Iconic Ridglea Theater set to host live bands once again

News 8's Todd Unger has more.

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Live music is set to return once again to the historic Ridglea Theater this weekend.

AC/DC tribute band Back in Black will perform on Saturday night at the iconic spot on Camp Bowie Boulevard, according to theater owner Jerry Shults.

"We're really excited about it," he said. "And we're going to have a bunch of performances in that Ridglea Room."

The larger theater venue has been undergoing a five-year renovation after Shults purchased the property in 2010. He is credited with getting the pre-1950s building listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

Nearly $2 million has gone into a major restoration, including a touch up of the famous Eugene Gilboe mural in the lobby.

But Shults is perhaps most excited about the return of live music, which will happen mostly in a revamped area called the Ridglea Room that can host up to 500 people.

"It's the ideal size -- not too big or too small," he said.

Although the larger facility has been available for weddings and special functions during the past few years, management stayed away from live music until they could get a new sound system, redo the facilities, and make other improvements.

Shults said he isn't concerned about the venue's future, despite that it was named as part of an asset seizure in 2014 by federal authorities when they fingered Shults and his daughter as part of an alleged synthetic marijuana operation.

The pair were arrested last year and are fighting the charges.

"Not at all. I'm really positive about everything, and looking forward to the future," Shults said.

He wouldn't elaborate on the criminal case.

But he thinks the debut of the Ridglea Room, first reported by our media partners at the Star-Telegram, will help attract an array of North Texas bands that are well-known, and perhaps ready for a big breakout.

"Mean Motor Scooter. Star Based Laboratory. There are so many great, talented groups that are in Fort Worth in particular we really want to feature," Shults said.

Ticket information about this weekend's show can be found here.

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