The Big Sandy Music Hall is managed by Kate and Andrew Kirby. The couple has worked together for more than 17 years in many industries including, music, film, television, radio, cable advertising, retail, hospitality, corporate marketing, public relations, industrial training and management. Once used for the First Baptist Church, the Big Sandy Music Hall provides the community a beautiful historic building to use for concerts, theater and special events.
When Kate and Andrew decided to move back home from California, they decided to purchase the local newspaper, the Big Sandy and Hawkins Journal. The paper had been in existence since 1948 and was on the verge of closing. The Kirby’s decided that wasn’t goo for the community, so they purchased it and started working to make sure the community knew it was their newspaper, and they were just the publishers. That attitude of community service is what makes the paper a thriving piece of the community today.
It is that same spirit that drove the Kirby’s to step in to manage the Music Hall. Originally the Music Hall was called “A Joyful Noise: The Music Hall” and was started by Wayne and Jackie Davis, who didn’t want to see another historic building leave Big Sandy. The Kirby’s decided to step in to continue the legacy for the Davis’, whose family has been part of the building’s rich history since is was erected for the First Baptist Church in 1922. It was because of their love of the community, background in music and knack for making old things new again, that the Kirby’s were chosen to help bring life to this historic building.