A new venue slated to open in the Nashville area in early 2023, Timberhawk Hall, seeks to bring audiences slightly out of town to an area that hasn’t seen much live music activity, the city of Madison, with a roots vibe in an almost barn-like setting.
The concert hall, whose plans have been known to the local music community for some time but was just announced on Thursday, will have a capacity of 1,000 standing or 600 seated spectators. It is located a few miles northeast of downtown Nashville, in a suburban area of an incorporated historic city that some have called “the next East Nashville”, both for its status as a neighbor of the latter community and the number of musicians who settle there.
Even though the new venue isn’t even officially in his jurisdiction, Nashville Mayor John Cooper has weighed in on the project and welcomed him into the wider community. “The Timberhawk Hall project provides a first-class venue that will be enjoyed and enjoyed throughout our community, by residents and visitors alike,” Cooper said in a statement. “I am grateful to everyone who has been involved in this important investment in the neighborhood and delighted to have it officially opened.” (The photo above is an artist’s rendering of the venue, currently under construction.)
The project is described as the brainchild of brothers Fred, Duncan and Patrick Kennedy. It may be another name, however, that offers hope to Nashville music fans about the venue’s eventual booking policies. Santo Pullella was hired as a senior talent buyer after a decade in that role at 3rd & Lindsley, one of Nashville’s most trusted and beloved clubs for late-night rock and Americana shows.
The stage will be surrounded by century-old barn wood, in addition to the predominant masonry, according to information released by backers of the new venue. Most handicrafts are said to come from local businesses and artisans as well as more artisanal sources outside the region. Central Nashville Architecture designed the project.
In addition to the main lobby, the campus will include a beer garden and a separate two-story green room for artists and their teams.
The architects “ensure that the Main Hall – where the concerts take place – and its surrounding campus are designed to recall other notable buildings in the Madison area,” a statement read, “using hand-cut stone. craftsmanship that reflect the town’s many stone buildings, as well as art and design details that connect Timberhawk to the area’s history as a railroad hub.Timbers are sourced from Montana reclaimed wood specialist , Big Timberworks, and art glass windows were designed by Katherine E. Bash and generated at German glass and mosaic studio Mayer in Munich.Among the local craftsmen used was Jim Sherraden, who led the Hatch Show Print of Nashville for 30 years, is the designer of the colorful decorative tiles that visitors will see upon entering.
“The intention we have at Timberhawk Hall is to create a vibrant playground for established and emerging artists, where the entire community feels welcome and can share this creation live with the artists,” Pullella said. “We hope fans feel inspired by their experience and take that energy with them.”
Co-founder Fred Kennedy said, “The most rewarding part of working at Timberhawk has been seeing how a project can have the opportunity and potential to affect the community and be part of that community. It’s amazing how important it is to the community, and how much they care.
Timberhawk Hall is located next to Amqui Station, a preserved 1910 train station. Amqui Station was once owned by Johnny Cash, who moved it to his home in Hendersonville, but it was moved back to Madison to become a museum and community space. Some of the details of Timberhawk Hall are said to link it to the history of the immediate area as a railway hub.
Information on the new structure states that “the timber frame was constructed without nails or screws, using timber mortise and tenon joints instead – an age-old technique rarely found in modern buildings, especially of this scale – to put more emphasis on craftsmanship and improve the building’s acoustics.” The venue will also incorporate LED lighting for the watercolor glass windows so that “even though it’s dark, those windows will glow”.
Amber Harris will serve as Chief Marketing Officer. She previously worked for Reese Witherspoon’s lifestyle brand Draper James, as well as fashion brand Michael Kors and Nashville hotel/apartment complex Aertson Midtown. Danny Poland was hired as technical director. He is a three-time Emmy winner who has worked with PBS’s “Bluegrass Underground,” Vince Gill, and Nickel Creek, among others.