July 4th Festivities Expands to Include July 5th Lineup and Fireworks
Striking Matches, Joey DeGraw and More to Perform During Annual Celebration
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – If there's one thing Nashville knows how to do, it's throw a party. This year’s July 4th celebration, “Let Freedom Sing,” won’t disappoint with multiple days of free live music and incredible fireworks at The Lawn at Riverfront Park July 4th and 5th, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) announced today. As the event expands, so does the musical lineup, which will also include local rising duo Striking Matches, Nashville-based singer/songwriter group Ten Out of Tenn, Nashville’s own singer/songwriter Joey DeGraw and L.A. actor Chris Mulkey and his band Deluxe.
In addition, a Bob Dylan concert featuring Wilco and My Morning Jacket on Sunday, June 30, at The Lawn at Riverfront Park will kick off the week’s events.
“Our focus is always to create a world-class music event for locals and visitors, and to maximize economic impact for the city,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the NCVC. “With the Bob Dylan concert earlier in the week and then two days full of great performances, fireworks and family activities, this year will be better than ever. What we are offering, you won’t be able to find in any other city.”
With two days and two stages, there’s plenty of free live music to go around. Striking Matches will join the previously announced July 4th official concert headlined by Republic Nashville’s Platinum-selling family trio, The Band Perry, at the Lawn at Riverfront Park. The show, which will begin at approximately 7 p.m., will also feature GRAMMY®-winning blues musician Keb’Mo’, and the Grammy®-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra led by Associate Conductor Kelly Corcoran. The July 4th fireworks show, which will immediately follow at approximately 9:45 p.m. CST, will be the largest and longest show in the city’s history.
Live music will begin at 1 p.m., with artists alternating between the Advance Financial pre-show stage at the Lawn at Riverfront Park and the Nashville Dancin’ pre-show stage presented by Dollar General at Riverfront Park. Large screens will be at each location as well, showing all live acts. The Lawn at Riverfront Park will feature performances by Joey DeGraw and Chris Mulkey and Deluxe. Performances for the Riverfront Stage are to be announced.
Culminating with an additional fireworks show, July 5th will continue the celebration with performances by Ten Out of Tenn, Chris Mulkey and Deluxe and more at The Lawn at Riverfront Park.
“Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing” is produced by the NCVC for the city of Nashville and is sponsored by Dr Pepper, Kroger, McDonald’s, Advance Financial 24/7, Durango, Twice Daily, Budweiser and Jack Daniel’s.
Further details about the event, including additional artists and schedule of activities will be forthcoming. Please visit www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/july4th for the most up-to-date information.
Hotel and attraction packages are available by calling the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp at (800) 657-6910 or online at www.visitmusiccity.com.
Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis of Striking Matches came to Nashville to pursue music in 2006. Sarah, a Philadelphia native, and Justin, from Atlanta, first met at Belmont University where they were paired together by a professor to perform for a classroom of guitar majors. Having signed with Universal Music Publishing Group, Striking Matches is rapidly growing in popularity through their clever songwriting and tight harmonies. They released their debut EP, “Hangin’ On A Lie,” in October 2012 with Grammy® Award-winning engineer and producer Luke Wooten. The song was featured on a recent episode of ABC’s primetime show “Nashville.” The duo’s first “Nashville” song, “When the Right One Comes Along,” was featured in December and is among the show's most downloaded songs on iTunes. Striking Matches’ career highlights include performances at CMA Fest, Music City’s July 4th and New Year’s Eve celebrations, Bluebird Cafe, the Grand Ole Opry, South by Southwest (SXSW) and Nashville’s popular songwriter’s festival, Tin Pan South.
Ten Out of Tenn (TOT)
Ten Out of Tenn is a unique community of artists bravely forging their way through the difficulties of today’s music industry. Similar to the folk movement of the ‘60s in New York, (including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young), this exciting group of young musicians are passionate about one thing above all else: creating authentic, soul-driven music that has nothing to do with ego and everything to do with making art for art’s sake. TOT features a rotating group of artists who have collectively had well over 100 television song placements, as well as music in film and commercials. These accomplishments are impressive, but it is when the TOT artists swap instruments on stage, gather around one microphone and improvise on their own and each other’s songs that the magic really happens. TOT’s fourth collaborative record and sixth U.S. tour are sure to spawn even more creative endeavors and a stronger sense of community for the artists, as well as stellar entertainment for their listeners. It is a revolution in the making, a refreshing effort of love and a unique point of pride for Nashville’s changing culture.
Joey DeGraw is a widely-known independent recording artist, songwriter, voice over actor, and entrepreneur. Originally from Monticello, New York, Joey has packed the house at clubs around the world including venues such as Joe's Pub in New York City, House of Blues in Los Angeles and TLA in Philadelphia and he has also taken the stage at Harvard's Yard Festival, South By Southwest, the Jackson Hole Mountain Festival and the Blue Balls festival in Switzerland. Joey’s, Say Something Strong, was released in 2009 through Joey's own label National Underground Records, and included original hits "Another Mistake" and "Miracle of Mind." Joey’s been working on his new album which is slated for release this year. Guest appearances on his records have included Leslie West, Chris Barron of the Spin Doctors and brother Gavin DeGraw. A prolific writer, Joey has written many songs and has co-written with Chris Barron, Joss Stone and others. Joey co-owns with Gavin the National Underground in New York City and Nashville. The National Underground features original music with stellar sound in an intimate setting along with a charcoal grill serving lunch, dinner and late night fare. The club has attracted recording artists such as Norah Jones, Moby, Billie Jo Armstrong of Green Day and John Popper of Blues Traveler and Sports figures such as NASCAR Champion, Jimmie Johnson.
Chris Mulkey and Deluxe
Chris Mulkey, the actor from “First Blood”, “Twin Peaks”, “Friday Night Lights”, Any Day Now, and “Boardwalk Empire”, is also a musician. Based in roots and country blues, he has developed his talent as a singer/songwriter, telling stories about everyday life. As an ASCAP member, Chris has sold over 25 songs to movies and television and has played with Los Lobos, Don Felder, Billy Burnette, Eddie Bodin and Branford Marsalis. He and his band, Deluxe, have just released a new CD, Better Together. Earlier albums include Ride This One Out, Wood and Wire, Voo Doo Walking and It’s About the Heart. Chris Mulkey and Deluxe, which includes Mark Marcellino, keyboards, Chris Adelmann, guitar, Mike Vernon, bass, and Eddie Bodin, drums, are based in Venice, Calif. Chris and Deluxe have performed at the House of Blues in Hollywood and other venues across L.A., as well as events and festivals across the country, including the Santa Monica Fourth of July, Mardi Gras Festival at Cajun Field in Lafayette, La, and the Dylan Fest in Virginia. Chris recently produced and directed a TV pilot about the music business, “The Never Has Beenz”, which he co-wrote and starred in with Eddie Bodin. This summer, look for Chris in the upcoming films The Purge and Captain Phillips, starring Tom Hanks.
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination.