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Nashville Music Club owners remember when music died

NASHVIL, Tenia. (AP) – When crazy reports surfaced that a tornado had hit a popular music venue in Nashville, Mike Grimes told himself it might not have been so bad.

Can the basement be demolished? A month ago, the co-owner of the Grimes Club hosted a charity concert for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

The club, popularly known as the “Animal”, was only 5 years old, but had already established itself as one of Nashville’s trendy music venues, one of the busiest tourist spots on Broadway across the city.

The 475-capacity venue quickly became the best site for hosting large events in an intimate setting. Starring Margo Price, Cage the Elephant, John on Price, Maggie Rogers, Marren Morris, Sturgil Simpson and many others.

Maybe Grimes thought desperately as he drove to the club, people who were sending him out about the devastation were exaggerating.

But when he pulled towards the Beast, his stomach fell. The tornado tore the roof clean shortly after 1 a.m., tearing down most of the walls, leaving a mess of destruction.

“You just don’t want to believe it,” Grimes said. “It was an immediate shock.”

The March 3 storm killed more than 20 people, some of them in their beds, as it struck after midnight. More than 140 buildings were destroyed in a 97-kilometer stretch of about 60 miles[60 km]in Central Tennessee, burying people in rubble and basements.

Six cleaning workers at Basement East after the Sanders incident escaped damage by running to the actual basement of the building just minutes before exiting the EF-3 tornado. The two crews were required to close the door against the wind just as the winding passed.

Just last spring, on the heels of a tornado, a virus outbreak hit the state with g Thanksgiving, Tennessee being one of the worst hit countries in the world with record hospitalizations:. To date, more than 11,000 people have died from COVID-19.

The epidemic hit the famous Nashville music scene in particular. Small, intimate clubs were not designed to combat viruses such as social distance.

“It’s so weird to have a scenario where a building collapses, then we have something like COVID-19,” a mix of devastating events “that has never happened in our lifetime,” Grims said.

As the virus raged, the dream of re-packing a basement full of music lovers seemed more shocking than ever.

“There were times when that thought went through my mind, ‘It’s not going to happen,'” Brown said.

The club first opened its doors in 2015, but it took about five years to make a profit from the venue. It was not until 2020 that Brown and Grimes felt they could breathe, what they were doing was working. The partners, who describe themselves as grown-up teenagers who loved rock and roll, wanted to celebrate their fifth birthday in April 2020, but the tornado այլ epidemic had other plans.

Now, as the anniversary of the two catastrophic events approaches, the partners hope to finally reopen. Against the backdrop of signs of a decline in virus cases, մարդիկ more people are being vaccinated, they have set their sights on this spring. But they still plan for the sponsors to wear masks and distribute tables in the club’s 5,000 square meters (465 square meters) area.

When a tornado hit Basement East last March, it stopped. Part of a mural with the slogan “I believe in Nashville”.

Brown և Grimes notes that like that wall, the city itself is stable և durable. Both believe that Nashville’s central role in the American entertainment and culture world will ensure its persistence.

“The magic of music,” Brown said. “That’s what makes this place so special.”

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