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Music Venue: The Channel

By: David Lyda (From: Volume 1 - Issue 3)

The Channel is an all ages music venue located in downtown Greenville. In the midst of the thriving downtown scene, The Channel brings a welcome selection of many Christian bands. The performers range in style and substance with local and national bands sharing the stage several times each month. Recently NAME, co-owner with her husband Amanda McAbee, spoke to Greenville In One Accord about The Channel.

When did The Channel first open?

The Channel started as Carpenter’s Cellar located off of North Main Street in 1996.

How did The Channel get started?

Grace Church wanted to reach the downtown community through a music-coffee shop environment.

What prompted the move downtown?

We felt the Lord leading us back downtown, and through a number of miraculous steps the doors opened to be back on Main Street.

How has the venue changed since first opening?

Physically– from an 800 sq ft space to a 3,000 sq ft space to a now 14,000 square ft total space.

What are your hopes for the future of the venue?

Financially, that it will become self-sustaining. There is a long term vision of seeing other venues like the Channel spring up across the country. Whether we have a direct hand in that or whether we offer encouragement and share about all the mistakes we made with others that want to have similar visions, we are excited to see God continue to move through “Kingdom Spaces” like The Channel.

How is The Channel different from other music venues?

The mission behind it is different than any other. It is to provide an all ages, alcohol free space where the Kingdom of God is advanced. The type of music we host is different, mostly Christian with some non-Christian positive focused bands.

How is Christ reflected in the venue?

A few times a year we have bands/individuals share testimonies and the gospel is shared. We have seen over a couple hundred professions of faith at concerts in the past 6 years. Seeds are constantly planted through many of the bands, their lyrics, and the way they build relationships with the concert attendees.

Do you have church or ministry affiliations?

The Channel intentionally has remained independent from any affiliation with one particular church because part of the vision is to help bring unity to the Body of Christ, bringing believers together from every denomination.

Do you have a particular Bible verse that reflects the mission and desire of The Channel?

Because the heart of what we do is to show the love of Christ to everyone and to be a part of bringing unity to the Body of Christ, John 17:20-23 has been extremely influential. “20 Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. 22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.”

What type of music would people hear at The Channel?

Everything from acoustic to Christian heavy metal!

Where are the bands that play at The Channel from?

Local, Regional and National. Recently we had a band from New Zealand playing!

What national bands have you had at The Channel?

Tobymac, Disciple, The City Harmonic, Becoming The Archetype, Seventh Day Slumber, The Wedding, House Of Heroes, Seabird, Crowfield, Eleventyseven, Wavorly, and more.

How can bands/musicians play at The Channel?

Visit www.thechannelonline.org and submit a booking request.

Do you ever have to deal with un-Christ-like behavior from bands?

Not often, most are very respectful.

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