The Commerce Journal

February 3, 2014

NOLA-based company bringing music to Commerce

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — The final step to bring in a new musical venue to Commerce was passed by the Commerce City Council during its Jan. 21 meeting.

The council passed a vote for a conditional use permit for the A. L. Day Elementary School at 905 College Street to be converted into a Tipitina’s music venue.

Tipitina’s is a venue where local musicians can rent space to store their equipment, a soundproof room to practice, and have access to music software to prepare, record and produce their own music.  

“This will be a place for local musicians who don’t have a place to practice,” Steve Wilson, director of Community Development, said.

According to Commerce Mayor John Ballotti, after viewing one of the locations in Shreveport, he thinks the venue will attract more people to Commerce.

“We could really bring in young people,” he said. “I think we’re moving in a good direction.”

The facility would also hold small performance theatres that sit 50 to 60 people each.

Ballotti said with the recent opening of the Brad Davis Music Studio downtown, and the $29 million Texas A&M University-Commerce Music Building, Commerce can be seen as a hub for musicians to perfrom.  

“If you give them a place to practice to perform, they will come to practice and perform,” he said.