Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge
Smith plans to have four distinct areas in the spruced-up old Southside Lions Club hall. A ’50s-era lounge up front, with a small space available for acoustic performers: “I want it to be a true, relaxing lounge,” he says. “I want people to be able to answer their cell phones without having to run outside.” The main music hall, which Smith says will seat either 300 or 350, depending upon how he ends up configuring the space, will play host to “some big names,” he says, name-checking the likes of Fleet Foxes, Robert Earl Keen and Lucinda Williams. (Although there may be the occasional band reminiscent of Lola’s Saloon or the Where House, Smith says those more indie acts will likely be the exception, rather than the rule.) According to Smith, the lounge/music hall layout will be reminiscent of Dallas’ Gypsy Tea Room (now the Door), with clearly defined boundaries between areas.