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Flooding At Soundcheck, Schermerhorn, CMHF

Country Music Hall of Fame, Photo by Jude Ferrara for The City Paper

Everyone here at MusicRow hopes that our readers experienced minimal flood damage, but if you have any news, photos, stories or updates you would like to share, please email us at news@musicrow.com.

BMI’s Nashville chief Jody Williams tells MusicRow that BMI is closed today. A full update is coming soon.

Wrensong Publishing and AristoMedia are two of the latest on the Row to report flooding in their offices.

Water is receding at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which suffered flooding up to the third row of seats in the Ford Theater last night. Today the Museum remains closed and without power. None of the artifacts were damaged.

The Bridgestone Arena is also without electricity.

The basement of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center was filled to the ceiling with water, severely damaging many items including the symphony’s prized $2.5 million pipe organ. The Nashville Scene’s Jim Ridley reports that the enormous pipe organ’s operating mechanism and console were stored in the basement and suffered damage but the full extent won’t be known until the waters recede.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center, Photo by Chris Ferrell for The City Paper

Soundcheck Nashville, the music rehearsal, storage and rental facility located on Cowan St. near the Cumberland River, is flooded. The company’s Ben Jumper reports that no one is allowed inside the building until government officials give the okay, which will probably be when the Cumberland is below the flood stage of 40′. Rehearsals have been canceled until further notice. Jumper and Jan Greenfield are handling calls on their cell phones and updating a blog daily at 9 AM, noon, 4PM, and 9 PM.

Soundcheck from the river looking towards I-24. Photo by Amanda DeAngelis

Opry House Under Water, Show Moved

The Grand Ole Opry House has suffered extensive damage due to flooding that has overtaken most of the Opryland area of Nashville, including the Gaylord Opryland Hotel and Opry Mills mall. But the show must go on, and management is temporarily moving the Grand Ole Opry to the Ryman Auditorium and War Memorial Auditorium.

The Tuesday Night Opry performance scheduled for tonight (5/4) will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium. Weekend performances will move to the historic Ryman Auditorium in downtown Nashville. Thursday’s performance of Opry Country Classics will remain at the Ryman as previously scheduled. Both the War Memorial and the Ryman are former homes of the Opry.

“While we ourselves are shaken by the impact of the flooding of the Opry House and throughout the area, it is important that Nashville’s most treasured tradition continues with this week’s shows,” said Grand Ole Opry Vice President Pete Fisher. “We look forward to coming together both as the Opry family and as a great American city just as we have every week for nearly 85 years. Our hearts go out to all of those affected in the Middle Tennessee area.”

The last time the Opry had to relocate was in 1975 to Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium, just one year after the opening of the Grand Ole Opry House. That move was also caused by Cumberland River flooding.

It is too early to determine how long Opry operations will be impacted at this time. Updates are being posted at opry.com, and on Facebook and Twitter.

Fellow SouthComm outlet the NashvillePost.com reports that “Gaylord has business interruption and flood damage coverage for up to $50 million in damages. However, over the past three years, the hotel complex generated an average of $66.7 million in revenue during the second quarter and about $61 million in the third quarter.”