FORT WORTH, Texas (September 20, 2006) – Known for its diverse array of popular entertainment spots, Sundance Square will add a live jazz venue to its mix early next year when the Scat Jazz Lounge opens in the Burk Burnett Building. Cary Ray, Neil Connell, and Ricki Derek of Satchmo L.L.C. will operate the venue.
“Live entertainment plays an important part of Sundance Square’s vibrant nightlife,” said Johnny Campbell, president of Sundance Square. “Scat Jazz Lounge will complement the live music, theater and comedy that already make Sundance Square such a lively scene.”
The 2,500 square foot space is currently underway and will feature a private entrance on Main Street. When the finish out is completed, Scat Jazz Lounge will boast a warm ambiance with staging and sound equipment to offer guests the highest quality music experience in North Texas.
“We love Sundance Square and the direction of downtown Fort Worth,” said Cary Ray, a partner in the Scat Jazz Lounge. “The venue will attract local musicians, as well as talent from outside the area, with an emphasis on old school classic jazz. We will feature small ensembles in a relaxing environment where guests can have a conversation and enjoy the music.”
The Burk Burnett Building was designed by Sanguinet & Staats and was the city's first true skyscraper. The building is neoclassical in design and it was originally built as the home of the State National Bank. The base of the building is white terra cotta with granite columns on the Main Street facade. The middle of the building is red brick with a terra cotta band string course separating each floor. The top of the building is again white terra cotta with an elaborate cornice. Located at 500 Main Street, the Burk Burnett Building was built in 1914 and restored in 1980.
About Sundance Square
Sundance Square is comprised of 20 AMC cinema screens, 24 restaurants, three live theatres, Bass Performance Hall, permanent home to the Ballet, Symphony, Opera, and Theatre companies, two museums, three art galleries, retail shops and boutiques, two upscale residential complexes, and some of Fort Worth's prime office space including the Chase Bank Building, Wells Fargo Tower, and D.R. Horton Tower.
Visitors will always find plenty of parking at Sundance Square, and after 5:00 p.m. and all day on weekends and holidays, the parking is free. A customer validation program during weekday business hours provides up to 2 ½ hours of free parking. Sundance Square also has one of the most highly trained security forces in the country. Security officers patrol the area on bicycle 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Located in the heart of downtown Fort Worth, historic Sundance Square is a 20-block commercial, residential, entertainment and retail district where people work, live, shop and dine. Sundance Square’s beautiful landscaping, red-brick streets and turn-of-the-century buildings make it a pedestrian’s delight. Named after the famed Sundance Kid, who used the Fort Worth area as a hideout, Sundance Square has been hailed as a monumental achievement in urban redevelopment.
For more information, visit www.sundancesquaremanagement.com or call 817-255-5700.