We love a list and a Best In Dallas list is even better! Today, local audio engineer and DJ extraordinaire John Stewart gives us an inside look into the Big D’s underground arts scene!
The self-proclaimed “Mix God,” John Stewart is making his mark in Dallas and across the country. With his oh-so-popular (ALL / EVERYTHING) Sunday night sets at the RBC in Deep Ellum, John knows a thing or two about music. Along with Blue, The Misfit and Vince Chapa, Stewart brings Dallas a unique kind of function with ALL / EVERYTHING, which plays music centered around one artist/genre the entire night. From All Kanye Everything to All Beyonce Everything, you’re guaranteed to catch your favorite artist and their hits here. Read on for John’s Best In Dallas list, celebrating Dallas’ hip culture.
Of the Southern diner and its all-day breakfast and home cooked fare, John said, “they have my favorite chicken fried (steak/chicken) in the city.” Ellen’s, located in downtown Dallas, is the perfect place for food that’s good for the soul. Chow down on biscuits and gravy, fried okra, pork chops and more at this low-key spot.
Located in the heart of Deep Ellum, Off The Record has been John’s favorite bar since it opened in 2014. John raves about the funky bar and record shop’s “great bartenders” and digs its impressive selection of craft beers and vinyl records for sale. The local love at Off The Record is off the charts and makes them one of a kind. “They also have a rotating cocktail menu complete with drinks themed after local artists and DJs which is pretty awesome.”
“42 Murals has to get my vote here,” John proclaimed. With projects all over Deep Ellum the collaborative local art project gives Dallasites a new kind of artistic view with their murals. “Painting Deep Ellum with vibrant themes and colors for all to see was a great idea.”
Who doesn’t love a great bargain? Like many of us, John is always game for saving a few bucks here and there. “I’m big on thrift stores,” he confessed. “From Lula B’s to Goodwill I love digging for new clothing items and vinyl.” The vintage shopping mecca showcases vendor booths selling the best in clothing, furniture, art and collectibles.
John knows a thing or two about music so we weren’t surprised by his love for Josey Records. “Josey Records is great to expand your musical knowledge,” John explained. “They have an insane amount of music to dig through and there’s always something to learn or inspiration to glean.” It’s more than your average record store, it’s a 15,500 square-foot shop full of all things music. An added plus? Josey has a live DJ booth where you can catch up-and-coming spin masters as a part of their Josey weekend DJ series.
I Heart Dallas: Deep Ellum
Traveling across the country John has seen some of the most artistic, eccentric scenes, but nothing beats Deep Ellum. “Deep Ellum is Dallas,” he said. This Dallas gem is home to over thirty venues and artistic vibes we can all appreciate.
Image 1 Courtesy of John Stewart. Image 2 courtesy of Endo Edibles. Image 3 courtesy of Urban Urbanite (Dan Colcer’s mural). Image 4 courtesy of Paris Attitude. Image 5 courtesy of Tucker Images from Deep Ellum Brewing Co.