Music With Friends Club Draws Big Stars to Small Venues

Nashville is the new home to a private music social club where members pay a premium price to see top artists give three performances per year at an intimate venue in town.

The first performance for the new club, called Music With Friends, was on Monday and featured Diana Ross at the new CMA Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Music With Friends founder Larry Farber, a music industry veteran from Charlotte, N.C., said members pay a one-time permanent seat fee of $500 and then $1,500 annually in exchange for three shows that feature a preshow cocktail party and a post-concert event.

As of Monday, Music With Friends had garnered 400 members in Nashville using a word-of-mouth marketing strategy featuring in-home events at the homes of prominent Middle Tennessee residents.

Music With Friends started in Charlotte in 2007 and expanded to Charleston, S.C., in 2010.

“I had a dream to create a music club, if you will, a country club for music lovers,” Farber said.

After the program’s first year, the approximately 660 seats in the Charlotte venue have been sold out, as have about 420 seats for the Charleston club. The CMA Theater, where the plan is to hold all the Nashville shows, seats 777, Farber said.

“You want to give fans the chance to see artists like Diana Ross, Willie Nelson, major acts at a small venue they otherwise wouldn't play,” Farber said.

By NATE RAU / The Tennessean :: View Entire Article

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

Want to join? Membership information is available here.

NASHVILLE NEWS

Music With Friends Club Draws Big Stars to Small Venues

Music With Friends Club Expands to Nashville

CHARLOTTE NEWS

World Class Acts do Private Shows for 'Friends' Only

Music with Friends Featured on News Channel 36

CHARLESTON NEWS

Doobie Brothers Takin' it to the Dock Street

Concert Review: Earth, Wind and Fire Turned Charleston into a Boogie Wonderland

Local Venture Gets You Up Close and Personal with Music Legends

Music With Friends Club Draws Big Stars to Small Venues

Nashville is the new home to a private music social club where members pay a premium price to see top artists give three performances per year at an intimate venue in town.

The first performance for the new club, called Music With Friends, was on Monday and featured Diana Ross at the new CMA Theater inside the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Music With Friends founder Larry Farber, a music industry veteran from Charlotte, N.C., said members pay a one-time permanent seat fee of $500 and then $1,500 annually in exchange for three shows that feature a preshow cocktail party and a post-concert event.

As of Monday, Music With Friends had garnered 400 members in Nashville using a word-of-mouth marketing strategy featuring in-home events at the homes of prominent Middle Tennessee residents.

Music With Friends started in Charlotte in 2007 and expanded to Charleston, S.C., in 2010.

“I had a dream to create a music club, if you will, a country club for music lovers,” Farber said.

After the program’s first year, the approximately 660 seats in the Charlotte venue have been sold out, as have about 420 seats for the Charleston club. The CMA Theater, where the plan is to hold all the Nashville shows, seats 777, Farber said.

“You want to give fans the chance to see artists like Diana Ross, Willie Nelson, major acts at a small venue they otherwise wouldn't play,” Farber said.

By NATE RAU / The Tennessean :: View Entire Article

Posted on Oct 31, 2013

Want to join? Membership information is available here.