By the time Lava Cantina in the Colony opens on May 1, it will have been an almost two-year wait from when we reported the massive venue, bar and restaurant was on its way. And now we're starting to get a taste for the kinds of music that will be featured in the 1,500 person main stage area: everything.
For the venue's first big-name show on May 4, the Los Lonely Boys will perform a "Pre-Cinco de Mayo" show. The Grammy-winning San Angelo-based band of brothers have stayed busy since hitting it big over a decade ago with the jangly, groovy smash hit "Heaven." Austin Latin rock band Vallejo will join in for that inaugural concert under Lava Cantina's retractable roof.
Staying true to the restaurant's culinary perspective of Cajun and Mexican fusion, the first week of shows brings out a variety in sounds and styles. Early concerts will include rockabilly great Reverend Horton Heat, country rocker Gary Kyle and a handful of notable cover bands, including Petty Theft, featuring Mike Rhyner from 1310 the Ticket; and Metalchi, a popular mariachi metal band from Los Angeles.
Check out the concert calendars for the House of Blues or Gas Monkey Live and you'll see that this initial run of announcements at Lava Cantina shows a new venue that wants to compete for music dollars in the crowded North Texas marketplace.
Construction on the massive venue is coming along nicely, with the beams for the main concert area going up at a quick pace. It's nestled near the northbound frontage road for the Sam Rayburn Tollway near the Spring Creek Parkway exit in the Colony.
Tickets and further details to all shows will be available soon, according to Lava Cantina's Facebook page.