Freeway Music has a new home in Blythewood, and the new location is a great place whether you’re taking music lessons or not.
The local music school, which will mark its 10th anniversary next month, celebrated the grand opening of Freeway Music Northeast and Doko Station Pub & Eatery on Saturday at 11 Samuel Bookhart Lane. The music school shares the building with the restaurant and the students perform there every Tuesday as well as on special occasions.
The two-in-one spot comes from a phone call Freeway Music owner Don Russo made while searching for a new building in Blythewood.
“I reached out to Old Mill Brew Pub and I was like, ‘Do you want to do something together? “” said Russo. “They came and looked at the place with me and said, ‘It’s amazing. “”
Saturday’s grand opening featured the pub serving food and drink to patrons inside and on the porch and lawn, as Freeway Music students showed off their skills at a concert on the lawn.
The Music School offers in-person and virtual lessons for all ages and skill levels, and for all interest levels, from casual to extremely dedicated.
“Our philosophy is to allow people to feel free to go their own way, to choose which direction they want to go. We are giving them what they need to get there. The great thing we want to do is just to be part of the community, ”Russo said. “We like to provide opportunities for our students, not only to teach them music lessons, but to help them become better humans. We try to be good mentors.”
This philosophy was on display on Saturday, as the grand opening included a raffle with prizes including instruments and lessons and proceeds going to Camp Cole, a local camp and retreat center for children, teens and adults facing serious illnesses and other physical, mental, emotional health or life problems.
Northeast Columbia was the original home of Freeway Music. The school now has six locations across the Midlands, and as Russo says, it’s never too early or too late to learn.
“We have them as young as 3-4 and as old as 84. Children from 1 to 92, as the Christmas song goes,” he said.