Tag: Tennessee

Nashville’s Basement East Damaged In Tornado

SCENE OF DESTRUCTION: A television news crew works in front of a mural on the heavily damaged club The Basement East in the East Nashville neighborhood after tornadoes overnight. (Getty Images) ‘Building is destroyed, but we will be back!’ club responds on Facebook Nashville club The Basement East was among the properties severely damaged by the tornadoes that swept through Tennessee early Tuesday. “All staff working tonight are okay! Building sustained significant damage,” the Twitter account for the 575-capacity venue shared at 2:55 a.m. Tuesday. “Staff is all safe!” Basement East’s Facebook account posted about a half-hour later. “Building is destroyed, but we will be back!” In a more detailed statement shared shortly before noon, the venue shared that Tuesday’s Elohim show was canceled but that it was “diligently working on each show to either relocate or cancel,” emphasizing that the process could take days or weeks. Added Basement East: […]

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Kentucky and Tennessee: Sizzling in the South

BIG BAND MUSIC: Chicago’s Mucca Pazza instrumental music and performance ensemble performs at Old Forester’s Paristown Hall. (Chronicle Cinema) States’ venues fill seats for diverse entertainment THE CIRCUIT A quick two-state tour of some of the region’s top-performing venues FedEx Forum, Memphis, Tenn. Jeff Olson, booking director How did you do last year? FedEx Forum had a great year in 2019! We had one of our best years for concerts with many headlining acts.    Big shows Justin Timberlake, Jan. 12; Panic! at the Disco, Feb. 6; Kiss, Feb. 23; Twenty One Pilots, June 26; Chris Stapleton, Oct. 5; Bob Seger , Oct. 12; Elton John, Oct. 30; and Ariana Grande, Dec. 7. Changes FedEx Forum is completing a new roof project to the venue. We also have renovated several of our restaurants and club areas.    What went right The University of Memphis men’s basketball team had a great […]

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The ’90s to Now

The Phoenix Suns have called Talking Stick Resort Arena home since 1992. (Getty Images) Big renovation plans bringing major league arenas into the iPhone era Arena construction is booming in the big leagues. Most projects are tied to extensive renovations of 1990s-era venues in need of updating aging infrastructure, a refresh of public spaces with improved concourse flow, food halls and digital technology, and new spins on premium seats. NBA and NHL arenas in Cleveland, Philadelphia, Nashville, Phoenix, Raleigh, Indianapolis and Boston are all in the midst of transforming the fan experience and some, like Talking Stick Resort Arena, are spending major dollars to replace mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. They’re all making adjustments to meet the needs of a younger fan base by creating more social spaces that don’t necessarily focus on the game but provide large group areas, in some cases standing room platforms, to hang out, eat and drink and stay connected to their […]

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Ryman Lands Third Major Award of ’19

Caylee Hammack performs Wednesday during the ACM Honors show at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. (Getty Images) Nashville building named small capacity venue of the year by Academy of Country Music Ryman Auditorium was named small capacity venue of the year by the Academy of Country Music, giving the legendary Nashville room its third major award in the category this year in addition to honors bestowed at the Country Music Association Awards and Pollstar Awards. The 13th Annual ACM Honors were awarded Wednesday, coincidently, at the 2,362-capacity Ryman, recognizing special and off-camera category winners from the 54th ACM Awards. The event featured a star-studded lineup of live performances and award presentations celebrating Special Awards recipients Brooks & Dunn and Martina McBride (ACM Cliffie Stone Icon Award), Gayle Holcomb (ACM Gary Haber Lifting Lives Award), Miranda Lambert (ACM Gene Weed Milestone Award), Kacey Musgraves (ACM Jim Reeves International Award), Rodney Crowell, Kye […]

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Roller Coaster Puts Jersey Sales on Incline

The Atlanta Braves have a jersey coaster at SunTrust Park. (Courtesy Silver Crystal Sports) Installation helps move merchandise, literally and figuratively, at venues When Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena wanted to try something different with its team jersey operation, it turned to Silver Crystal Sports, the company that put team jersey roller coasters in Atlanta’s new baseball stadium, SunTrust Park, and other facilities. “I’ve seen them around and was really impressed with the concept,” said Dave Urso, Bridgestone’s senior vice president of operations. “We had just come off a Stanley Cup (Finals) year, where we had a new jersey with a switch from Reebok to Adidas, which meant a lot of sales of jerseys.” Urso and the team wanted a way to keep the momentum going. “This way of presenting the jerseys makes the jerseys highly visible to the fans — and highly desirable,” he said. “This takes the whole operation out […]

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