AFTER THE STORM: The image of the Basement East’s mural went viral after a March tornado knocked down walls at the venue. (Getty Images) Nashville’s Basement East rebuilds, hopes to rebound in early 2021 The Bernie Sanders benefit was over. The last of the staff was cleaning up as March 2 turned to March 3 when the sirens went off. Thinking quickly, they headed for the cellar. People cowered in the basement as an EF-3 tornado headed towards 5 Points; moments later, the roof and back walls were torn from the Basement East, one of East Nashville’s premiere music venues. Co-owner Michael Grimes, known to all as “Grimey,” told RollingStone.com the next morning, “The tornado hit at approximately 1:15 a.m.; the Bernie benefit was over, and our conscientious staff of five ran down to the basement with seconds to spare before the roof blew off. All are safe. We are […]
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