Old School Texas West

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Old School Texas West Partner Tim Fornash, radio personality on 92.1 HANK FM Joe Bielinski, Owner Bryon Evans and Special Projects Manager Lawayna Crump.

Old School Texas West is gearing up to bring country music entertainment to Weatherford.

The new dance hall opened at the end of last month at 2132 Tin Top Road after the location’s zoning change was approved by the Weatherford City Council earlier this year. Old School Texas West proclaims to have the longest bar in Texas at 128 feet, a 700-square foot dance floor, big-screen TVs and a full-service kitchen.

In partnership with radio personality on 92.1 HANK FM and Texas Country Music Hall of Famer Joe Bielinski, the dance club hopes to host country music entertainment starting in spring 2020. At the time, Bielinski said he couldn’t legally say which acts would perform but said they would be “historic country music entertainment at the highest level.”

“We want to bring the best entertainment to Weatherford that we can bring,” Bielinski said. “We want to bring national country music entertainment to Weatherford. Of course, we want to please the local people, but we’re actually going to bring acts in here to the level that it will bring tourists from other states and even other countries. We are going to bring things that are historic.”

Club Owner Bryon Evans said the new partnership for entertainment is long-term with concerts scheduled every few months.

“You really have to plan those out really well because everything has to flow pretty good,” Evans said.

Currently, one side of the club is open, but Evans hopes to renovate and open the other sides as well. Bielinski said the plan is to open up the whole facility to accommodate the concerts and crowds of 600 to 1,000 people.

The entertainment won’t just be about music but giving attendees a more personal experience with the acts performing, Bielinski said.

“We want to bring historical music things, like the up close and personal shows where we can bring stars in and the audience can talk with them, take pictures with them and ask them questions,” Bielinski said.

Bielinski said Weatherford needs a tourist attraction, which would support local businesses.

“[Old School Texas West] is not just doing it for their benefit,” Bielinski said. “They know they have to be team members of the city and they want to contribute back to the city, and that’s their contribution is putting people in the restaurants and the shopping malls and the hotels.”

So far, the city council has been supportive of the dance hall, Evans said.

“We’re here to be an asset to this community, and I think that’s something that’s real important to all of us is to bring something to Weatherford that they haven’t really had and hopefully they can see the value of that,” Evans said.

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