A music and comedy show at Exit/In (2208 Elliston Place) featuring comedians Christy Eidson, Rick Wey and Ryan Williams with musical guests The Jones', Holy Crap, Nathan Thomas and Vintage Radio Gods will donate proceeds to Hands On Nashville, Red Cross of Middle Tennessee, The Humane Society and Davidson Animal Shelter. The show starts at 10 p.m. and admission is $10.
Sat., May 8
The End (2219 Elliston Place) will host a benefit on Saturday, May 8 with Spanish Candles, Powerbrrrd, Bad Cop and Diarrhea Planet. The show will start at 9 p.m.
David Olney's CD release show at the Basement (1604 8th Ave S.) will donate a portion of its proceeds to flood relief. The show starts at 7 p.m. and the cover is $10.
Donations will collected for Nashville Red Cross at Paradise Park Saturday night, where TurboThrust and Mr. Belding will perform. There is no cover, and the show is 21+. The bands start at 10 p.m.
Sun., May 9
Rocketown (522 Fifth Ave. S.) will hold a benefit on Sunday, May 9th with a 10-act bill that includes Heavy Cream and PUJOL. Admission is free, and the listing asks attendees "to bring $$ for those in need and any food, cleaning items, clothes, etc. NASHVILLE: this is the time to step up and truly support your scene."
Sun., May 16
The Listening Room Café’s first annual Writer’s Block party is now a benefit for flood victims. The all-day event will be held on Sunday, May 16 in the venue’s parking lot and feature performances by Jeffrey Steele, Trent Tomlinson, Tiffany (yes, the Tiffany) and dozens more. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 day of show.
Tues., May 18
The Grammy Block Party at Owen Bradley Park will kick off fundraising efforts for MusiCares® Nashville Flood Relief. Darius Rucker, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Steel Magnolia, Plumb and Dailey & Vincent will perform. Admission is free for Recording Academy members and each member can bring one additional guest for $20. 100% of proceeds will go toward MusiCares® Nashville Flood Relief. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.
In the works
Doug Green at Nashville nightclub Mai says he's organizing a series of weekly benefits "to try and raise as much money as I can to help during this horrible disaster.""We are trying to get as many artists, DJs, performers, etc to donate their time to help us. We are also asking for any gifts certificates or items that can be donated for a silent auction. I feel blessed to own a business in a wonderful city like Nashville and want to give back in any way I can!...We need all the help we can get to hopefully raise a minimum (our goal) of $100,000 to donate. We are trying to find a car dealership that will donate a car to auction as well!"
Bridgestone Arena tweeted that it will resume normal business hours on Wednesday, May 5, and the James Taylor/Carole King concert on May 22 will proceed as planned.
The Wildhorse Saloon updated on Monday afternoon: "Due to flooding, the Wildhorse Saloon will be closed until further notice. Be sure to check www.WildhorseSaloon.com for further info."
West Nashville restaurant and music venue Norm's River Road House is another flood victim. The downstairs listening room was entirely submerged by the rising waters."I'm hoping to get out there later today if the water gets down," said owner Norm Stannard on Tuesday morning. Stannard is hoping to carry on with a planned outdoor crawfish boil and blues concert on May 8, weather and devastation control permitting.
"Downstairs, it's totaled," Stannard said. "We've moved everything upstairs, but the water's chest deep upstairs."
The Bluebird Cafe (4104 Hillsboro Rd.) will reopen tonight (May 4).
Puckett's in Leiper's Fork and in Franklin (120 Fourth Avenue South, Franklin, and 4142 Old Hillsboro Road, Leiper's Fork) are open.
The 5 Spot is open.
The Basement is open. From Grimey and Geoff at the venue on Monday: "We are happy to report that The Basement sustained the weekend activities without a scratch. Was nervous a bit early yesterday when we couldn't get over to the building to check out due to flooded areas around the fairground and Berry Hill area. Made it over at about 5 p.m. and all was perfectly intact. Thanks for thinking of us. We are open tonight!"
Exit/In (2208 Elliston Place) updated Monday morning: "All shows are still on as of right now."
Rocketown reported that the venue is OK — they're now open.
The broadcast studio at WSM 650 AM is located at the Gaylord Opryland hotel, but the station has moved its shows to its transmitter site while damage to the hotel and to the studio is assessed. "We're broadcasting from our transmitter site in Brentwood, at Concord Rd.," said air personality Eddie Stubbs, whose Monday night shift runs from 7 p.m. until midnight. "We've never gone off the air."
From Tennessean.com: Flood waters continue to rise at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. “We do not believe we are going to be able to present another concert for at least a month, maybe longer,” said Alan Bostick, senior director of communications. “Our hope is that we can arrange secondary locations in the Nashville area where we can present certain upcoming concerts. Some options being considered are TPAC, Belmont Curb Center and the Ryman Auditorium.” More HERE.
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is planning to reopen its doors this weekend after the flooding of downtown forced it to close on Monday.“We expect power to be restored by Saturday, May 8, at the latest, and as soon as the lights come back on, our staff stands ready to welcome visitors back to the Museum," Director Kyle Young said in a release.
Planned updates to the museum’s permanent exhibit, Sing Me Back Home: A Journey Through Country Music, are still set to be unveiled on May 14, and the accompanying weekend programs will proceed as planned.
The majority of the museum’s flooding took place in one of its sub-ground-level mechanical rooms, as well as the street-level Ford Theatre, which sustained minor damage. Restoration efforts are already underway.
The museum’s exhibits and collections, on the other hand, came through the flooding completely unscathed, as did Hatch Show Print and RCA Studio B. Hatch has already reopened, and Studio B tours will resume when the museum reopens.
Radio Station Lightning 100 was silent on the dials Monday — station DJ Dan Buckley updated via Twitter: "Power is out at the transmitter, so 100.1 FM broadcast is off air. @Lightning100 is still broadcasting online at http://Lightning100.com."
Nashville Public Radio WPLN 90.3 FM/1430 AM also went off-air Monday. "Trees knocked over power lines at our transmitter and NES crews haven't been able to reach the site," they posted via Twitter, updating later that "NES has been at FM transmitter today. Power will hopefully return this afternoon/evening."
The CMA assured fans that this year's CMA Music Festival will continue as planned in its scheduled venues. "As the flood waters recede this week, the cleanup will begin so that Nashville will be ready, willing and eager to host Country Music’s most loyal legion of fans for the Ultimate Country Music Fan Experience, June 10–13."
BMI's office in Nashville remains closed due to a lack of water pressure. As a result, scheduled events including the Jason Blume Songwriting Workshop have been canceled. BMI's computer system, email and website remain up and running.
The Grand Ole Opry will shift venues for its Tuesday show and its weekend performances, due to extensive flood damage at the Grand Ole Opry House.The Tuesday Night Opry will take place at War Memorial Auditorium, 301 Sixth Ave. N., while Friday and Saturday night Opry performances will be held at the Ryman Auditorium, 116 Fifth Ave. N. Each show begins at 7 p.m.
The inaugural all-Beatles concert from the Cool Springs Youth Orchestra and Nashville-based tribute band The WannaBeatles has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at the Factory in Franklin.
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