Music

The Long Room Launches Monthly Concert Series, ‘TLR Presents’

Taking Mondays back

A man plays piano in The Long Room while others chat
A look inside The Long Room. (Photo by Toby Shearer)

At the corner of Hawthorne and Central avenues, new(ish) performance and event venue The Long Room is launching a curated monthly music series, TLR Presents, opening the space up to artists who might not otherwise be able to afford to present their work there. 

Since opening in fall 2023 The Long Room has hosted a wide variety of events ranging from weddings and private events to dance performances and album release parties. 

Until now, those events (with the exception of Tango CLT which is run by Long Room proprietors Matt Seneca and Sarah Hayes Harkins) have all been rentals. TLR presents will represent something new for The Long Room: curated programming. 

Local dance and video artist Megan Payne has been working with Seneca and Harkins to curate the new series. “We’ll have a new genre, a new sound each month,” says Payne. “I’m starting this by programming musical acts but we hope eventually to get theatre and dance artists in on the action.” 

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Artists will be invited to use the Long Room free of charge and can set the ticket price point themselves, while the Long Room will take the proceeds from the bar, which serves beer, wine and nonalcoholic beverages. 

The thinking is to take Mondays, traditionally rather dead nights for nightlife and live music, and turn them into something to look forward to with curated programming and admission for all ages. Shows will be early, ending by 11 p.m. at the latest. 

TLR Presents kicks off with local quirk-rock darlings Modern Moxie supported by the slightly more aggressive Petrov on Monday, July 1. 

Asked why she wanted to start the series with Modern Moxie, Payne said, “Firstly, I just love their sound, but also their performances are super energetic, which seemed like a perfect fit for our intimate space. They also have a very faithful following of fans who we want to introduce to The Long Room.

For her part, Modern Moxie frontwoman Madison Lucas said she’s been eager to play at The Long Room since attending a recital for one of her music students. 

“It’s a beautiful space for performances and I’m so happy Megan and The Long Room owners have built an event that supports working musicians,” she said. “Monday nights are normally a slower night for the scene and we’re so excited to bring a new event to the Charlotte community for an early, family-friendly option.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 8, with tickets going for $10. Find them at tinyurl.com/TLRPresents. Follow @thelongroomclt on Instagram for updates on future shows.


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