The Fire began in 1999 when Karen Lauria Saillant, opera singer, director and voice coach- who worked with Quest Love, Mutlu, G. Love & Special Sauce, Amen Dunes, David Cope and other artists, took the pool table out of the room of The Philadelphia Bar & Grille, her husband’s shot and beer bar, and replaced it with a tiny stage where her original music singing students could perform. Within a short time, The Fire became a pioneering rock club in the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Today The Fire is the oldest original Philadelphia live music venue and a part of one of the most thriving music scenes on the East Coast.
Our stage has hosted many artists on their rise to stardom: John Legend, My Chemical Romance, Maroon 5, Jason Mraz, OK GO, Iron and Wine, Amos Lee, Cold War Kids, Rilo Kiley, Tegan and Sara, Bill Kreutzmann (Grateful Dead), Santigold, Damien Rice, Dr. Dog, Schooly D, Sun Ra and The Archestra and more.
The Fire is now Philly’s only female-owned venue. We are an artist-friendly establishment with a passion for developing new talent, both local, touring and international.