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Leon Bridges Played Deep Ellum Last Night

Leon Bridges is a good person. He was the surprise guest at last night’s best of Big D party at the Bomb Factory. After Tim Rogers got on stage to thank sponsors, crack Philip Kingston jokes, and say all the things you have to say when you’re the tux-toting editor of the city magazine hosting the party, he asked Bridges to join him. Spinderella’s birthday is this week, and before the DJ brought the evening to its finale, Bridges was to surprise her by singing happy birthday.

Bridges looked sharp, of course. He wore a crisp grey suit, a white collared shirt with a skinny black tie, and black patent leather shoes. He took the mic, led the crowd in a brief acapella rendition of “Happy Birthday,” waved to his fans, and exited stage right. He was a good sport to make an appearance for us, especially in light of his ever-busy schedule, which saw him performing in the UK last week and will bring him to the West Coast later on this week.

But that’s not why Bridges is a good person.

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A Concise Review of Last Night’s Best of Big D Party

If you joined us last night at the Bomb Factory for the Best of Big D party, you’re probably moving a little slowly this morning. Get some coffee. Have a Dirty Dusty at lunch. You’ll be okay.

If you didn’t join us, you’re probably wondering how it went. To satisfy your curiosity, I offer you the above picture of Brendan Higgins, former CBS Channel 11 morning anchor. As everyone knows, the severity of a thunderstorm can be judged by ABC Channel 8 weatherman Pete Delkus’ shirtsleeves. The higher up his arms he rolls them, the worse the weather will get. A similar phenomenon occurs with Higgins’ clothes. The lower he unbuttons his shirt, the better the party. Last night, as you can see, was a three-button party.

Thanks to everyone at D Magazine and the Bomb Factory who made it happen. And thanks to our sponsors, too: Ben E. Keith, See’s Candies, Pinstack Bowl, and Topo Chico. Congrats to all the Best of Big D winners. Let’s do it again next year.

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Vote for the Best of Big D: Nightlife

Are you the person people turn to and ask the question, “Where do we go next?” “What are we doing tonight?” Thought so. Lend a hand to your fellow Dallasites by putting your know-how to good use. We’re crowning the top bars for beer, cocktails, and patios and we’re looking for your favorite places to dance, grab a late night bite, and sing karaoke.

Vote using your desktop, laptop, tablet, or mobile device, and remember that this year you can come back daily to weigh in about your favorite places once every 24 hours.

Here’s the remainder of our schedule:

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A Less Than Complete Recap of Last Night’s ‘Best of Big D’ Party That Includes an Appearance by Pat Green

A good time was had by all, I believe, at last night’s Best of Big D party at the Rustic. DJ Sober and Sam Lao were great. The drinks flowed freely. Much food went into many mouths. And so on and so forth. But I will tell you this: before the front moved through, it was a little steamy. The meteorological conditions occasioned my favorite moment of the night:

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10 Reasons You Should Attend Best of Big D Live

1. You’ll get a sneak peek at some of this year’s winners in our annual Best of Big D issue.

2. Guests will enjoy complimentary beer, wine, cocktails, and same menu items from some of the best bars and restaurants in town.

3. DJ Sober and singer Sam Lao will perform.

4. The Rustic is a swell place to spend an evening eating and imbibing outdoors.

5. There’s a Jackopierce concert right after the party.

6. You can get 20% off an UBER ride to and from the event with the promo code ‘BOBDAL.’

7. Tickets are only $50

8. Tickets are only $65 if you want to attend the Jackopierce show too.

9. It’s an opportunity to swear at Tim Rogers to his face. (NOTE: Offer not valid after the Jackopierce show has begun.)

10. You know you don’t have any better plans for 6-9 p.m. Wednesday, July 23.

So get your ticket now. While they’re still available.

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Who Provides the Best Yard Care in Dallas?

That’s one of the questions we’d like for you to answer this year in our Best of Big D: Services survey. We’d like to hear about your favorite stationers, salons, tailors, and pet boarders, too. Check it out and let us know who you love. Cast your ballot at the end of the survey and come back every day to show your favorite local businesses some love.

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Who’s the Best Local Athlete?

That’s something we’re asking you in the Best of Big D: Readers’ Choice culture survey. Here are your options:

  • Dez Bryant, Dallas Cowboys (Desmond Demond Bryant)
  • Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars
  • Raul Fernandez, FC Dallas
  • Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys
  • Jordan Spieth, Pro Golf
  • Adrian Beltre, Texas Rangers
  • Elvis Andrus, Texas Rangers
  • Yu Darvish, Texas Rangers
  • Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
  • Monta Ellis, Dallas Mavericks

Pick your favorite and vote for him here. And then vote for the best dance company, best local TV news team, best local band, and lots of other culture-y questions. Vote throughout the weekend. The contest ends Sunday at midnight.