Metronome Review is reporting that A.C. Entertainment, the firm behind the Bonnaroo festival in Coffee County, is raising more than $10 million in debt to fund land purchases that would presumably go to expand that annual event.
A consortium of music industry professionals that includes Exit/In owner Josh Billue is preparing to fill a gaping hole in Nashville's music scene with a Marathon Village performance hall that should have a capacity of about 2,000. Steve Haruch has the details at Cream.
“Music industry professionals across the country recognize the need, in Nashville, for a mid-sized venue that offers all the modern amenities that concert goes and performers expect in a city like Nashville," Chris Cobb says in the release. "Our plan is to meet that need."
Next Big Nashville, the music festival that has showcased many an up-and-coming regional music act, is changing its name to SoundLand and has parted ways with Leadership Music's Digital Summit. The event will now take place across town over four days in late September and feature some big format tweaks.
One of the biggest changes affecting local musicians is that, though there will still be local bands in the lineup, there will not be a submission process. "For this year," says the site, "the event will be purely curated/booked by NBN with the help of our Programming Committee and our organizational partners (Record Labels, Performance Rights Organization's, Booking Agencies etc.)."
Outback Concerts of Tennessee has promoted Stefanie Porolniczak to vice president of new media.
Porolniczak has served as a marketing rep for Outback for the past three years and, prior to that, worked in the marketing department of WTTS-FM in Indianapolis, In.
The revamped Franklin Theatre will have its first public movie showing June 3. The 290-seat venue will in the eight days following also host two concerts by Vince Gill and Amy Grant — really, who else did you expect? — as well as Keb' Mo'.
Sarah Skates at Music Row has a rundown of some big-name Music Row stars' plans to hit the road this summer. After a 2010 that was generally seen as mildly disappointing, a number of artists are lowering ticket prices, even if it means staying out on tour longer.
John Tumminello has been named executive director of Musicians Corner, the nonprofit that began staging free concerts in Centennial Park last year. Tumminello, whose day job is in marketing at South Central Media, also is a co-founder of Music City Unsigned, a grassroots artist development effort.
“We have great things in store for year two of Musicians Corner,” said Tumminello. “We’re working on a number of enhancements, such as increasing the diversity of music, expanding our Kids Corner and furthering our involvement with the community. We’re also planning lots of surprises, giveaways and special guests.”
"It is great to see Bridgestone Arena and Nashville so successful in attracting top-tier entertainment and also to witness the fantastic support of these events by our community,” Sean Henry, Nashville Predators and Bridgestone Arena chief operating officer/president, said in a release.See Also: Record attendance at Bridgestone Arena