Chevy Bricktown Events Center to undergo renovation aimed at attracting performers

Owners plan to spend $2 million to add balcony seating, three bars and a merchandise shop that can double as a conference room.
by Steve Lackmeyer Modified: April 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm •  Published: April 28, 2014

Brent Brewer, a longtime promoter of live music in Bricktown, is set to spend $2 million transforming the Chevy Bricktown Events Center into what he hopes will become the city’s premier mid-size concert venue.

Brewer, who developed the multi-use venue in 1998 with his brother, Brett, and late father, Jim, has spent the past year working with TAP Architecture on plans to add balcony seating, three bars and a merchandise shop for visiting artists that will double as a conference room when the event center is booked for conferences.

“The vision is to still keep it as a multi-use facility, but yet increase the concert-going experience,” Brewer said.

“With the addition of a balcony and an overall makeover of the venue interior, the Chevy Bricktown Events Center will fill an important niche for Oklahoma City, allowing for larger concerts and more high-profile events. As a state-of-the-art performance venue, we will be better positioned to attract the mid-size touring acts to Bricktown.”

J.L. Walker Construction is set to start work May 1 with a reopening set for October. Brewer praised Benjamin Shullaw, who oversaw the TAP design team for the project, for helping realize his overall vision.

“He’s a music fan and he’s been to a lot of venues across the country,” Brewer said. “He sees what I see, he’s young, and he wants to see this market grow as a music hub. We’ve worked great together. I felt it was really neat that fate brought us together, that he saw the need for a space like this and I saw the want for a space like this.”

Brewer’s promotion of live music in Bricktown dates back to its earliest days as an entertainment district in the early 1990s. After enjoying gigs as a DJ and music promoter in college, Brewer oversaw booking of bands for the very first July 4th festival in Bricktown.

Brewer then launched and oversaw the staging of annual music festivals ranging from blues to reggae.

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by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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