By JOHN BENSON
Special to The Gazette
MEDINA â€” Changes are afoot at local entertainment hot spot Dirty Cowboys, which opened less than two years ago.
â€œWeâ€™re definitely known as a country bar,â€ said Jake Thomas, Dirty Cowboysâ€™ general manager. â€œAnd it was going well at first until basically we attracted the identity of being a clean-cut, line dancing, water-drinking bar, whereas now weâ€™re leaning more toward the rock-sounding, shot-taking and grungy sort of identity. So itâ€™s definitely going a lot better as far as rock goes, but weâ€™ll still always keep country a part of whether we open up extra days during the week or not.â€
Currently a rock bar on Thursday and Saturday nights and a country venue on Wednesday and Friday nights, Dirty Cowboys started to make this change a few months ago.
Thomas said the decision was pure economics with water-drinking country clientele not spending as much money as alcohol-drinking rock fans.
â€œWe did lose a few dedicated country people, but the majority of our people ended up staying,â€ Thomas said. â€œWeâ€™re definitely trying to make as much money as possible, and we still want to cater to our patrons. But by us making more money on rock nights, all thatâ€™s enabling us to do is provide more services and larger venues for our country crowd.
â€œAnd now weâ€™re leaning more toward booking more national acts twice a month.â€
While singer David Allen Coe and modern rock band Red Wanting Blue are both booked for separate January dates, rock act Cosmo, which features former members of classic rock band Boston, is scheduled to play Dec. 6 at Dirty Cowboys.
Thomas said some folks may think Dirty Cowboys is changing its musical colors, so to speak, but he feels the opposite is true about the 970-person capacity venue.
â€œI guess I want people to remember weâ€™re always going to have line dancing and there will always be at least some country aspect to us,â€ Thomas said. â€œWeâ€™re just trying to create a very personal atmosphere where weâ€™re not going as large as, say, a House of Blues or Blossom (Music Center) or places like that, but we definitely have more of a personal atmosphere for larger bands. Weâ€™re definitely more of a concert hall now, and thatâ€™s what weâ€™ll continue to do.â€
Cosmo is scheduled to play Dec. 6 at Dirty Cowboys. Tickets are $20 ADV/$25 DOS.
For more information, visit www.dirtycowboyssaloon.com.
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