Less than six months after opening, it looks like the Blackstock Exchange and Auditorium may be closed. According to the News Sentinel, the Tennessee Department of Revenue cited the clubs earlier this week for nonpayment of state taxes and locked the front door. Owner Daniel Leal was not available for comment.
The Blackstock opened in March in the spaces previously occupied by the Valarium and the Cider House, which closed in November. Leal claimed at the time that the larger Auditorium would "serve as a high-end performance venue" hosting "regional and national touring acts," with the smaller Exchange serving as a bar with live music and dance nights. Leal compared the Auditorium to the Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C., and Nashville's Marathon Music Works, though in the few months the club has been open, no big-name national performers appeared at either venue.
The Blackstock website lists a handful of scheduled shows, all of which are presumably on hold now.
UPDATE: Blackstock reopens.
UPDATE: The Blackstock is open again as of Wednesdfay. Check here for details.