As far as honky tonk’s go, Fort Worth, Texas bar and venue Billy Bob's Texas is one of the most well known in the Lone Star State.
Amid growing cases of COVID-19 around the country, establishments large and small are doing their best to stay afloat, and reopening for business seems to be the only way to move forward. While some have pivoted to Drive-In theater models, Billy Bob’s Texas is kicking off a weekend concert series with limited availability.
The inaugural performers are already set with The Bellamy Brothers set to play on August 14 and Flatland Cavalry is scheduled for August 15.
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott implemented an executive order in June forcing establishments that earn 51% or more of their revenue from alcohol sales to close as the state saw a spike in virus cases. The Country themed bar, located in Fort Worth’s Historic District, applied for and received a new permit allowing the venue to operate as a restaurant.
The August schedule also includes performances from Tracy Byrd, Casey Donahew, Chad Prather, and Josh Abbott Band with more to be announced.
Guests for the upcoming shows will be limited to 1,200 (1,000 socially-distanced seats and 200 socially-distanced GA) of the venue’s 6,000 available capacity with the possibility of a change in numbers after the first week.
Attendees will be asked to follow all Centers for Disease Control guidelines, as well as city and state mandates with masks required unless seated at a table. All staff , performers and crew interacting with the public will be required to wear gloves and masks, and will have temperature checks at the start of their shifts.
Tickets for all shows go on sale this Friday, August 7.