The Music Farm is up for sale after a tough year without loud concerts or late-night bar sales, but owners of the 30-year-old club are hoping it will remain a place where Charlestonians can see live music.
But, no deal has been inked yet.
“At this point, no one has signed on the dotted line, but we’re committed to keeping it as the Music Farm,” owner Jerry Scheer told the City Paper. “There’s no furniture store, there’s no restaurant or anything like that. [We] just want to keep it as the Music Farm.”
The Music Farm opened in its original location on East Bay Street in 1991 before moving to Ann Street in 1993.
Pandemic-induced restrictions on gatherings and operating hours have put an indefinite pause on the city’s normally vibrant live music scene. Clubs that also sell food have shifted operations, but many indoor venues have remained closed until very recently.
Scheer did not disclose the names of the companies vying for the Farm, but he said they work in the music industry and plan to keep the Music Farm as a music venue.
“I think we’ve got two very strong groups that understand the philosophy [of the Music Farm],” he said. “These are strong, viable groups that have a lot of strong history in the music business. It’ll only enhance the current Music Farm.”
The deal is estimated to be complete in January, but there is no deadline for the sale. Scheer and his partner Mark Cumins will continue to own the Music Farm building.