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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YouTube Success Story Melissa Polinar at the Truck Yard: Live Performance and Interview

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Image via the video below by Globe Trek Productions
In another age, North Texan Melissa Polinar might still be sitting at a desk in Nashville, churning out songs for other artists to record. She did that, in fact, for a while in the early 2000s. But when you're a gifted writer and you have a voice like hers (that voice!), you don't need to wait your turn anymore. So she didn't: She returned home and started posting her songs on YouTube, where she has now amassed over 60,000 subscribers.

The latest to be featured in our Busking Series with Globe Trek Productions, Polinar took some time to talk about love, happiness and success as an independent artist with our own Morgan Chadwick. Watch the video below:

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Busking in Deep Ellum with Danny Rush Folmer, Dim Locator and Jordan Burchill

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Someone mentioned the idea of a Dallas sound to me the other day. I don't know if any city ever winds up with one sonic thumbprint that truly captures everything about the place, and if they ever did they certainly don't know. The population shifts faster than ever and musicians have access to influence from around the world. Dallas feels especially jumbled in this way. If it sounds like a dig, it's not meant that way. You can hear musicians pushing boundaries in basically any direction you can think of here.


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