By Eric Renner Brown
The timing was not ideal for Brooklyn Bowl Nashville. The 1,200-capacity, 50,000-square-foot space in Music City’s Germantown neighborhood was set to open March 14 — as the entire live industry shut down. But promoter and venue operator Peter Shapiro has for the moment successfully adapted the room, which joins Brooklyn and Las Vegas outposts in his Brooklyn Bowl network. Within weeks, Brooklyn Bowl Nashville hosted an audienceless paid livestream by Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires — one of the industry’s first examples of that model — and has since hosted similar shows by Margo Price, Billy Strings, and St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Once the live industry returns, the venue has the foundation to become a Nashville must-play: Sound comes courtesy of D&B Audiotechnik, and Brooklyn Bowl opened in partnership with Live Nation and has a booking arrangement with Bonnaroo co-founder AC Entertainment.