Deep Ellum Music Festival Celebrates Area’s 150th Birthday, Benefits Mental Health Nonprofit

From noon to 8 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 18, Dallas' Deep Ellum is continuing its 150th birthday celebration with the Deep Ellum Music Festival. Free and open to the public, the festival will benefit Foundation 45, a local mental health nonprofit born in Deep Ellum and serving musicians, artists, and the entire community with free group therapy.

Dallas’ Deep Ellum will get rocked this Saturday, Nov. 18, by the Deep Ellum Music Festival— the biggest event yet in the neighborhood’s year-long 150th anniversary celebration.

During the festival, the Deep Ellum Community Association will present a sneak preview of April’s Deep Ellum Community Arts Fair, featuring an artist market adjacent to the stage at the corner of Main Street and Good Latimer Expressway.

“At its core, Deep Ellum is a community built on creativity and collaboration,” Breonny Lee, Deep Ellum Community Arts Fair executive producer, said in a statement. “In celebration of the neighborhood’s 150th birthday, we’re ecstatic to continue this storied tradition through events like these which meld the worlds of visual and performing arts and provide a platform for artists to be seen and heard.”

Foundation 45, a mental health nonprofit born in Deep Ellum and serving musicians, artists, and the entire community with free group therapy, is the official beneficiary partner of the Deep Ellum Music Festival.

Organizers said a portion of T-shirt sales will go to the neighborhood institution.

“We’re profoundly grateful to the Deep Ellum Foundation for their unwavering support and for selecting Foundation 45 as the beneficiary of the Deep Ellum Music Festival,” Lauren O’Connor, Foundation 45 executive director, said in a statement. “Their generosity has not only provided us with the space and visibility to attend this fun event but also the opportunity to shine a light on our free mental health services and let the community know we are here to help.”

Festivalgoers will have the opportunity to learn more the nonprofit at an information booth, and attendees will be encouraged to donate throughout the festival.

The festival will be held from 12-8 p.m. Saturday and is free and open to the public. 

DOT’s Hop House and Cocktail Courtyard will host a beer garden at the event featuring local taps, and more than 15 local venues will keep the music going all night long in Deep Ellum at shows starting at 7 p.m.

Over 20 live-music venues operating all year long

Deep Ellum has over 20 live-music venues that book a diverse range of musical talent all year long. The district has served as a launchpad for numerous artists and bands over more than 100 years, with many groups cutting their teeth at famous venues from Club Dada to Trees to Gypsy Tea Room.

As headliners for this year’s free festival, Deep Ellum welcomes Reverend Run and Doug E. Fresh to co-headline alongside hometown heroes Bowling For Soup.

Local performers will include: RC Williams & Friends, Cure For Paranoia, The Grays, The 40 Acre Mule, Cayuga All-Stars, and DJs Christy Ray & Edgar Blue. The event will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning TV personality and journalist Tashara Parker.

Nov. 18 Shows in Deep Ellum are:

Show at 10 p.m.
Seth Sammons & the Lucky 7s

Armoury D.E.
Show at 10p.m.
Welcome Center, Jack Diller and FloZilla

Show at 7 p.m.
Aaron Marsh

Club Dada
Show at 8 p.m.
Wifis Funeral

Deep Ellum Art Company
Show at 9 p.m.

Show at 9:30 p.m.
Sloth Fist, The Infamists, Darstar, Ex-regrets

Elm Street Saloon
Show at 9:30 p.m.
Pop Up Acoustic Show by Special Guest

Reno’s Chop Shop
Show at 8 p.m.
Empire Cats, Perceived, The Juju Beans

Show 6:30-9:30pm
EverSoSlightly in the Limbo Room

The Free Man
Show at 10 p.m.
Don Diego, 2ndIINone Band

The Factory
Show at 8 p.m.
Paul Cauthen

The Studio at The Factory
Show at 8 p.m.
Balming Tiger

Three Links
Show at 8 p.m.
Rosie Tucker

Twilite Lounge
Show at 10:30 p.m.
DJ Willie Dutch

Will Call
Show at 9:30 p.m.
99 Problems, A tribute to 1999

Wounded Ostrich
Show at 8 p.m.
Brayden Stewart, Avery Flores

Other Deep Ellum Spots to Find Live Music All Year Long:
AllGood Cafe
Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
Sons of Hermann Hall

You can learn more about Saturday’s festival by going here.

Foundation 45 is a nonprofit that funds counseling services for mental health, addiction, and suicide survivors. The organization’s goal is to serve the Dallas/Fort Worth creative community by providing free top-tier mental health and recovery services.

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