Exit/In has put the news cycle aside and is building a stage area to get back to what it does best, live music, this summer.
Exit/In owner Chris Cobb announced via social media late last week that the 50-year-old historic “Rock Block” institution will host bands and artists from a soon-to-be-erected outdoor stage area, for comically dubbed “Out/Back” shows.
Fittingly enough, the new concert area is directly behind the venue in between Cafe Coco and Hurry Back.
An early schedule has also been announced, with more dates to come.
June 2: Midnight North with Mike Miz
June 3: The Sacred, Taco Mouth, Beyond Here
June 9: The Shindellas with Special Guests
June 17: South of Eden with Special Guests
June 23: Teenage Bottlerocket with MakeWar
June 30: Hip Hop on Elliston with Daisha McBride, Reaux Marquez, DJ Walt
Tickets and information are available at exitin.com.
Additionally, on May 30, a benefit concert will raise funds for the continuing effort by the venue’s longtime business side owners, the Cobb family, to buy back the Exit/In property at 2208 Elliston Place from AJ Capital Partners, which acquired it this spring.
The benefit concert was already set to include an all-star tribute to Uncle Tupelo featuring Dirt Reynolds, with special guests Third Man Records indie artist Aaron Lee Tasjan, Luke Schneider, Joe Andrews, Charles Butler, Andrew Leahey, Jon Latham, Brian Wright, Allen Thompson, India Ramey and Joey Fletcher, with more to be announced.
In early May, Lilly Hiatt, Peter Keys of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Zach Setchfield of Amanda Shires were also added to the mix, as were on-site vaccinations for those interested.
The night will also include End of the Line, a tribute to the Allman Brothers Band with special guests former Gregg Allman Band keyboardist Peter Levin, Jimbo Hart and Chad Gamble of Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, as well as The Cordovas are Dead paying tribute to the Grateful Dead.
The “family-friendly” event will take place “rain or shine” at 700 Woodland St. from 4 to 10 p.m., with tickets running $25.
According to a release from event organizers, all funds will go to Music Venue Alliance of Nashville, while those funds will be made available to operators of Exit/In as a supplement to their offers to buy back the property from AJ Capital Partners.
Prior to AJ Capital Partners making the purchase, Cobb had been attempting to purchase the property from his landlords with the aid of Grubb Properties’ Live Venue Recovery Fund to form an owner-operator scenario.
Cobb has stated that his camp put out an offer equal to that of AJ Capital Partners earlier this spring but was rebuffed.
A GoFundMe started by Cobb raised $224,534 for buyback of the venue. Similarly, those funds were earmarked for MVAN and the National Independent Venue Association if attempts are unsuccessful.