The Barkley Ballroom celebrates second anniversary in Frisco |

The Barkley Ballroom celebrates second anniversary in Frisco

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What: The Barkley Ballroom celebrates its second anniversary with Dead Phish Orchestra on Friday and Mountain Jam: An Allman Brothers Tribute on Saturday

When: Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13; both shows start at 9 p.m.

Where: The Barkley Ballroom, 610 Main St., Frisco

Cost: Free

More information: Check for full schedule

On Friday, Dec. 12, and Saturday, Dec. 13, Frisco’s Barkley Ballroom will celebrate its second anniversary with a full weekend of free music.

DeadPhish Orchestra starts the weekend on Friday, and Mountain Jam’s tribute to the recently retired Allman Brothers will take place Saturday.

DeadPhish Orchestra was the first band to play when owners Keegan Casey and Todd Altschuler opened the Barkley in December 2012. Friday’s performance serves as both nostalgia and a chance to see how far the venue has come in the first two years.

“I can remember many shows just after we opened that there were five people in the audience,” Altschuler said. “The Led Zeppelin tribute Zoso actually told me that it was the least amount of people they had ever played for. We were setting attendance records.”

“Even though many shows were poorly attended in that first year, we kept the level of musicianship high, and that helped the word spread,” Casey said. “Just three months later, we sold out a concert.”

The past year at the Barkley has produced a few more sellouts and fewer times where the band had more members than the audience.

The success has helped the owners upgrade the sound system and lights and give it more of a venue feel. And when they open their doors on Friday night, Casey and Altschuler both hope to see more than the 30 people that were at the first concert in 2012.

As for this weekend’s music, DeadPhish Orchestra is the only band of its kind.

The group seamlessly meshes the songs of two legendary touring bands, the Grateful Dead and Phish, creating dream set lists for fans of both bands.

Mountain Jam is another tribute act, and it will be the band’s first visit to the Barkley. It’s an all-star cast of musicians featuring members of Derek Trucks Band, Mofro, Great American Taxi and John Popper Project, to name a few.

The Barkley has a great winter of music in store to start off its third year, Altschuler said.

“Two nights of Boombox, The New Mastersounds, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, March Fourth Marching Band, Twiddle and Electron will be some definite highlights,” he said.

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