The beloved music venue Music Farm has a new name.
Tin Roof, the lease-holder of the Music Farm, has renamed the venue The Senate and plans to expand booked events by 30 percent in the next few years, a release said Tuesday.
And the bands forthcoming are a sign of things to come: by Will Hoge, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Lauv and more. The 1,200-capacity live entertainment venue, located next door to Tin Roof on Senate Street in The Vista district in downtown Columbia, South Carolina, features state-of-the-art audio-visual capabilities, a variety of hospitality offerings, and an outdoor bar and patio.
View venue details and schedule for The Senate by clicking here. Here are some of the upcoming acts:
Hot Chicken Fest with Will Hoge, June 23, free
June Jam Party with 97.5 WCOS, Wednesdays in June
Papadosio with Higher Learning, Sept. 2
Shooter Jennings, Sept. 9
Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Sept. 14
Descendents, Sept. 16
Neckdeep, Sept. 18
Old 97s, Sept. 21
Jump, Little Children, Sept. 22
Future Islands, Sept. 26
Lauv with Charlotte Lawrence, Nov. 5
Tin Roof, The Senate and their adjacent shared parking lot, which has accommodated crowds of up to 2,500 guests for open-air concerts by artists like Luke Bryan and Blues Traveler, have become known collectively as downtown Columbia’s “Live Music Block.”
Tin Roof and Music Farm both have been awarded the “Best Live Music” honor numerous times in local readers’ polls.
“We share the community’s enthusiasm about this venue, which has made a huge impact on the Columbia entertainment scene since opening in 2014,” Tin Roof CEO Bob Franklin said. “In transitioning the venue from the Music Farm brand to its own distinct, standalone identity as The Senate and bringing in AEG Presents and Madison Entertainment as partners, we intend to continue to grow Columbia’s standing as a destination for national touring bands.”
“In 2014, we felt there was a void in concert options between the smaller venues and the larger arenas in the Columbia market,” Franklin said. “At that time, the right move was to partner with the Music Farm team from Charleston for booking and management. Now, we believe the time is right to give Columbia its own concert venue brand, The Senate. We intend to leverage our national relationships as well as those of AEG Presents and Madison Entertainment to build an even more robust event and concert calendar going forward.”
All currently announced shows at the Music Farm will continue as planned at The Senate. All tickets purchased through Music Farm will still be valid for entry with no required further actions needed by purchasers.
Trae Judy, who had been co-managing booking and promotions for Music Farm Columbia since 2014, says, “I am thankful for the opportunity Tin Roof gave us to bring the Farm to Columbia. Together, we brought a fresh breath of air to the music scene. I look forward to seeing the scene here thrive as downtown Columbia continues to grow.”
The Staff Remains the Same
Current staff leadership will remain in place during and after the transition. Derrick Osborne, who has been general manager at Tin Roof & Music Farm Columbia since moving to Columbia in Summer 2017, will continue as general manager of Tin Roof & The Senate. Osborne has been with Tin Roof since 2011. Matt Buck, production manager at Music Farm Columbia, will continue in that role at The Senate, assuming additional venue management responsibilities as well. Stacee Freeman will continue to manage private event bookings for The Senate.
Enter “Disco Load Out,” Weekly Friday & Saturday Night Dance Party
In addition to an increased focus on concert bookings, The Senate is introducing Disco Load Out, a new weekend late-night, post-concert dance party at the venue.
“We want The Senate to be an active part of the community with concerts of all genres, events by private renters and community groups, local music & opportunities for people who are just looking for another fun spot to hang out and dance in the Vista on a Friday or Saturday night,” Franklin said.