NASHVILLE (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Live Nation is reportedly eyeing Nashville as the potential market for a new outlet for their iconic House of Blues branded venues.
According to the Nashville Business Journal, the promoter is considering a 1,000 to 2,000 capacity venue to fill a percieved niche in the market and is currently looking at potential locations in Music City. Among the locations under consideration is the site of the former Nashville Convention Center, which is currently slated to be redeveloped into the Nashville Medical Trade Center. The project a mixed usage area with an estimated price tag of $250 million — would see the construction of a global headquarters for health care events. The project however, has missed numerous construction dates and has only sold a handful of leases.
While the exact connection between a House of Blues and a medical convention facility are unclear, some observers see a potential for synergy, or at least hope the HOB venue could serve as a 'Plan B' acting as an anchor for a more retail/entertainment focused mixed use area.
"I'd love to see House of Blues come here. We're missing the 1,000- to 1,500-seat touring option," Mary Ann McCready, former chairwoman of the Mayor's Music Council and a longtime entertainment industry business manager told the Nashville Business Journal. "(The House of Blues) would bring in a whole covey of artists that wouldn't normally come here." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers