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Dan’s Silverleaf: 10 years on Denton’s music scene

June 8, 2012

“June 2012 marks the 10-year anniversary of Dan’s Silverleaf on Industrial Street, and we want to thank all our faithful friends and patrons for making this past decade a blast. In true Dan’s fashion, we will be celebrating all month, (you know we can’t pass up a chance to cut loose!), and hope you can all find some time to stop by for the festivities,” said Dan Mojica, co-owner of the local all-things-music venue, located at 103 Industrial, Denton. “We’ve got a great week of live music: The Sons of Fathers are the new darlings of the Austin Music Scene much like The Band of Heathens were when they first started out.”

This week, Dan offers up these Jazz-tinged goodies –

  • June 9Cornell Hurd and Friends, based in South Austin since 1990, offers some incredibly enticing Western Swing dance music that is layered with a phenomenal sense of humor. The players are fantastic and not to be missed if you like boot scootin’… plus it’s an uber early show, 7 p.m.! Ticket -$10.
  • June 11 – A Taste of Herb: A Tribute to Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass every Monday in June. 10 p.m. – No Cover.

Dan’s Silverleaf (before)

Voted “Best of Denton 2012 – Best Bar,” by Denton Record-Chronicle, Dan’s Silverleaf was the first night spot to move to Industrial Street, a short city block once occupied by a feed store and a mom-and-pop grocery market, according to an April 2012 DRC profile. Dan’s originated on Elm Street, but shuttered when hard times hit. Co-owner Dan Mojica pulled himself up by the bootstraps, however, when a silent partner approached him and help re-locate at 103 Industrial St.

Dan’s today

They put bright, matte blue paint on the outside walls, erected a curving bar near the Russell Street wall, then added a nice-size stage and tech booth. Then Mojica opened the taps, armed a friendly bar staff with bottle openers and corkscrews and started booking some of the best Red Dirt, Texas and Americana music acts into his club.

The crowds came for the music, bought drinks and kept coming. Mojica stayed friendly and helped form the Industrial Street Guild, an association for the merchant neighbors who joined him on the block – Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Rooster’s Roadhouse and Seniors In Motion.

A true Texas Music icon in itself, Dan’s Silverleaf (formerly Dan’s Bar) has put Denton on the map for almost a decade with a refreshingly super-mellow atmosphere, star studded rock, jazz, blues and country acts from around the state and the world, and a sound system equation to be envied by even the most popular clubs in the DFW area. This club is a completely unique experience and destined to become a legendary venue in the annals of Texas music. – Via:

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