READY FOR A SPIN? The HiFi Dallas is set to open in May. (Courtesy Live Nation)

New to the Texas scene this year will be The HiFi Dallas, a 1,000-general admission house with a seated capacity of 700, which will open May 15.

Conceived by Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and Live Nation’s Michael Rapino, the new live entertainment space is situated in the Dallas Design District in a refurbished furniture store and warehouse next to the Mavericks’ practice facility and just blocks away from American Airlines Center, where the Mavericks play. Buildout started last summer.

“It’s a very intimate contemporary club with elevated finishing touches and flourishes throughout, and we believe it will be the most beautiful venue of its size in Dallas,” said Ben Weeden, chief operating officer of Live Nation Entertainment’s clubs and theaters division. “As the name suggests, it will have an unmatched sound system which allows us to incorporate touches such as unique wood paneling that augments the sounds but also lends itself to the design.”

Weeden thinks the small room concept will be a great addition to the thriving Dallas music landscape.

“Dallas has an incredibly robust entertainment market,” he said. “HiFi Dallas is not only intimate but versatile, which allows us to book artists across all music genres as well as comedy shows and private events. We’re definitely looking for a well-balanced slate appealing to a wide variety of audiences.”

Weeden said the Mavericks will be intimately involved to help program and promote the venue and shows and hinted that Mavericks players might play a part.

“We’re exploring lots of concepts now and expect to have some fun announcements once we’re open,” Weeden said. “Anything is possible. We’re working with Mark’s team and the Mavericks to add value to his fans. We hope that there are pregame and postgame events. We’d love to work with the Mavericks players on different types of programming. We’re looking at a Speakers Series and things like the players interviewing some of the bands that we have coming through.”

Concessions will be run in-house, and guests can expect menu items ranging from Texas rubbed chicken to Cajun popcorn shrimp to chicken waffle sliders. 

Blue October will perform the first show, with Bowling for Soup, Wallows, Palaye Royale, The Struts, Yung Pinch, Kevin Fowler, SNBRN, Power Trip, Cross Rags and Young, Robert Earl Keen and Half Alive to follow. 

The Dallas HiFi general contractor is Swinerton, and architectural firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios designed the new space.

“Our goal is to always present the best fan and artist experience possible,” Weeden said. “It’s a pretty unique situation, and it’s exciting, and we think HiFi Dallas has endless possibilities.”

This story ran as a part of the Texas spotlight in the March issues of VenuesNow.