Middle C Jazz, a new live music venue and lounge, is gearing up to open next month at 300 South Brevard.
The 4,000-square-foot space is located on the ground floor adjacent to Public House, a new restaurant and bar from the team behind Gin Mill and the old Davidson Street Public House.
Although operating separately, Public House will manage Middle C’s food program, including table service and a menu of small plates.
Construction is currently underway on both venues for a late October opening.
Tickets are on sale now for Middle C shows beginning Oct. 31 with the calendar booked out as far as March 2020.
The 200-seat venue will host local, regional and international artists with performances Thursday through Sunday every week. That includes an evening show on Thursday, two evening shows Friday and Saturday, a brunch performance Sunday morning and local artists on Sunday evening.
Opening week shows include:
- Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet – Oct. 31 at 7:15 p.m., Nov. 1 at 7:15 and 9:30 p.m., Nov. 2 at 10 p.m.
- Maria Howell – Nov. 2 at 7:15 and 8:30 p.m.
- Matthew Postle – Nov. 7 at 7:15 p.m., Nov. 8 at 7:15 p.m., Nov. 9 at 7:15 p.m.
Middle C sales and marketing director Katie Rothweiler says they also plan to roll out programming for the front patio so patrons can enjoy music inside and out.
Tickets are priced on a sliding scale depending on the artists and fall in the $10 to $50 range. Middle C is also offering an annual membership option with perks that include early seating, discounted hotel rates, free parking (subject to availability), three-day pre-sale access and four guest ticket vouchers. The “Baby Grand” membership is currently available at a pre-opening price of $300 (reg. $450).
The project comes from established local music entrepreneur Larry Farber and his son Adam, a commercial real estate broker.
Larry is well known in the music scene regionally and beyond. A longtime executive with EastCoast Entertainment, he opened the booking agency’s Charlotte office in 1986. In 2007, he created Music with Friends, a members-only club that hosts music legends at McGlohon Theater for exclusive performances not open to the public. Past performers include Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson and Sheryl Crow.
Jonathan Gellman, former owner of Jonathan’s Uptown, a jazz club that closed in the early 90s, will manage the club.
A number of live music venues have closed in recent years including the Chop Shop in NoDa, Tremont Music Hall in South End and Elizabeth’s Double Door Inn.
“It’s been really hard on the arts community,” says Rothweiler of the closings. But she’s eager to open a new stage for performance opportunities. “What we’re going to bring is a little different than what Charlotte has had in the past.”
Rothweiler says Charlotte hasn’t had a dedicated jazz club since Gellman’s closed back in 1993.
When it comes to existing live jazz in Uptown you’ll find it at The Imperial as well as the Ritz-Carlton’s lobby K Lounge, both regular stops for award-winning local saxophonist Harvey Cummings. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art also hosts a monthly Jazz at the Bechtler series featuring the Ziad Jazz Quartet.