“This isn’t about us putting on concerts,” organizer says,
“we want to really connect with the community.”
Damien Allen and his father want to see a drug and alcohol-free music venue in Jasper that will eventually bring in touring acts from across the country. Make your donation at
Anyone who has lived in Pickens has heard the complaint play like a broken record – “We like it here, but there’s nothing for kids to do in this town.”
Damien Allen was one of those kids. He grew up near Nelson. He went to PHS and he now lives in town with his wife and two-year-old son.
But Allen – who has been putting on concerts and shows with his father since 2008 at a skate park in Ellijay and later at “The Box” at Cool Springs Baptist Church in Tate – wants to raise enough money to start a Christ-based music venue geared towards teens and college age students, eventually reaching out to a broader demographic.
“It is Christ-based and we want it to be manned as a ministry,” said Allen, whose father and mother are youth leaders at Cools Springs Baptist. “But we want acceptance for everybody. We want people to come hang out no matter what their beliefs.”
The Allens maintain the same ideals for bands they’d like to book at the venue. Rules of the house are you don’t have to be a Christian band, but profanity and negative lyrics would not be allowed.
Ideally they want to locate in a downtown Jasper facility with the capacity to hold 300-750 people. Allen says this will not only give kids something to do, but will also help the downtown community at the same time.
“The goal is to provide the youth of Pickens and surrounding counties with a safe, positive environment to hang out and enjoy great music and meet new people,” Allen said, “but we also want to provide additional revenue to local businesses by bringing people in for larger concerts instead of our locals making the trek to Atlanta or surrounding cities.”
Allen and his father have launched a fundraising campaign on Indiegogo.com for their venue, which they named “The Path,” and are in the process of registering it as a 501(c)3. They want to raise $20,000 by late April.
If you visit indiegogo.com and search for “The Path,” Allen has a detailed breakdown of where that money will be spent. You can make a donation there, with various “perks” being offered for different sponsorship levels.
Allen said he would also offer up the venue to other organizations in the community – from arts to theatre to dance – and create a real community hub.
“This isn’t about us putting on concerts,” Allen said. “We want to really connect with the community.”