Rocketown seals deal for new home

Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at 5:00pm
Staff reports

Teen-centered music venue Rocketown will make its expected move to Lea Avenue.

The club finalized a $3.2 million purchase of the former Grooms Engine building between Fourth and Fifth avenues on Lea, according to the Davidson County Register of Deeds.

Rocketown was forced to move after turning over its current site — at Sixth Avenue and Shirley Street — to the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency to make way for the extension of Korean Veterans Boulevard.

The Grooms building is slightly smaller than Rocketown’s current venue, but officials expect the new home will be able to offer the same activities as the Sixth Avenue site, which includes a large music performance venue, an indoor skate park and a coffee bar.

The current site will close in June, and the new site will open in July.

Singer-songwriter Michael W. Smith founded Rocketown in 1994 and then relocated it to downtown in 1999. Close to 1,500 teenagers visit the club each week, and its owners recently expanded their concept to South Florida.

3 Comments on this post:

By: roadie on 3/3/10 at 9:03

I'm happy for Rocketown, but just wondering why they get until June/July and The Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum was kicked out on the street in one week?

By: localboy on 3/3/10 at 9:50

uh, because the owners are more savy business people?

By: freddy on 3/3/10 at 10:48


The Hall of Fame was knocked down to make way for the Music City Center. The article here says Rocketown is doomed to make way for a street expansion.Different reasons, different timeline.