Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland Announces $40 million amphitheater, live music campus



Mayor Shane McFarland of Murfreesboro announced today that the city will partner with Colorado-based Notes Live to bring a live entertainment campus, including a 4,500-seat amphitheater, to the city.

  • The Sunset Music Colosseum on the River is a $40 million investment in the city, according to a news release. The city of Murfreesboro and Notes Live have entered into a nonbinding agreement and are continuing to negotiate the development details that will go before the city council for approval.

The project proposal will consist of an 18-acre parcel of land on Medical Center Parkway and Gateway Boulevard. In addition to the amphitheater, the project will also include a restaurant and smaller indoor venue.

Mayor Shane McFarland and JW Roth, Notes Live Founder and CEO.

“We are excited to announce another high-quality entertainment venture to our City featuring live music in both indoor and outdoor settings,” Shane McFarland, the mayor of Murfreesboro said in the release. “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.” 

The Sunset Amphitheater will have an array of amenities including 32 fire-pit suites, stadium-style seating and casual lawn seating.


In addition to the amphitheater, the project will include a Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse & Tavern, a restaurant with a tasting room, rooftop patio and integrated outdoor patio with fireplaces.

The project also includes a second live music venue, Boot Barn Hall, a 1,400-person indoor venue modeled after Notes Live’s venue of the same name in Colorado Springs. Boot Barn Hall and the Sunset Amphitheater are expected to hire 200 full- and part-time employees and host weekly concerts.

Notes Live anticipates the development will attract 800,000 patrons per year.

“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,” JW Roth, Notes Live Founder and CEO, said in the release.

Murfreesboro, 35 miles southeast of Nashville, has been growing rapidly in recent years. The project indicates investors’ confidence that the city, and all of Middle Tennessee, will continue to grow and be a destination for tourists and those looking to relocate.

Murfreesboro City Manager Craig Tindall and JW Roth, Notes Live Founder and CEO.

“This potential public-private partnership announcement definitely fits our long-term vision for the city. Murfreesboro civic leaders have long set sights on an amphitheater within the City as part of park development including a tentative design on the same property,” Craig Tindall, Murfreesboro city manager said in the release. “The additional media platforms planned to grow from the venues will be an important aspect in meeting the City’s future economic objectives.” 

Notes Live, based in Colorado Springs, has plans to build similar venues in Georgia, Texas and Florida by the end of next year.