Producer Ronnie Hurst explains his vision to Rotary
“I think the Cedar Creek Lake Area is uniquely positioned for Branson-style entertainment venues. Close to the Metroplex and already a resort destination with the lake, this area could benefit greatly from family-friendly entertainment,” Hurst told Rotarians July 31 at their regular meeting at the Mabank Pavilion.
Producer of live stage entertainment shows in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, Hurst coordinated venues, talent, marketing, promotions, media and directed all events. He has also booked acts for theaters, country clubs and private functions, as well as managing Elvis Tribute Artist Michael Wroughton.
Hurst started in the music business as a singer and in 1985 was offered a recording contract by a major record label, but it was later taken back due to his disability. Since returning to Texas nine years ago Ronnie has only produced a handful of shows being a single dad raising two children alone. Three years ago, Ronnie started focusing on opening an entertainment venue of his own. This type of venue is something that does not exist in the DFW Metroplex or anywhere in the state. But according to all research it is a venue that has long been desired by the public.
Hurst told the group he has met with city officials in Mabank, Gun Barrel City and Seven Points and has received encouragement everywhere he has presented his ideas. Hurst said the initial phase would operate like a supper club, combining dinner and live entertainment, similar to shows and venues that have made Branson, Mo. so popular. He has teamed up with C R Legacy Center owner Cecil Saucedo to hold the events at the venue in Gun Barrel City. The venue is a popular location for area non-profits holding fundraisers and boast 9,500 square feet with ample seating and specialty lighting.
Hurst said the tickets would be reasonably priced, around $50 and include dinner and entertainment. If it takes off as he thinks it will, it could spawn more building, more venues and dedicated facilities for entertainers. Hurst has many contacts in the music business across the U.S. but is also interested in featuring local talent and giving local artists more exposure.
“In order for this to succeed, we need community support and support of the local business people. This type of venture will bring more dollars into the local community and that is good for our cities and our local businesses,” Hurst said.
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