Where It Is?
Parking on the street is free weekdays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and free on weekends. There are also plenty of surface lots available from a couple of bucks to five bucks. If safety is a concern, please know that it is our concern too. We live here, and work here and want our customers to feel secure. While everyone should stay on guard and alert no matter where they go these days, Deep Ellum is not a crime zone. In fact Dallas Police patrol the area regularly. In the words of one DPD Lieutenant, “It’s safe as milk.”
St. Pete’s Dancing Marlin in located in the city’s Deep Ellum section of town, an arts and entertainment district near downtown in east Dallas. It lies directly east of the elevated I-45 and US 75, also known as the North Central Expressway, or just “central” to locals. This was once the place where performers such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bessie Smith, Huddie Ledbetter (better know as “Leadbelly”) and the most influential American bluesman of them all, Robert Johnson, played clubs and on street corners. Getting its name from the thick southern pronunciation of “deep Elm Street,” the area was also once home to a Ford assembly plant, the Adam Hat factory and an assortment of dives, gin joints, warehouses, pool halls, walk up hotels, loan offices and pawn shops. In the thirties a journalist described the area:
“It is the one spot in the city that needs no daylight saving time because there is no bedtime…the only place recorded on earth where business, religion, hoodooism, gambling and stealing goes on at the same time without friction…Last Saturday a prophet held the best audience in this ‘Madison Square Garden’ in announcing that Jesus Christ would come to Dallas in person in 1939. At the same time a pickpocket was lifting a week’s wages from another guy’s pocket that stood with open mouth to hear the prophecy.”
Today, Deep Ellum is home to a multitude of artists, chefs, musicians and a variety of professional people from all walks of life. It boasts performing alumni such as the homegrown Old 97’s, Edie Brickell and New Bohemians, The Toadies, Tripping Daisy, Reverend Horton Heat and more. It is also home to annual events such as the Deep Ellum Arts Festival and others.
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