A Rock Hill band has launched an online fundraising campaign to try to raise the $65,000 needed to buy Firewater 110 – formerly called The Money – on Cherry Road across from Winthrop University.
The music venue closed last month after owner David Kiser said he needed to spend more time with his family and working at his full-time job as an engineer.
The bar and music nightclub opened in the 1960s as Daddy’s Money and was later called The Money before a 2012 name change to Firewater 110.
Tattermask, a local band, wants to keep the music venue open and change its name again to “Rock Thrill Music Hall.”
Band member Amanda Caines says if Rock Hill officials and the two local colleges want a “college town,” then keeping a live music venue open for students and the community will help them achieve that goal.
A Northwestern High School, Winthrop and York Technical College graduate, Caines remembers going to The Money at age 18.
In 2008, Tattermask played its first show at The Money.
Holding on to the venue to keep it from becoming a pizza restaurant, or something other than a place for live music, has sentimental meaning, she said.
A safe place to listen to live music, Caines said, is also meaningful to a community that wants to grow into a “college town.”
The effort to raise money through gofundme.com started on Thursday. By Saturday afternoon, the band had raised $250.
The chance to give money to the campaign to “Save Firewater 110 for live music” ends on Thursday .
Those who donate to the band’s effort receive “rewards” such as a year-long membership to the club, meet and greet events with visiting bands and free entry to some shows.
If the $65,000 goal is not reached, Caines said donors will get their money back and there’s a good chance someone will try to open a restaurant in the space.
If the group succeeds in buying the club, she said partnerships with the city of Rock Hill, Winthrop and York Tech will be the most important aspect of the business.
The music hall will “bend over backwards” to fit into the plan for turning the Cherry Road corridor into a “college town” space, she said.
“Every good college town has a live music scene,” Caines said.
Marketing will be important to get students out of the “Winthrop bubble,” she said, or find a way for the music hall to “get into the bubble.”
For information, visit www.gofundme.com/RockThrillMusicHall.
Anna Douglas • 803-329-4068