Singer-songwriter Ali Dee was scheduled to hold a CD release party for her new EP Sweet Southern Song on Thursday at Granbury's Rio Brazos Music Hall. But today, her booking agency, Ken Ran Productions, was informed the doors have been permanently closed, so the show has been canceled (and, as yet, not rescheduled). While the venue has a few shows booked through the end of October, it's not clear what forced the closure.
Ken Ran Productions' Brooks Kendall said he spoke with Rio Brazos owner Jim Hartman, who informed him the venue was closing.
I have not been able to independently confirm the venue's closure yet, but I've left a message for Hartman, who opened the venue with his wife, Tracy, and will update if/when I hear back from him.
Rio Brazos didn't quite make it to a full year in business -- the grand opening, with a performance by Willie Nelson, was held Nov. 12, 2011. There's much more info about the Hartmans' vision in this press release from May 2011.
UPDATE: Reached late this afternoon, co-owner Tracy Hartman confirmed to me that Rio Brazos Music Hall is indeed closed, as of today. A previously booked private party will be the final event held at the Granbury venue. Asked for the reason for the sudden closure of Rio Brazos, Hartman offered a brisk "No comment."