– Austin’s “Home Of The Blues” Opening On Thursday, December 31 –
AUSTIN, TX (December 29, 2015) – Antone’s (305 East Fifth Street), one of Austin’s most influential music venues, is proud to announce that the new music venue and bar will officially reopen on New Year’s Eve night, Thursday, December 31. Tickets for the event will only be available for purchase for $20 beginning at 5:00 p.m. on December 31 at the Antone’s box office located at the venue at 305 East Fifth Street.
The New Year’s Eve festivities at Austin’s “Home Of The Blues” will be highlighted by a special headlining performance by C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band. This will mark a meaningful reunion between Antone’s and the zydeco musician as C.J. Chenier first performed at the original Antone’s location in 1978 alongside his late father Clifton Chenier. To make this performance even more special, Clifton Chenier was the headlining performer at the original grand opening of Antone’s more than 40 years ago in 1975. Additional acts set to perform on New Year’s Eve include a one-night-only lineup comprised of The Antone’s All-Stars featuring Marcia Ball, Derek O’Brien, Denny Freeman, Sarah Brown, Don Bennett, Kaz Kazanoff, Riley Osborn and Damien Llanes, as well as special guests Lou Ann Barton, Eve Monsees, and Georgia Bramhall. Doors will open at 8:00 p.m. with music set to begin shortly after at 9:00 p.m.
“We are so thrilled to bring Antone’s back to the heart of downtown Austin where it all started and it’s so special to have C.J. reopen the club, it really couldn’t be anymore perfect,” said Partner Susan Antone.
The team responsible for reviving the Antone’s brand and bringing the new venue space into fruition include Austin-born Grammy Award-winning musician Gary Clark, Jr., as well as Will Bridges, Susan Antone, Alex Shoghi, and Spencer Wells. Talent booking at the new venue will be led by acclaimed musician Zach Ernst, who is also the talent buyer at The Paramount Theatre, and will work in conjunction with the Austin Theatre Alliance to book performances at both venues.
“This project has been no easy task and it has taken a huge team effort from everyone involved. We couldn’t have done it without all the amazing support from our Antone’s family and the Austin music community. We are excited to finally show off the new club and we hope everyone will find it was worth the wait,” said Partner Will Bridges.
This experienced team put great care into the search for a new home for Antone’s by taking time to truly find a lasting home for the iconic brand. The new venue lies blocks away from the original location and features 5,800 square feet per floor that includes a 400-person capacity music club as well as a retail space and gift shop on the ground floor. The building at 305 East Fifth Street, owned by the Finley Company and known as the Maxey Glass building, has been vacant for several years, but was originally a Cadillac dealership in 1920. The new location of Antone’s, which is east of Eddie V’s Prime Seafood restaurant and across the street from The Westin Austin Downtown, is within three blocks of the original Antone’s location on Sixth Street opened by the late Clifford Antone in the 1975. Antone’s first moved from its original Sixth Street home to a North Austin venue before lasting for more than a decade on Guadalupe Street. Antone’s later moved to West Fifth and Lavaca streets in 1997 resulting in another long tenure before moving to East Riverside in 2013. The venue’s presence has been absent since early 2014, and the new location is set to revive the spirit of the Antone’s legacy.
The architects are Randall Owen and Charlie Melanson of hatch + ulland owen architects and the builder is Rick McMinn of Image General Contracting. The project was built with care to utilize the 100-year-old longleaf pine found in the building as well as to maintain and restore its the tin tile ceilings. The building has all modern updates while still maintaining the spirit of the original structure. The downstairs venue will feature a world-class d&b audiotechnik sound system. The 300-capacity upstairs of the venue features a private event space and bar as well as a spacious green room and several offices, which will be home to The Clifford Antone Foundation. Additionally, guests to the renovated two-story building will be greeted by the classic Antone’s sign and marquee above the main entrance created by neon artist Evan Voyles, who also previously worked with Clifford Antone.
More information regarding the the Official Grand Opening event later in 2016, as well as details surrounding the monthly performance calendar, the expanded bar menu, and event space offerings will be revealed early next month.