man behind much of the Old 97's catalog as well as records by Smile Smile, Buttercup, Deathray Davies and more.

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Lord Byron and -topic Busking at the North Texas Hip-Hop Showcase: Video

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Lord Byron behind the Granada.
A couple weeks ago, we hosted a hip-hop showcase at the Granada. It featured six artists and several guests who exemplify the best of the current crop of North Texas rappers. The Granada's staff came up with a boxing ring to put on stage, and each performance demonstrated passion, clarity and technical skill.

Our Busking cameras were on hand as well, and in addition to the general scene, they caught up with a couple of the night's performers: Newcomer Lord Byron, who brought a full band along for the show, and -topic, who freestyled a verse inside the photo booth. Watch below:

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The Best of Busking (So Far): Eisley, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Melissa Polinar and More

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From the Melissa Polinar Busking Episode, by Globe Trek Productions
In August, DC9 at Night joined with Globe Trek Productions to create a series of videos of musicians (almost all North Texans) busking in the businesses and streets of Dallas. So far, we've featured 19 musicians, and we have plenty more in the pipeline. But before we head into a 2014 where we hope to bring the series to new heights, we wanted to spotlight a few of our favorite installments thus far. Enjoy.

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