July 4th Concerts in Downtown Nashville
With a nickname like Music City, we know our visitors expect the best live music experience. And that is what we aim to provide, everyday. Musical entertainment is where Nashville really shines, and at this year's July 4th celebration we've raised even our own bar with an amazing lineup up of artists that will have you dancing down Broadway and tapping your foot to some of today's biggest hits, party classics, and new music that will have you Shazam-ing that song you can't get out of your head....and it's all free! It will be a full day of live music that everyone will enjoy, right in the heart of Music City, Downtown Nashville.
Jack Daniel's Main Stage @ 1st & Broadway
Saturday, July 4, 2015
Martina McBride grew up singing country music in rural Kansas, accompanied by her father’s band. She first made the country charts in 1992. Her hit records since then have included such enduring classics as “Wild Angels,” “Safe in the Arms of Love,” “Wrong Again,” “Blessed,” “My Baby Loves Me,” “Life #9,” “Love’s the Only House,” “Whatever You Say,” “Where Would You Be,” “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” “When God Fearin’ Women Get the Blues” and “A Broken Wing.” She is known for singing lyrics of substance and songs that challenge listeners. Martina has addressed domestic violence in “Independence Day,” female empowerment in “This One’s for the Girls,” child abuse in “Concrete Angel,” alcoholism in “Cheap Whiskey,” poverty in “God’s Will” and cancer in “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.”
To date, she has had 20 top-10 hits and six No. 1 smashes. As a result, Martina McBride is ranked as the most played woman vocalist on country radio between 1999 and 2010, She was honored with induction into the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1995.
Martina McBride has been awarded 14 Gold Records, nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records and two Triple Platinum awards and been recognized for selling over 18 million units. The Country Music Association has named her its Female Vocalist of the Year four times. The Academy of Country Music has presented her with its Top Female honor three times. The Recording Academy has nominated her for 14 Grammy Awards.
Ekko’s belief in music’s transformative power was instilled in him at a young age. He was born John Stephen Sudduth in Shreveport, Louisiana, the son of a tar plant manager turned minister. He grew up listening to classical music (thanks to his mom) and classic rock (thanks to his dad), and began imitating R&B singers like Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson as a teen, “because I realized I could do runs,” he says. After graduating from high school, Ekko did move to Nashville, and enrolled in a music business course at a community college while trying to find a gig fronting a band, figuring it was best way to impress people with his voice. In Nashville, Ekko met the producers Tim Lauer and Dan Hansen and self-released the music they created together as an EP, Strange Fruit, in 2009. His efforts, as well as his mesmerizing live performances, attracted management, who advised Ekko to get off the road and focus on getting the music right. Once labels and publishers heard the songs he had written with Eliot, Smith, and Parker, including “Stay” and “Smile,” they clamored to sign him, with RCA winning out in April 2012. A few months later, In October, Ekko’s song “Feels Like The End” was used in the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. Ekko’s songs have also been heard on Orange Is The New Black, Homeland, and Pretty Little Liars.
The Nashville Symphony performs 140 concerts annually, offering a mix of classical, pops, jazz and family concerts, along with special events and presentations without orchestra. Music City's resident orchestra performs in one of the world's finest concert halls, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and has developed an international reputation for adventurous artistic collaborations with artists including Ben Folds, Bela Fleck and beyond. Schermerhorn Symphony Center is home to many event rentals ranging from galas and weddings to corporate outings and receptions. We can accommodate rental groups of 10 to 400.
Scat Springs sings the National Anthem
Barry Scott with the Nashville Symphony
AT&T GigaPower℠ Stage @ 5th & Broadway
Saturday, July 4, 2015
The McDonald's Family Fun Zone is not just for the little ones! While the kids play on the inflatables, water slides, and games, stellar live music plays all day leading up to the evening concerts.
