Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Nashville Reopens After Temporarily Closing Down For ‘Somethin’ Special’

“Any guesses what went down the last couple weeks?” Ole Red asked followers.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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May 8, 2023

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Blake Shelton; Photo by: Jason Davis/USA Network

In April, it was announced that the Nashville location of Blake Shelton’s Ole Red bar, restaurant and live music venue was temporarily closed for “somethin’ special” that was in the works. Nearly a month later, the brand’s official Twitter account has revealed that the country star’s space on Broadway has officially opened back up to the public. 

Taking to Twitter to share the news, the brand wrote, “Ole Red Nashville is back open! Any guesses what went down the last couple weeks? 👀 😏”

Fans were quick to guess that the reason behind the shutdown was for the filming of Season 2 of Shelton’s new celebrity game show, Barmageddon

“Filming Barmeggedon,” one user wrote while another guessed, “The taping of Season 2. Of BARMAGEDDON!!!!”

Season 2 Of Barmageddon

Several people in the comment section were able to confirm these guesses to be correct as they got to be up close and personal for the filming process. One of these lucky users shared, “We were there for season 2 filming. It was great. We had such a great time.”

Ole Red’s Twitter account previously revealed that members of the public had the opportunity to enter to win the chance to be an extra on Season 2.

The post read, “This is your chance to throw a few back with the boss man and some of his famous friends during filming of Barmageddon.”

Blake Shelton; Photo by Jake Giles Netter/USA Network
Blake Shelton; Photo by Jake Giles Netter/USA Network

The on-set sweepstakes opened on April 14, and closed on April 21.

The inaugural season of Barmageddon premiered on December 5, 2022, on the USA Network and featured the creative minds behind the project, Blake Shelton and Carson Daly with host, Nikki Bella.

Working With Carson Daly

The idea for the new, fast-paced show came to the country star and Daly while working together on the set of the singing competition show, The Voice

“It was actually just an idea that was born out of drinking backstage at The Voice,” Shelton previously shared during a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live. “We were actually watching, there’s a show called Holy Moley, and we were watching that one day and I said, ‘Man, how much more fun would that show be if they were drinking while they were doing it?’”

Throughout the first season, which was shot at Ole Red in downtown Nashville, celebrity guests were invited to “throw back” and “throw down” as they took part in a unique set of rowdy bar games such as Air Cannon Cornhole, Keg Curling, Drunken Axe Hole, Sharts (“Shelton Darts”) and more. The first round of celebrity guests included Shelton’s wife Gwen Stefani, Chris Young, Trace Adkins and Kane Brown. 

“What we were aiming for was real-life The Hangover,” Shelton told PEOPLE. “We wanted to try to capture that in a TV show with people that we know.”

While catching up with Kimmel, Shelton also confirmed that the show would return for a second season.

“By the way, we’re doing a Season 2, we’re super excited,” he shared. “It’s an art show, OK? You know what I’m saying? We have fun with it.”

Barmageddon is produced by White Label Productions and JLP Pictures for the USA Network with Shelton, Daly, Lee Metzger, and White Label’s Chris Wagner serving as executive producers.

A premiere date has not been set for Season 2, but the complete first season is now available for streaming on Peacock. 

The Voice

Blake Shelton; Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC
Blake Shelton; Photo by: Art Streiber/NBC

The “God’s Country” singer is also currently in the midst of his final season on The Voice. Serving as a coach alongside Kelly Clarkson, Niall Horan and Chance The Rapper, Shelton is hoping to score his 10th and final win by the end of the season. Season 23 premiered March 6 and will come to a close with a two-night finale on May 22 and May 23.

Then, this summer, Shelton is scheduled to perform a variety of music festivals including Barefoot Country 2023 (June 16), Jam Ranch (June 22), Country Jam 2023 (June 23-25), Sunfest Country Music Festival (Aug. 4, 6), Coastal Country Jam 2023 (Sept. 16-17), and Boots In The Park (Sept. 22-23). 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.