HISTORIC LONGHORN BALLROOM OPENS ITS DOORS FOR 15TH ANNUAL CEDARS OPEN STUDIOS

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HISTORIC LONGHORN BALLROOM OPENS ITS DOORS FOR 15TH ANNUAL CEDARS OPEN STUDIOS

Ballroom owners host daytime tours for attendees and local live music during the official after party on Nov. 18 

(DALLAS, November 2017; source: CultureHype) Longhorn Ballroom co-owners Jay and Amber LaFrance are thrilled to open their doors for the 15th annual Cedars Open Studios on Saturday, Nov. 18. With an artist studio tour highlighting work from the eclectic Cedars community, the Cedars Open Studios will host guided tours of the newly restored Longhorn Ballroom by the LaFrance family at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. that day. Admission is free and open to the public during the tour, which will take place at various locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The venue will also host an official after party for the open studios from 7 to 10 p.m. with live performances by local Hand Drawn Records artists Silas Nello and Henry the Archer. The Longhorn Ballroom is located at 216 Corinth St., Dallas, Texas 75207. 

“We’re thrilled to support local creatives through the Cedars Open Studios,” said co-owner Amber LaFrance. “Hosting the tour and after party is the perfect fit for us, with our artist studios and creative hub opening in the Longhorn’s 20,000 square-foot retail space opening next year.” 

The Cedars Open Studios celebrates 15 years of supporting artists in one of Dallas’ historic neighborhoods. The artist studio tour highlights the work coming out of an eclectic enclave that has long been home to painters, photographers, sculptors and others who have enriched the cultural landscape of this city. 

For more information on the Cedars Open Studio Tour, please visit http://2015.cedarsopenstudios.com/. 

About the historic Longhorn Ballroom: 

Built in 1950 by Dallas millionaire O.L. Nelms as Bob Wills’ Ranch House, the Longhorn celebrated 67 years this year. The sprawling dance hall was eventually sold to Nelms’ friend and business partner, country music mainstay Dewey Groom after years of being managed by Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassin Jack Ruby. Over the decades, the Longhorn has seen many facelifts as ownership changed hands. Adding a rustic Spanish touch was the most recent owner Raul Ramirez who sold the 23,000-square-foot ballroom, its two-acre outdoor space along the Trinity River, 20,000-square-foot abandoned retail space and the building that has housed his Mexican food restaurant for 20 years to LaFrance this February. With its rich music history, dozens of music legends have graced its stage since its humble beginnings, including Willie Nelson, Selena, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn, B.B. King, Al Green, James Brown, The Ramones and, of course, the Sex Pistols during their infamous 1978 concert. For more information and to inquire about booking at the Longhorn complex, visit https://www.longhornballroom.com/. 

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Press Contacts: 

Amber LaFrance Cell: (469) 877-1533; amber@culture-hype.com

Kali Ah Yuen Cell: (214) 223-6249; kali@culture-hype.com

Shabby Talebi Cell: (972) 571-2527; shabby@culture-hype.com

Amber LaFrance