Small Time Rock Stars
Scat Springs and the Scat Springs Band
Jack Daniel's Main Stage @ 1st & Broadway
Friday, July 3, 2015
We're kicking off Independence Day Weekend with A Prelude to the 4th - More Free Live Music on Friday, July 3rd!
Born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, The Weeks (Cyle Barnes – vocals; Sam Williams – guitar; Damien Bone – bass; Cain Barnes – drums) came together in 2006 and instantly came to define the sound of Southern Rock in the 21st Century. In summer 2010, the band left their old Mississippi home for the bright lights of Nashville. Their extraordinary energy and outsized performances earned them a deal with Serpents and Snakes Records, who reissued the band’s second full-length outing, Gutter Gaunt Gangster. In 2013, the band released their label debut album, Dear Bo Jackson, on Serpents and Snakes Records, spent the year on their “Thick As Thieves Tour” and were included in Rolling Stone magazine’s “Hottest Live Photos of 2013” feature after a raucous set at NYC’s Mercury Lounge. During the summer, the band hopped over the pond for a UK/European Arena tour with Kings of Leon and then they came home to play at the Voodoo and Austin City Limits festivals. Since then, the band headlined the Communion Tour, which was handpicked by Mumford & Sons’ Ben Lovett, played direct support to Jake Bugg at The Ryman, sold out the Mercy Lounge in Nashville twice, and have barely left the road with no plans to do so soon. Headed now into the festival circuit, they have already confirmed Bonnaroo, Shaky Knees, Mountain Jam, Wakarusa, Firefly, Spring Jam and Middle of the Map. The Weeks released an EP in 2014 to celebrate the 9th anniversary of the band (formed when they were 15). The highlight of the EP is a re-recording of the first song they ever wrote, “Buttons.”
Gabe Dixon's self-titled album was named as one of the "Best Of The Year" by Paste, Village Voice (year-end critics poll) & others. His songs have been featured on ABC, CBS, NBC, CW and more. His song "Find My Way," was the title theme for the #1 Sandra Bullock Film, "The Proposal." The Lefsetz Letter, recently said of Gabe Dixon: "This man is excellent. Stunningly so. Because of his talent." Dixon's latest album “ONE SPARK” sees the liberated artist rocketing past his previous work. The album features collaborators ranging from members of UK rock stalwarts Snow Patrol and Starsailor to bluegrass-country icon Alison Krauss. Dixon is also recognized as the "go-to" pianist in the music industry, having handled keyboard duties for artists as varied as Paul McCartney, O.A.R. and Supertramp. In June and July 2014, Gabe hit the road for six weeks in direct support of Delta Rae. Gabe is currently working on his next album in Nashville and getting geared up for his next tour.
Elise Davis released the Life EP in the middle of the last year. While the songs on Life could take a slight right turn and fit nicely on the Music Row hit parade, there’s an honesty and sharp-witted integrity, which constantly veers left. Ultimately, staying true to her message may place her on the periphery of more obvious paths, but it simultaneously allows true music fans the opportunity to focus on a songsmith destined for a different kind of limelight. Elise’s latest project, a record tentatively entitled The Token, recently finished tracking and will release later this year.
DJ DU is an American DJ and Remix Producer. He first began performing at events for Nashville's young professionals that led to appearances at the American Country Awards, the National Finals Rodeo at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, the Houston Rodeo BBQ Cook-off, and more. Other performances include Grammy Block Party, the BMI stage at CMA Fest, Country Thunder Festivals, and the 40th Anniversary Alabama & Friends cruise. DU is also the official remix DJ of "The Breakfast Blend" with Storme Warren on Sirius/XM's The Highway. DU hit another milestone joining Jason Aldean on his Night Train and Burn It Down tours, the largest country tour of 2014 with over 2 million fans in attendance. He has also been a part of The Night You'll Never Forget tour with Love & Theft and Music City's New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway with Lady Antebellum and Gavin DeGraw (featured on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve). DJ DU brings a new channel of entertainment and revenue to events with high-energy audio, vibrant visuals, and the newest remixes of country music.