Peter Shapiro is bringing the Brooklyn Bowl to Music City.
The founder of New York’s busiest club is expanding the brand west to Tennessee with a 1,200-capacity venue, 19-lane bowling alley and grill and bar from the award-winning Blue Ribbon Group opening in Nashville in March. Brooklyn Bowl Nashville will be located in the city’s Germantown neighborhood at the corner of 3rd Ave and Jackson St, adjacent to First Tennessee Baseball Park, just north of the State Capitol and Broadway corridor.
Brooklyn Bowl Nashville is a joint venture with Live Nation, in partnership with Red Light Management founder Coran Capshaw. The two-level space with LEED-certified bowling alley is the third U.S. location for Shapiro’s marquee music brand — Brooklyn Bowl’s Las Vegas location opened in 2014 and has been selected best venue from Las Vegas Weekly readers four out of the last five years including 2019.
Brooklyn Bowl Nashville will bring an eclectic and diverse musical palette to the Nashville’s live music scene, opening in March with jazz/funk fusion trio Eric Krasno, Neal Evan and Alan Evans of Soulive, reviving the Bowlive residency they first created at Brooklyn Bowl New York, this time with legendary special guest George Porter Jr. from the Meters. The Bowl will host The Revivalists on March 16, Angel Olsen on April 13, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead on April 24, Royal Blood on May 3 and three nights of String Cheese Incident July 22-24.
“We’ve wanted to bring the bowl to Nashville for a few years and after looking at different areas of the city, we found this great spot right on the third base line of the Nashville Sounds,” Shapiro says of the Triple-A team that plays next door. “Germantown is this funky neighborhood with these amazing Victoria nhomes and the vibe of a Williamsburg or Silver Lake. Is an amazing town with this incredible history from the Ryman to the Opry to the Cannery to Broadway. I feel really lucky that we get to build a venue from ground up in Nashville and find our spot in that 1,200-cap range.”
Colin Keegan from Brooklyn Bowl New York will serve as the Nashville location’s head of talent, working closely with Kirk Peterson, director of talent for Dayglo Ventures. The Live Nation partnership has Keegan working with some of the city’s big hitters including longtime promoter Brian Traeger, AC Entertainment’s Steve Greene and Sally Williams, who left the Ryman in July to become president of Nashville music and business strategy at Live Nation.
“Sometimes you want to go down the slide alone, and sometimes you want to go down the slide with the big kids,” joked Shapiro, who also owns the Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, N.Y., as well as Relix Magazine and the annual Lockn’ festival at Oak Ridge Farm in Arrington, Virginia. “The only way to go to a town like Nashville is to do it in partnership with people like Sally Williams and Traeger and the AC team. It’s the right way and we’re really excited.”
Shapiro has a number of new projects in the works including Garcias, a 325-cap jazz seated-venue in Chicago’s honoring Grateful Dead front man Jerry Garcia, scheduled to open toward the end of next year. He’s also looking to open new Brooklyn Bowl locations over the next two years.
“Combining what Nashville is famous for with the diverse and eclectic musical genres that we’ve become known for showcasing, we’re looking forward to being a new home for Rock And Roll in Music City.” adds co-founder ?Charley Ryan?. “It’s a town with such amazing venues, and we’re excited and honored to be a part of the community.”
The Nashville venue will be two levels with a large outdoor deck overlooking the nearby baseball field complete with a LEED certified bowling alley and food courtesy of the ?Blue Ribbon ?restaurant group. Shapiro is planning to announce some big underplay shows from major indie Nashville headliners in the coming weeks.
Full schedule is below. For a complete list of dates, visit brooklynbowl.com.
Sat., Mar. 14 | Bowlive feat. Soulive & George Porter Jr.
Sun., Mar. 15 | The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell
Mon., Mar. 16 | The Revivalists
Sat., Mar. 21 I Rayland Baxter
Fri., Mar. 27 | St. Paul and the Broken Bones
Tues., Mar. 31 | Antibalas
Thurs., Apr. 2 | Brent Cobb & Them
Fri., Apr. 3 | Hippie Sabotage
Sat., Apr. 4 | Hippie Sabotage
Thurs., Apr. 9 | Theory of a Deadman
Fri., Apr. 10 | The Dip
Sat., Apr. 11 | Tennessee Dead with Liz Cooper & the Stampede + Futurebirds Mon., Apr. 13 | Angel Olsen
Fri., Apr. 17 | Real Estate
Sat., Apr. 18 | The Infamous Stringdusters with special guest Town Mountain Wed., Apr.22 | Toots and The Maytals
Fri., Apr. 24 | Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Sat., Apr. 25 | Larkin Poe
Sun., Apr. 26 | PJ Morton
Mon., Apr. 27 | Shinyribs
Fri., May 1 | Twiddle
Sun., May 3 | Royal Blood
Fri., May 9 I Phosphorescent
Mon., May 11 | Poolside
Wed., May 13 | Jinjer
Sat., May 23 I Frank Foster
June | TBA I The Hold Steady
Sat., June 20 | Car Seat Headrest
Sun., June 21 | Chicano Batman
Wed., July 22 | The String Cheese Incident
Thurs., July 23 | The String Cheese Incident
Fri., July 24 | The String Cheese Incident