Great live music, drinks, atmosphere here in Tyler

Published on Thursday, 13 June 2013 22:26 - Written by BY MIKE HILL Guest Columnist

Editor’s Note: Tyler has an abundance of unique voices to be found within its arts and entertainment community. This new column will feature a rotating roster of personalities. Here's what they have to say.

Tyler. A city confused. Or so it seems. The younger generation will tell you there is “nothing to do” here. The older generation says there’s “nothing worth doing after 10 p.m.” Both are wrong … and both are right.

In a city that contains nearly 100,000 people, of which, nearly 60 percent are singles, nightlife should be a booming business here. Every type of nightlife. And not only for the single-folk, there’s plenty here for couples to enjoy. Great food. Great music. Great spots to hang out with friends old and new. There’s only one thing missing — people. Where the heck are they? Where is this large portion of the population that should be enjoying what Tyler has to offer?

“Austin is cool; there’s music everywhere.” “There’s so much more to do in Dallas.”

That may be technically true, but it’s also selling this town remarkably short.

I am, among other things, a musician and DJ here in town. Music is a huge part of my life. With that being said, let’s talk music and entertainment. From Wednesday to Saturday night, at any number of spots in Tyler, you can find great live music, great drinks and great atmosphere.

Open mic nights, poetry readings, karaoke, acoustic shows, country shows, rock and metal shows, hip hop … the list goes on and on. If you want Austin, no one does Austin like Stanley’s. If the mail wasn’t delivered to that rock you live under, they are now open at night, and bring in some of Austin’s finest acts.

Prefer Dallas? Which part? If you are a fan of Deep Ellum’s live music scene, Clicks brings in a variety bands from all over — not to mention showcasing the large array of local talent in the area. North Dallas? Rick’s on the Square and Lago del Pino both feature fantastic cover and party bands from Dallas and beyond. Coaches and Cowboys recently opened a country music and dance venue with a swimming pool inside. Yes, inside. Many of the area’s restaurants book acoustic acts and singer/songwriters throughout the week. Some even book DJ’s, if you like things a little more dance-y. And if you’re one of those people that would rather not be ‘bothered’ by music because “The Game” is on, there are several great sports bars and restaurants where you can yell at the television with the rest of the sports fans.

Here’s where I’m going with this. There are plenty of spots to go in Tyler. And plenty of fun to be had after 10 p.m. You just have to get up and go out.

Here’s what you may find. Other than the obvious good time, you may find yourself a little more proud of your city.

Tyler is home to some hugely talented guys and gals. As a part of the music scene here, I am lucky enough to know quite a few of them. If you consider yourself a music lover, you owe it to yourself to get out there and check them out. Tyler is also home to some of the greatest food around. Top notch stuff. And it just so happens, you can experience the music AND the food under the same roof in most of those spots.

I’m not expecting every place in town to be packed and standing room only. What I would like to see, though, is a reawakening. Anyone who tells you the music scene in Tyler, Texas, is dead is wrong. It’s the crowd scene that needs the paddles. Few things stir the soul like music. Go out and find some.