We’re excited to announce that The Jive Mill has a home!
We’ve been wanderlust vagabonds for the last four years (and don’t get us wrong, we’ll still be traveling and putting together the best house concerts around), but a permanent space allows us the ability to host bigger, better shows, with less reliance on dinner time. This has always been where we’ve been headed. And for us, it’s a dream come true.
With an education in music business and internships under my belt with artists and a publishing company in Nashville, TN, landing in Rochester (and extreme student debt) put a halt on things. Yet we quickly found there is a thriving music scene in Rochester that is swelling with a need to expand – and we saw an opportunity we couldn’t refuse to breathe life into.
We’re excited to offer Rochester a music first listening room venue. What you get when you come to The Jive Mill is great music, always. That’s the promise we strive to make and believe we have delivered every time we’ve put on a show in the past. Music first also means this will be different from many other venues – it’s not a restaurant or bar that has music to draw customers. At The Jive Mill it’s music first, and music at the center. (This also means that to start we won’t sell coffee, food, drinks, etc – though we will get creative and offer these for events when possible.)
We’re also excited to have a space that can also be used during the days and off-nights for whatever you can imagine: visual art gallery, meeting space, seminars, theater, and more! Art in rochester is going somewhere and we hope it’s The Jive Mill.
Our grand opening will be the weekend of June 16th. Good Morning Bedlam and Root River Jam will be headlining Friday the 16th, with more fun throughout the weekend. More updates for this event and others before and after are coming soon, so keep an eye out.
A sincere thanks to everyone who made this possible – it’s a remarkable thing that’s happening and we have not done it alone. A special thanks to Chris who moved us to Rochester and instilled an entrepreneur’s spirit in me, Josh who has jumped in, both feet first, with us in this endeavor, and Carsten who just does lights and sound, but who’s job description reads simply “other duties as assigned.”
(We’ve been working hard the last few months to get this up and running – see some photos below of the process.)