Gas Monkey Live Makes Play For Mid-Size Dallas Venue Gap

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Mike Scott
The current set-up at the outdoor section of Gas Monkey Bar & Grill

The weird entertainment complex loop at the corner of I-35 and Northwest Highway is one of northwest Dallas' stranger places to visit. Not quite Bachman Lake, not quite Harry Hines, and not quite Irving, it's in a vortex all of its own. Technology Boulevard, as this loop is called, is marked by a handful of chains and a few businesses that seem to fail and re-start every year or so.

The strangest building, next to the country mecca that is Red River and some sort of Mary Kay depot, is the former Firewater Bar & Grill, which more recently was a short-lived southern cooking restaurant. A fabulous and unique space for a Dallas venue, you'll be well aware that for the last year or so Richard Rawlings, of Fast 'N' Loud fame, has turned it into a music venue restaurant destination-type thing that's pulled in some pretty impressive names in its short lifespan, and unlike the former occupants of the space seems destined to occupy the building for a long time to come.

A quick scan over the forthcoming concerts at Gas Monkey Bar and Grill reveals the sort of impressive shows the nascent venue has pulled away from more established Dallas venues - Cody Canada and the Departed, a former Granada staple, Shinyribs from the Kessler, The Misfits, Devin Townsend, and The Sword from similar-sized circa 1,000 capacity venues.

Now, though, they're changing up again, and shooting for the 2,500 capacity sweet spot that is only covered in Dallas by venues like the patchy South Side Ballroom and House of Blues, and they're doing it by taking over one of the regularly abandoned pieces of real estate in the same weird Technology Boulevard vortex.

Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, a restaurant attached to a Studio Move Grill, which Toby Keith clearly did not love enough to keep open, shut down a few months ago. TKILTBAG, which is not the catchiest acronym, hosted the odd band or two, but now Rawlings and co. have some serious plans for the place as they look to lure more and more bands to northwest Dallas from their traditional trendy spot homes.

You can see more about the specs here, but the highlights are this -- 38,000 square feet, 2,500 capacity, a big video screen, vintage pinball machines, opens October 11 with a Social Distortion show.

If they can work out some of the kinks still present at GMBNG, especially the odd table service situation that requires an unfortunate waiter to bring drinks to VIPs by walking within ten feet of the front of the stage, it'll be a worthy alternative to South Side and House of Blues, which have been resting on their mid-size venue laurels for far too long. Here's to increased competition.


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10 comments
OldmanK
OldmanK

They will continue to overpay for every band they get - if you wonder why your favorite is touring band is now playing a Gas Monkey venue - now you know.


Gas Monkey has singlehandedly increased the cost of doing business for every Dallas promoter. 

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

'Toby Keith clearly did not love enough to keep open'....thank you.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

Also, why has there been no news on Bomb Factory since January?

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

Gas Monkey

Pros: free parking

Cons: people that go there, seriously there are a group of Nascar Burleson-y types that go to every show here irregardless of the artist, be it Hank 3 or Nekromantix (and they ruined the Nekromantix set fuck these people)  Beer prices seemed to have gotten higher last time I was there.  A police officer standing 30 feet from you at all times.  Some of the worst waitressing and bartending this side of a breastaraunt.  Food as shitty as your common breastaraunt or sysco type place, think Applebees with less flavor.

the_dude47
the_dude47

have to wait & see if they get some name bands but i won't be hanging out at a tourist trap and shelling out $6 for a beer. nice property though- i hope they deliver! 

TLS1
TLS1

This is exciting news.  I can't stand House of Blues.  They oversell their shows and as it is just a flat floor, the tall people win every time.  

gavin.cleaver
gavin.cleaver moderator

@paulpsycho78 they announced yesterday - the original backer fell through, and it's been delayed until June 2015.

paulpsycho78
paulpsycho78

@ChrisYu Look on the sunny side, always on the sunny side of life.

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