Mesa Theater to celebrate remodel with free show

Dave Prather, owner of the Mesa Theater & Lounge, works in the new renovation of the lounge area at the club.

Gigs have been booked and Mesa Theater & Lounge owner David Prather is ready to reopen the venue’s doors.

New carpet, new paint and updated restrooms will greet customers to the redecorated venue, which now has more of a lounge feel in the immediate entrance to Mesa Theater, 538 Main St.

The lounge will be open from 5 p.m. to close every Wednesday through Saturday. However, a special free show with Dallas band Fox and the Bird is 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, to celebrate reopening week, Prather said.

The lounge will have a limited menu as well as drink specials from 5 to 7 p.m. when it is open.

Prather said his hope and priority in the reopening of Mesa Theater is to get the word out that his venue is for all music fans, of all genres and ages.

In fact, Salt Lake City band Marinade, a blues and funk band, has a show at 8 p.m., Saturday, July 16.

The lounge is meant to host smaller acts and DJs, he said.

One idea Prather is particularly excited about bringing to the lounge is the “15-Minute DJ,” where people can bring their personal music to Mesa Theater and play whatever they want for 15 minutes. Participants also will get a free drink.

The main room area of Mesa Theater, where larger acts typically play, is undergoing a redecoration and isn’t scheduled to open until later this month with James McMurtry and Cody Canada & The Departed shows.

Prather recently announced that Alien Ant Farm has been booked for a Friday, Sept. 9 show.


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