More changes are afoot at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge, the plush venue/bar/restaurant that recently opened on the Near Southside.
A month ago, Live Oak owner Bill Smith hired Jamie Kinser, co-owner and co-founder of Blackbox Presents booking agency and management company, to be his new in-house booking agent, replacing Clint Simpson. Yesterday, Smith fired her.
But Smith is moving on. Not only does Live Oak have an open-door policy in regard to booking agents, but two independent sources have corroborated that Smith recently met with Lance Yocom, owner and founder of Fort Worth-based Spune Productions, one of the largest independent booking agencies in North Texas. Spune books some of the hippest venues/events in North Texas –– including Lola’s Saloon and Club Dada –– and would seem a perfect fit for The Live Oak. If there’s one type of venue/event missing from Spune’s diverse roster, it’s the kind of high-dollar listening room represented by The Live Oak.
A message left with Yocom has not been returned, and Smith declined to comment, saying only, “What I can tell you is that we’ve got some pretty good shows coming up.”
Kinser also is moving on, saying that she and her fiancé, Blackbox co-owner/co-founder Aaron Knight, are in talks with three other North Texas venues, especially the forthcoming Arnetic, a massive events center on Race Street which Kinser believes can “easily hold 800 people,” she said.
“Once [Arnetic] gets national shows in there, that’s going to be the place,” she said.
Kinser feels a little burned by The Live Oak but is not angry. “It was a pretty gnarly situation,” she said. “In reality I feel very relived to not be a part of it anymore, because they never gave me any control at all or even let me know what was going on financially, but I was expected to put my name on offers and contracts with agents.”
The Live Oak has a big local-friendly weekend planned, namely a two-night stint by former major-label signees and eternal homeboys Green River Ordinance (Saturday and Sunday). The local flavor will continue on Tuesday, when Fort Worth bossa nova stylists Los Noviembres celebrate the release of their debut album, The Great Iridescent Glory. The show is free and is part of the venue’s recently created Tuesday-night jazz series.