Deep Ellum's century-old history is every bit as rich and complicated as that of the city it helps define. What started as a haven for blues in the 1920s, when legends such as Blind Lemon Jefferson would fill the neighborhood joints with soul, has taken on a few different sounds and personalities because of commercial development, freeway construction and the many changes in the city's economy.
These days, however, the grid consisting of streets Elm, Commerce, Canton and Main are thriving with hip boutiques, craft beer depots, classic tattoo parlors and innovative gastropubs. Most of all, there's live music. If nothing else, Deep Ellum will forever be the epicenter of Dallas' music scene. Here are the can't-miss clubs for live music in Deep Ellum.