Exit/In's 40th Anniversary Celebration Tonight feat. Cowboy Jack Clement, Roger Cook, Lee Clayton, Denney and the Jets and More



All this week, one of Nashville's longest-reigning institutions of rock is celebrating 40 years — many of them tumultuous — in the game. Exit/In's celebration week began on Monday and continues through Saturday, and proceeds from every night will benefit MusiCares, an organization whose "services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies" for working musicians.

Contributor Adam Gold might currently be out in LA, but that doesn't mean he can't tell us a little somethin' somethin' about the festivities. From his pick:

Exit/In, ground zero of Nashville's Elliston Pl. Rock Block, isn't coy about sharing its age. The club's not one, but two "rock walls" lined with names like The Police, Johnny Cash, X, The Allman Brothers, R.E.M., Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Steve Martin, Emmylou Harris, Kings of Leon and, what the hell, Hootie and the Blowfish are a sight so familiar to any local music fan (that almost definitely means you, right?) that they probably dream about it in their sleep. So it isn't really hard to believe the jet-black, cavernous haunt is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary. It's an anniversary that easily could have never happened. A decade ago, when Exit/In was nearing it's 30th birthday, its doors were closed — one of the many times the club has drifted into a financial iceberg. Ten years and a couple owners later, Exit/In — now under the stewardship of proprietor Josh Billue — still prevails as one of Nashville's predominant venues for local and national acts. This weeklong celebration will consist of six nights of bills featuring old- and new-school Nashville rockers, including a reunited Royal Court of China, Lee Roy Parnell, Marshall Chapman, Cowboy Jack Clement, Old Union, Tom Kimmel, Matthew Perryman Jones, Denney and the Jets and new American Bang reconfiguration The Cadillac Black. Each night's proceeds go to benefit MusiCares. —ADAM GOLD

Tonight's tickets are $15, or you can reserve a four-top table for $150. Doors at 7.

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