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BBQ Part Deux - Part 15
"Down at Rocketown..."
Day: 3

After leaving the Ryman Auditorium, we hopped in the rental car and drove on over to the Rocketown youth entertainment facility. Originally built in the mid-1990's as a music and dance venue, it has expanded to include a coffee bar and indoor skate park.


"Pat, I'd like to buy a vowel"

The name of the facility is actually pulled from a song by music artist Michael W. Smith off his 1986 album, The Big Picture.


Rocketown exterior (left), music venue interior (right)

Smith was the primary benefactor in getting this haven built for the youth of Nashville. I had read about it and wanted to see it in person.


em·py·re·an - n. - The abode of God and the angels; paradise
(Wait a minute! Coffee is NOT paradise)

What Amy and I found were a bunch of older warehouse-type buildings connected together with a rather unassuming exterior. Of course, that all changed when we stepped inside.


Amy forgot her skateboard. Bummer.

Our exploration of the facility was brief, but in a short period of time we caught glimpses of the RCKTWN Music Venue, the Empyrean Coffee Bar, the Driven Clothing Shop, and Sixth Avenue Skate Park.


Guy on far right: "They get cool clothes, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt"

It's a rather aggressive concept, and I'm surprised they've been able to keep it in business for so long without major lawsuits or criminal activity. I don't know if something like this could ever fly in Chicago.

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