Our Story

Our mission is to create a creative arts hub in Asheville where performing artists connect and practice their art in a shared space to enrich and grow the Asheville music industry, while reconnecting all of its communities to a proud and important history of early Black Asheville, for future generations to come.

SoundSpace@Rabbit’s is created, owned and operated by two life-long musicians who share a passion towards serving the arts community, and a dedication to honoring a proud and forgotten history of this unique city. 

Asheville-area resident Claude Coleman, Jr. is a veteran multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, recording and performing musician, as well as a carpenter, graphic designer, ex-music school director/teacher and writer best known as drummer for the group Ween. He has dedicated a life to artistic expression, community activism and engagement. Fellow Asheville resident Brett Spivey is a multi-instrumentalist, performing/recording artist, producer, videographer, and studio owner, and HVAC specialist engineer.

Their vision to create SoundSpace@Rabbit’s came from an urgent need in the local music community to have affordable practice spaces, and also to help address a crisis in the community of a lack of available rehearsal spaces for musicians, as well as well as the robust touring industry coming through the city, performing in its many venues.

Upon happenstance, they came across Rabbit’s Motel, the historic segregation-era owned motel and restaurant, and their mission become multi-dimensional and multi-purposeful. They saw an opportunity to address a realm of issues being experienced in Asheville’s currently development boom, as more and more attention is drawn upon this uniquely amazing mountain city.

In creating this cultural landmark and music-community resource they are preserving the proud and rich history of the Southside Black community and early African-American Asheville. SoundSpace@Rabbit’s is promoting historic pride while embracing a model of diversity in the most authentic way possible, through music, art, community, and food.

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