Thursday, January 27, 2022


Six Story Property at the Corner of Broadway & 2nd Avenue to Include an Intimate Seated Music Venue, Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ Rooftop Restaurant and More

Multi-Platinum superstar Eric Church has partnered with real estate and hospitality entrepreneur Ben Weprin as co-owners of new six-story property Chief’s at the corner of 2nd Avenue and Broadway in downtown Nashville, with plans to begin renovating the food, beverage and live entertainment space this year.

“I remember driving through downtown Nashville over 20 years ago with a pawn shop guitar, riding shotgun in a beat-to-hell truck just trying to chase a dream,” reflects Church. “Chief’s is the culmination of catching that dream. Like everything else we do in our career, I wouldn’t even attempt a project like this if I didn’t think it would be the best, so that’s what Chief’s will be: the best.”

With Esquire praising Church as “one of the most singular working artists in any genre,” and Stereogum celebrating him as “one of the biggest touring musicians on earth,” the critically acclaimed entertainer’s passion for live music will be on full display with an intimate seated music venue within the space. His roots in the Carolinas will also be reflected on the rooftop of the former Cotton Eyed Joe building, with renowned Charleston pitmaster and James Beard Award winner Rodney Scott bringing his Whole Hog BBQ to Music City.


“I am beyond excited to not only bring Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ to Music City, but to also partner with my good friends Eric and Ben on this project,” says Scott. “Anyone who knows me, knows that I love music – so the opportunity to expand the brand in partnership with an award-winning musician makes this project extra special! I can't wait to share our Carolina roots and our whole hog BBQ with the incredible people of Nashville.”

Church, who set the Nissan Stadium concert attendance record of 56,521 across the river from where Chief’s will stand, has been closely involved in the planning process for the venue, which will reflect his storied career of 30 Gold, Platinum and multi-Platinum singles – from his Sinners Like Me debut through current Top 15-and-climbing single “Heart On Fire” and beyond.

“Bringing a seated music venue to Lower Broadway while revitalizing and preserving a historic building is exactly the kind of investment Nashville’s entertainment sector needs,” notes Mayor John Cooper. “I thank the partners involved for keeping the character of the building while creating a new concept for locals and our visitors to enjoy.”

“Pairing Eric’s talent and passion for music and his work ethic with a new restaurant, bar, performance hall and more downtown is a recipe for success,” adds Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp CEO Butch Spyridon. “The fact that he is doing this in a historic building that will transform the gateway to historic Second Avenue is truly a bonus as that street recovers from 2020’s unfortunate incident.”

“I am partnering with my closest friend and, in my opinion, the greatest hotel entrepreneur on earth, Ben Weprin, and the greatest barbecue chef in the world, Rodney Scott,” continues Church. “Together we will create an experience unique to Nashville and absolutely unparalleled in the world of music, food, fellowship and entertainment. This is my hometown. This is personal. This matters. Every detail of Chief’s will feel that way. I cannot wait to get started. See you in 2023.”

In addition to launching Chief’s, Church is currently playing in-the-round arena shows across the U.S. and Canada on The Gather Again Tour. Tickets to all dates, including the U.S. finale at New York City’s iconic Madison Square Garden, are on sale now at All tour dates will enforce local venue and/or city guidelines regarding COVID-19 precautions and Church is touring with a fully vaccinated crew.

For more information, visit and follow on Facebook and Twitter @ericchurch and Instagram @ericchurchmusic. Fans can also download the Eric Church Official App for exclusive offers only available on tour – including seat upgrades, contests and special merchandise – all while connecting with fellow fans from around the world.

Remaining Dates on The Gather Again Tour

* = Special appearances not part of The Gather Again Tour

February 4 - KFC Yum! Center - Louisville, KY
February 5 - Bankers Life Fieldhouse - Indianapolis, IN
February 11 - CHI Health Center - Omaha, NE
February 12 - Wells Fargo Arena - Des Moines, IA
February 18 - T-Mobile Center - Kansas City, MO
February 19 - BOK Center - Tulsa, OK
February 25 - Hampton Coliseum - Hampton, VA
February 26 - Spectrum Center- Charlotte, NC
March 4 - Amway Center - Orlando, FL
March 5 - Amalie Arena - Tampa, FL
March 11 - United Center - Chicago, IL
March 12 - Enterprise Center - St. Louis, MO
March 18 and 19 - Resch Center - Green Bay, WI
March 25 - Legacy Arena at the BJCC - Birmingham, AL
March 26 - Simmons Bank Arena - Little Rock, AR
April 1 - Dickies Arena - Fort Worth, TX
April 2 - AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX
April 9 - Smoothie King Center - New Orleans, LA
April 15 - Moda Center - Portland, OR
April 16 - Spokane Arena - Spokane, WA
April 29 - ExtraMile Arena - Boise, ID
April 30 - Vivint Arena - Salt Lake City, UT
May 6 - Pechanga Arena San Diego, Calif.
May 7 - STAPLES Center - Los Angeles, CA
May 11 - Golden 1 Center - Sacramento, CA
May 13 - T-Mobile Arena - Las Vegas, NV
May 14 - Gila River Arena - Glendale, AZ
May 20 - Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
June 17 - Barefoot Country Music Fest - Wildwood, N.J *
June 23 - Country Jam 2022 - Mack, CO*
July 1 - Canadian Tire Centre - Ottawa, Ontario 
July 2 - Scotiabank Arena - Toronto, Ontario
July 9 - Pendleton Whisky Music Festival - Pendleton, OR *
July 30 - Big Valley Jamboree - Camrose, Alberta *
August 27 and 28 -  Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s - Stateline, NV *

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