July 4 to Feature Concert Stage with Headliner Chris Young at New Fifth and Broadway Location with Nashville Symphony at Ascend Amphitheater
For Third Year, Nashville to Host Largest Fireworks Show in the Country
NASHVILLE – Nashville’s Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th presented by Dr Pepper Cherry (#NashvilleJuly4) will have a new layout with the main concert stage, featuring country music hitmaker Chris Young, located at Fifth and Broadway and the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony performing at Ascend Amphitheater, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today. The city’s Independence Day celebration is a free, family-friendly event that features the largest fireworks show in the country.
The new configuration will spread attendees over a larger area of Lower Broadway and Riverfront Park, allowing those interested in the concert to congregate closer to the “Broadway Stage” at Fifth and Broadway and those attending for the fireworks show to find spots around Riverfront Park, The Green at Riverfront Park and Ascend Amphitheater. The pyrotechnics are synchronized to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony.
As previously announced, GRAMMY-nominated country star Chris Young will headline the concert. Young is a multi-Platinum recording artist from nearby Murfreesboro, Tenn. with nine No. 1 singles, including his ACM-, CMA- and GRAMMY-nominated duet “Think Of You” with Cassadee Pope and recent chart-topper “Sober Saturday Night” with Vince Gill. The lineup also includes the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, the genre-blurring ensemble of “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles” fame; R&B artist Jonny P; and folk rock duo The Sisterhood, featuring Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart, daughter of rock icon Rod Stewart.
“With the kind of year Nashville has had, it is only fitting that we celebrate with our largest fireworks show ever,” said Beth Seigenthaler Courtney, board chair of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp and president at DVL Seigenthaler. “A diverse lineup of great music will kick off the night on the Broadway Stage, and we will end it with an appropriate bang.”
The one-day event will include a Family Fun Zone at Music City Walk of Fame Park from noon to 4 p.m. Live music on the Broadway Stage will kick off with the National Anthem performed by Jason Eskridge and remarks from Mayor Megan Barry at 5:15 p.m. Young will wrap up on the Broadway Stage at 9:15 p.m., at which time attention will move to Ascend Amphitheater and the Nashville Symphony for the 30-minute fireworks show. This will be the third consecutive year Nashville will host the largest fireworks show in the country. The show will feature more than 35,000 pounds of explosives, and 150 miles of wire will be used.
Video screens will be placed on Broadway between Third and Fourth Avenue and at Walk of Fame Park. Audio will be piped to Public Square Park, Walk of Fame Park, Riverfront Park and The Green at Riverfront Park. Those sitting in Ascend Amphitheater will be able to watch the Broadway Stage concert on screens, while those on Broadway and Walk of Fame Park will be able to watch the Nashville Symphony performance on screens.
Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th kicks off an extended patriotic weekend that starts with a bang and ends with a kick with live music in between. Following the Independence Day celebration, MercyMe will be in concert at Ascend Amphitheater on July 6; My Morning Jacket and Margo Price then hit Ascend Amphitheater on July 7; and the Gold Cup double-header soccer match featuring the U.S. Men’s National Team will take place on July 8 at Nissan Stadium.
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Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th is presented by Dr Pepper Cherry and partners include Advance Financial, Anderson Benson Insurance, Carl Black Chevrolet, Kroger, General Jackson Showboat, Tennessee Highway Safety Office: Click It Or Ticket, “Soundtrack of America, Made in Tennessee,” Tennessee Lottery, Lyft, McDonald’s, Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Peg Leg Porker, Twice Daily, Purple Heart Homes, Hardee’s®, Hilton Nashville Downtown, NASH FM 103.3, 95.5 NASH ICON, Budweiser, Bud Light, Fetzer and Jack Daniel’s.
After earning multiple ACM, BBMA, CMA, CMT, GRAMMY and RDMA nominations and scoring three consecutive chart-topping singles – including his ninth No. 1 “Sober Saturday Night” with Vince Gill from his “excellent” (New York Times) album I’m Comin’ Over – Chris Young continues to set the bar even higher with the release of his brand new single, “Losing Sleep,” which amassed more than 1.25 million on-demand streams in its first week of release. With six albums to his credit, including 2016’s It Must Be Christmas and 2015’s Gold-certified studio album, I’m Comin’ Over, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, Chris continues to reach new heights with his hotly anticipated seventh album due later this year. Named “one of his era’s finest traditionalists” by the Associated Press, the upcoming record will be the RCA Records artist’s third project in less than two years. An international ambassador for country music, Chris performs to packed houses around the world including his recent appearance at the sold-out C2C Festival in the UK. With a hit-packed set that highlights his nine chart-toppers – including “Gettin’ You Home,” “Voices,” “Tomorrow,” “I’m Comin’ Over” and “Think Of You,” — and sixteen Gold/Platinum certified projects, Chris has joined reigning ACM Entertainer of the Year Jason Aldean as special guest on his They Don’t Know Tour through October before resuming his own headlining dates later this year. For a full list of tour dates and more information, visit chrisyoungcountry.com.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Long before Americana music had a name, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band helped lead the charge, mixing elements of country, bluegrass, folk, mountain music, and rock n’ roll into a sound that celebrated the full range of American music. With multi-Platinum and Gold records, strings of top 10 hits such as “Fishin’ In The Dark” and “Mr. Bojangles,” multiple GRAMMY, IBMA, CMA Awards and nominations, the band’s accolades continue to accumulate. Their groundbreaking Will The Circle Be Unbroken album has been inducted into the U.S. Library of Congress, as well as the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. Released in 1972 -- just six years after the group formed in Southern California -- Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken still stands as one of the most beloved albums in the country catalog, pairing the young band with legends like Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, and Mother Maybelle Carter. Their recording of “Mr. Bojangles” was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame in 2010. In 2014 “Fishin’ In the Dark” was certified Platinum for digital downloads by the RIAA. nittygritty.com
Jonny P is a soul visionary. In just a few years, the Bronx-born, Nashville-based singer- songwriter has served up some truly delicious tunes rooted in the sounds of the past but anchored firmly and irrevocably in the present, defined by disarmingly direct arrangements, a superlatively smooth vocal style, and an undying belief in the power of soul. In addition to wrapping his first role in the upcoming film by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty) and screenwriter Mark Boal, he has released his second EP, Good To You, this past April. The EP was produced by his guitarist Goffrey Moore, working in tandem with Jonny P, and was mixed by Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Frank Ocean, Jamie XX, Amy Winehouse, Mark Ronson) and features James Gadson (Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Herbie Hancock, Beck, BB King, Jamie Lidell) on drums. Jonny P has crafted a set of songs that showcase his superlatively silky vocals, his declarative melodies, and his less- is-much-more arrangements. imjonnyp.com
The Sisterhood is an organic blend of the open melodies of classic West Coast folk and the magnetic swagger of timeless rock n’ roll, powered by Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart’s soaring richly textured harmonies and effortless chemistry. Both artists have strong musical DNA. Alyssa is the daughter of Kathie Baillie & Michael Bonagura (the core of country band Baillie & The Boys) and Ruby’s father is rock icon Rod Stewart. They’ve written and recorded their first EP that features the theme song “Tenderize My Heart” for the Stewarts & Hamiltons show on E! They have performed at Fashion Weeks in Milan and Miami, made guest appearances at Rod Stewart’s Vegas show at Caesar’s palace, landed a slot on the main stage at CMC music festival in Australia, opened for Gary Clark Jr., and have now returned to the U.S. after opening for Rod Stewart on his summer and winter stadium tour, as well as headlining their first club tour in the U.K. thesisterhoodband.com
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