The downtown venue formerly known as City Streets and currently called Lone Star Nightclub (245 Commerce St.) is about to become a music venue.
Owned by a group of investors led by Randy and Jim Butler, who opened and operate Hyena’s in Fort Worth and Dallas, comedian Tom Rhodes, morning radio-show host and comedian Steve McGrew, Austin native and comedian JR Brow, and Pantera’s Vinnie Paul, Queen City Music Hall will seat 1,000 and feature a state-of-the-art sound system and two bars.
The soft opening will be Friday, June 21, with Burning Hotels, Ishi, Black Taxi, and Animal Spirit/Big Bats.
Queen City shows will be booked Blackbox Presents, the Fort Worth-based booking agency and management company that works with Burning Hotels, Holy Moly, and Lola’s Saloon, among many others.
As Blackbox co-owners and -founders Jamie Kinser-Knight and Aaron Knight have proven through their work with Lola’s, they know what’s cool, what’s hip, and what’s now. Queen City may remedy Fort Worth’s long lack of a bona fide venue –– a place on par with Dallas’ 700-seat Granada Theater –– and may even reignite interest in a downtown scene that loses nightflies regularly to the bright, shiny West 7th corridor.
Queen City, Kinser-Knight said, is “an opportunity for Fort Worth to host acts that sell nearly or just more than a thousand tickets and that normally show up in Dallas because Fort Worth hasn’t had an active room that suits them for a while,” Kinser-Knight said.
Kinser says ample parking is available, especially in the parking garage next door at 4th and Calhoun streets.