By Krista M. Madkins

Killeen Daily Herald

Adults will have a new music venue Saturday when the Crescent Lounge opens its doors for the first time.

The lounge, a business casual club, plans to offer contemporary blues, jazz and big band music during its opening from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday.

The club is aimed at patrons 25 years and older.

"Our reasoning for an exclusive 25 years and older club was based on the response of the people in Killeen and them wanting to have a place to go without all of the fights and to be comfortable," said Contessa Thornton, a public relations representative for the club.

The Swingtime Big Band performs from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

"It will be really refreshing to play more contemporary music compared to playing so much traditional music, such as the waltz," said Steve Pettit, Swingtime's band leader.

They will play big band music with vocalist Katie Wietherspoon, a Harker Heights High School senior. They will also play jazz.

"Comprised of both professional musicians and local music instructors, we play big band, blues, jazz and swing music from the 1930s to present day," said Pettit of the Killeen-based band, which draws musicians from several surrounding cities.

The Crescent Lounge is at 2100 E. Elms Road in Killeen. It will be open seven days a week - from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 2 a.m. Sunday for football. Attire on Sundays is jeans and jerseys; all other days, attire is business casual or dress. The cover charge is $10.

Contact Krista M. Madkins at or (254) 501-7468.

If you go

What: The Crescent Lounge grand opening

When: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday

Where: 2100 E. Elms Road, Killeen

More information: Call Contessa Thornton at (254) 350-8173.

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