The Kiln at C. Major: Old venue, new approach

The music venue at 110 S. Hillside best known as C. Major’s Rockin’ Daddy’s  has a new name, new owners and a new approach.

The venue has been run by local musicians Clif Major and Kathy Roush Major for years, providing a place for local musicians to jam, perform and hang out. But recently, Clif , who’s faced cancer-related health problems over the past several years, decided to give up the lease. The space now is being run by Mike and Beth Babb.

The Babbs have turned the venue into a weekend-only coffee shop, restaurant and music venue that will serve as a not-for-profit fundraising arm for their Freedom At Last Ministries. They officially re-opened last weekend, after re-carpeting and and re-painting, and are calling it The Kiln at C Major, opening at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and serving coffee, desserts and food such as sandwiches and chili and cornbread. Alcohol won’t be served.

The Kiln is featuring table service, but it’s not technically charging for food. Those who visit are asked to give donations in return for their meals. The venue will offer live music each night it’s open from the types of acts C Major patrons are used to seeing. This weekend, Rachelle Coba is on the bill. The Jukes, which feature the Majors, will perform there once a month.

Kathy and Clif are still very involved in the operation, helping the Babbs however they can, Kathy said.

“Clif is just thrilled,” she said. “It’s got our spirits up and takes a burden off our shoulders.”