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.
Nashville Dancin' - July 3rd
On the eve of Independence Day, enjoy some free live music at Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General, featuring EL EL, Promised Land Sound, Steelism, and Apache Relay at the Jack Daniel's Main Stage at 1st Avenue & Broadway.
Family Fun Zone Music
The music on the 4th starts at 1pm at the McDonald's Family Fun Zone. Jason Eskridge, Kacey Smith, and The Farewell Drifters will take the stage at the Bridgetone Arena Plaza.
Jack Daniel's Main Stage
July 4th concerts start on the Jack Daniel's Main Stage at 6:45pm. Check out who's playing!
Like many country entertainers, Billy Currington began singing in church. Some of his musician friends from church asked him to sing with their band and the preacher took them on the road to Nashville. After only one visit, Currington decided Music City was where he needed to be. At 18, he moved and began writing songs, singing on demos and playing the honky tonks at night. Currington signed with Mercury Records Nashville in 2003 and released his self-titled debut album. Five award-winning studio albums later, Currington is a GRAMMY, CMA and ACM nominated and Platinum selling artist whose No. 1 singles include “Don’t,” “Good Directions,” “Let Me Down Easy,” “Must Be Doin’ Something Right,” “People Are Crazy,” “Pretty Good At Drinkin’ Beer,” and “That’s How Country Boys Roll” He recently released his fifth studio album We Are Tonight featuring No.1 GOLD hit single “Hey Girl” and fast-rising current single “We Are Tonight.”
Country singer Ashley Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life, attracting kudos along the way from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White. Monroe grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she developed a passion for music and performing at an early age. Her world turned upside down when her father died in early 2000, and she began writing songs to deal with the tragedy. It wasn’t long before she and her mother moved to Nashville to pursue her dream. Within a year Monroe signed a publishing deal, secured a recording contract and released a single, “Satisfied,” a sizable hit that put Ashley on the map. Since then Monroe has proven her versatility, having cut a highly-praised EP with singer-songwriter Trent Dabbs, contributed vocals to a track on the album California 37 by Train, and—at the invitation of Jack White—singing background vocals on an album he was producing by the iconic country-rockabilly singer Wanda Jackson. In 2011, she joined friend Miranda Lambert and newcomer Angaleena Presley to form the trio Pistol Annies, whose album Hell on Heels has garnered rave reviews. Monroe teamed up with producer Vince Gill in 2013 to release the album Like a Rose, dubbed the top country album of 2013 by Rolling Stone, Billboard and New York Times.
The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its innovative programming and its commitment to performing, recording and commissioning works by America’s leading composers. The Nashville Symphony has released 19 recordings on Naxos, which have received 14 GRAMMY® nominations and seven GRAMMY® Awards, making NSO one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. With more than 140 performances annually, the 85-member orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children’s concerts, while its extensive education and community engagement programs inspire over 250,000 children and adults each year. This year, they will perform well-known pieces such as Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, "God Bless the USA," "Tennessee Walys," "The Stars and Stripes," and more.
Simply stated, Striking Matches, made up of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis, came to Nashville to play music. Sarah, a Philadelphia native and Justin, from Atlanta, met when a professor at Belmont University paired them at random to play for a classroom full of guitar majors. The pair has been writing and performing ever since. Their influences range from Jerry Reed to the Beatles, John Mayer to Patsy Cline, and back again. It becomes more obvious every day that they were born to play music together. Their debut self-titled EP was produced by Luke Wooten (Dierks Bentley, Dustin Lynch) with all four tracks co-written by the band. The EP released October 2012 was named among iTunes "Best of 2012" and enabled the duo to score features with NPR and The Wall Street Journal. In December 2012, Striking Matches made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry where they have subsequently played more than fifteen times. The duo has had three songs featured on ABC's hit show "Nashville,” which include "Hangin' On a Lie," 'When the Right One Comes Along" and "Like New". Striking Matches has shared the stage with John Hiatt, Hunter Hayes, Martina McBride, The Band Perry, The Fray, Billy Currington, Kip Moore, Ashley Monroe and many more. They were named a CMT Listen Up artist in September 2013 and became the first artist signed to the newly launched I.R.S. Records Nashville, with their debut full length effort to be released in 2014.
Nashville Picture Frame
Take a picture. It'll last longer.
Frame the Family: Step inside the Advance Financial Giant Picture Frame and get a photo with the entire family (see some photos from New Year's Eve)!
Frame your Face: Look for the Nashville Social Street Team to grab some friends and take a picture with the fun, hand-held Nashville Picture Frames (see photos from CMA Music Festival).
Do Both: Stand in the Giant Frame and hold up the smaller frames - Capture your #NashvilleJuly4 experience in Music City and share it with the world!