Music City Roots, War Memorial Auditorium partner for big band concert on Feb. 11
Valentine’s Day-themed show features Darrell Scott, Elizabeth Cook, John Cowan and The McCrary Sisters backed by 20-piece Nashville Jazz Orchestra.
Tickets on sale now at WMArocks.com
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Music City Roots, Nashville’s nationally-syndicated weekly broadcast showcase for outstanding Americana and roots music, is partnering with the War Memorial Auditorium, Nashville’s historic concert hall, to present a unique Valentine’s Day-themed Big Band performance on Feb. 11, at 8 p.m.
Tickets starting at $35 are on sale now at WMArocks.com, by phone at 615-782-4030, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.
DJs Reno Bo and Jacob Jones of the Electric Western Dance Party start the night with a pre-show dance hour at 7 p.m. Then, Jim Lauderdale and Peter Cooper will co-host the special edition of Music City Roots, taking the audience on a trip to the 1940s, one of the most romantic musical eras in American history, with rare appearances by Darrell Scott, Elizabeth Cook, John Cowan, and The McCrary Sisters accompanied by the full 20-piece Nashville Jazz Orchestra, Music City’s finest Big Band.
“As a child, even before there were my beloved Beatles singles, I had my parents’ 45 rpm Big Band singles as my earliest musical diet. Miller, Dorsey, Ellington … my first concert was Count Basie. While it’s not ‘Americana’ by definition, it is a wonderful part of the ‘roots’ of American popular music history,” said John Walker, executive producer of Music City Roots. “My hope is to find yet another point of unification between generations as younger music fans discover the sheer analog power and rich harmonic texture that only a large ensemble can provide. I thought the best way to do that would be to feature iconic artists in our community that you wouldn’t normally hear in this context.”
“The venue itself is one of the night’s stars, embodying the best of the old and the now. War Memorial Auditorium was dedicated in 1925, the same year WSM radio went on the air from the fifth floor of the National Life & Accident Insurance Co. across the street,” said Craig Havighurst, producer and co-host for Music City Roots. “WSM aired concerts from the auditorium, including those of the Nashville Symphony, and hard core country music fans will remember the auditorium was the home of the Grand Ole Opry from 1939-1943, just before it moved down the hill. Today, its elegance and extraordinary acoustics make it the perfect setting for this one-of-a-kind show.”
About Music City Roots
Music City Roots is a weekly live radio show, HD webcast and annual series distributed by American Public Television featuring outstanding roots and Americana music based in or passing through Nashville. Since going on the air in October 2009, Music City Roots has broadcast the authentic sound of today’s Music City, embracing the traditional and the progressive in equal measure. The show reaches around 40 public radio partners on a syndicated basis and most of the U.S. through an annual 14-week series on American Public Television. Every Wednesday night at 7 p.m. CT, four guest artists perform to an audience of 300-800 people in Liberty Hall in the Factory at Franklin, Tenn. A professionally directed shoot of the show reaches thousands of viewers worldwide via Livestream.com, and as of September 2016, the show is broadcast live via the 100,000 watt WMOT-FM/Roots Radio 89.5. Veteran Grand Ole Opry announcer Keith Bilbrey emcees with help from musical host, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale and interviewer Craig Havighurst. The show was created and produced by Todd Mayo and John Walker and is supported by valued underwriting partners Nissan, Star 129, Ascend Federal Credit Union, Acceptance Auto Insurance and Vietti Chili. Visit www.MusicCityRoots.com.
If You Go:
Music City Roots – Big Band Special
Feb. 11, 2017
War Memorial Auditorium
301 6th Avenue North
Free self-parking available from 5 p.m. until midnight in state lots behind the Supreme Court Building (off Charlotte Avenue, between 7th & 8th Avenues) on show nights.