Well, bummer news: The "2,800 sq ft. open-air arts & cultural center, events & music venue" in East Nashville known as East-Centric Pavilion is no more. That's according to a press release sent the Scene's way (which can also be seen at this link) by ECP founders Susan Ghorbani and Courtney McCarley. See the full statement block-quoted after the jump. Rest in peace, East-Centric. We hardly knew ye.
Update: The Cream spoke with new venue manager Jack Davis — also the Tomato Art Fest honcho — who says the name of the venue has now changed to the Pavilion East (see their new website here). "Events will start gearing up there in March and run through probably the first week of November," Davis tells us. "It will continue to be an East Nashville-based event facility." Davis says he's already spoken with non-profit groups and would like to organize fundraisers in the space. The pavilion will continue to be available for rental, though they'll also organize their own events.
As far as the new name?
"There's only so many combinations of 'pavilion' and 'east' I could come up with," says Davis, laughing.
FAREWELL and THANK YOU
We have been hesitant to send out this notice as we had hoped to speak with each of our clients and partners before doing so. Too, sending this out somehow makes this all feel so final…
One of our local publications has already announced it so we feel time is of the essence…here goes.
It is with heavy hearts that we must tell you that East-Centric Pavilion is no more…We have been busy securing so many awesome events & happenings at East-Centric Pavilion for 2014 and have been so excited about the future. It was looking to be an amazing year for East-Centric Pavilion and lots of opportunities had not only opened up for us, but for the community as well.
We have received notice from our landlords stating they wish to exercise their right not to renew our lease for another year. Although they have been aware of our plans to continue growing our business and have been privy to the many bookings and community commitments we've already made for 2014, it has made no difference. We are not completely certain why this has happened as they've not offered a full explanation nor have they attempted to work with us to reach compromise.
We could not be more shocked or disappointed that this is the situation. We are truly broken-hearted, not only for the loss of our business, but also for the many commitments we have made to the East Nashville community and beyond for 2014.
We are, as quickly as possible, reaching out to all of our partners and booking contacts to notify of the changes. If you have an event booked with us in 2014 and have not yet heard from us, we ask that you please have patience with us, as we had numerous dates reserved and have lots of folks to notify/deposits to refund.
We thank each of you for your continued support! Nothing can describe how grateful we are to have been part of the East Nashville community and to have witnessed so many of you gathering together at East-Centric Pavilion for a good cause, a concert, a special life moment, or to see some moving art work. We have truly enjoyed being a part these celebrations of all things that make East Nashville such a wonderful place. You've shown great support and created some wonderful memories and we thank you.
Please keep us in your thoughts as we now face the unknown. We have put everything into building East-Centric and we hope to re-coupe our, now unfortunate financial loss at some point, get back on our feet and find a way to support East Nashville in some other capacity. We love our neighborhood and want nothing more than to help support its continuation to thrive.
With this, we bid you adieu and wish for you a beautiful 2014! We hope to see you soon!
Best Regards & Warm Wishes,
Susan Ghorbani & Courtney McCarley
Founders, East-Centric Pavilion