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The Warehouse Moves Downtown

posted Mar 27, 2011, 12:27 PM by Sarah Brehm

There once was a time when Club Fathom, now known as Mosaic, specialized in bringing in national Christian artists and bands. Unfortunately, for the past several years, these concerts have been few, but that is about to change with the addition of Casey Whitaker and The Warehouse.

 

As the former front man for the heavy rock band, Within, Casey discovered he liked the business side of concert promotions. It was this, and his desire to bring good music—“Well, what I consider good music,” said Casey—to Chattanooga, that he opened The Warehouse three years ago in a little strip mall in East Ridge.

 

The tiny venue, with bright red walls covered in cymbals and drumheads signed by the many bands that have passed through, quickly became a popular spot for music-loving teens and twenty-somethings. “It’s their place to fit in and be a part of something,” said Casey.

 

The past three years have been full of fantastic bands, epic guitar solos, stage dives, and a positive atmosphere that reminds patrons God is love. The Warehouse has been involved with charity work for the community. They’ve done can drives and, in conjunction with local churches, including City Church, where Casey attends, have collected blankets for the homeless. And The Warehouse is always willing to do benefit shows to raise money for various causes including non-profit organizations and missionaries.

 

Lots of bands have squeezed into the small space, including Children 18:3, Living Sacrifice, Project 86, The Letter Black, Impending Doom, and Disciple. “The Chariot was a fun band to work with,” said Casey.

 

But with popularity came growing strains. The venue was just too small. “A strip mall isn’t the best place for a club, anyway,” said Casey. The other tenants, who didn’t really understand what The Warehouse was, began complaining. “They think we’re just a bunch of punks,” laughed Casey. It was time to move.

 

Though many in East Ridge are sad to see The Warehouse go, there are advantages to being in this building. One, you can’t beat the location; it’s within walking distance of nearly all popular downtown attractions and restaurants. Second, while the rented space isn’t much bigger than the old place, the main performance hall will provide opportunities to bring bigger tours to Chattanooga.

 

 The walls of Mosaic have listened to numerous bands including The Benjamin Gate, Pillar, Jeremy Camp, tobyMac, Skillet, RED, Justifide, Alter Bridge, Switchfoot, and Kutless. With The Warehouse joining forces with Mosaic, the walls will hear countless more. When asked who his dream band to book was, there was no hesitation. “P.O.D.,” said Casey. Hopefully his dream will come true.

 

For those of you familiar with Mosaic, The Warehouse is renting out the red room, currently painted white. It’s the smaller performance hall upstairs. The entrance for The Warehouse will be the back door, whereas the entrance for non-Warehouse events will be the front door.

 

Come celebrate the grand opening of The Warehouse downtown, Saturday, January 29, 2011. Show starts at 6 p.m. Ten dollars gets you in.

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