The Blackstock Exchange and Auditorium—the new music and dance venue in the space formerly occupied by the Cider House and Valarium—will officially open for business this weekend, with a grand opening set for March 9, when the long-running alternative/goth dance night Temple will land at the new location.
“The Auditorium will focus on hosting regional and national touring acts and serve as a high-end performance venue,” according to a press release, which compares the new venues to the Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C., Chattanooga’s Track 29, and Nashville’s Marathon Music Works. “The owners are committed to maintaining diversity in the Auditorium by hosting everything from rock to country and EDM to Americana (and everything in between). The Exchange is a gathering space for drinks with friends, a game of pool, local and regional live acts as well as DJs and dancing.”
The Exchange will open on Saturday, March 2. Temple—featuring DJs Fallen, Darkness, and BillGates—will be held in the Auditorium on March 9.
The rest of the Blackstock’s announced schedule includes the local rockabilly trio Royal Hounds (March 6), local metal band Scent of Remains (March 13), local alt-rock band Skytown Riot (March 10), Chattanooga bluesman Husky Burnette (March 24), Teenage Love frontman Rus Harper’s Melungeons (March 27), local string-jazz combo Swingbooty (March 29), ’80s cover band the Breakfast Club (April 6), and Tool tribute band Opiate (April 12).
One event the Blackstock will not be hosting is the Knoxville stop on Canadian bass and dubstep DJ and producer Excision’s Executioner tour. The show, originally announced for the Blackstock venue, has been moved to the Old City’s outdoor courtyard stage behind Southbound on Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. That means 100,000 watts of bass outdoors in the middle of prime time—a rare and maybe unique event in Knoxville history so far.
Vaski and Paper Diamond open the show. Tickets are $25.