Live music will return to the building when Cannery Hall opens in 2023. | Photo via Cannery Hall
The building at 1 Cannery Row— formerly home to Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom, and the High-Watt — is set to reopen next year.
The trio of music venues closed this spring after nearly two decades, but a new owner plans to revitalize the space while honoring its legacy as Cannery Hall.
The layout of the newly-designed complex will look familiar with three stages + an event space on the top floor. Here’s the breakdown:
The Mainstage will be a 1,200-capacity concert hall.
The Mil will hold up to 625 guests.
The smallest stage, Row 1 Stage, will hold up to 325 people.
Amaranth, on the top floor, will accommodate 380 guests.
Other renovations include new food and beverage options, an updated backstage area, new lighting and sound systems, and improved sightlines + venue flow.
Cannery Hall plans to showcase a variety of genres — from alternative rock, pop, and country to disco, grunge, and soul.
When the venue opens in 2023, it will be the largest independent music complex in Nashville and a member of the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA), according to new owner Zach Liff.
“Our intent is to carry forward the musical legacy of the Cannery and Music City with shows and experiences that build on those legacies and by helping to launch the next generation of musicians whose creativity thrives in independent music venues like the Cannery,” Liff said.
Before Cannery Row was known for live music, it was home to a variety of industries.
The building was originally built as a flour mill in 1883.
In the 1930s, the building housed Fletcher Coffee Company.
Dale Foods Company processed items like jams, jellies, and peanut butter in the 1950-1970s.
In 1981, The Cannery began its life as a music venue when the building was converted into a country-style restaurant with a stage and hosted acts like Reba McEntire and George Strait.
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Jimmy Webb | Thurs., Sept. 22 | 8 p.m. | City Winery | $40+ | The songwriter is known for his collaborations with Glen Campbell, Art Garfunkel, and The 5th Dimension. 🎵
WeHo Dry Hopped Cider Release Party | Fri., Sept. 23 | 4-11 p.m. | Diskin Cider, 1235 Martin St. | Cost of purchase | Celebrate the return of this cider boasting flavors of tropical fruits and citrus.
An Evening with Rodney Crowell | Fri., Sept. 23 | 6:30 p.m. | Parnassus Books, 3900 Hillsboro Pk. | $100 | Enjoy an intimate evening of music and stories with the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter — tickets include a signed copy of his book “Word for Word.” 📖
Alicia Keys | Sat., Sept. 24 | 8 p.m. | Ascend Amphitheater | $39.50+ | Alicia Keys will be “on fire” when she takes the stage.
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Summer is going out with a bang. Nashville reached 100° on Wednesday afternoon, a record high dating back to at least 1871, according to the National Weather Service.
Plans are in the works for a one-story retail building next to Taqueria del Sol in 12 South — 2311 12th Ave. S. The site is currently home to a surface lot and would potentially offer three retail spaces, according to a Metro permit. 🏗 (Nashville Post)
Also of note in 12 South, more details are coming to light for the commercial site next to Burger Up — 2809 12th Ave. S. Once complete, the two-story building will offer a mix of retail and restaurants. See the renderings. (Nashville Post)
The 2022 CMT Artists of the Year will celebrate five chart-topping country stars — Carly Pearce, Cody Johnson, Kane Brown, Luke Combs, and Walker Hayes. The ceremony was filmed locally and will premiere as a 90-minute CMT special on Fri., Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. (Music Row)
Get to know your neighbors at the 8th annual Good Neighbor Day Festival on Sat., Sept. 24 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.). Stop by Madison’s Cedar Hill Park for live music, food trucks + a parade honoring healthcare workers and first responders. See the schedule.
Artober Nashville — an annual celebration of Nashville’s arts scene — returns for its 11th year on Mon., Sept. 26. During this month-long takeover on NowPlayingNashville, Nashvillians will find hundreds of arts and cultural events. Be sure to bookmark this site for all the featured happenings.
The Tennessee State Museum’s long-running Haunted Museum Storytelling Festival will return Sat., Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The free, family-friendly event features ghost stories for all ages, a costume parade + demonstrations of the museum’s 18th century printing press. 👻
Live on the Greenrecycled5,400 pounds of waste from this year’s festival with help from Piedmont Natural Gas. Did you know? Nashville’s Waste and Recycling App helps you determine what materials can be recycled in Davidson County. ♻️
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The property is located on Whites Creek Pike. | Photo via @parksauction
The Whites Creek property once home to The Inn at The Fontanel and the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater is up for auction.
Today, the mixed-use property spans 221 acres and is anchored by a 30,000-sqft custom log mansion formerly owned by Country Music Hall of Fame member Barbara Mandrell. The house has six bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, five fireplaces, two kitchens, and an indoor pool.
Now let’s get to the bidding. The listing on Whites Creek Pike goes up for auction on Sat., Oct. 26 and will be divided into six parcels. The Fontanel Mansion is considered its own parcel, and the other five range between 5-47 acres. Bonus: Parcel 4 includes the building that once housed the Fontanella Restaurant and Bar + Fontanel Winery.
We want you to be the broker — what would you bring to the Fontanel site? Perhaps you’d like to see a new outdoor entertainment venue or maybe it’s the prime location for an amusement park. If you need some inspiration, browse the photo gallery before you share your ideas here.
Today’s issue was written by Dylan.
Editor’s pick: I know I’m not alone in missing Mercy Lounge, but I’m excited to see what’s in store for the space. In the meantime, I’ll look back fondly on some of my favorite shows over the years, including local acts Bully and Soccer Mommy + a surprise AmericanaFest appearance by Fiona Apple in 2015. 🍎
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