[Update, March 3, 11:19 a.m. CT]: Putnam County, Tennessee Mayor Randy Porter has updated its number of deaths from 14 to 16, bringing the total number of deaths in Nashville and surrounding cities to 21.]
Beloved Nashville music venue The Basement East was destroyed early Tuesday morning (March 3) when a tornado ripped through much of Nashville around 1:00 a.m. The tornado caused severe damage in areas of Nashville including East Nashville, Germantown, Donelson and Mt. Juliet.
The Basement East, located at 917 Woodland Street in East Nashville, was among several buildings either destroyed or severely damaged in Nashville’s Five Points area.
According to a notice on The Basement East’s social media, staffers took shelter in the basement of the venue late Monday night (March 2) and all are safe.
As of this time, the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency has confirmed 19 fatalities from the deadly storms and the number of injuries is unknown. Confirmed fatalities represent 14 fatalities in Putnam County, one fatality in Benton County, two in Wilson County, and two in Davidson County.
Among the artists that were scheduled to perform at The Basement East this week include Maggie Miles, ELOHIM, The Mattson, and Rob Aldridge and the Proponents. The Basement East is co-owned by Mike Grimes and Dave Brown, as an East Nashville outpost of the original venue The Basement, located on 8th Ave. S. in Nashville. In October, Live Nation announced a multi-year booking agreement for The Basement East.
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