ABOUT THE MOON
Opened April 24, 1985
For over 35 years, The Moon has been Tallahassee’s premier variety showcase for entertainment and community events. The Moon was designed for event diversity and flexibility. The Moon is Tallahassee’s Community Arts Center.
In 1985, it was unheard of to have a concert/nightclub venue switch from country to hip-hop on back-to-back nights. The Moon opened with a pop-rock group The Producers, and within three weeks hosted “non-smoking” Dance Nights, a classical performance by Leonidas Lipovetsky, jazz with Sypro Gyro, country with John Anderson, R&B with The Manhattans, and Big Band by Guy Lombardo. The Moon has not stopped presenting all genres of entertainment and community benefits since.
The Moon has been home to such headliners as Dionne Warwick, Hall & Oats, The Temptations, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine, Joe Cocker, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, The Judds, Billie Dean, Jimmy Buffet, BB King, George Clinton, Skrillex, T-Pain, Tab Benoit, Gregg Allman, Derek Trucks, and Susan Tedeschi, Jeezy, J. Cole, Future, Widespread Panic, Red Hot Chili Peppers, JJ Grey, and Mofro, The Ramones, and hundreds more. Florida State University Student Campus Entertainment has presented over 350 concerts
In addition to our diverse programming of events, hundreds of benefits have been hosted at the Moon, including fundraisers, galas, and events for worthy causes throughout our region. Some of the long-running charitable organizations that have hosted their benefit events at The Moon include; Carmen Cummings Sickle Cell Gala, The Pyramid Players, Big Bend Cares, Big Bend Hospice, Alzheimer’s Benefit, City Church services, St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Word of South Festival, Lloyd Music Festival, The Urban League Gala, Capital City Press Skits, Tom Joyner Live Shows, The American Red Cross, Legislative Black Caucus, Habitat for Humanity, Fraternal Order of Police, FAMU Annual Homecoming Alumni Galas, The Governor’s Inaugural Ball and many more.
For 35 years and counting, the Tallahassee community has been involved with and benefited from The Moon.
The Moon was designed, funded, and has been operated by Scott Carswell since 1984 when he arranged for the purchase of a closed A&P Grocery store located at 1105 East Lafayette St. and began development. Since 1988 when Scott and Julie married, the operations have been managed by both as general managers and co-owners.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, The Moon was ordered closed by Executive Order on March 17, 2020. Much deferred maintenance had accrued over the decades of high use that could not be conducted while still maintaining operations. The owners, Scott and Julie Carswell, made the thoughtful and measured decision to make extensive renovations while The Moon was forced to shut down all events with public attendance. Renovations were budgeted and approved immediately by The Carswells who own the Moon land and building and their primary lender, The First Bank. Renovations began the week following the shutdown order.
The Carswells, along with most others, thought then that the pandemic would end, and the Country/World would be back to normal in a few months. That assumption has not proven correct. The Moon has remained closed to the public since March 14 and will not open until governmental authorization to do so, and most important that the general public supports attending events again.
We are six (6) months into this shutdown, and no one knows when or what the reopening will look like for assembly operators like The Moon.
Since closing in March, The Moon installed a new roof, new floors, new production booth converting from analog to digital, the addition of a TV broadcast suite with fiber-optic lines for live streaming and TV broadcast. The Moon had a professional, thorough cleaning from the ceiling to baseboards, including removing all equipment from the two large catering kitchens. These kitchens were cleaned, equipment repaired or replaced, painted, and rebuilt. The Moon is in the final phase of renovations. All that remains to be completed are the main bathrooms that were removed and rebuilt from the brick walls out, with new tile floors and walls, new lighting, new fixtures and toilets, new partitions, granite top counters, and under-mount sinks. The overall expenditure to date is over $300,000.
The Moon is positioned to uniquely serve Tallahassee during these times of limited attendance required by social distancing and Covid-19 regulations.
The Moon has produced for broadcast, two (2) Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra performances, and a Southern Shakespeare Company performance since the Covid restrictions. Neither one had audience participation.
For live audiences, The Moon has an open seating format. Meaning, there are no fixed seats. Each event is set up according to the needs of the event. The open seating format allows The Moon to set the room up with table seating, all socially distanced by a minimum of 6 feet, for an audience of 400. Table seating for 400 is well below the Moon fire capacity of 1,500.
The Moon has been contracted by the Tallahassee Ballet to host its September event, and LeMoyne Art for the annual Arts & Soul Celebration in October, 2020. Both of these events are considering audience participation. Both will be produced for live broadcast and live streamed over the Moon network. Many other community events like this are planned.
Ongoing discussions are underway with Florida State University Opening Nights regarding the use of the venue for many events for the late 2020 – 2021 season.
Main Room: 21,000 sq. ft – Four levels with five main bars
Silver Moon Lounge: 2,300 sq ft. – Two levels with one main bar
Main Room: 1,500; Seating for 900.
Silver Moon Lounge: 200; Seating for 126
Parking: 100 on-site; 800 across the street.
Production: In house Sound, lighting & video with full production staff.
Dressing rooms: 1 w/full bathroom
Catering: Full kitchen w/staff if needed. Clients are welcome to use their own caterer if the caterer is insured and licensed.