New team makes progress on codes and permits compliance
Photo: Stephen TrageserHere’s some hopeful news in the ongoing story of DIY spaces in Music City: The proprietors of East Side space Queen Ave (a venue which The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney took time to crush on in our 2016 Year in Music issue) have released a statement on their progress in getting up to code, and things look promising.
In the month since Nashville’s DIY spots went into a holding pattern in the wake of the tragic fire at Oakland, Calif.’s Ghost Ship, spaces like Queen Ave, Drkmttr and The Glass Menage, critical to the health of Music City’s music scene, have looked for ways to work with the city so they can continue hosting shows.
Two weeks before the fire, Queen Ave had suspended their events calendar while a new team — Rachel Warrick, Molly Hornbuckle and Arthur Leago — prepared to take the reins from founders Tyler Walker, Taylor Jensen and Mike Kluge. Today, Warrick, Hornbuckle and Leago tell the Scene that their efforts to obtain a Use and Occupancy permit (which Metro Codes requires all venues to have) have produced some positive results.
“In the wake of the Oakland tragedy, we’ve been working closely with the Music City Music Council to get Queen Ave up to standards with codes and permitting,” the Queen Ave team tells the Scene in an email. “Our team has been working very hard to reopen the space and it has been so encouraging to have such a supportive community around us.
“Our next steps [toward getting the permit] involve getting a Life & Safety Analysis by a certified Tennessee architect, a Fire Inspection with the Nashville Fire Department, and more likely that not, bringing the space up to ADA standards,” the statement continues. “While working on these steps, we will be polishing up Queen Ave with newly painted floors and walls, and building a stage for performers, among other improvements to create a new and improved experience. We’re hesitant to announce a grand opening date at this point in time — becoming ADA compliant might throw another hitch our way — but we’re aiming for some time in March.”
Anyone who’d like to offer advice or volunteer time to help with construction and painting projects can reach out to the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org. A new website is set to launch this weekend at queenave.org, where they’ll post updates about the ongoing process.
One bummer note: Queen Ave won’t be ready in time to host a benefit for the Oasis Center featuring Idle Bloom, Western Medication, Music Band and other top local rock bands, scheduled for Friday, Jan. 13. However, the show will go on at The East Room — check the Facebook event page for details.