Easily the biggest deal in the local music scene since Lola’s Saloon came along in 2006 was the opening several months ago of Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge. Hailed as a sort of Kessler West, the intimate and finely appointed Near Southside venue, restaurant, and bar started out hot but cooled quickly. With some exceptions, most of the touring acts that came through were little known to anyone outside the deepest inner-reaches of the national folk/singer-songwriter/Christian scenes. A couple of weeks ago, as first reported in town on Blotch, the venue and its in-house booking agent –– the person chiefly responsible for Live Oak’s preponderance of under-performing shows, Clint Simpson –– parted ways. Owner Bill Smith said he would seek another in-house booking agent but not interfere with his current “open-door policy” toward booking agencies.

While his door is still open, his search is over.

Smith has just hired Jamie Kinser and Aaron Knight, co-founders of the upstart Fort Worth booking agency Blackbox, to lead Live Oak’s booking.

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  1. bands “LIKE”, we mean SOUND LIKE Fleet Foxes- Blackbox is fully aware that some bands will be too big for the Live Oak Music Hall. Which- for the record, is about 450 standing, 250 fully seated with tables. and Thanks for the love Anthony. =)

  2. Sounds awesome. Funny I saw Fleet Foxes in Chicago at Pitchfork then a few months later at Lolas then in Dallas the next year at the Paladium. Crasy how fast a band can grow. the thought of them playing at live oak was a possibility a few years ago now it is laughable.

    With this move I see my self at Live Oak for more than just food and beer in the near future.

  3. This should be good news. The Live Oak is a wonderful venue, but until recently the shows have been kind of underwhelming – such a huge focus on Southerny folky stuff, when the location they’re in would be much more in tune with indie rock and other, more varied shows.