Bluffton’s Roasting Room caters to music lovers

Around Town

Roasting RoomMUSIC + BOURBON = FUN

How do you take your coffee? Black? Cream and sugar? How about with a piping hot side of local music?

When Josh Cooke opened Corner Perk in 2009, he pictured a cozy café offering food and coffee in a homey atmosphere. After several years of success, he relocated the shop in 2014 to Calhoun Street Promenade in Old Town Bluffton. Friend Jordan Ross convinced him to transform the building’s empty second floor into a soundstage, and Cooke found himself in the music business.

“There are lots of artists in the area who don’t have a good place to play,” Ross said. “We needed a place where original music is really encouraged and celebrated. That was the idea behind The Roasting Room.”

The Roasting Room boasts a full audio backline, as well as in-house lighting and sound crews. It makes Corner Perk the only Bluffton café with its own nightclub — one that is exceeding Ross and Cooke’s expectations.

Roasting Room2“We’ve had a least 10 Grammy Award-winning artists perform,” Cooke said.

Music lovers are drawn to the venue’s intimate, acoustically tuned space. The Roasting Room reflects the spirit of jazz and blues clubs back in the day: There’s a comprehensive selection of bourbon, audience members are there to truly appreciate the performance, and every seat is the best one in the house.

It seems musicians agree. July’s lineup includes bluegrass and comedy band The Cleverlys on July 19, a solo acoustic show by Hannah Wicklund on July 26, and Americana blues and jazz with Seth Walker on July 28, among others.

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