MEET ME AT THE ROCK! THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG AT O.P. ROCKWELL
Scott Thomson created a three-story “music emporium” and event space on upper Main Street, a sort of community center/art gallery/private club/listening room mash-up. “Everything is better with music,” says Thomson. “I wanted to bring locals back to Main Street by providing a variety of events that span all ages.”Situated in the center of bustling Main Street’s action, the top floor is an office club and home to entrepreneurs who share ideas and a community office space. It also doubles as the Green Room for visiting artists performing downstairs. The underground level houses O.P. Rockwell’s, a cocktail lounge and music hall tucked into a historic space rich in history and character, an intersection of western frontier and Victorian luxe that’s perfect for staging larger concerts or private events.
OPR was one of the locations for this past year’s Park City Songwriters’ Festival a stellar line-up of multiple award-winning artists from Nashville to New Orleans, Austin to LA. Guests were wowed by John Popper of Blues Traveler, Marc Broussard, Anders Osbourne, Rita Wilson, Earl Bud Lee and others. A percentage of the festival’s proceeds were donated to Anders Osbourne’s “Send Me a Friend” organization and the Grammy’s “Music Cares” group.
The new Rockwell Listening Room, situated on the middle floor of the building just above street level, is Thomson’s pride and joy. By day, it’s an open environment adjacent to STOKED Roasters + Coffeehouse. Anyone is welcome to curl up on comfy couches or gather at group tables surrounded by modern art by J GO Gallery. Meet at the Rockwell Listening Room for comedy nights and pop-up events like “Nashville Unplugged,” an acoustic singer/songwriter series, where country music’s most successful songwriters will share the stories behind their songs made famous by top-selling artists.
One visit to “The Rock” and you will see that Thomson is making his dream a reality.
“I always wanted this building to rumble, to reverberate with music, I’m trying to do really cool stuck with really cool people.” Thomson says.
by Corinne Humphrey