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October 26, 2011

Do you like this?

Hooters Girls and the music of Foreigner blasting from a sound system are not what you’d expect to find in the former home of a Baptist church just off Main Street downtown on Rossville Avenue. But the hip new high priest of what’s become known simply as The Church on Main Street has a different flock in mind for the old abbey.

“This place is going to rock,” says Jonathan Mark, the Boston-bred musician, concert producer, consultant and of late, the impresario behind the unnamed entertainment complex set to shake loose the gothic foundation of the Southside sanctuary.

On a recent weekday afternoon following a photo shoot (Mark’s partner, photographer Robert Morris, uses the space as a studio and has just finished photographing a gaggle of Atlanta Hooters Girls), Mark is stalking the floor of the former church with the excitement of Jack Nicholson (to whom he bears more than a passing resemblance) at a Lakers’ game, pointing out the space’s unique ambiance and reeling off a Who’s Who of Classic Rock list of potential performers.

Mark is the latest entrepreneur set on expanding Chattanooga’s underserved concert-going audience with a new venue he hopes will attract the a distinctly different crowd from his neighbors down the street at Track 29. “I love Track 29,” he says, “but this is going to be a completely different experience.”

“Experience” is key to Mark’s plans.

“This is not a club,” he says emphatically. “We’re creating an entertainment experience unlike anything Chattanooga has seen.”

At least once a month when the venue opens early next year, Mark expects to bring such classic rock icons as Peter Frampton, Greg Lake and Supertramp to the intimate confines of the historic temple, which dates to 1903. He also hopes to book local bands to open for the legends and will rent the space for private parties and weddings.

For top-dollar tickets, fans will be treated to a catered dinner, open bar and the opportunity to hang out with rock royalty before the stars turn in a private concert. The space will house a state-of-the-art sound system and feature a VIP loft.  Mark likens the expected experience to that of booking a popular musician to play your house party.

“How often do you get to party with Peter Frampton?” Mark asks.

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October 26, 2011

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Are You Kidding Me

"are you kidding me?

No way. Too loud. Do they realize that people with young school children live in this neighborhood? I do not want my neighborhood to turn into the city's night life entertainment district, thank you very much. Myself and a whole lot of other local residents will fight this to the ground. It will not happen.

Posted by Angela Sweet December 04, 2011 10:18:47 "


If you were concerned with a neighborhood , you shouldn't have to that part of town .. We need all the investment and business we can get in that area..

I would be more concerned about my safety than a little noise from some old Rock n Rollers

Soddy Bottoms more than 2 years ago

Turn it Up

They will need a lot of power to overcome the blaring sirens of the Fire Station next door. It seems that everyone is glad that somebody rehabilitates a condemnable building until they start to use it for a business, which might make a little noise, increase traffic, etc.-- all the annoyances of a thriving community. Lots of Luck on this one!

Buster Brick more than 2 years ago

are you kidding me?

No way. Too loud. Do they realize that people with young school children live in this neighborhood? I do not want my neighborhood to turn into the city's night life entertainment district, thank you very much. Myself and a whole lot of other local residents will fight this to the ground. It will not happen.

Angela Sweet more than 2 years ago

Worship of Mammon

It is quite telling that church buildings across the country are turned into venues such as this. The price was right, not for an honest group of Christians, but for entrepreneurs who are ready to take advantage of the latest gentrification efforts. This is very sad to see and I pray it is the only temple to take such an unfortunate journey in our area.

Fr Daniel Talley more than 2 years ago

Congratulations

Can't wait to play in Chattanooga. Been a long time since we have seen each other. See you in 2012. Always.. PC

Paul Carrack more than 2 years ago

Location, location, location.

Although another music venue seems appealing, and gives people things to do, many of chattanooga's music seekers forget that this is a neighborhood where people have lived for more than a hundred years. The neighborhood has had its ups and downs throughout its history. Stinky chicken plants have placed themselves here with no concern for the natives. What is the difference with the music venues blaring music till 3:00 in the morning.

Kerrick johnson more than 2 years ago

Coda.. Southside Venue

Thanks Adam.. Love your input and Track 29..

Jonathan Mark more than 2 years ago

Music Culture

This is a fantastic building and a great use. More quality venues in Chattanooga only helps build an exciting music culture. This should be a nice addition to that cause.

Who knows, maybe Main Street can become the music corridor of Chattanooga?

Adam Kinsey more than 2 years ago

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