Nashville’s Basement East Suffers the Worst of Tornado’s Wrath

Other Venues Are Opening Their Doors to Reschedule Upcoming Shows

The tragic tornado that tore through Nashville before dawn on Tuesday morning (March 3) did damage to countless homes, businesses, and because it’s Music City, venues.

The Basement East at 917 Woodland Street in East Nashville — nicknamed “Beast” — sustained severe damage, and in a series of social media posts, they shared that nobody was hurt because the staff took cover in the basement. But because they have no way of knowing how long it will take to rebuild, they are working diligently to relocate shows.

Hailey Whitters, who was prepping for her release-week, hometown show at the venue on March 10, is now going to be playing at Nashville’s Exit/In. And she will be donating all of the show’s proceeds to tornado relief. “I was thousands of miles away on tour when the tornado hit, but I live in East Nashville and I am heartbroken over the destruction,” Whitters told CMT.com. “Some of my favorite places in all of Nashville are in that neighborhood; they are independently owned and were tragically leveled to the ground by the storm.

“I believe in the power and strength of our community and trust that we will rise up together to restore our neighborhood to the vibrant place it was prior to this disaster.”

Other bars and clubs in the same East Nashville neighborhood that were damaged by the tornado include 3 Crow Bar and The 5 Spot, along with restaurants like Burger Up, the Tree House, Five Points Pizza East, Margot Cafe, and BoomBozz. In Germantown, just north of downtown Nashville, Geist, Jack Brown’s and Red Bicycle suffered damage, and the Farmer’s Market there is now without power.

Brett Carlsen
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