Tulips is Blooming

Fort Worth's newest music venue lifts the curtain in Near Southside

Fort Worth's newest music venue lifts the curtain in Near Southside

Rendering of Tulips FTW
Tulips FTW will officially open on Friday, November 20. Photo courtesy of Tulips FTW

Exciting news for Fort Worth's concert scene: Tulips FTW, the city's newest local music venue, will finally open its doors on Friday, November 20, with a show featuring hip-hop artists Lou Charles and Shaq Mack.

After pushing back its planned August grand opening, Tulips will make its debut with two weeks of opening events.

The creation of owner and Fort Worth native Jason Suder, Tulips is housed 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 designated in honor of musician T Bone Burnett.

The venue, which has a capacity of about 600 people, will limit the number of guests to comply with current crowd restrictions amid the ongoing pandemic. Face masks will be required for anywhere guests are not seated. (Other COVID-19 precautions outlined here.)

According to a release, Tulips plans to take advantage of reduced audience sizes to put on more intimate shows, including upcoming ones by Mike Cooley of the Drive-By Truckers, Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit, and David Ramirez.

They'll also feature local musician Mike Richardson, better known as Big Mike, on stage every Tuesday night through the end of 2020, as well as a new music series dubbed "Five and Dime," curated by Conor Dardis, with rotating talent every Monday night.

“We owe so much to this city and all of those who set the conditions for us to get to this point, the musicians who fought for their songs to be heard, and other venue owners who gave them a platform," says Suder in the release.

Tulips' bar will offer a selection of beers, as well as cocktails created by beverage director and mixologist Tia Downey. Signature drinks include the Sunny Day, Night People: a combination of bourbon, cold brew concentrate, soda simple, and orange bitters. 

Tulips will also serve Counter Culture Coffee during its operating hours of 11 am-2 am, making it Fort Worth’s only late-night coffee shop. On Saturday and Sunday, Tulips will open early for both coffee and English Premier League soccer. 

"Our vision has always been to build something new, something exciting, fresh and different, to give artists a stage that is tuned for them and even sweeter for those who get to experience it," Suder says. "Tulips is a daily and nightly home not just for music, but a hub for culture, conversation, social courage, and above all, community."

For more information about the opening concerts and tickets, visit the website.