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Nashville-Adjacent $40 Million Amphitheater Planned for 2023; Mercy Lounge and Other Preeminent Clubs Close

Chris Willman Senior Music Writer and Chief Music CriticFor music fans in Music City, it’s a weekend of sad and possibly promising news. Developers have announced a plan to build a $40 million amphitheater and adjacent entertainment complex in Murfreesboro, a city within easy driving range of Nashville.That may or may not assuage any of the letdown that Nashvillians are feeling over the closure this week a venue complex that has been an integral part of the city’s music scene for 19 years, with the Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom and High Watt all going dark after the operator and landlord couldn’t come to terms.

Lilly Hiatt played the final show at the Mercy Lounge Thursday night.On the bigger and brighter side, the planned Murfreesboro development is to be called the Sunset Music Colosseum on the River, with a 4,500-seat outdoor concert venue, the Sunset Amphitheatre, as its anchor, and a 1,400-capacity space, Boot Barn Hall, as its indoor sidekick. If built as planned, the Sunset complex will give the greater Nashville area three fixed amphitheaters, where as recently as eight years ago there were none.

Generations of central Tennesseans grew up seeing major acts at the Starwood Amphitheatre, but after that venue closed in 2007, there were no opportunities to see a season of outdoor shows in the area until the Ascend Amphitheater opened in downtown Nashville in 2015. The Ascend, operated by Live Nation, has a capacity of 6,800.

In nearby Franklin, the FirstBank Amphitheater opened last year with a capacity of 7,500. It’s not immediately clear whether the Sunset — located about 45 minutes from Nashville — will be competing for the same talent as the Ascend and FirstBank facilities, but the announcement for the new

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Chris Willman Senior Music Writer and Chief Music CriticFor music fans in Music City, it’s a weekend of sad and possibly promising news. Developers have announced a plan to build a $40 million amphitheater and adjacent entertainment complex in Murfreesboro, a city within easy driving range of Nashville.That may or may not assuage any of the letdown that Nashvillians are feeling over the closure this week a venue complex that has been an integral part of the city’s music scene for 19 years, with the Mercy Lounge, Cannery Ballroom and High Watt all going dark after the operator and landlord couldn’t come to terms.
After the tragic death of her mother and musical partner Naomi Judd, Wynonna Judd has announced she will be moving forward with the Judds' The Final Tour.The country duo announced The Final Tour just last month, prior to Naomi's passing, but now the shows will feature tributes to Naomi and her musical legacy with Wynonna, according to Variety.The concerts will include appearances by Brandi Carlile, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Ashley McBryde, and Trisha Yearwood. Moving on:After the tragic death of her mother and musical partner Naomi Judd, Wynonna Judd has announced she will be moving forward with the Judds' The Final Tour; Wynonna and her mother Naomi pictured in 2010'I am humbled, once again, by the loyalty of the fans who have been with us for 38-plus years, who continue to show up for me when I need them the most.

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