The Junction At Monroe (‘J@M’ for short) is Tallahassee's only true multi-genre listening room and fully equipped concert stage- and the best sounding room for miles around! It was opened late 2014 by Russ Pangratz, a local musician with a heart for community, music, and area artists. It is also home to the Tallahassee Area Musicians Guild (TAMG).
J@M, set in a charming 1936 warehouse with 80 year old wood flooring, thick brick walls and original sliding metal fire doors, features a restaurant, full liquor bar, separate music room, and walls filled with art, eclectic collectibles and vintage items all for sale. A 28 foot bar top is filled with CD covers, autographs, and all sorts of swag from great area musicians and artists and is covered with two layers of clear epoxy. The bar is called Big Shots and offers a great selection of wines, craft beers, and liquor. Sloppy's Gourmet Joes is the restaurant serving up Sloppy Joes, barbecue, and other late night comfort food. While all of this is very inviting, the masterpiece behind J@M is Fleming Hall, a Bohemian-styled performing arts/music hall equipped with high end sound and lighting equipment including a full instrument backline. The 30 foot stage is perfect for artists to perform in an intimate setting with minimal setup and minimal distractions. Patrons may shop and enjoy food and drinks close enough to hear everything, yet without disturbing the performers or audience in the hall.
Russ has lived in Tallahassee for more than 20 years and has owned and operated a web development company since 1998, and a sound and lighting company since 2010. He has often given to local charities and has actively volunteered when he had the time. In 2013, he wanted to find a way to become even more involved in the community and acquired the location as a warehouse/studio.
Russ has loved playing guitar since he was 12, performing with various bands through the years. The new sound and lighting warehouse also provided rehearsal space for his current band, Tightner. Russ immediately took notice of the amazing acoustics in the room and began to envision a place where others could experience the magic of what would eventually become ‘Fleming Hall’ in The Junction at Monroe.
In late 2014, Russ teamed up with several other local musicians and formed The Tallahassee Area Musicians Guild, Inc. (TAMG), a 501c3 non-profit organization with a focus on supporting local musicians and songwriters, and providing scholarships, education, mentoring, lessons, and performance opportunities to underprivileged youth with artistic souls. Things seemed to be melding together so it was decided to combine the vintage and upper end items of the thrift store with the concept of a listening room, art gallery, and resource hub for local musicians. The Junction At Monroe, Inc. was formed January, 2015, and became home to TAMG.
Within the first few months of J@M being open, TAMG members participated in hundreds or hours of rehearsal, photography, and videography time on the J@M premises as part of the perks of being a guild member. To date, the J@M stage has hosted thousands of individual performing artists, ages ranging from pre-teens to octogenarians, as well as several charitable fundraisers.
If you have experienced J@M, you understand its importance as a cultural performance hub for our community. If you have not had the opportunity to experience J@M, please ask someone who has to share their experience with you, or come see for yourself. Thank you for supporting local business and local artists!!!