NCVC Partners with Nashville Dancin’ for July 4th Festivities
Two Pre-Show Stages Offer More Free Music throughout the Day
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp (NCVC) announced today it will partner with the free weekly summer concert series, Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General, to offer more opportunities to see great live music during the annual Music City July 4th celebration. The Derek St. Holmes Band, Phoenix Stone, Molly Sue Gonzalez and The Cultivation will perform at the Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General State Water Heaters afternoon stage at Riverfront Park, alternating with the previously-announced musical lineup at the Advance Financial 24/7 day stage at The Lawn at Riverfront Park, which includes Joey DeGraw, Chris Mulkey and Deluxe and the newly-added group, The Willis Clan.
“What better way for Nashville to celebrate the holiday than to offer more opportunities to see great live music,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the NCVC. “We’re thrilled to partner with Nashville Dancin’, which is quickly renewing its musical position for locals and visitors alike. With two stages and the quality of artists in the lineup, July 4th attendees will get a great show no matter their location.”
Live music will begin at noon, with artists alternating between the State Water Heaters afternoon stage at Riverfront Park and the Advance Financial 24/7 day stage at the Lawn at Riverfront Park. Large screens at each location will show all live acts to downtown visitors.
July 4th event-goers may enjoy free parking at lots A-D at LP Field, however, the regularly scheduled shuttle service offered for Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General will not be available. Please note the Shelby Street Pedestrian and Woodland Street bridges will close at 8 p.m. and will reopen at the conclusion of the fireworks show. Parking is also available at the Music City Center parking garage. To locate other available parking downtown, visit www.parkitdowntown.com.
“Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing” is produced by the NCVC for the city of Nashville and sponsored by Dr Pepper, Kroger, Governor’s Highway Safety Office: Click It or Ticket, McDonald’s, Advance Financial 24/7, Durango, Twice Daily, Carl Black Chevrolet, Wrangler, Budweiser, el Jimador Tequila and Jack Daniel’s.
Please visit www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/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.
JULY 4TH LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE:
Nashville Dancin’ Presented by Dollar General Afternoon Stage at Riverfront Park
12 p.m. – The Cultivation
1:35 p.m. – Molly Sue Gonzalez
3:25 p.m. – Phoenix Stone
5:20 p.m. Derek St Holmes Band
Advance Financial 24/7 Day Stage at The Lawn at Riverfront Park
12:55 p.m. – The Willis Clan
2:30 p.m. – Joey DeGraw
4:20 p.m. – Chris Mulkey and Deluxe
July 4th Official Concert
7 p.m. – Striking Matches
7:30 p.m. – Keb’Mo’
8:35 p.m. – The Band Perry
9:50 p.m. – July 4th Fireworks choreographed to performance by Nashville Symphony Orchestra
Nashville Dancin’ Presented by Dollar General
Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General is making it easy for Nashvillians and tourists to enjoy the outdoor summer concert series, open to all ages, with FREE admission, FREE parking at LP Field (thank you Tennessee Titans), and FREE shuttle service, courtesy of Grand Avenue. Patrons are encouraged to use the Pedestrian Bridge. To help kick-start an initiative to give back to the community, Nashville Dancin' presented by Dollar General has chosen the following charities to spotlight this year: Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt and PENCIL Foundation. Produced by TomKats Inc. and Kaleidoscope Media, LLC, the return of the longest-running, free weekly summer concert series represents a collaborative effort by Dollar General, the office of Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, State Water Heaters, Bud Light, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Twice Daily, Town and Country Ford of Nashville, Grand Avenue, REAL Water, Metro Parks, Green Village Recycling, Horton Group, Holiday Inn Express, Atlas Hills, Sunbelt Rentals, Mapex, Hard Rock Cafe, The Green Truck Movers, Nashville Scene, Xfinity, FOX 17, 102.5 The Game, 102.9 The Buzz, Now Playing Nashville and Yelp. Like on Facebook, follow on Twitter or visit the website at www.nashvilledancin.com.
