Music Farm (music venue)
|Address||32 Ann St.|
|Location||Charleston, South Carolina|
|Owner||John Ellison and Marshall Lowe|
The ' original ' Music Farm opened in April, 1991 on East Bay Street. From his experience as a musician and as a member of a band that had toured the Southeast, Kevin Wadley wanted a venue that focused on music, not just another nightclub. Wadley originated the name and concept for Music Farm. He asked Carter McMillan to partner in the business, whose background in radio and promotion enabled them to create a dynamic nightspot which quickly became known throughout the Southeast as "the place" to hear good music.
In the summer of 1998, the Music Farm was sold to Craig Comer, Rydich Lynch and Yates Dew.
Music Farm Charleston had Phish in '91 Athens GA's Widespread Panic in '92, Virginia's Dave Matthews Band in '93, UK's Bush in '95, Chapel Hill NC's Ben Folds Five in '95, Florida's Marilyn Manson in '96, Mighty Mighty Bosstones in '96, Weezer in '97, Cracker in '97, Florida's Creed in '98, Kid Rock in '98, Atlanta's Collective Soul in '99, P.O.D. in '99.
In the 2000s, Music Farm hosted in '00: 311, Florida's Less Than Jake, 3 Doors Down, Warren Zevon (d.2003), Toronto's Our Lady Peace, Papa Roach, Blues Traveler, Charleston's Blue Dogs; in '01: OK Go, Canada's Finger Eleven, O.A.R., Iggy Pop the "Godfather of Punk"; in '03: Umphrey's McGee, Evanescence, Zoso (Led Zep tribute band); in '04: My Chemical Romance; in '05: Chicago's Chevelle, Charleston's Jump, Little Children, Lifehouse, Chapin SC's Iron & Wine, Nashville's Kings of Leon; in '06: Jonas Brothers; in '07: Charleston's Band of Horses, Switchfoot, Charlotte's Avett Brothers, New Orleans' Mutemath, Slightly Stoopid, Charleston's The Working Title; in '08: Wu-Tang Clan, Seneca SC's Needtobreathe, Greenville's Nile, NYC's The Bravery, Florida's A Day to Remember; in '09: Halestorm, Charlotte's Paper Tongues, Flyleaf, Colbie Caillat; in 2010: Owl City
The ' original ' Music Farm opened in April, 1991, on East Bay Street. From his experience as a musician and as a member of a band that had toured the Southeast, Kevin Wadley wanted a venue that focused on music, not just another nightclub. Wadley originated the name and concept for Music Farm. He asked Carter McMillan to partner in the business, whose background in radio and promotion enabled them to create a dynamic nightspot which quickly became known throughout the Southeast as "the place" to hear good music.
- The Music Farm marks 15 years at the center of Charleston's Music Scene
- Concert promoters hope to grow success at renovated Music Farm
In late September 2007 the Music Farm was purchased by John Ellison of Charlotte, NC and Marshall Lowe of Charleston, SC. Ellison, who also owns Amos' Southend in Charlotte and Lowe, one-third of the promotional company All In Entertainment, have made several renovations to the club including the addition of a new sound and lighting system, an expansion the balcony, and a complete remodeling of the bathrooms. The club underwent a month of renovation and reopened on Oct 28th with The Avett Brothers.
The Music Farm in Columbia, SC opened in September 2014 (4 years ago) on Senate St. In 2014 it hosted Corey Smith (from GA), Washed Out (from GA), Hunter Hayes, The Revivalists, Sister Hazel (from Gainesville), Pop Evil, Atlas Road Crew (from Cola.), Sevendust (from ATL), Breathe Carolina, O.A.R., Bone Thugs-N-Harmony (from Cleveland), and Chevelle. In 2015 it hosted G-Eazy, Brett Eldredge, Waka Flocka Flame (from ATL), Hollywood Undead, The Movement (from Cola.), Vanilla Ice, Migos (from ATL), Butch Walker (from ATL), Yelawolf, Toro y Moi (from Cola.), Raekwon & Ghostface Killa, American Authors and Andy Grammar, Against Me!, Hinder, Young the Giant, 10 Years with Nonpoint, Kaleo, Collective Soul (from ATL), Slightly Stoopid, Big K.R.I.T., Mystikal and Juvenile, Third Eye Blind, Kevin Gates, Parmalee (from NC), and Jump, Little Children (from Charleston). In 2016 it hosted Saving Abel, Ying Yang Twins (from ATL), The Wailers, Cowboy Mouth, Corinne Bailey Rae, Blue October, Trevor Hall (from Hilton Head), and Nappy Roots. In 2017, it hosted Atlanta rapper 21 Savage, Cold War Kids, JoJo, UK's Flux Pavilion, J. Cole (from NC), Umphrey's McGee, Judah & the Lion, Manchester Orchestra (from ATL), Spoon, Matisyahu, Florida's New Found Glory, Susto from Charleston, and lots of classic rock tribute bands (to Led Zep, Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Police, Prince, Chili Peppers, 311, Foo Fighters, Nirvana, Georgia's Widespread Panic, etc.). In 2018, it hosted St. Paul & The Broken Bones (from Alabama), In this Moment with P.O.D., a chili cookoff in February, Flogging Molly, Diplo, BANFF Mountain Film Festival, and All Time Low (from Maryland).
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