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Old Crow Medicine Show at Brooklyn Bowl, 6/25/2021

Folks who care about independent music, independent talent bookers and independent venues should always be wary when out-of-towners roll into a music scene looking to expand their budding empire of concert spaces. But the latest Brooklyn Bowl outpost — which opened smack in the middle of the pandemic in Nashville’s ever-evolving Germantown neighborhood — isn’t some mean corporate giant. Charley Ryan and Peter Shapiro opened the flagship Brooklyn Bowl in its namesake New York City borough more than a decade back, and the fancy new Music City digs have a lot of the same stuff going on: great sound, plenty of space, a bunch of very nice bowling lanes. The upstairs bar even overlooks First Horizon Park, home of the Nashville Sounds. But the best part? In addition to hosting shows booked by corporate giant Live Nation — which has a partnership role in the venue — Brooklyn Bowl also puts on concerts booked by independent local promoters, from AmericanaFest showcases to gigs with locals like Maggie Rose, Sparkle City Disco, Country Westerns and beyond.

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