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The tenure of 2219 Elliston Place is a long and decorated one. Amy’s, a well populated dive bar and pool hall, would occupy the space until it’s renaissance as a venue when it changed hands to become Elliston Square. During this time several acts would continue Nashville’s evolution into a diverse and welcoming scene of fans and musicians.
Bruce Fitzpatrick started dabbling in the booking process around 1980. A regular figure around clubs like Phrank ‘n’ Steins and Cantrell’s, Fitzpatrick was also an import buyer for Cat’s Music on West End and would play an integral role in uncovering Nashville’s ability to host several unknown bands who would break out to become legends. Bands such as R.E.M. and Jason and the Scorchers would get their Nashville start through that scene which eventually elevated Bruce to book for and manage the legendary Exit/In for a great deal of time. Finally, in 1999, he would re-open Elliston Square as The End.
2219 Elliston Place has hosted a laundry list of band names that provide a tangible energy upon entering the space. An all-too-brief list of bands who have shared their sweat and blood on the stage of Elliston Square and The End includes names such as The Flaming Lips, Minor Threat, The White Stripes, REM, Fugazi, Sleater-Kinney, Mike Watt, Yo La Tengo, Against Me!, Shellac, The Kills, Black Lips, Deer Hoof, 7 Seconds, Silver Jews, Mastodon, Drive-By Truckers, Screaming Trees, Pere Ubu, The Black Crowes, Of Montreal, Sleigh Bells, JEFF the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Ty Segall, Jay Reatard, and thousands more.
Today The End still exists to provide a type of show you simply cannot experience in any other environment. As a host to several institutional local and regional acts, The End continues to be a prominent stepping stone into the future for so many. Whether it be a sweaty and beer-fueled party with a couple hundred friends screaming in unison or an intimate and resonant writer’s round or a showcase of up-and-coming hip hop, The Endquite literally does it all. A true staple of Nashville and of Rock and Roll.