Just a few days after the closing of Bearden rock club the Well comes the official announcement of the International and the Concourse, two new venues opening in the former Valarium and Cider House spaces off of Western Avenue near Interstate 275. The clubs will hold an all-ages "housewarming party" on Thursday, June 5 with the local '80s cover band the Pop Rox and local funk outfit Baseball the Band; the official grand opening will be held on Friday, June 20, when the weekly Midnight Voyage Live series of EDM shows returns to its original home with Canadian bass/dubstep duo Zeds Dead.
Brian Coakley, who founded the Midnight Voyage Live series at the Valarium and moved it to NV Nightclub in the Old City when that club closed at the end of 2012, took over the lease on the buildings in March when the Blackstock abruptly closed down after a year of operation. Coakley announced at the time plans to refurbish the building and its sound and light systems.
Besides the opening party and Zeds Dead, the International and Concourse schedule also includes local metalcore titans Whitechapel (June 7), Dopapod (also June 7), Animals as Leaders (June 12), Terravita and J. Rabbit (June 13), Heroes X Villains (June 14), Temple dance night (June 21), the Breakfast Club (June 28), and the metal package Summer Slaughter tour featuring Morbid Angel, Dying Fetus, and more (July 31).
Here's the full press release:
TWO OF KNOXVILLE'S HISTORIC BUILDINGS REOPEN ASTHE INTERNATIONAL AND THE CONCOURSEOpening Night Housewarming Party Slated For June 5thGrand Opening featuring Zeds Dead on June 20thMay 6, 2014 (Knoxville, TN) - The International is proud to announce that they will be opening their doors on June 5th. The former Valarium and CiderHouse buildings are currently getting a makeover and will re-open as The International and The Concourse, respectively. The event spaces will host some of the country's top performers and welcome the return of Midnight Voyage LIVE, a popular electronic music series. A free opening concert is slated for June 5th, 2014."The Valarium Building has played a special role throughout the last 100 years of Knoxville's history," says Brian Coakley, founder of The International and Midnight Voyage Productions. "It's a privilege to be creating a new identity for the venue. We're looking forward to hosting a wide variety of talent and creating experiences that people will never forget."The opening night "housewarming party" for The International is a free all-ages event. The evening will feature music from high-energy party cover band The Pop Rox and Knoxville's own funk outfit Baseball the band.On June 20th, Canadian electronic duo Zeds Dead performs at The International grand opening. This 2-room extravaganza also serves as the kick off to Midnight Voyage LIVE in its new home. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.internationalknox.com. See below for a complete listing of upcoming shows.In 1907, the International Harvester Branch House (The Concourse building) was built as the regional headquarters for a tractor and motor truck company. International Harvester also built The International (former Valarium) building in the 1920s as a truck repair facility. IH Branch House became the Great Atlantic Shoe Company in the 1930's, and brothers Barney and Ally Hartman, owners of the Hartman Beverage Company, purchased The International building. At the time, they were known for 7-Up, but were developing a recipe for a clever new drink they called Mountain Dew. In recent decades, The International building has been home to a number of clubs and venues, including The Orpheus, The Electric Ballroom, and The Valarium. The International aims to recapture the musical magic that permeates these rooms and to help breathe new life into the already rich music & arts culture that exists in Knoxville.