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.
Martina McBride, Mikky Ekko, and the Nashville Symphony will play the 2015 Music City July 4th Celebration!
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.