Live music venue set to open in Marble Falls with familiar name, different direction

AJ Vallejo is opening AJ's in downtown Marble Falls on Nov. 9. The venue will feature the band Vallejo, of which he is a member. The venue also was called AJ's under a previous owner, but Vallejo says it's an entire new live music venue under his ownership that will include top Texas and regional touring acts such as Jason Boland and the Stragglers on Dec. 4. Check out www.ajslivetx.com for more information. Courtesy photo

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

MARBLE FALLS — A.J. Vallejo admitted he considered changing the name of his new downtown Marble Falls live music venue, but the thought bounced out of his head almost as quickly as it entered.”It’s my name,” he said about the club, 909 Third St. Vallejo recently announced the Nov. 9 opening of the bar bearing his name. Doors open at 6 p.m. with live music at 8 p.m. from the band Vallejo, of which he and his brothers are members.

The venue also was called AJs by the previous owner, but Vallejo has set the club on a new path. One of the first things he wants everyone to know is he’s the owner, and he has no ties with the previous one.

Once the wheels began rolling, Vallejo started creating a music venue both musicians and patrons would enjoy. As a musician himself, he had a good idea about what he wanted in his venue.

“I want to bring top Texas music here,” Vallejo said. With more than 20 years in the music industry, he’s created a network of contacts that he can tap for acts and support.

Already, he’s landed musicians such as Roxy Roca (Nov. 29), Jason Boland and the Stragglers (Dec. 4) and Dale Watson (Dec. 13). In February, John Corbett takes the stage.

Yes, it’s the same John Corbett who played Aidan in “Sex in the City.” The actor also is a singer and a musician.

Along the way, patrons can find musicians who performed on top TV programs such as “The Voice” and “American Idol.”

“I’ve got Nakia from ‘The Voice’ coming (Nov. 22),” Vallejo said. “He had a big following on the show.”

While live music serves as the backbone for the new AJ’s, patrons will find good food and a full bar. What they won’t find is a seedy little joint where the police spend as much time as the customers.

“It’s not going to be one of those places where there’s trouble,” Vallejo said. “I’m not going to tolerate people causing problems. This is a place you can bring a date to and have a good time.”

And he’s set a “moderate” dress code, which means don’t show up with your britches hanging below your bottom.

While he expects the grand opening to draw a crowd, Vallejo said the trick is to create an atmosphere and venue that continues to attract people, something he believes he has done at AJ’s.

“I want this place to be an addition to what’s so cool about Marble Falls. We’ll be bringing in some top regional, Texas and even national touring groups, so people can really experience some great live music,” he said. “This is a new business, a new venue, and, this time there’s a real AJ who owns it. I think when people and acts come here one time, they’ll want to come back again.”

AJ’s will be open Wednesday-Saturday after Nov. 9. Go to www.ajslivetx.com for a complete listing of upcoming shows and hours. Along with ticketed shows, AJ’s will feature other live music acts and events.

daniel@thepicayune.com