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Tishomingo's new concert venue ready to shine

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The stage at The Doghouse in Tishomingo is ready for music. (KTEN) The stage at The Doghouse in Tishomingo is ready for music. (KTEN)
The Doghouse doubles the size of Blake Shelton's Ole Red in Tishomingo. (KTEN) The Doghouse doubles the size of Blake Shelton's Ole Red in Tishomingo. (KTEN)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- Construction work is becoming a familiar sight in downtown Tishomingo.

But a project to double the size of Blake Shelton's Ole Red restaurant and music venue is guaranteed to bring in a party.

"We're going to renting it out for private events and corporate events, and it's going to be very versatile," said general manager Charles Haisler. "We'll be able to do lots of different types of events in this space."

The new space, called The Doghouse, is already bringing in big names like Luke Bryan. And it's a payoff for the State of Oklahoma.

J.D. Strong, helped create the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Foundation and serves as its director. 

And that's where Blake Shelton comes in.

"Not only is it awesome Blake Shelton decided to be a founding member of the foundation, but devoting the proceeds from his concerts at his grand opening of The Dog House is just icing on the cake," Strong said.

The OWCF's goal is keeping Oklahoma's land grand while educating future hunters and anglers.

"One of the things Oklahoma is proud of is, we're one of the last states that continues to grow hunting and fishing," Strong explained. "We have such a thriving in-school program teaching that next generation of Oklahomans how to get in the outdoors, hunt, fish, and just enjoy the things that Blake Shelton and I grew up doing in the State of Oklahoma."

The grand opening of The Doghouse is just perfect timing. After months of hard work , what was retail space is now a concert and event venue. And on nice days, the large garage doors on the patio will offer access to the restaurant and retail.

"This has been an amazing experience," Haisler said. "What we're going to be able to do with the park and merging the two together, I think what this is going to become for the community and this part of Oklahoma... I think it's going to be something really special."

Another perk: More jobs for Johnston County. Ole Red plans to hire at least 10 new employees, bringing the total to around 60.

And with plans for more big concerts -- even dances on Saturday nights -- you just never know when Blake Shelton himself might show up at The Doghouse.

"Yeah, sometimes he just walks in the back door, walks up to the bar, and orders a Bloody Mary," Haisler said. "He likes to surprise us."

Shelton will be performing at a sold-out event at The Doghouse on Friday night.

Luke Bryan will be the first to perform on the new stage on Thursday evening.

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