Kevin Burns, proprietor of the Talent Farm in Pembroke Pines, is not a masochist as far as we can tell. Burns was the owner of a successful business installing security systems prior to starting the Talent Farm. What has become the only true all-ages venue in South Florida was built with the intention of offering a cutting-edge rehearsal and recording space as passion project that involved Burns' son Matt, a songwriter who has been performing in South Florida bands since his teens. Although there is always the possibility that the disembodied voice from Field of Dreams now lurks in the swamps off of State Road 27, we believe it far more likely that the converted warehouse space simply took on a role no one else would take any longer.
Now, it's no secret that Broward County is seriously lacking venues for live music.
Despite the fact that we have a handful of beloved bars and clubs that appear stable, the music industry is a fickle one, and the burdens placed on venues -- music's true haven -- are extreme. Expenses like proper insurance, sound equipment to appropriately present the music we all care so much about, and trained staff to run said equipment make owning a music venue an extremely expensive venture. Oh? You need a bar as well? These costs add up. Currently the Talent Farm is feeling the financial effects of a crappy economy and a scene that often lacks support for live music.