UNT's Midlake makes mark with Jason Lee documentary, new businesses in Denton

Midlake with actor Jason Lee Midlake's members are making their mark, from the silver screen to Denton's downtown square. The band, including former music students Paul Alexander, Joey McClellan, Eric Nichelson, Eric Pulido and McKenzie Smith, was the subject of the documentary Midlake: Live in Denton, TX by actor Jason Lee that premiered at Denton's Thin Line festival in February.

Nichelson helped co-found the Denton Music Workshop with bandmate Jesse Chandler this spring. It began as Midlake's studio and now also features a music school and rehearsal space for bands.

Smith, who co-owns the popular Paschall Bar on the downtown square, is adding another eclectic restaurant to the square called 940's that will open this summer. Pulido also has opened the restaurant Barley and Board on the square.