Ray Stevens delays opening of CabaRay venue in West Nashville

Stevens plans to relocate his Ray Stevens Music offices — now at the corner of Grand Avenue and 17th Avenue South on Music Row — to the West Nashville building.

Stevens plans to relocate his Ray Stevens Music offices — now at the corner of Grand Avenue and 17th Avenue South on Music Row — to the West Nashville building.

One, maybe two, hard months of interior work remain before country music and comedy legend Ray Stevens can let paying guests into CabaRay, a 27,000-square-foot music venue high above a Bellevue strip mall that is anchored by a Walmart off Charlotte Pike  in West Nashville.

Right now the project sits mostly vacant. It’s a construction zone, and much work remains to be done before the 700-seat, Las Vegas-style dinner club can open late this summer.

When completed, Stevens hopes it will become a real-life version of his CabaRay Nashville television show that airs on Public Broadcasting System stations across the country – and much, much more.

An official grand opening date has not yet been set, but a September opening seems likely. A billboard advertising campaign for the CabaRay Showroom began in May and will be updated with an exact date when it’s known, according to Buddy Kalb, songwriter and Stevens’ longtime collaborator and writer of the CabaRay Nashville TV show.

Stevens also plans to relocate his Ray Stevens Music offices — now at the corner     of Grand Avenue and 17th Avenue South on Music Row — to the West Nashville build