Trees Nightclub Shuttered

The well-known Trees nightclub in Dallas, where both local and national touring acts took the stage, was forced to close its doors January 1st after 17 years in business.

Whit Meyer, VP of food and beverage for The Entertainment Collective, said a few factors led to the decision to shutter the 800-capacity club.

“We were in a dispute with our landlord that we couldn’t resolve, kind of like a CBGB scenario,” Meyer told Pollstar. “[Also] the holding company that owns Trees had to put all of its assets under Chapter 11 protection because of a lawsuit that was caused by an injury at one of its other clubs.

“Trees was trying to restructure, but part of that included the negotiation with the landlord, which was obviously not successful.”

Concerts on the books, including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (B.R.M.C.), Panic! At the Disco, Nada Surf, and Supergrass, have been moved to other venues in the area.

Since opening in 1989, the club has hosted a wide variety of artists including Dave Matthews Band, Nirvana, P.J. Harvey, Reverend Horton Heat, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and The Charlatans UK, to name a few.

Despite the circumstances, Meyer said the club could possibly resurface once the financial situation is sorted out.

“These things can have a phoenix-like rise from their own ashes,” he said. “You know, how many times did the Fillmore close?”

– Tina Amendola