If your boots are stompin’ in the Dallas, Houston, and or Hill Country area soon…we’ve got venue picks you must visit!
The Blue Light – Dallas
In addition to Lubbock, the Blue Light is now shining in Dallas, TX! The live music venue recently opened in the Deep Ellum district and has acts including Adam Hood, Austin Meade, and the Corey Hunt Band on the calendar for folks to catch this year and in early 2019.
It was artists such as Cory Morrow, Pat Green, Josh Abbott, William Clark Green, and most recently, Flatland Cavalry and Dalton Domino who began their careers sharing their stories and playing their tunes on Lubbock’s Blue Light stage, therefore, one can only look forward to the talent that is to be discovered in the new location…
Singer-songwriter Zac Wilkerson will be carrying on the Blue Light Open Mic tradition serving as host on Monday nights starting tomorrow, Oct. 29. “My goal for the Open Mic is to echo the history and mission of the original Blue Light Live songwriter night in Lubbock, and create that same atmosphere of a community of songwriters working on songs side by side. This will also be a great opportunity for those wanting to hear the newest and best songwriters in our area and beyond. I’ve already been contacted by songwriters ready to travel from across the state to play in the few hours the video went live. This shows the culture of songwriters so prevalent to our state and their willingness to play their songs,” Wilkerson shared with TMP. Catch the details below!
Songwriter Open Mic:
– Sign-up sheet posted at 8 pm
– First come basis
– Original songs only
– All genres welcome
– Every songwriter gets at least 2 songs, more as time allows
– Solos or duos only, please no bands
— Zac Wilkerson (@Zac_Wilkerson) October 17, 2018
Devil’s Backbone Tavern – Fischer
Photo provided by Robbyn Dodd
A Hill Country honky-tonk with a haunted history has been restored!
“The original tavern was built in 1937 after prohibition ended but its history dates back to 1890, when it was first established as an old blacksmith’s shop which had originally been a stop on the stagecoach trail between Wimberley and Blanco. Notable patrons include Todd Snider, who wrote the song “Ballad of the Devil’s Backbone Tavern” in honor of the spirited tavern and musician, author and politician Kinky Friedman. Actors Jason Earl and Crispin Glover filmed parts of their comedy Drop Dead Sexy on location at the tavern in 2005. Indie movie, Lost Vegas Hiway, starring Texas singer-songwriters Hal Ketchum, Robyn Ludwick and Jack Ingram filmed there in 2016”.
Robyn and John Ludwick, along with Abbey Road of Coupland Dancehall have teamed up to restore the Texas treasure back to its “hey day” featuring Devil’s dancehall Friday and Saturday nights with bona fide honky-tonk and straight up country bands from near and far. Visitors can also tempt themselves on Wednesday nights with the Bone’s Sinner’s Shuffleboard Tournaments.
The trio welcomes their patrons, new and old, and invite them to leave their cares at the door and be seduced by the honky-tonk spirits and the simple joy of sipping a beer at the bar, or taking a spin around the dance floor, with good people and great music. “The Devil’s Backbone revival is all about connection, definitely not perfection,” adds Road.
The Rustic – Houston
Texas favorite Pat Green and partners are bringing a Rustic location to Houston! The venue marks the third location after Dallas and San Antonio and is located in the downtown district. The Rustic tradition also continues to southeast Texas serving southern fare, specialty cocktails and an extensive selection of Texas beer along with FREE live music every single day of the week.
Green will be among the first to take the main stage at the VIP grand opening event on Nov. 1. The grand opening festivities will continue through the weekend with local artists performing on Friday, Nov. 2 and a performance by The Powell Brothers on Saturday, Nov. 4. With a handful of past Rustic performers including Josh Abbott Band, William Clark Green, Charley Crockett, Eli Young Band, and Colter Wall, Houston can only look forward to the talent that is to come!
In addition to the main stage, the 25,000-square-foot restaurant will have a large outdoor patio, a retractable roof, two VIP areas, an Uber Lounge. “The Rustic is the brainchild of Kyle Noonan, Josh Sepkowitz and Texas country artist Pat Green, whose love of the outdoors and live music helped bring The Rustic to life. The result is a fun and relaxing dining and concert experience from a phenomenal patio, all under the big Texas sky,” shared via press release.
Editorial contributor for Texas Music Pickers and a whole-hearted collector of Texas/Red Dirt tunes and the stories behind them. You can also find me on the dance floor.