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Ransom Pub and Event Venue continues efforts to support local musicians | mountain weather

BOONE – Ransom Pub and Event Venue share their efforts to revive the music scene in the community while making it more accessible to people of all ages.

Ransom was founded in 2018 and the building houses the Ransom Pub, Ransom Coffee and Wine to Water. Their mission “to love and serve (the) city by consistently delivering exceptional food, uncompromising hospitality, and meaningful community experiences” shifted to a focus on live music since August 2021.

General Manager Wesley Scheffield, Assistant Manager Noah Schoenacher, and Director of Reservations and Sound Coordinator Sam Huntly, along with other Ransom staff members worked to make the space welcoming to artists and patrons.

“I feel like Ransom overall is a very inclusive place, like we really like having all demographics here. Sharing the space and sharing the music for anyone and everyone is what’s so great about that,” Schoenacher said. “I think Ransom is a place where everyone can just congregate and enjoy the music, that’s really what we’re trying to work towards.

Schoenacher and Scheffield have shared their experience with people coming from other parts of North Carolina and other states to play and listen to live music in Boone. The team believes that this art tourism will be good for the local economy if the city increases its support for musicians.

“(Live music) could really boost the economy. Like people come to eat at restaurants, shop in stores,” Schoenacher said. “It really brings Boone’s music scene culture to life. And it’s not just a scene, it’s definitely a culture, it’s art that we produce. I think that’s very important, especially at times like now. I think art outlets are really important to people.

Currently, Ransom hosts live music performances two to three times a week while also offering other events, such as karaoke and trivia nights. In the future, the company hopes to establish a more professional organization for musicians.

“My long-term vision would be to have bands here every weekend, Friday and Saturday, whether it’s local bands or bigger names,” Schoenacher said. “We want to work to get a stage, a good lighting system and a good sound system. “

Schoenacher said he believed that if legislation allowed larger shows without worrying about noise, Boone’s music scene would grow more. He believes the city should support musicians because they have the potential to succeed in the industry.

“The music scene here has produced some of the best artists of the generation,” Schoenacher said. “Like Rainbow Kitten Surprise, they started out in the same house show scene as all those other bands, Nude Party are one of the most influential blues bands of their generation – so is Luke Combs.”

The team shared their belief in the importance of creative spaces and outlets in the community. They believe that everyone should be able to enjoy live music and feel welcome.

“Live music is so much better than anything out there… These kinds of physical spaces are important to communities in general. When you don’t have authentic art in a community, you simply have fewer creative outlets. So to provide a creative outlet in any way is pretty cool,” Scheffield said. “It’s something that’s not just a college-age thing.”

Sheffield hopes to see the music scene continue to grow and continue to provide opportunities for connection in the community.

“It makes Boone better that there is an active art scene here. And this shouldn’t be seen as just a college thing… Last weekend we met someone who moved from Nashville to Boone because of what’s going on here,” Scheffield said. “It gives us a connection to other places and other people.”