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Jason Janik Shares a Treasure Trove of Local Music Photos


by Cindy Chaffin 15 Oct 2009

Trees in Deep Ellum Jason Janik is a professional photographer with a focus on music and performance photography. His images have appeared in Spin, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times, Quick, F!D Luxe, American Profile Magazine, USA Today, Rolling Stone and countless other publications. He has also worked with Jive Records, Toucan Cove/Universal […]

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Trees in Deep Ellum

Jason Janik is a professional photographer with a focus on music and performance photography. His images have appeared in Spin, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times, Quick, F!D Luxe, American Profile Magazine, USA Today, Rolling Stone and countless other publications.

He has also worked with Jive Records, Toucan Cove/Universal Records and several indie labels, providing artists with images for albums and promotions.

However, there were a few years prior to all of this success that got him to where he is today. Fortunately, during his college days, he archived these images on a quickly fading to black Geocities blog.

It’s our lucky day, because Jason has offered-up some photos for us to post here on Art&Seek. So let your mind wander back to a time when the streets of Deep Ellum were full of music lovers, the venues were open and packed and Fry Street Fair was still actually still on Fry Street.

Tuck these under your pillows, because once the Geocities site is gone, these photographs are gone forever, except here at Art&Seek and somewhere buried inside Janik Headquarters. Most of the images here were shot between 1997 and 2003. Some of the bands have come and gone, some still perform to this day.

If memories come flooding back from viewing these amazing images, please do share with us in the comments!

Reverend Horton Heat at the 1999 Fry Street Fair

Slow Roosevelt at the 1999 Fry Street Fair

Deathray Davies at the 2000 Fry Street Fair

Adventures of Jet at the 2000 Fry Street Fair

Bowling for Soup at the 2000 Fry Street Fair

Baboon at the 2000 Fry Street Fair

Chomsky at the 2001 Fry Street Fair

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Hi-Fi Drowing at the 2001 Fry Street Fair

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Flametrick Subs at the 2002 Fry Street Fair

Flickerstick at the 2002 Fry Street Fair

Brave Combo at the 2002 Fry Street Fair

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Baboon

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Sonya Jevette

Bobgobllin

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Centro-matic

Chomsky

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Doosu

Pleasant Grove

Pleasant Grove

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Doosu

Hagfish

Macavity

Polyphonic Spree

Polyphonic Spree

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Strap

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Tripping Daisy

Toadies

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Ugly Mustard

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Pantera

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  • Annie C.

    great pics! i remember those good ole days and those awesome local bands.

  • Why heck, if someone wanted to see the Pleasant Groves (one of the best bands ever to come from Dallas) tomorrow night, they could at the Bryan Street Tavern. I’m just sayin. You could even meet me. How exciting is that?

  • Hime, I’d travel anywhere to see you…well, except Denton. 😉

  • Jason has an unbelievable eye for capturing the moment at it’s most dramatic point. His shots never fail to blow my mind even in these early on photos of his career. Am thrilled to see these bands from back in the day immortalized by his camera.

  • these are great to Jason!!

  • Jason

    Most of those pics were shot on my old Canon AE1 Program, using Kodak T-Max film. Ahhhhh, the good old days.

  • Ty

    peace jason!

    DOPE PHOTOS!

    and hey dude, THANKS for including our picture here amongst such great bands and musicians! we’re very honored…

    ty macklin from shabazz 3