When Greenville’s new venue, The Firmament, missed its projected opening date last October, it looked like co-owner Andrew Peek and partner Chad Hendricks’ concept of opening a midsize venue in the Upstate might not come true. But as it turns out, the 825-capacity, 9,300-square-foot concert hall located in the old Blue Fire Grill location off Woodruff Road just ran into some red tape and construction problems.
“We always knew it was going to happen; we just ran into difficulties with permitting,” Peek says, “then we ran into some contractor issues, but they’ve all been taken care of, and we’re moving forward.”
The Firmament’s grand opening is now scheduled for March 2 and will feature a performance by Southern Avenue, an award-winning blues-soul band from Memphis, Tenn. After that, Peek says, be ready for some surprises.
“We have a stocked-full calendar for March and April,” he says. “We’re going to announce a couple of really impressive shows in the next week or so.”
The venue will have a 30-by-20 stage and a full bar with wine, liquor, and craft beer service and pizzas on the menu, along with what Peek says is one of the best sound systems anywhere.
“This is the supreme system,” he says. “It’s the most advanced tech on the market, and it’s perfect for the room. It’s hard to describe how crisp and clear the sound is going to be; the system can go up to about 140 decibels.”
Peek is having a lot of sleepless nights getting The Firmament ready to open, but he isn’t shy about his goals.
“I think Greenville is in dire need of a midsize music venue,” he says. “There are a lot of other great places around town, and they’re bringing great talent, but I think we need something bigger. We’re going to be Greenville’s Orange Peel.”