Willie Nelson & Family with Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Brewskys, in Hattiesburg, TN (1/23/2012)

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by:  Jesse Bass

A new Hub City music venue will host Willie Nelson & Family in its first month of operation.

Brewsky’s, on West Fourth Street, will host the band Jan. 23. Nelson’s son will open the show at 8 p.m. with his group Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real.

Brewsky’s co-owner Brian McLelland said Nelson’s agents called looking for a venue in Hattiesburg on that date.

“I’ve been booking bands since I was in college … I’m a promoter on a list,” McLelland chuckled. “Along with the offer, it took some praying.”

McLelland and co-owner Ron Savell said they hope the Nelson show sets the precedent for what they designed to be a bar centered around live music with a predicted occupancy of 500.

“We’re going to try to bring national acts coming up, nationals on the way back down and artists in their prime,” Savell said.

Savell, who also owns Mugshots, said Brewsky’s doors are set to open Jan. 10 with a show by Hillcrest — to coincide with the open date of the original Mugshots in 2004.

“They (Hillcrest) actually played the last show at the old Mugshots,” he said.

The current Mugshots, C&M Music and T-Bones Records and Cafe will all have a limited number of tickets on sale Friday for the Willie Nelson show, available for $85 apiece.

Savell and McLelland said they’ve only heard limited complaints about the price.

“I hope they look at his tour,” McLelland said. “We’re the second-cheapest ticket.”

Savell said the 8,000-square-foot venue will be open daily, with a pizza- and pannini-based menu, and what he hopes will be five nights a week of live music.

Brewsky’s also will host the North Mississippi Allstars on Jan. 30.

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