29 years ago Burke and Jo Barr opened a cozy little, 1,400 square foot night club in Old East Dallas, with its only entrance being from the adjacent Lakewood Theatre. G.T. Reed was the exclusive pianist since the club opened, playing five nights a week. Reed was well known for his ’30s music and a dancing flower on the piano. He opened each performance, with “My Way” and closed, mid-song, with the comment, “Thank you for choosing The Balcony Club.” Reed continued playing for almost five years, passing away at 70.
Michael Solberg and Tommy Stanco purchased the club in 1991, started opening seven nights a week and added happy hour entertainment. A year later, Solberg left the club in Tommy Stanco’s hands for many years. ‘Big’ Al Dupree took over as house musician and played for 10 years, five nights a week until his death at age 68 in October of 2003.
“It is absolutely vital that this kind of intimate music lounge survive and thrive in our city and in particular the Balcony Club, with its rich history and deep rooted, personal connection with the community.” - Teddy Davey
Fast forward to August of 2013 and meet Teddy Davey, NEW OWNER of the Balcony Club. “It is absolutely vital that this kind of intimate music lounge survive and thrive in our city and in particular the Balcony Club, with its rich history and deep rooted, personal connection with the community.” – Teddy Davey
A critically acclaimed artist he began his artistic journey by earning a BFA in acting and performance from The University of Texas in Austin. He was a headliner on cruise ships and in Las Vegas at a number of showrooms. In 2007, he was awarded “Entertainer of the Year” by the Entertainment Consumers’ Exchange in Las Vegas.
He and his wife Lorena, a classically trained vocalist, are grateful for taking the leap from Las Vegas entertainers to finding a home in the thriving musical community in Dallas richly steeped in blues, jazz and rock that would rival any large city in the country.
Many accolades have come to Balcony Club over the years, everything from USA Todays ‘10 Best Jazz Clubs in Dallas’ and ‘ Best Speakeasy’ to the prestigious D Magazine’s ‘Best Bars of 2017’.
Esquire Magazine named Balcony Club one of “America’s Top 100 bars”. Couples have met here, married here, come back years later for their anniversaries and brought their kids here.
The Balcony Club offers music by some of the area’s most popular artists. White Rock Area’s legendary Kenny Daniel Band plays on Thursdays and Saturdays. Dallas’ own star of Broadway, Stage and Screen, Ms. Liz Mikel hosts the Entertainers Showcase every Monday.
Other vocalists and bands performing jazz, blues, r&b, soul, funk, classic rock and (on very rare occasions) classical and country are featured seven nights a week, including happy hours. More of them are; Lucky Peterson, Tamara Peterson, Linny Nance, Jonathan Fisher Trio, Frank Hasty n Da’Merge, The Rub, Andrew Jr. Boy Jones, Holland K. Smith, Andrea Dawson and General’s Army. John Adams and William Foley’s Elite Jazz Jam; Miss Marcy and her Texas Sugardaddies also perform, as does, Keith Anderson lead sax man of the late artist Prince and East Dallas’ Cheap, Fast and Easy, who perform ’70s rock and folk every Friday’s happy hour from 6 until 9 p.m. Cheap, Fast and Easy’s beloved bandleader Ric Phiffer passed away March of 2015. He is fondly remembered and will be greatly missed.
Events include the GB’s Magga Orchestra Modern Workshop and Improv; Verb Kulture’s Beat Street Poetry/ Spoken Word, John Adams and William Foley’s Elite Jazz Jam and Liz Mikel’s Entertainers Showcase, Open Mic.
We host a Jazz Master Series featuring the finest jazz players in our city including Dave Zoller, Aaron Irwinski, Jason and Scott Bucklin, Mike Drake, Jonathan Fisher, Andrew Griffith, Roger Boykin, John Adams, William Foley, Bill Eden, Kent Ellingson, Thom Brownlee Jr., Mahogany, Jamil Byrom, Brad Williams, Sean Caleb McCampbell, Wes Stephenson, Spenser Liszt, Thaddeus Ford, Todd Parsnow, Joyce Spencer, and Keith Anderson.
We are working hard to get the good news out that we’re alive and thriving. Patrons’ word of mouth is our best ally.
We are working with student groups to share their music with us so we can encourage and celebrate the next generation of performers. We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with our Balcony Club family and to welcoming new local and international guests to the DFW community for as long as possible.