For 26 years, Brian Giblett has booked groups for the Tallahassee community through Cow Haus Productions.
Cow Haus Productions delivered a range of music to the feet of dancing audiences; Some of Giblett’s favorites include Guided By Voices, Morphine, TV on the Radio, KRS-One, Queens of The Stone Age and Modest Mouse.
Although heavily influenced by alternative rock and punk bands of the 1980s, such as REM, The Replacements, The Clash and Hüsker Dü, Giblett still enjoys all genres of music.
“The kind of shows I book are quite varied. It definitely leans towards indie rock, punk, alt-country, things like that because that’s the music I listen to the most,” says Giblett, “but I also deliver hip-hop, blues, jazz, whatever I find good and interesting and will appeal to a lot of people here. It is a business, after all. And you have to try to book things that will make money if you want to keep doing that.
With flaming drumsticks, Gilblett has been part of dozens of bands over the past 30 years. This love of music and commitment to the Tallahassee scene led Giblett to combine his business acumen with his musical gifts. He decided to create Cow Haus Productions in order to welcome new dynamic musicians.
Its origins date back to 1992 when two members of a metal band called Darth Vader’s Church opened a venue on Lake Bradford Road. In 1995 the venue was up for sale and Giblett jumped at the chance: “Myself and 2 of my friends that I went to high school with bought the club when we were in our twenties and moved it to St. Francis Street, where we operated it until 2000.
Since then, like the music it promotes, Cow Haus has evolved. Giblett continued to book bands and build bars. In the new millennium, he opened the Beta Bar on Railroad Avenue where he managed their band music menu. Since then, Giblett has disbanded the beverage manufacturing business and refocused on his original love, music.
“These days, I mainly book shows at 926 Bar & Grill, but also at The moon“, says Giblett, “The local shows that I have done at 926 have drawn very good crowds since things started after COVID. So it’s really encouraging to see people coming out for live music again. “
Indeed, the echo of the music heard in the halls of the city reassures us that life goes on and that music brings communities together.
On September 24, Cow Haus invites Tallahassee music fans to unite and experience a night of tunes showcasing the talents of local bands such as Tallahassee jazz and funk band Strictly Liquid. Also performing that night are Copyright Claim and Animal Nineteen.
As a treat for the audience, Jordie Hendrix will perform a solo set of his electrifying rhymes. Giblett’s excitement at having booked three new bands to share with Tallahassee is palpable. “I’m so excited to see them live,” Giblett said.
He also admits that there are no signs of slowing down and he is committed to continuing to improve Tallahassee’s music scene. Giblett will not be deterred by anything, not even a global pandemic. “Hopefully I’ll still be booking shows in Tallahassee for another few decades.”
Time will tell what the future holds, but one thing is certain: Tallahassee’s music community is thriving. With new and young musicians shining their talents on the city’s stages, Cow Haus is committed to booking bands here for a long time to come.
If you are going to
What: Cow Haus Presents: Local Band Showcase with Strictly Liquid w/ Copyright Claim, Animal Nineteen and Jordie Hendrix
When: Sept. 24. Doors open at 8:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m.
B: 926 Bar & Grill, 926 W Tharpe St Tallahassee, FL, 32303
Cost: All ages, $8 over 21, $10 under 21
Contact: Brian Giblett – Cow Haus Productions | [email protected]
Tickets: Advance tickets ONLY online at https://strictly924.eventbrite.com
Christy Rodriguez de Conte, Ph.D. in theater studies, is a feature writer for the Council for Culture and the Arts. The Council for Culture and the Arts (COCA) is the Capital Region’s apex agency for arts and culture (www.tallahassee arts.org).
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