Sheryl Crow to Headline July 4 Celebration at New Location
Free Concert Moves to Two Stages at Ascend Amphitheater and The Green at Riverfront Park
Lineup Includes Maddie & Tae, Ruby Amanfu, Erin McCarley, Andrew Combs and
Nashville Symphony Orchestra
NASHVILLE – Nine time GRAMMY-winner Sheryl Crow will headline Nashville’s July 4 celebration, which will include six acts in concert on two stages at Ascend Amphitheater and The Green at Riverfront Park, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today. Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City presented by Dr Pepper is a free, family-friendly event that also showcases the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra and one of the largest fireworks shows in the country.
“With two stages and six acts, our free July 4 concert will showcase the great talent and the diversity of genres creating and performing music in Music City,” said Ken Levitan, board chair of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and co-president of Vector Management. “This exciting new location will be a great venue for attendees to see and hear all the free music, and it will open up Lower Broadway for those interested in viewing the spectacular fireworks show. We expect tens of thousands of visitors to enjoy our Independence Day festivities, filling up hotel rooms across Davidson County and generating economic activity that is good for the city.”
This year’s diverse line-up pays particular homage to Nashville’s strong indie and alternative scene and features Erin McCarley, Andrew Combs and Ruby Amanfu, who will open the free concert at 5 p.m. by starting her set with the National Anthem. Also sharing the bill is breakout country duo Maddie & Tae. Crow will headline the concert, followed by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, which will be led by Associate Conductor Vinay Parameswaran, accompanying the fireworks show.
New features this year include the following:
• New location at Ascend Amphitheater and The Green at Riverfront Park to open up Lower Broadway to spectators viewing the fireworks. The Green is grassy park space behind Ascend Amphitheater in the new section of Riverfront Park.
• Two main stages – the Jack Daniel’s Stage at Ascend Amphitheater and the Music City Stage at The Green at Riverfront Park.
• Multiple screens throughout the event site so attendees don’t miss any of the performances.
• Free McDonald’s Family Fun Zone that opens at noon.
• Earlier live music start time of 5 p.m., giving families plenty of time to enjoy the free music before the evening gets too late.
Festivities will also take place on July 3, starting at 3 p.m. All times and artists subject to change.
Let Freedom Sing! July 4 in Music City is produced by the NCVC for the city of Nashville. It is presented by Dr Pepper and partners include Advance Financial, Anderson Benson Insurance, Carl Black Chevrolet, Kroger, McDonald’s, Durango Boots, General Jackson Showboat, Budweiser, Bud Light, and Jack Daniel’s.
Sheryl Crow is a nine-time GRAMMY winner who has sold more than 35 million albums around the world, has performed duets with musical luminaries, such as Sting and Mick Jagger, and has been nominated for an additional 27 GRAMMYs. She has released eight studio albums (seven charting Top 10, four of them platinum-plus), a quadruple-platinum greatest hits collection and a Christmas album. Her most recent album, Feels Like Home, captures the sound of a great and established artist enjoying a kind of fresh start. It features songs on which Crow collaborated with her longtime guitar player and frequent co-writer Jeff Trott (with whom she co-wrote such past Crow classics as “If It Makes You Happy,” “My Favorite Mistake” and “Every Day Is A Winding Road’), as well as such Nashville songwriters as Chris DuBois, Luke Laird, Natalie Hamby and Chris Stapleton, among others. Crow has a combined 40 Top 10s on the Billboard Hot 100, Adult Top 40, Adult Contemporary, Mainstream Top 40, Triple A (with the most No.1 singles among women in the chart’s 17-year history) and Hot Country Songs charts, and now Crow can also count a Top 20 solo country single to her long list of accolades.
Maddie & Tae
Maddie & Tae boldly introduced their debut single “Girl In A Country Song” shortly after signing with Dot Records and penned each of the eleven tracks on their debut album Start Here. The Platinum-certified “Girl In A Country Song" soared to No. 1 on the Country radio charts, making them only the third female duo to peak their debut single at No. 1 in the history of the Billboard Country singles chart. The gender-flipping video garnered over 31 million views and scored the duo their first-ever award: CMA Video of the Year. The pair, from Texas and Oklahoma, respectively, are currently nominated for two ACM awards: Vocal Duo of the Year and New Vocal Duo or Group of the Year. Receiving critical acclaim from NPR, Entertainment Weekly, The Washington Post and Glamour, among others, Maddie & Tae have appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, TODAY, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and most recently on Live! with Kelly and Michael, where they performed the third single from their album “Shut Up And Fish.” Maddie & Tae wrapped their first headlining Start Here Tour last fall, having previously toured with Dierks Bentley and Lee Brice. For the latest updates, visit MaddieandTae.com.
Ruby Amanfu was born in Ghana, and her tight-knit family moved to Nashville when Ruby was just three. Ruby soaked up the sounds of Music City, and it wasn’t long before the town took notice of her incredible gift. Her album Standing Still centers around Ruby’s ethereal and versatile voice, which has been garnering her critical acclaim since the third grade, when she crushed her classmates at the annual talent show and won the grand prize: a pack of 10 gumballs. By age fifteen Ruby was the youngest member of the Nashville Symphony Chorus, as well as writing and recording her own material. Soon she was half of Sam & Ruby, whose 2009 album, The Here And The Now, was named Associated Press’s Album of the Year, and it is considered a landmark in Nashville’s thriving pop scene. Ruby has always been a first call as a studio vocalist, collaborating with artists as diverse as Kelly Clarkson, Jason Isbell, Norah Jones, Brittany Howard, Ben Folds, Hozier, Joy Williams, Jakob Dylan, Buddy Miller, Butch Walker, Alison Mosshart, Ann Wilson, Patti LaBelle and Wanda Jackson. In 2011, Ruby was hand-picked by Jack White to be his singing partner on his first solo album Blunderbuss. Their duet, “Love Interruption”, became Jack’s first hit as a solo artist, and Jack and Ruby performed an incendiary version of “Love Interruption” live at the 2013 GRAMMYs.
Alternative-pop artist and songwriter Erin McCarley released her debut album Love, Save the Empty in 2009 and her sophomore album My Stadium Electric in 2012 on Universal Republic Records. She has performed on Late Night with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and she has toured extensively in the United State. iTunes promoted her with “Single of the Week” twice, and the broadcast world has embraced her music on many shows, such as Grey’s Anatomy, He’s Just Not That Into You and Vampire Diaries. Receiving praise from the likes of the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and USA Today, she is currently writing and recording her third record. McCarley also appears on ABC's Nashville as a recurring guest star. She writes songs for the show and contributes vocals and background vocals to the show’s soundtracks.
Andrew Combs is a songwriter, guitarist and singer from Texas who lives in Nashville. His debut album, Worried Man, was named one of American Songwriter’s Top 50 Albums of 2012. He has toured with Jason Isbell, Shovels & Rope, Caitlin Rose and Houndmouth. “When it comes to singer-songwriters with lyrical skills, Andrew Combs is the real deal,” writes Southern Living. “The Nashville-dwelling, Dallas native is well on his way to becoming a preeminent voice in his genre.”
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 25 recordings on Naxos, which have received 17 GRAMMY® nominations and eight GRAMMY® Awards, making NSO one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. With more than 140 performances annually, the orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, and children’s concerts, while its extensive education and community engagement programs reach tens of thousands of children and adults each year.
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. Visit the NCVC’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com, tune in to our internet radio station at www.highway65radio.com, and follow us on social media.