PHOTO: A rendition of the completed Amphitheater / Photo courtesy of Nancy McEachern
BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
Graystone Quarry in Thompson’s Station has partnered with the events promoter and venue operator Live Nation for future musical performances and events, as revealed in a press release made public on Thursday.
Purchased in 2014 by Nancy and Rick McEachern, Graystone Quarry has become a hugely popular venue for corporate events, weddings and other large-scale events. On the horizon, its owners are hoping to open an outdoor amphitheater that features seating for 7,500 people, state of the art sound and lighting, a 1.5-acre plaza and a large screen for image amplification.
The construction on the amphitheater is still under way, with grading on the property just getting started, according to Thompson’s Station Town Planner Wendy Deats. The venue is expected to open in spring of 2020.
Formed in 1996 and formally known as SFX Entertainment, Live Nation is one of the world’s leading events promoters, selling around 500 million tickets annually through its ticket selling service Ticketmaster, which had merged with the company in 2010. Live Nation has negotiated contracts with some of the biggest music artists in history, such as Madonna, Kiss and Jay-Z.
Live Nation formerly owned and operated Starwood Amphitheater, an open-air concert venue east of I-24 in Antioch that closed in 2006.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Graystone Quarry to our portfolio of venues and provide artists with another amazing amphitheater to connect with their fans,” said Tom See, President of Live Nation Venues in a statement. “With our partner Graystone Quarry Events, Live Nation will deliver Tennessee concert-goers countless unique and memorable live event experiences starting in 2020.”
The stage at the planned amphitheater will be positioned at the base of a cliff that reaches up to 100 feet tall, providing a naturally enclosed outdoor space, as well as an ideal acoustic space for performances.
“We envision this venue hosting some of the most popular touring groups coming to Nashville,” said Brian Traeger, President of Live Nation Tennessee in a statement. “The spectacular natural backdrop, alongside modern-day amenities the space will offer are going to create a phenomenal experience for both artists and fans.”
McEachern said he was “delighted” to have Live Nation’s services for future performances and events, and was hopeful for the venue’s future.
“We’re focused on delivering memorable concert experiences which also include great food, comfortable seating, and convenient parking in a natural and inspiring outdoor setting ideal for enjoying a night of music and fun with friends,” McEachern said in a statement. “We’re delighted to have Live Nation’s event expertise and talent roster to bring this new venue to life.”