After months of remodeling and preparations, The Blackstock entertainment complex will be opening its doors to the public on Saturday, March 2, 2013. The Blackstock is the former location of the Valarium and Ciderhouse, now dubbed The Blackstock Auditorium and Blackstock Exchange.
The Auditorium will focus on hosting regional and national touring acts and serve as a high end performance venue. 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 grand opening of The Blackstock Exchange and Auditorium will be Saturday March 9th. The Exchange will host the main event which will be the premier of its weekly dance night.
Also featured in the grand opening in the Blackstock Auditorium, Temple, Knoxville's longest running alternative dance night (and possibly the longest running dance night currently active in Knoxville). Even though its focus is on gothic and industrial dance music, its not uncommon to walk in and hear Nine Inch Nails followed by ABBA, Johnny Cash, The Clash, or Murray Head. Patrons are encouraged to dress how they feel, if that means corsets and fishnets or jeans and t-shirts, all are welcome.
The new owners and staff are committed to providing world class entertainment in a historic Knoxville location, much like Asheville's Orange Peel, Chattanooga's Track 29 and Nashville's Marathon Music Works. With emphasis placed on providing the best experience for the artist and the patrons, the venue has made extra efforts for safety and enjoyment, including lit parking lots, full time security, state of the art sound and lighting, professional experienced staff, and a strong sense of "giving back" with a commitment to building relationships with a variety of community programs and charities.