MURFEESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) – Mayor Shane McFarland and Notes Live, INC President JW Roth unveiled plans Thursday for a 4,500-seat outdoor amphitheater in the Murfreesboro Skywalk called The Sunset Music Colosseum on the River.
The entertainment campus will be located near Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital on an 18.2-acre urban parcel at the southeast corner of Medical Center Parkway and Gateway Boulevard.
The Sunset Amphitheater will host major tours at a live music campus that will feature 32 suites with fireplaces, stadium-style seating and casual lawn seating.
A Boot Barn room will be adjoining and will accommodate up to 1,400 people inside. It will be modeled after a location of the same name in Colorado Springs.
The proposed $40 million project also includes a Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse and Tavern – an upscale casual restaurant that will feature a tasting room, rooftop patio and large built-in outdoor patio with fire pits.
Together, the venues are expected to hire 200 full-time and part-time staff and feature weekly concerts. About 800,000 customers a year are expected to visit Bourbon Brothers, Boot Barn Hall and Sunset on the River.
“Provided the final agreements are approved by the Board, the amphitheater will be a public-private partnership adding significant amenities to the area and elevating Murfreesboro to Nashville’s music scene,” McFarland said. “As Mayor, I am delighted, along with the City Council, to welcome Notes Live to Murfreesboro in this substantial investment, and we look forward to Notes Live contributing to the community in many ways.
“I can’t tell you how excited we are to be moving full steam ahead with the construction of our new Murfreesboro campus,” said Notes Live CEO JW Roth. “We love Murfreesboro and plan to build one of the most luxurious music campuses in the country. We expect our live broadcast and content strategy to make ‘Live from Murfreesboro’ a household name in every living room by America. “
Notes Live was attracted to Murfreesboro as an attractive, high-growth area located along major corridors near Music City with age and income demographics to match.
“This potential public-private partnership announcement fits perfectly with our long-term vision for the City. City leaders in Murfreesboro have long considered an amphitheater in the city as part of park development, including an interim design on the same property,” said City Manager Craig Tindall. “Music industry professionals have told developers about the excitement of the Notes Live plans and the belief in its success. The additional media platforms planned to grow from the sites will be an important aspect of reaching future economic goals of the city.
Notes Live provides more information about the project on its website.