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Take A Look Inside Ascend Amphitheater

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Creamtastic Slideshow: Take a Look Inside Ascend Amphitheater

Posted By on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 at 12:44 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO: ERIC ENGLAND
  • Photo: Eric England


As local music fans and dedicated concertgoers know, Nashville's Ascend Amphitheater is slated to open July 30 with a pair of unplugged Eric Church shows. Those will be followed by potentially sick appearances from the likes of Phish, Janet Jackson, Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson, Steely Dan and Elvis Costello, Jill Scott, My Morning Jacket, fake Sublime, kinda legit Skynyrd, Hall & Oates and others by the end of the venue's inaugural season. 

Yesterday, we joined mayor Karl Dean and his associates in the parks and amphitheater game for a rain-soaked media tour of the nifty, new 6,800-cap rain-or-shine Riverfront-situated mini-shed. Check out some sick pics after the jump. 
 

click to enlarge PHOTO: ERIC ENGLAND
  • Photo: Eric England


The city spent, like, $52 million building this joint, perhaps explaining why the main-stage structure looks kinda  like a cross between a small airport terminal and a giant P.F. Chang's.
 

click to enlarge PHOTO: ERIC ENGLAND
  • Photo: Eric England


And here we see a rather huge stage upon which both Marilyn Manson and Steely Dan will soon stand and deliver sick shows. 
 

click to enlarge PHOTO: ERIC ENGLAND
  • Photo: Eric England


Karl Dean and the Dean Players take the stage for a crowd of one. 

 
click to enlarge PHOTO: ERIC ENGLAND
  • Photo: Eric England


A sick view from FOH.

 
click to enlarge PHOTO: ERIC ENGLAND
  • Photo: Eric England


The amphitheater is the crown jewel of a revamped Riverfront Park. The grassy area could potentially be used as a second-stage area for a festival, or for a sick game of capture the flag. 

 
click to enlarge PHOTO: ERIC ENGLAND
  • Photo: Eric England


How 'bout this public art? Pretty sick, right? In case you're wondering, that's a sculpture of the Cumberland River. Ascend Amphitheater and Riverfront Park happen to be on the Cumberland. Coincidence? 
 

click to enlarge PHOTO: ERIC ENGLAND
  • Photo: Eric England


No word yet on whether recreational zip lines will run from those spotlight towers to the stage, but how sick would that be?
 

click to enlarge IPHONE PHOTO: ADAM GOLD
  • iPhone photo: Adam Gold


Amphitheater venues are kind of like mullets — business in front, party in back. As such, 2,200 folding chairs will make up premium seating closer to the stage, while joints will (ostensibly) be passed and sick make-out seshes will (ostensibly) be had up on the general admission lawn. 
 

click to enlarge PHOTO: ERIC ENGLAND
  • Photo: Eric England


Karl Dean, a mayor who's not afraid to get his hair wet. Let's all hope he doesn't get sick!

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