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 A full list of events can be viewed on www.moonevents.com.
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 from the Governor of Florida 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 began the week following the shutdown order.
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. Main lobby bathrooms were demolished and rebuilt, with new tile floors and walls, new lighting, new fixtures and toilets, new partitions, granite top counters, and under-mount sinks.
Between May 2020 and April 2021, The Moon has produced over 25 live events broadcast on TV, live stream and/or zoom meetings. Most with none to very limited audience participation. The Moon has presented over 20 live performances with audiences limited to under 30% capacity. As of April 5, 2021, over 30 live events are presently scheduled between April 2021 and March 2022.
For live audiences, The Moon has an open seating format. 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.
Florida State University Opening Nights has selected The Moon as its primary venue for their entire 2020 – 2021 and beginning 2022 season.
The Moon is the host venue for all rehearsals and performances of the Tallahassee Youth Orchestra.
The Moon is positioned to uniquely serve Tallahassee during these times of limited attendance required by social distancing and Covid-19 regulations.