The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge's owner, Bill Smith, just confirmed it to me: Spune Productions, owned by Lance Yocom, is officially in charge of handling talent buying and booking for the four-month-old Near Southside venue. "It's what I wanted to do in the first place, but other things came up," Smith says.
Smith says Spune's shows have yet hit to the Live Oak stage, but will soon, as the calendar was filled with concerts booked by the Live Oak's previous talent buyers, Clint Simpson and Jamie Kinser of Blackbox Presents. "[Spune] is officially very involved in talent buying and booking for the Live Oak," Smith says, who is "excited" about what's to come. (I've left a message with Spune founder Lance Yocom, and will update when I hear back from him.)
One of Spune's first big events at the Live Oak will be "Tex-Tober-Fest," a four-day event focused on Texas craft brews (from local breweries like Rahr and Revolver), German grub prepared by chef Mikel Steen and live music, which kicks off Oct. 25 with scheduled performances from Ginny Mac, Fish Fry Bingo, Brave Combo and "Big Mike" Richardson. It's a multi-day happening in the spirit of Spune's recent, successful Untapped Festival in Dallas. You can find tickets and more info about "Tex-Tober-Fest" here.
The Live Oak has also discontinued lunch, adjusted its daily operating hours to run from 4 p.m. until 2 a.m., and is keeping its kitchen open until 1 a.m. every night. Additionally, every Tuesday, the Live Oak will feature live music free of charge on its main stage. (Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Bird will perform tonight at 6:30 p.m.)