The Fire's longtime booking agent Derek Dorsey has forever fussed over the Girard Avenue live venue where he's bought talent and directed its creative services since 2004. "My goal then — our goal — was not only to put on shows, but to help shape career paths and push local artists with real and genuine aspirations to make it in music to become stars." Presently though, as The Fire's operations manager and its soon-to-be new owner, Dorsey is of course still booking and guiding talent. "I'm just also talking with contractors, buying paint, pointing bricks, overseeing the installation of new beer taps, that stuff. It's tiring but fun."
So, The Fire has a renewed vision to go with its new look, all that will be unveiled at an Aug. 13 relaunch party.
"For me, The Fire always had that off-the-grid, no rules apply, rock room vibe," says Philly soul-folkie Ben Arnold who has played that room dozens of time in the past, and will do so again in September with Marah for an undercover surprise show. "The stage is small, dark and minimalist with your dad's old basement rec room bar on the other side. Get 20 people in there and it feels crowded. Plus, Derek has this openness to the whatever happens, happens philosophy which has allowed the club to experience unexpected moments."