"We wanted give performers a calmer, quieter place to do their more sensitive and not-so-sensitive work to an audience who listens," he said.
That kind of thing is difficult in the bar scene in Charleston. It's a battle to even be heard. People aren't always really listening.
"I used to be in a band called Option 22," he said. "We played all the major venues here in Charleston and we just got so burned out on the bar scene."
The Cellar, Perrone said, was different or it has become different because of the crowd they've worked to attract.
"Even though it's a bar, we decided we would cultivate an audience that would rather listen than try to get laid or get drunk," he said.
The Cellar has been a good place for that, though it wasn't what they originally planned.
"Originally, Douglas wanted to make this kind of a happening," he said. "It was supposed to be a mobile kind of event, where we could just find different places to do it.
"Ultimately, we settled on The Charleston Cellar because it was small and right in the midst of the music area in town."
So far, Perrone said they've had a successful run. They've kept the venue going for well over a year -- around 60 Thursday night shows--and there have been so many good performances he can hardly keep up with them all -except through a master list, which he's delighted to read from.
"Matt McGuire and Mark Bates," he said. "They've both just got it together. They're just great songwriters. Their songs aren't superficial. They're gutsy."
Sean Richardson, Andy Park, Cassie Null, poet Crystal Good -and many, many more.
The best people make all the difference, he said.
Keep updated on the cabaret's schedule at www.facebook.com/thirdeyecabaret.
Reach Bill Lynch at ly...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5195.