Why is it that some of the best music venues are located in the most inconvenient parts of town? Some of the best concerts can only be experienced by finding a sober driver, taking a $20 cab ride, or braving various forms of public transportation to reach that one gloriously refurbished warehouse turned music venue in the midst of an industrial wasteland. Let’s just assume that what money was saved on the isolated location was put back into the building’s overall gentrification. Case in point: Nashville’s very own Marathon Music Works.
As part of the Marathon Village compound, Marathon Music Works is nestled in the barren land between West Nashville and the Gulch, populated by large unmarked buildings, railroad tracks, and highway overpasses. Basically, if you didn’t know that Marathon Village was there, its existence would not be obvious to the passer-by. Unbeknownst to the tourist masses bobbing in and out of Broadway’s fine establishments, Marathon Music Works sits mere minutes away and attracts a diverse and equally as successful array of national and local acts. In addition to it’s ability to attract talent to it’s stage(s), the warehouse venue has historically been used for a number of other major events, transforming from a minimalist room lined with a stage and two no-frills bars, to a mid-summer night’s dream-esque block party, to a rowdy single’s benefit venue.
Needless to say, this venue attracts all walks of Nashvillian life and it’s versatility may outweigh it’s inconvenient location. Although you might think to you’re lost as you or in a seedy part of town upon your first visit to the music venue, the success of Marathon Music Works has expanded well beyond its warehouse walls in recent years to the rest of the once abandoned Marathon Factory and birthed the bustling block of Marathon Village. Not only does the music venue attract the locals, but several business including The Corsair Distillery and Bang Candy Company draw more visitors to this previously desolate area of town. Marathon Village is even used for Weddings, music videos, and photo shoots.
Making your way for the first time over to the distant industrial no-mans-land to see your favorite band perform may seem like an inconvenience, but you’ll soon join the thousands of (nearly) native Nashvillians who have been pleasantly surprised by this space. I encourage you to go more than once and experience the versatility of the space, it may just surprise you how much one room can transform from one event to the next. So jam as Nashvillians jam and check out Marathon Music Works for your next concert.
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