Shows originally scheduled for the Grand Ole Opry this weekend have been moved to The Ryman. Thursday's "Opry Country Classics" show, originally scheduled for The Ryman, will remain there. The "Make 'Em Laugh" shows scheduled for the Acuff Theatre have not yet been moved, and no announcement has yet been made about upcoming shows beyond this week. A call to a publicist was not returned as of press time. Check www.opry.com for updates.
The facilities at Schermerhorn Symphony Center have unfortunately been compromised. The console and operating mechanism of the concert hall's $2.5 million Schoenstein pipe organ, installed in 2007, was submerged, along with two Steinway concert grand pianos and the center's basement kitchen. While the full extent of the damage — which Nashville Symphony President and CEO Alan Valentine characterized as "tragic" — cannot be fully assessed until waters recede, Valentine did note some "small blessings" amid the tragedy. For one, the floodwaters peaked less than eight inches from the concert floor. Also, the Schermerhorn's seats, typically stored in the basement under a converting floor, were spared.
As of press time, rescue efforts are limited due to an inability to pump the basement. Until the overall levels drop, pumping is pointless. Both Valentine and Alan Bostick, the Schermerhorn's senior director of communications, noted that scheduled concerts in the coming weeks remain tentative. If they can find alternate venues — TPAC, Belmont's Curb Event Center and The Ryman are all possibilities, Bostick says — the concerts will be moved. Otherwise, shows like Christopher Cross' performance with the NSO this weekend will be canceled.
The staff encourages patrons to check in regularly at their website (www.nashvillesymphony.org) for updates. In the meantime, they remain hopeful that, come September, they'll be back to normal.
According to director Kyle Young, Nashville's legendary Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum was designed to "sustain a 100-year flood, and that seems to be what we're experiencing." Archives and exhibits are located well above the ground floor, so no damage has been sustained to precious artifacts and records. At one point, as much as five-and-a-half feet of water filled a control room, and the museum's Ford Theater was inundated with two feet of standing water. But it had been pumped completely dry as of 11 a.m. Tuesday morning. Things are damp, Young says, but as soon as NES restores their power, they'll be open to the public once again.
Bridgestone Arena took on water on the event floor, but does not have any scheduled shows until May 22's Carole King/James Taylor concert.
The Hard Rock Café on Lower Broadway is closed. They have promised updates through their Twitter account, twitter.com/hrcnashville.
Wildhorse Saloon on equally hard-hit Second Avenue is closed until further notice.
The sprawling Soundcheck Nashville complex, which houses countless rehearsal spaces and storage facilities for everyone from sidemen to superstars, was hit hard by this weekend's flood at its East Nashville location. "At this time there is no access to Cowan St. or the Soundcheck Complex," the company posted on its flood blog (soundchecknashville.com/wordpress). "Police are not going to allow access till the Cumberland is below the flood stage of 40'. We hope to be able to get to the building by Thursday, but no one should attempt to come down until they get word here that the building is open." To help, guitar repairman Ed Beaver — whose offices are located within Soundcheck — has set up an instrumental "MASH unit," offering his services to try and salvage damaged guitars. For more info, visit www.edbeaver.com.
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