This weekend was supposed to mark the grand opening of Brooklyn Bowl‘s new Nashville location with Soulive and special guest George Porter Jr. scheduled for Saturday, March 14th. That will no longer be the case, as the bowling alley/concert venue is the latest live entertainment business being forced to put its scheduled events on hold while North America comes to terms with the public health advisories surrounding the growing threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus).
A statement shared by the venue on Thursday afternoon reads,
With heavy hearts, we announce that Brooklyn Bowl Nashville has postponed its opening until further notice. As much as we would love to gather together and lift up our city, given the escalating public health concerns nationwide, we feel this is the right thing to do and we hope you understand our decision. Upcoming shows will be postponed as necessary, and we’ll be back with information soon.
Stay safe. Stay smart. Stay kind. We’ll see you soon, Nashville.
Other upcoming performances originally planned to take place as the venue’s first shows included The Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell (Sun., Mar. 15), The Revivalists (Mon., Mar. 16), and Rayland Baxter (Sat., Mar. 21).
The live entertainment sector of the Tennessee city is already struggling to pick up the pieces (no pun intended) following a deadly tornado which swept through downtown Nashville earlier this month which severely damaged venues like The Basement East.
Thursday’s announcement joins names like Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, and more artists who are postponing scheduled performances as the serious respiratory virus spreads through communities around the country. The Capitol Theatre also postponed Phil Lesh’s 80th birthday celebrations scheduled for this weekend.