Usually when someone covers the night life and live music in an area, it involves sitting in a smoky bar or juke joint listening to anything from good live music to something ear piercing and much less desirable. Stacks of Marshall amps cranked up to ear-bleeding volume really doesn’t work in a 20 x 20 square foot venue with cement floors. Nor does the local garage band, whose members are playing their very first live gig – ever – and sharing the bill with four other garage bands doing the same. It’s a right of passage better left to immediate family to attend. It’s not bad – every musician at one point or another goes through this “trial and error” period. It’s strictly talent evolution at work.
After the local radio stations go through their pre-programmed montage of “consumer-driven” playlists, you’ve burned out the favorite CDs’ in your car stereo , the iPod is full and now considered dull, and you want nothing more than to relax, there at the end of the rainbow, after a long and hard week at work, my friends, lies a gem of a place named Lili’s Bistro. Read on.
Take a step back for a bit, and imagine just sitting in a hip restaurant with family or friends, casually relaxing over drinks and fantastic menu selections, enjoying the ambiance and décor of the place. Now imagine all the smells you encounter as fine cuisine is served throughout the room. Got it? Now hold that thought and close your eyes and imagine a fine pianist (the term “piano player” just doesn’t do this fantasy justice), wailing away on a very fine baby grand over in the corner playing select tunes and diddy’s. No blistering rock and roll and certainly no Marshall amps. The only metal in the house is the fine tableware. Simply elegant musical taste and style expertly played to fit the upbeat mood of the place. It’s quite refreshing. The resident piano master has been doing this job for years around town and knows exactly what to play to fit the clientele. And he does it with a warm smile and twinkle in his eye.
All this comes together – the piano music, the atmosphere, the friendly staff, and of course, the food – to make Lili’s Bistro (http://lilisbistro.com) located at 1310 West Magnolia Avenue in Fort Worth, the place to meet and break bread or relax and wind down. The food is great, the menu is varied, and the prices are comparable to what you would find around town. The Mrs. and I have eaten there several times and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
And that piano master? Well, drop by Lili’s and tell him you read about his exploits at Lili’s on rootshed.com and sure appreciate his talents. After all, he probably honed his musical chops playing in garage bands at some point in his career. Smile. And drop a bill or two in his tip jar. You’ll be glad you did.
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