Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Cruisers Restaurant Heats Up Collin County Music Scene

One of the best (and sometimes worst) things that can happen for a musician is the "steady gig." It can come in the form of a house-band gig six nights a week, or two shows a month. It means less work promoting to new venues, and a chance to build up a bigger following in a certain area—or it can mean working yourself to death for no reason.

I have been poking around Frisco, Allen, and Plano for just the right place. Every once in a while I'll think I’ve found the right spot. But the stars haven't aligned to my satisfaction—until now!

The old Bahama Breeze space in Frisco has been sitting idle for almost a year since it went out of business. It was a $5 million facility, and just a beautiful building. I kept thinking, "if I only had the money." Enter Kelly St. André, local businessman and star restaurateur, with a crack team and an incredible concept: Cruisers.

I was driving by the location on Sunday evening and saw a fresh new sign. I was back with CD and a smile on my face the next evening. I opened the door of the still-under-construction renovation site to be greeted by a very busy individual. I explained my interest in playing there, and was told Mr. Kelly was very busy. I left my stuff, said a quick prayer, and headed to the car.

I was just out of the parking lot when I got a call on my cell. It was Kelly asking if I could return and talk for a minute. You bet I could.

It just so happened that he was looking for exactly what I had to offer. We had a great talk, shook hands, and it was done. I'll start on Grand Opening day, June 19, 2005. I'll play every Sunday, 4-8, from then on, as long as my quality and product remains in line with the establishment. Needless to say, I have very high hopes.

Even if you don't come for my music, you must visit this venue and check it out. It's at 2750 Preston Rd., Frisco, TX 75034(972) 712-0066. The theme is classic cars and motorcycles with actual cars and motorcycles built right into the facility. There will be classic car and motorcycle shows, 70s disco nights, great music, and great fun. The restaurant is family friendly, there's a swingin' bar and stage area—and, of course, Sunday afternoons you can come chill to the sounds of classic rock and original music by RMG.