The Willis Clan
Some families go for quantity, some go for quality, but the Willis Clan believes it’s better to have both. The Willis Clan is unlike any other family you’ve ever seen. Parents, Brenda, Toby and their twelve, home-schooled children are a family of musicians, dancers, athletes, artists and writers, living in Nashville. Living on the south side of Chicago, Brenda and Toby Willis were unaware that they were surrounded by Irish culture, until they witnessed Riverdance. To say the least, they were awe inspired. The kids began taking Irish music and dance lessons, however after a few turn of events, the Willis family decided to move out of urban Chicago and move to Music City. After moving to Nashville the Willis family continued practicing Irish style dancing and soon began to enter and win competitions. Their accolades include eight national championships in swing dance as well. Meanwhile, the musical training continued on, and like their dance, it branched out into different genres such as pop, country, bluegrass and jazz, however the Irish element still remained. In 2012, the Willis children won The Fleadh Cheoil, the World Championship in Irish Music, in Cavan, Ireland. In addition to music and dance, the boys have won ten state wrestling championships, the girls are accomplished horseback riders, and all are artists, writers and athletes. Toby’s thoughts are, “We have chosen to take the less traveled path and love it. We hope to share a little slice the joy and adventure with everybody we meet.” And once you meet the Willis Clan, it will be hard not to enjoy every minute with them.
Derek St. Holmes Band
Known primarily as the rhythm guitarist and vocalist on Ted Nugent's early (and best) solo albums, Derek St. Holmes has also subsequently lent his talents to recordings by other artists and by the dawn of the 21st century, finally launched his own solo career. Hailing from a small city not far from Detroit (Riverview, MI), St. Holmes became originally interested in music via his mother, who sang regularly in a church choir. Not long after, St. Holmes picked up guitar and began to sing himself and was influenced by the usual Brit-rock suspects of the '60s (the Rolling Stones, the Beatles), but also soul and blues artists (Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin, B.B. King). For more information, visit www.derekstholmes.net
After being signed to Warner/Chappell Nashville as a teen, industry vet Phoenix Stone has gone on to produce and work with critically-acclaimed acts, including legend Art Garfunkel, newcomer Liana Conway, and the multiple platinum-selling band, The Backstreet Boys. Stone is returning to his Southern roots with his debut country single “100 Proof Moonshine,” (Stonehall Entertainment/Nine North Records). Written and produced by Stone, this good-time anthem has already hit #1 on the New & Active Charts and is rapidly climbing the Billboard charts. His unique sound blends the soulful grooves of the Allman Brothers and traditional values of Hank with the rockin’ contemporary production of Jason Aldean. His debut country EP Honky Tonk Superstar, featuring four original tracks written and produced by Stone, was released digitally this year.
Molly Sue Gonzalez
In her hometown of Hammondsville, Ohio Gonzalez sang anywhere and everywhere she could. As a young teen singing country music she quickly became a big fish in the small pond and was offered opening slots for many nationally touring artists who came through town, most notably Ronnie Milsap, Air Supply, Randy Travis, and KC & The Sunshine Band. Gonzalez made the transition to Nashville in 2008 where she began singing in lower Broadway's famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge. It was there that Gonzalez cut her teeth as a professional singer and developed her signature sound. Since teaming with her bass player and band leader Vincent Wynne, Gonzalez has been tearing up the rockabilly scene in Nashville, playing more the 70 shows in 2012, which included multiple tours up and down the East coast. In November 2012 Gonzalez released her debut rockabilly record entitled Under the Influence, which pays homage to her rockabilly influences while simultaneously publicly laying the foundation for what is to come. Gonzalez and her band, The Mean, Mean Men, released their first original song entitled "Bad Example” in 2013 and the received more than 1,500 views in its first week. Gonzalez promises a full-length record of mostly original material to be released in early 2014. Until then, the band continues to tour regularly on the strength of Under the Influence and Live at the White Horse, as well as writes material for what promises to be one of the standout releases of 2014.
The Cultivation is a Nashville-based pop-rock sensation comprised of Emerson Wells, Kevin Martin, Tony Thompson and Jay Averitt. Their feel-good, melodically intricate tunes, driven by the flawless vocals of Wells have drawn attention from Nashville’s very own Lightning 100, putting them in the heat of the fire with some of Nashville’s most established bands in the Indie Radio’s Music City Mayhem Contest. Their radio debut has drawn attention, practically overnight, from local and national press and industry, pushing them into the ranks with the best. Their recently released, self-titled EP, is grounded, yet progressive (Think Fleetwood Mac meets Gotye.) With hook-driven songs that are as perfect for a road-trip or cranking at a party as they are for mulling over the lyrics and pondering the delicate arrangements, The Cultivation’s unpretentious tunes give a little something for everyone. And, their live show is something not to be missed. At the root of it all, these boys like to have fun and make sure to entertain. They play from the heart, and love what they do. They’re tight, well-rehearsed, and have a plethora of catchy originals. This fresh band is beaming with talent and vigor. The hype has begun, and it’s only a matter of time before the rest of the world catches on.
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.