One of Fort Worth’s most beloved yet polarizing indie-rock bands, Black Tie Dynasty, broke up about a year ago (or longer; I can’t recall) after about five years of togetherness. One member moved on to Telegraph Canyon. Another, as that handsome devil HearSay recently wrote, has joined the awesomely named White Mountain, a North Texas super-group of sorts whose lineup also includes a member of the recently reformed Garuda. Black Tie is reuniting for a single show, Sat., July 3, opening for Joan Jett and the Blackhearts at Elgin B. Robertson Park in Rowlett (I-30 and Dalrock Road) as part of Que Fest, a three-day family-friendly festival. Also slated to play during the weekend are blue-eyed bluesman Jonny Lang and Texas Music purveyors Tracy Lawrence and Cory Morrow. There’ll also be lots of barbecue, other kinds of food, kids’ activities, carnival rides, and, at the end of every night, fireworks. Tix are just $6 (kids under 12) and $8 (adults). The event is sponsored by the Rowlett Exchange Club, “an all-volunteer national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills, and enjoy new friendships.”
Black Tie’s agreeing to play is not an indication that the band is reuniting, according to Erv Karwelis, owner of Idol Records, Black Tie’s label. However, he said, the band is open to other “higher-profile shows.”
The band also is thriving financially –– hits such as “Tender,” “I Like U,” and “Once Around” have appeared in numerous shows on MTV and VH1, including 16 and Pregnant, Cribs, Celebrity Rehab, and Jackass, and on shows on Bravo, Discovery, Food Network, and The History Channel.