As a rule, don’t ask me to do reviews. I once did them in college, movies mostly and I loved it, but since then I have moved on. But sometimes, out of the kindness of my heart I will highlight unique, or exciting experience in my life. My New Years Eve experience is one of these.
Ususally I don’t go out for New Years Eve parties. Too much money, too much booze, and frankly my wife can’t drink for shit. I would much rather stay home, invite a few friends over, drink my own beer, maybe make a few cocktails and watch the ball drop from the comforts of my living room on the big flat-screen t.v. New Years Eve parties and going to the clubs is for young people, and at 31 I may not be too old just yet, but young I am not…
So with that in mind it was surprising that on New Years Eve not only did me and my wife go out to a club with one of her friends and my Mom who lives in Fort Worth, but we actually had a pretty great time. LoneStar, which is located in “downtown cowtown”, as I call it, used to be City Streets, and when I was younger that was one of my favorite clubs. There may even be some embarassing photos of me on the internet from a Halloween party there a few years back. City Streets shut down about a year ago and has now been completely remodeled. The old, darkly lit, black-on-bkack exterior, has been replaced by a cherry-wood, rustic decor, low-lighting, and a business-casual decor. The great piano bar with dualing pianists has remained in tact, and those two guys were still there on New Years Eve, but I must say I did not pay much attention to them, or travel off too far to the techno room or the lounge. Most people were in the heart of the club, a giant dance-floor where the main act goes on.
If you have never heard the band “Me and my Monkey” and are a fan of the Beatles I would urge you to go see them. The group does Beatles songs, exclusively, and this was no different on New Years Eve. In the first half of their performance the band comes out on stage in gray, flannel suits, and short bob wigs, immitating the Beatles famous Ed Sullivan appearance. From 9 to 11 the band plays mostly early beatles hits, Love me Do, Can’t Buy my Love, etc, and plays them to perfection. Taking the Beatles thing as far as they can go with it, each member of the band looks and sounds like a real Beatle. There is a Paul, a RIngo, etc. More impressive is that each member actually looks and sounds like who they are supposed to and is capable of leading a song, or playing an instrumental on there own. This is not a case of one or two guys carrying a band. Just like the real Beatles, each member of the band can truly sing, play their instrument, and engage in two or three part harmonies, depending on the song.
The crowd for this party was, admittedly mostly older people, but my wife and her friend who are both 24, loved the show, and the Beatles music is so intoxicating, so filled with life, that I didn’t see anybody in the club who wasn’t drawn to the dance floor at some point to tow-tap their way through at least one number from the famed band.
In the second half of the show, “Me and my Monkey” come out on stage in Sgt. Peppers attire, and play hits from the later Beatles albums, songs like “When I’m 64,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and even “I am the Walrus” complete with sound effects, and playful banter between the band members. In fact, these guys never get out of character. If you ask them a question they will answer as John Lennon, or George Harrison, use a British accent, even reflect on their early days in America. Truly remarkable!
The club was nice, and the band was awesome, but I did have a few complaints. As usual, there was a cover charge to get into the place. $20 from 8-10, and $30 from 10-close, but we avoided this cost by getting there before eight. It is nice to not pay cover, but frustrating to have to wait so long before the show started. More annoying however is that there were no available seats in the club. Although we got there before eight, and LoneStar was only half-full, every seat in the place was reserved. In order to accomodate late arrivals, the club allowed tables of four ro reserve a seat for $50. Great for people who want to pay it, not so nice for people who don’t. The club should have reserved no more than half of their tables and left the rest open for first come, first serve, but they didn’t. Me and my group were able to find a small section of table without any chairs to put our stuff on, but that was the best we can do. People who arrived late and without a reservation had to stand in the back and had nowhere to put anything.
The drinks there were modestly priced at $4.25 each, and that included anything from a Dos Equis, to a Jack-and-Coke, but there was nothing cheaper if you wanted it. Still, on New Years, it is hard to beat that. I had maybe six drinks from 8 to midnight, and my wife had two or three. All in all, we got out of there for under $40, and had a great time. I’m not usually much of a dancer, but I probably danced to seven or eight songs.
If you are looking for something to do and are in the area check out the new LoneStar in downtown Fort Worth, which you can get to by driving through Belknap st. If the band Me and my Monkey is playing, you should definately go. Thanks for listening.