Coming Soon: The Hive, Ghostlight Concerts and a St. Vincent Show In A Dallas Church.
Perhaps the big story from 35 Denton's 2013 run was the addition of a temporary 12,000-square-foot venue called The Hive into the four-day festival's proceedings. Despite a few early sound issues and exorbitant drink prices, the venue ultimately ended up nearly singlehandedly acting as the fest's savior, providing an alternate venue for acts originally scheduled to do their thing on the fest's outdoor stages (read: Solange, Killer Mike) to perform in during that weekend's debilitating rainstorms.
So it wasn't all that shocking when, a month after 35 Denton's close, the fest's former creative director, Kyle La Valley, announced that she was working with The Hive's owners to develop the property into a permanent venue space.
Now, according to the venue's new website, “early 2014” looks to be the target date for The Hive's official opening. In any case, it should be ready well before 35 Denton 2014, should that festival even take place this year.
Thus far, we've yet to hear any details as far as which promotion companies will be helping to book the room or even what kind of acts they plan on bringing in to fill the 1,000-plus capacity room, but it would be hard to imagine DFW's newest talent buyers not holding shows at the venue from time to time. We are speaking here, of course, about Jamie and Aaron Knight of Fort Worth's Blackbox Presents, who have recently joined forces with Kevin Dunlap and Chris Camp, formerly of Dallas' Third String Productions, to form a new joint concert promoting/talent buying venture called Ghostlight Concerts. According to Knight, the new company already has its eyes on growing into a regional entity whose reach expands well past the Dallas-Fort Worth-Denton confines.
“[We] are currently in talks with venues outside of Ft Worth in Dallas and Denton,” Aaron tells White Noise. “Everything that was Blackbox is still being performed by Jamie and I, however all shows moving forward will be under the Ghostlight moniker. Ghostlight will be very active in regional and national talent buying and show promotion, while maintaining and growing a strong network of venues in the region in which to act as calendar manager and talent buyer.”
Speaking of talent-buying: Several interesting show announcements that have popped up in the past few days. First, there's St. Vincent, who'll be performing a solo set at First Unitarian Church of Dallas on October 19, followed by a Q&A session moderated by the church's pastor, Aaron White. Tickets to that one can be found here. Next up is that The Polyphonic Spree Rocky Horror cover set we hipped you to last week. We now know that show will take place on November 2 at the Lakewood Theater, and that tickets to that one can be purchased here. Then there's the '80s to mid-'90s local staples Ten Hands, whose frontman Paul Slavens says will be playing their “first gig in more years than we would like to admit” on January 25 at Kessler Theater.
Before any of those shows, though, Nervous Curtains will be performing a live score to EJ Anttila's re-imagination of the film Bloodbeat at Alamo Drafthouse on Wednesday, September 25. The band tells White Noise that Anttila's film is a “special remix treatment to a lost art-house/supernatural slasher film from 1983 called Bloodbeat. It's a very unusual film with more emphasis on visual symbolism than narrative structure.” Nervous Curtains, which is also currently in pre-production stages for its upcoming third full-length, has provided 30 minutes of original, instrumental music for the re-worked film, which they'll perform live at the theater as it screens.
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