It was around 3pm on Monday, May 13th when a Facebook Event titled Medicine Man Revival Pop Up Blues Jam jumped up on my newsfeed. Shortly after, texts started to blow up my phone. Whatever this ‘pop up’ was… it was catching fire.
Reading closer to the event description, more details were revealed…
TONIGHT!!! FREE!!! MMR is hosting a blues pop up show on our (Twilite Lounge) outdoor courtyard stage, with special guests The Texas Gentlemen, Sam Anderson, Atlantis Aquarius, Bryce Bangs, Nick Snyder, Kalu and The Electric Joint and many more, PLUS a SUPER SECRET special guest (can anyone guess?) Show starts at 8:30, doors at 7:00pm. DJ Hannah Hammond kicks things off proper.~ Official Pop Up Event Facebook Event
That ‘SUPER SECRET’ guest might’ve caught your attention. If you follow Keite Young or Jason Burt of Medicine Man or Bryce Bangs on Instagram, you would’ve seen some studio footage from the night before of a lot of the names mentioned in the FB event… along with Fort Worth’s own and GRAMMY award winner, Leon Bridges.
We walked in around 8:45 to a jam-packed Twilite Lounge patio. Kindly elbowing our way through the crowd and away from the door, we settled in against a small barricade. While most of the show was seen as the photo below, the sound quality was perfect and the stage energy was electric. Excited Dallasites were packed wall to wall to fence to bar… it was VERY cozy but the 150+ fans who squeezed onto the patio knew they were lucky to be there.
I managed to snag a few videos, my phone fully thrusted over my head and me standing on a bar stool… a few highlights from the night below:
Definitely a unique night in Dallas. Will it go down in Deep Ellum history like the Kurt Cobain incident at Trees? No physical fights at this one though. Only witnessed verbal snarls from a few fans not used to tight spaces and maybe someone got hit by a car out front? That one might be a rumor but apparently the guy’s ok. Soft hit.
Hats off to Leon Bridges for literally touring the world and winning GRAMMYS but still ‘Coming Home’ and treating DFW to his talents. Now that’s a ‘Good Thing.’
Medicine Man… when’s the next funk rager?