Venue notes: The Cannery, Nashville

Still in operation. Located at 1 Cannery Row, Nashville TN 37202 (615.251.0979). Hüsker Dü played there in the 1987. The club subsequently closed, and remained dormant for several years until it was refurbished and reopened in 2001. (Thanks to Grace Reinbold, who produced numerous shows there in the 80s.)

Another correspondent, "Bountyfinder," recalls: "When I went there in the late eighties they would have 5 or 6 bands playing at the same time. You could take your glass of keg beer and wander around checking out the bands. Then they had the main bar on the main level, which I think they used in a country video."

As of 2008, the overall venue name has become the Mercy Lounge/Cannery Ballroom. The following excellent detailed description of the facility and its history was excerpted from the Nashville venues segment of

      The Mercy Lounge and Cannery Ballroom reside in Nashville's Historic Cannery building. Built 1883, the Cannery was originally a flour mill and later a place to grind coffee. The building earned its name when the Dale Food company bought it in 1957 and began processing food (jams, jellies, mustard, mayonnaise, peanut butter, etc.) eventually opening a restaurant called "The Cannery" in the early 1970s. The building housed a country music theatre in the late 70s and evolved into one of Nashville's primary music venues in the 80s and early 90s. Jimmy Cliff, Janes Addicition, Iggy Pop, Lenny Kravitz, Midnight Oil, Greg Allman, Robin Trower among other touring acts of the time played the Cannery. The Mercy Lounge is on the 2nd level of the massive structure with a standing room capacity of 500, a back bar featuring pool tables and classic pinball machines. The Mercy Lounge also features a luxury hospitality suite much like a Chicago or New York warehouse district loft complete with kitchen and bathrooms. The new Cannery Ballroom is on the ground floor and has also been renovated with new hardwood floors, large tiled bathrooms and a standing room capacity of more than 1,000.

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