For most Dallasites, the mention of Gavin Mulloy conjures some sort of Deep Ellum sentiment. As Creative Director for some of Dallas’ top venues, Mulloy has become a staple in the city’s music scene and a key player in Deep Ellum’s revival and restoration to the go-to Dallas neighborhood for live music
A music mecca in the 80s and 90s, Deep Ellum suffered a wave of crime and a decade of closed doors. The easy location east of Downtown and the landscape almost frozen as a tribute to the days of Blues to Erykah Badu have afforded the few blocks from Elm to Canton Street another chance.
Now a thriving hub for business, bars and breweries, the comeback shows no signs of slowing.And while music might range from the Nirvana and Tool shows of the 90s, the rock n’ roll feel of the neighborhood is still very palpable–and at the intersection of all this are two prominent venues (and a third quickly rising to match) led by Gavin’s partnership with veterans of the scene, Clint and Whitney Barlow.
Originally founded in 1990, Trees (pictured above) was revived in 2010 by the Barlows. The two enlisted Mulloy to recreate the iconic venue. Dallas can now experience anything from local DJs and a Metallica cover band to a sold out Jai Wolf or Skid Row show—all in an intimate setting.
The three turned their attention a few blocks over on Canton Street, where Gavin now books big names for The Bomb Factory. While the 4300 person capacity dwarfs the Trees’ 600, Mulloy still manages to make the venue feel just as intimate. This could be attributed again to his ability to appeal to such a range. In the next few months, Mulloy will host Bon Iver, Ja Rule and Ashanti, Jason Isbell and a Hair Metal Holiday among other great acts.
And most recently, Gavin has joined the Barlows, booking talent for their newest project—Canton Hall. At 12,500 sq.ft., the venue sits only a few blocks from the JM HQ and opened only last week with a show by Brooklyn’s infamous Grizzly Bear.
Gavin’s ability to appeal to a range of people while still maintaining his own creative DNA is a rare trait we at Jack Mason admire. Our designers aim to offer a range of options while ensuring, through small details, that each piece is true to Jack Mason. We partnered with Gavin in the launch of our custom watch program and with his laid-back style and finger on the pulse of Dallas culture, he did not disappoint.
The creative director–who can usually be found with a walkie talkie–kept the dial choice simple with a black dial. The nautical-inspired details really stood out when paired with his first strap choice–a red leather with contrast stitching. Adding a raw leather in ash brown, both styles are at ease with Mulloy (and his pup’s) day-to-night schedule.
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