In the aftermath of the global pandemic and severe winter storms in 2020 and 2021, the local businesses, bars, and restaurants of Deep Ellum grappled with severe financial hardships. Recognizing the urgent need to support the DE creative community, Deep Ellum 100 initiated fundraising efforts in March 2020, when the pandemic first took hold. Their goal: to aid the community during the crisis and uplift the people who make Deep Ellum what it is.
Deep Ellum 100 has continued their work past the end of the pandemic, and is still providing grants to individuals in the Deep Ellum community. Through their efforts, Deep Ellum 100 has successfully awarded sixty financial grants of $2,500 each.
As an extension of their goals to help the music community, Deep Ellum 100 has also produced a album compilation featuring Deep Ellum msucial artists. The Sounds of Deep Ellum 2 is a project consisting of ten Deep Ellum bands and performers. It is a sequel to the 1987 release of the same name, which featured the likes of Reverend Horton Heat, DDT, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, and other local artists who performed frequently in the area. The 1987 album was the first release for many of the featured artists, and was a spark that propelled some of those acts to international success.
The new album features Lorelei K, Maya Piate, Cure For Paranoia, Memory Shivers, Stone Mecca, Flower Child, Skinny Cooks, Children of Indigo, Labretta Suede and the Motel, and Ducado Vega. A record release show will be held at House of Blues, Saturday, July 29, from 7-10 PM.
Listen to the full Sounds of Deep Ellum 2 album on Sound Cloud.
To donate to Deep Ellum 100, visit www.deepellum100.com.