Luke Combs announced that he is opening a massive multi-level entertainment complex in Downtown Nashville inspired by his 8X Platinum No. 1 hit, “Hurricane.”
During a press conference on Thursday (April 13), Luke Combs revealed that he will be opening a new downtown concert hall and honky-tonk bar in summer of 2024.
In partnership with Opry Entertainment Group and Ryman Hospitality, the two-time reigning CMA Entertainer of the Year will transform the iconic Wildhorse Saloon at 120 2nd Avenue into a massive Next-Level Honky-Tonk Experience. Development for Combs’ new entertainment complex will begin in late 2023/early 2024, however the Wildhorse Saloon will remain open during renovations of the new space.
Combs Said Opening This Complex Is “A Dream Come True”
“I got my start in town playing on this stage and to have the opportunity to work with Opry Entertainment to transform it into my own bar is a dream come true [and] I can’t wait for my fans to see what we’re up to,” Luke Combs said.
“I knew there was something extraordinary about Luke from the first time I heard him perform ‘Hurricane,’” said Colin Reed, Executive Chairman of Ryman Hospitality Properties. “Even as he’s gone from filling bars to stadiums around the world, Luke has remained deeply committed to his fans and his craft. As the downtown entertainment district continues to evolve, we view this new experience as a tremendous opportunity to position Second Avenue with a global audience of country music lovers, anchored by Luke Combs’ massive international fan base.”
Will Feature Several Bars, A Concert Venue And Songwriting Area
Dubbed “the largest and most versatile entertainment complex in the downtown entertainment district,” the total 69,000-square-foot complex will be customized to reflect Combs’ passions for music, songwriting, whiskey and sports.
It will include a 250-person honky-tonk on the first floor, a third-story sports bar with legalized sports betting, a bachelorette-inspired area named after his single “Beautiful Crazy,” a songwriting area for songwriting sessions called “The Still” and more. Meanwhile, the 9,000 square foot indoor-outdoor rooftop (720 capacity) called “The Eye” will include unobstructed views of the Cumberland River and Nissan Stadium.
The venue will also feature a two-story ticketed 1,500 capacity concert venue, which will feature multiple live music experiences that include the existing main stage and dance floor with line dancing. In addition to daily live music from the best up-and-coming talent in Nashville, the venue plans to host a full calendar of ticketed concerts and events. The concert venue plans to host a full schedule of ticketed concerts to events. Organizers said that they will be keeping Wildhorse Saloon’s existing main stage for line dancing.
In addition, the three interior levels will feature distinct entertainment experiences inspired by Combs’ songs, lifestyle, personal interests and deep connection to his Bootlegger fans. He will also showcase his love for his loyal fan base with a special section dedicated to The Bootleggers.
Combs will join fellow country superstars who also have bars in Downtown Nashville, including Eric Church (Chief’s), Alan Jackson (AJ’s Good Time Bar), Luke Bryan (Luke Bryan’s 32 Bridge), Jason Aldean (Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar), Florida Georgia Line (FGL House), Miranda Lambert (Miranda Lambert’s Casa Rosa Nashville), Dierks Bentley (Dierks Bentley’s Whiskey Row), Blake Shelton (Old Red), Kid Rock (Kid Rock’s Big Ass Honky Tonk) and John Rich (Redneck Riveria Bar & BBQ).
This weekend is a big weekend for Combs in Music City, as the country superstar is gearing up to perform back-to-back nights at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium.
Additionally, Luke Combs is currently in the midst of his massive 2023 World Tour, which kicked off on March 23 with a sold-out show in Arlington, Texas at AT&T Stadium.
The tour will visit 16 stadiums across North America, including Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, Kansas City’s GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium, Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium and more. Hitting three continents and 16 countries, the massive outing will also stop in Australia, New Zealand, U.K., Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, France and Belgium.
Riley Green, Lainey Wilson, Flatland Cavalry and Brent Cobb will serve as support on the North American tour dates, while special guests on the Australian and New Zealand dates include Cody Johnson and Lane Pittman.
Luke Combs 2023 World Tour Dates
14 & 15—Nashville, TN—Nissan Stadium*
22—Detroit, MI—Ford Field*
29—Pittsburgh, PA—Acrisure Stadium*
6—Chicago, IL—Soldier Field*
13—Minneapolis, MN—U.S. Bank Stadium*
20—Boise, ID—Albertsons Stadium*
27—Vancouver, BC—BC Place*
3—Edmonton, AB—Commonwealth Stadium*
10—Kansas City, MO—GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium*
17—St. Louis, MO—Busch Stadium*
8—Tampa, FL—Raymond James Stadium*
15—Charlotte, NC—Bank of America Stadium*
22—Foxborough, MA—Gillette Stadium*
29—Philadelphia, PA—Lincoln Financial Field*
*with special guests Riley Green, Lainey Wilson, Flatland Cavalry and Brent Cobb
Luke Combs International 2023 Tour Dates
9—Auckland, New Zealand—Spark Arena+
11—Brisbane, Australia—Brisbane Entertainment Centre+
16—Sydney, Australia—Qudos Bank Arena+
20—Melbourne, Australia—Rod Laver Arena+
23—Adelaide, Australia—Adelaide Entertainment Centre+
26—Perth, Australia—RAC Arena+
6—Hamburg, Germany—Barclays Arena
7—Amsterdam, Netherlands—AFAS Live
8—Paris, France—La Cigale
10—Zurich, Switzerland—The Hall
11—Brussels, Belgium—Ancienne Belgique
14—Belfast, N. Ireland—SSE Arena
16—Glasgow, Scotland—OVO Hydro Arena
17—Manchester, England—AO Arena
19—London, England—The O2 Arena
+with special guests Cody Johnson and Lane Pittman
Combs Recently Released His New Album Titled Gettin’ Old
The tour comes in support of Combs’ latest project, Gettin’ Old, which arrived on March 24 via Columbia Records.
“This album is about the stage of life I’m in right now. One that I’m sure a lot of us are in, have been through, or will go through,” Combs previously explained. “It’s about coming of age, loving where life is now but at the same time missing how it used to be, continuing to fall for the one you love and loving them no matter what, living in the moment but still wondering how much time you have left, family, friends, being thankful, and leaving a legacy. Me and so many others have poured their hearts and souls into this record and I hope you love it as much as we do.”
Combs’ new album features 18 tracks, including his latest No. 1 hit, “Going, Going, Gone,” and fan-favorite tunes such as “Growin’ Up And Gettin’ Old,” “Love You Anyway” “See Me Now,” “Joe,” “Tattoo On A Sunburn,” “5 Leaf Clover,” and his infamous cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car.”
The album also marks Combs’ first project with outside cuts that the North Carolina native didn’t have a hand in penning. “My Song Will Never Die” and “Where The Wild Things Are” are two songs on Gettin’ Old that Combs didn’t write in addition to his cover of “Fast Car.”
Gettin’ Old Is The More Mature Chapter Of His Previous Album, Growin’ Up
While Gettin’ Old was released as a standalone album, it serves as the more mature chapter of his previously released project, Growin’ Up. In fact, when placed side by side, the album covers connect as one cohesive image. The album art seemingly refers to the shift Combs has seen in his life, from his days in the bar scene, to a life that revolves around being home with his family in a house on a hill.
Gettin’ Old follows Combs’ previous project, Growin’ Up, which arrived in June of 2022. The project debuted at No. 1 upon its release and features the chart-topping hits, “Doin’ This” and “The Kind Of Love We Make” as well as the buzzed about tune “Outrunnin’ Your Memory,” a duet with Miranda Lambert, and “Middle Of Somewhere,” among several others.
Additionally, Luke Combs recently revealed that he and his wife Nicole are expecting their second child, who will join their 9-month-old son Tex Lawrence.