July 4th Festivities Expand with Free Live Music on July 3rd
“A Prelude to the 4th” features The Weeks, Gabe Dixon, Elise Davis and DJ DU
NASHVILLE – Nashville’s July 4th celebration, Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!, will expand with free live music on July 3rd, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) announced today. Southern rockers The Weeks will headline “A Prelude to the 4th”, which will also feature singer/songwriter and pianist Gabe Dixon, singer/songwriter Elise Davis and DJ DU. Live music will kick off at 4 pm with DJ DU. All performances will take place at the Jack Daniel's Main Stage at 1st and Broadway.
The Independence Day celebration will continue July 4th with the previously-announced official concert headlined by four-time CMA Female Vocalist of the Year and three-time ACM Top Female Vocalist of the Year Martina McBride. The show will also include performances by GRAMMY®-nominated songwriter Mikky Ekko and the GRAMMY®-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra. The July 4th fireworks show will immediately follow.
Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing! is presented by Dr Pepper and partners include Advance Financial, Anderson Benson Insurance, Carl Black Chevrolet, Kroger, McDonald’s, Durango Boots, Budweiser, Bud Light, Jack Daniel’s, Hilton Nashville Downtown, Peg Leg Porker and Tennessee Governor’s Highway Safety Office – Click It or Ticket.
All artists and times subject to change. Please visit www.visitmusiccity.com/july4th for the most up-to-date information about the event. Hotel and attraction packages are available by calling the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp at (800) 657-6910 or online at www.visitmusiccity.com.
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.
At age 11, Elise Davis knew she wanted to play the guitar and began taking lessons in her hometown of Little Rock, AR. The Sandbox Lizards, Elise’s first band, played gigs in and around Little Rock throughout high school, and she released her first full-length album Love And Leaving halfway through her senior year. She released an album each year of college, all the while playing gigs in hotel lobbies, dive bars and parties. She released Same Vein in 2010 immediately after graduation and was free to travel. She made up her mind to move to Nashville, and without any sense of a safety net, she was on the interstate headed to a town where she didn’t know a single living soul. Somewhat miraculously, the very week she landed in Nashville, she had arranged a group of studio musicians to record “Cheap Date,” which ultimately released November of 2011. In March 2013, Elise signed her first publishing deal with Horipro Entertainment. The opportunity was presented as a prize for winning a songwriting contest through American Songwriter and Martin Guitar in Nashville. That win planted her firmly in the middle of the Nashville songwriting community, and she began writing songs in the spirit of co-writes and collaboration. Elise released the Life EP this year in conjunction with her publisher Horipro Entertainment.
Born Duhamel Wayne Cassell in New York City, DJ DU is an American DJ and Remix Producer. At the early age of 13, he started his career by spinning records for his friends and family in the Infamous Basement in East Windsor, NJ. Being from a multi-cultural household, DU was exposed to a wide array of musical influences from a young age. Growing up in the shadow of New York City, Philadelphia, and the Jersey Shore, DU started appearing at clubs and parties in his teens. After high school, he was compelled to serve his country so he joined the United States Air Force. His time in the military allowed him to extend his musical taste as he traveled around the world. During college, DU was recruited as a full time DJ by a legendary Top 40 country nightclub in Phoenix, AZ. He was later recruited to Cactus Moon in Tucson where he infused country into dance music attracting large audiences for the popular southwest nightclub. After many years, DU departed Cactus Moon to pursue other endeavors in music and style. Since then, DU's career has taken off with a vengeance. He was the first country DJ to introduce his unique blend to country music fans across America. 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 Rockin' New Year’s 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.
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