Rock Block staple Exit/In is set to close next week — at least for the time being — and change ownership after over 50 years of independent operation.
While Exit/In’s future is still up in the air, a portion of the property was approved for a historic overlay. Development firm AJ Capital Partners is set to take over management next year and has voiced plans to keep the venue in operation.
🎵 Upcoming shows
Despite a string of sold-out shows, there are still a few chances to visit the venue under its current ownership.
- Spencer Crandall | Tuesday, Nov. 15
- Carlene Carter & the Lucky Ones | Wednesday, Nov. 16
- Lilly Hiatt and Adia Victoria| Saturday, Nov. 19
🎵 Historical moments
To reminisce on concerts dating five decades, look no further than the iconic wall out front featuring names of past performers — Billy Joel, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Linda Ronstadt, B.B. King, and Steve Martin, just to name a few. Legend has it, Jimmy Buffet walked into Exit/In under construction in 1971 and played a few songs for the crew, marking the venue’s first concert.
Another key moment in the venue’s history was serving as a backdrop in Robert Altman’s 1975 ensemble film “Nashville.” Though the movie has a number of iconic scenes, Keith Carradine’s ballad “I’m Easy” performed at Exit/In won the Academy Award for “Best Original Song.” Behind-the-scenes photos and other stories are chronicled in a 50th anniversary commemorative book published in 2021.
🎵 Your favorite memories
In an effort to honor Exit/In’s legacy, we want to hear from you. Drop us your favorite memory at the venue in the survey below. Some of the responses may be shared in a future newsletter.