I'm not sure what an "eco-chic" event is, exactly, but I am sure that Nashville needs a mid-sized venue, and that this is a good thing for Nashville's prospects when it comes to landing touring acts that are too big for the clubs and not yet big enough for the ’Stone. (Remember when M.I.A. made people dance at City Hall way back in 2008, before City Hall got turned into a right-wing fundraising store? Yeah.)
“Music industry professionals across the country recognize the need, in Nashville, for a mid-sized venue that offers all the modern amenities that concert [goers] and performers expect in a city like Nashville," Chris Cobb says in the release. "Our plan is to meet that need."
While they're not telling us the exact capacity just yet — I'd guess somewhere between 1,500 and 2,500 — this is big news for the local music scene, and yet another feather in the increasingly feathery cap that is Marathon Village. And just to keep the good news gravy flowing, here's the other thing: Not only do we get a new place to see shows, we also get to name it. Lightning 100 is taking suggestions over at their website, and submitting a nom de venue will net you two tickets to the first show. (Finalists get two more tickets, and the grand prize namer gets two tickets to every show for a year.)
Full release below:
Contact: Telisha Arquelles Cobb FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Event Space & Concert Hall Coming to Nashville
Nashville, TN, Monday August 1 2011 — Nashville’s newest, locally owned and operated multi-use event space is coming to the Marathon Village neighborhood this October. This new space will fill the void left by 328 Performance Hall and City Hall while utilizing a fresh approach with environmental efforts, left of center music programming, charitable community outreach, and eco-chic events.
Venue owners Josh Billue (Exit/In & Zydeco, Birmingham), Chris Cobb (Sell Out Presents, Live On The Green, Next Big Nashville: SoundLand, & Nashville Earth Day) and Telisha Arguelles Cobb (Special Events Plus) bring a diverse and extensive history of experience, knowledge, and passion for the industry to this project. “We are very excited about the dynamic of this partnership, truly respect what each of us bring to the table, and are excited to nurture an interactive relationship with the community to grow and create a space that Nashville can make its own” says Telisha Arguelles Cobb.
This well thought out multi-use space will be retrofit with eco-conscious design choices; modern venue essentials and an open floor plan for versatility. “This new project will meet the needs of concert goers, event guests, artists, event planners and vendors alike; making it one of the only spaces in Nashville with such versatility. “ says Josh Billue.
Owners are not at liberty at this time to comment regarding exact number of the final capacity but are creating the space to fill the void in the market for a mid-sized venue. “Music industry professionals across the country recognize the need, in Nashville, for a mid-sized venue that offers all the modern amenities that concert goes and performers expect in a city like Nashville. Our plan is to meet that need,” says Chris Cobb.
One of the first of many efforts to include the community in this project kicked off last Friday with a “Name YOUR Venue” contest hosted by Lightning 100. Each person that submits a name at www.lightning100.com between 7/25/11- 8/05-11 will receive (2) complimentary concert tickets to the grand opening show. If your name is announced as one of the final choices on 8/05/11 then (2) additional concert tickets of your choice are also included. Voting for the final name will continue until 8/10/11. The grand prize winner will receive (2) complimentary ticket to every show in the venue for the next year. Winner will be announced on Lightning100 during the noon hour on 8/12/11 along with the artist announcement for the grand opening show.
For more information please contact Telisha Arguelles Cobb at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-497-1549. The venue is currently holding dates for multiple concerts and events starting in October.