Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland and JW Roth, Notes Live founder and CEO, announced plans for a new $40 million entertainment and dining complex on city-owned land in the Murfreesboro Gateway on May 19, according to an announcement.

McFarland and Roth jointly unveiled the partnership outside Murfreesboro City Hall. The plans will build a 25,000-square-foot, 4,500-seat open-air venue named the Sunset on the River Music Amphitheater on 18.2 acres of city land at the southeast corner of Medical Center Parkway and Gateway Boulevard, according to the announcement.

“We are excited to announce another high-quality entertainment venture to our city featuring live music in both indoor and outdoor settings,” McFarland said in a statement. “Providing final agreements are approved by council, the amphitheater will be a public-private partnership adding a significant amenity to the area and elevating Murfreesboro in the Nashville music scene."

Notes Live and city officials have a nonbinding memorandum of understanding for the project and will continue to negotiate permanent binding development agreements, according to the announcement.

The amphitheater will include amenities including 32 firepit suites alongside stadium-style and casual lawn seating, according to the announcement.


The plan also includes Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse & Tavern, an upscale casual dining restaurant with a tasting room, a rooftop patio and outdoor fireplaces, according to the announcement.

The site will also include Boot Barn Hall, a 1,400-capacity venue modeled on Note Live’s Boot Barn Hall venue in Colorado Springs, Colorado, according to the announcement.

Notes Live projects approximately 800,000 patrons per year for the complex, according to the announcement. The venues are expected to hire a total of 200 full- and part-time employees and produce weekly concerts, according to the announcement.

“I can’t tell you how excited we are to be full steam ahead in building our new Murfreesboro campus. We love Murfreesboro and plan to build one of the most luxurious music campuses in the country. We expect our live streaming and content strategy to make ‘Live from Murfreesboro’ a household name in every living room in America,” Roth said in the announcement.


Notes Live recently opened The Sunset, an 8,000-capacity outdoor amphitheater in Colorado Springs. The company is also building venues in Gainesville, Georgia, and planning expansions in Florida and North Texas, according to the announcement.