Whatever Free Times wants, Free Times gets, apparently. In last week’s cover story, we identified 24 things that we thought could improve Columbia. Among them was a mid-sized concert venue that could attract the types of acts that dot the calendars of regional clubs like Chapel Hill’s Cat’s Cradle and Charleston’s Music Farm.
Well, we might be able to cross one of those off our list: According to documents submitted to the city’s Design/Development Review Commission, Vista bar Tin Roof hopes to renovate the vacant warehouse next to it on Senate Street into a concert hall and beer garden. The proposal is a joint venture between Tin Roof and the team behind Charleston’s Music Farm.
(Actually, the proposed beer garden would knock out two of our wish-list wants. Score!)
The venue would be called The Music Farm at Tin Roof. It would boast an estimated capacity of between 1,200 and 1,500, says Trae Judy of Music Farm Productions, which owns The Music Farm in Charleston. At its biggest estimate, the estimated capacity is almost twice as large as Charleston’s Music Farm; even at its smallest estimate, it’d still be larger than Asheville’s Orange Peel, which has a capacity of about 1,100.
The Music Farm would handle the music booking.
The plan’s contingent on committee approval; because Tin Roof is in the city’s City Center Degisn/Development District, the expansion must meet certain guidelines and stay within certain restrictions. But city staff’s comments in the evaluation sheet don’t seem to express any significant qualms about the plan. The D/DRC approved the proposed plan on Thursday. Construction will start after the new year.
Tin Roof currently hosts live music, typically on weekends, and typically singer-songwriters and bar bands on the small-time Southeastern circuit. But it’s set up temporary stages in its parking lot to host concerts by larger, typically country-leaning acts like Dierks Bentley and Darius Rucker.
The new space would fill a large gap in Columbia’s music scene, which currently lacks a mid-sized venue for touring acts too large for New Brookland Tavern but not large enough for the Township Auditorium or Colonial Life Arena. Many of those acts bypass Columbia for towns like Charleston, Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Asheville and Athens because those cities have the venues to accommodate them. While several medium-sized rooms live on in the long-term memories of scenesters — Elbow Room, Headliners, Senate Park, Huger Street Concert Hall — Columbia’s been without a medium-sized room that consistently books live music since Five Points Pub closed in May.
Too, bringing in an established name like the Music Farm helps establish instant credibility with booking agents, as the Music Farm has ready access to big-name performers. Any act wanting to play Charleston’s Music Farm, an 800-capacity room, could be routed two hours west to the Music Farm’s bigger sister venue.
Judy, who works for the Charleston-based Music Farm but lives in Columbia, says he hopes for the new venue to be open by the summer.
A version of this story first appeared at free-times.com.
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
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