Texas promoter Edwin Cabaniss with Kessler Presents has introduced plans to revive Dallas’ Longhorn Ballroom. The infamous nightclub was as soon as owned by Chicago mob affiliate Jack Ruby, who famously shot and killed John F. Kennedy murderer Lee Harvey Oswald as he left Dallas Police headquarters on Nov. 23, 1963.
The Longhorn opened within the Fifties as singer Bob Wills’ Ranch Home. It was later operated by recording artist and report label boss Dewey Groom by way of the ’60s and ’70s, internet hosting live shows by Nat King Cole, Patsy Cline, T- Bone Walker and plenty of extra.
Cabaniss plans to include the venue’s lengthy historical past when it reopens this spring, partially with the unique museum-style show instances constructed into the partitions. The venue has traded fingers numerous occasions in recent times and closed in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
“These instances embrace every thing from Tex Ritter’s swimsuit to James Brown’s gown; a unprecedented assortment of guitars from artists similar to Stevie Ray Vaughan, Waylon Jennings, Tammy Wynette, and BB King,” based on a press launch asserting the reopening plans.
“As a fifth technology Texan, I understand how essential the return of the Longhorn Ballroom is to Texas generally and to Dallas particularly,” says Cabanis. “The lore is actual. The flooring have secrets and techniques and the partitions have recollections. And we’re excited to inform these tales with every present we current.”
Cabannis beforehand restored The Kessler Theater in Dallas and The Heights Theater in Houston.
In a press release, Dallas mayor Eric Johnson added that the venue is “a monument to our metropolis’s wealthy music historical past,” calling the venture “an exquisite alternative to assist protect a bit of our previous.”
For grand opening particulars and lineup bulletins, go to longhornballroomdallas.com.