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The Bruce Manor

College student’s home becomes a popular musical venue for local and traveling bands.

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Josh Landis:

Check, Check.

Music plays

Mike Jones:

I would define The Bruce Manor as, really a community space for local bands and out of town acts. So it’s really just an open space for anybody wanting to get involved with the Athens Community. A lot of people know where it is. Putting out flyers you don’t always have to put the address of The Manor. You can just say “The Bruce Manor” and people show up.

People talking in the background

Mike Jones:

So they come to our house and then afterwards they’re able to socialize. They don’t have to pay for beer, they can bring they’re own or they don’t even have to drink and it’s just a very open, friendly environment.

People Singing:

Put ‘em in a longboat ‘till he’s sober. Put ‘em in a longboat ‘till he’s sober. Put ‘em in a longboat till he’s sober early in the morning. Yo ho…

Mike Jones:

We’re very open to people who we’ve never met before. This one man, Cricket, he came to our house for a couple shows because we let his dog into our house and not a lot of venues allow animals. The concept of a DIY house venue is (music stats to play in the background) you don’t have to pay to go see your favorite band, you’re just going there to give them the money for they’re CD that you want. The way we run The Manor is donation-based. All those donations go to out-of-town bands that are traveling in for gas money and for food. There is definitely a different feel when you have a house show verses if you go see a show at a bar. But when you’re here, you’re in our living room. You know, you’re in our basement. I kind of see a house show as they’re getting their instruments and they’re gonna play you a couple songs. They want you to listen to the music and you want to be there listening to it. So, I think it’s a lot more personal than having to go to a bar.

Music raises, people cheer and clap

Josh Landis:

Thanks a lot for coming out to the basement of The Manor.

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The Bruce Manor