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New Fort Worth music venue fills valuable niche for mid-sized shows

New Fort Worth music venue fills valuable niche for mid-sized shows

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Tulips FTW plans to open on August 21 with a concert by Band of Heathens. Photo courtesy of Tulips FTW

Tulips FTW, a new music venue in Fort Worth that has tentatively set its opening date for August 2020, is set to fill a niche the city has been without for almost 20 years.

Tulips FTW will be a mid-sized music venue, featuring a capacity of 600 people, that will open in the space formerly occupied by Collective Brewing Project at 112 St. Louis Ave. in the Near Southside neighborhood. The venue resides on a portion of St. Louis Avenue, between Vickery Boulevard and Broadway Avenue, that was recently designated in honor of musician T Bone Burnett.

When it opens, it will be the first mid-sized music venue in the city, as opposed to larger venues like Billy Bob's Texas (6,000 capacity) and Dickies Arena (14,000 capacity), since the closure of Caravan of Dreams in 2001.

The goal of opening the venue for owner Jason Suder, a Fort Worth native, was to bring favorite musical acts to the western side of the Metroplex that might otherwise skip Fort Worth for venues like Granada Theater or The Kessler in Dallas. In order to procure those acts, Tulips has partnered with Spune Productions.

One such band, Band of Heathens from Austin, will kick off Tulips' Grand Opening Weekend on August 21. A concert with Kurt Vile will follow in September. Tickets for both shows are now available on Tulips plans to feature a varied roster of regional, national, and local musical acts, including those from genres like Texas Country, Latin Funk, Hip-Hop, and Indie. 

With an opening coming in a world still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic, Tulips FTW promises to adhere to new standards for cleanliness and social distancing. They will employ sterilized seating options at safe distances, single-use containers, enhanced ventilation, and an evolving health protocol. They'll also livestream every concert through their website with the help of ticketing website Prekindle, offering the live music experience to those who'd prefer to stay at home.

“When the world is ready for it,” said Suder in a statement, “we will build a home for patrons of music, arts, food and all creative endeavors to drive the Fort Worth entertainment scene, as a 600-person community cultural center with a superior sound system and world-class entertainment, provided in a safe environment.”

In addition to the live music, Tulips will have a full bar and outdoor patio that will offer access for food trucks and specialty events.