THE HIVE, New Stage, Open Mic and Skate Ramp Venue in Fort Worth’s Southside


The Word on the Street
New Venue:  The Hive, 2729 St. Louis Avenue, Fort Worth, TX.
Monday’s:  BYOB $5 donation open mic
Other shows by announcement

By Caleb Stanislaw

I had a conversation the other day with one of the finest citizen musicians in fair Fort Worth. You probably know “Tommy Luke” McGlathery. You’ve definitely heard him singing, his smooth baritone floating down Magnolia from the back porch at Shaw’s. Ubiquitous to Fort Worth’s Scene, Tommy Luke draws the best musicians from all quarters–it’s not uncommon to see Abel Casillas or Gary Grammer, or both, sitting in with Tommy Luke at Magnolia Motor Lounge or Fred’s flagship location. He’s had residencies at nearly every legit venue in town, and, on top of all that, he’s prolific–Tommy Luke is a master storyteller and has written dozens of great songs to back that up. He has released several collections and albums, and has been a contributing player with other local outfits, including Vincent Neal Emerson’s bygone backing band, The Old Souls.

Tommy Luke has been laying low for a couple of months, conserving his energy for his upcoming summer tour. Lucky for us, he can’t sit on his hands for too long, so he decided to start a new open mic. A long time open mic veteran at nearly every place in town–including The Cellar, The Grotto, Lola’s, and Magnolia Motor Lounge–it’s only fitting that Tommy Luke should be starting something new, this time teaming up with local craftsman James Zametz at THE HIVE, a new venue in Hemphill Heights, just southeast of the Fairmount District at 2729 St. Louis Avenue. There’s a quarter-pipe, plenty of room to skate, couches, bean bag chairs, an ice chest full of Budweiser, a stage and a decent PA. A Monday night affair, the open mic follows the tried and true format of the now-defunct brain-child of Blake Barker and Tripp Mathis:  the Forever Jamboree (three songs or fifteen minutes). Maybe this will become a Fort Worth “thing.” Like any project with Tommy Luke behind it, it’s sure to be a great happening. So circle Mondays on your calendar, grab your guitar or squeeze-box or djembe and head over to THE HIVE. Why? Because you love music, and Tommy Luke is going to be there, so you know it’s going to be good.

THE HIVE, new venue
Monday Nights, open mic
5$ donation encouraged at the door
Skate board ramp
St. Louis Ave. “It’s by the tracks”

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