The Fray to Headline Music City’s New Year’s Eve
Fourth Annual “Bash on Broadway” Offers Full Evening of Free Music and Midnight “Music Note Drop®”
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A city that loves a good party, Nashville will once again throw one of the biggest New Year’s Eve celebrations in the country with great live music and Nashville’s own midnight “Music Note Drop®.” Grammy®-nominated piano rock group The Fray will headline the fourth annual Music City New Year’s Eve “Bash on Broadway” event in downtown Nashville, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB) announced today. The music-filled evening will also feature performances by Nashville-based Sixpence None the Richer, ACM-nominated country duo Love and Theft, and Nashville newcomers Striking Matches.
Revelers attending Music City’s “Bash on Broadway” will count down to the New Year as a 15-foot-tall red “Music Note Drop®,” drops slowly from a 115-foot structure. The “Music Note Drop®” will trigger a fireworks display and major confetti cannons as it reaches the midnight mark. New this year, families will have an opportunity to mark the holiday with a raising of the music note, fireworks and discounted non-alcoholic beverages during a family hour from 7 to 8 p.m.
The show, which is free to the public, will take place on Lower Broadway between 1st and 5th avenues beginning at 7 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. The show will be emceed by Storme Warren, host of GAC’s Headline Country and Sirius XM Radio personality.
The New Year’s Eve event will provide two consecutive nights of entertainment offerings for visitors. The festivities kick off Sunday, December 30, with MusicFest and Battle of the Bands on Broadway. Visitors can enjoy this Music City Bowl pre-game event featuring bands the participating ACC and SEC schools. The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl game will follow on Monday, December 31, at 11 a.m. at LP Field. Visitors can also participate in the Nashville New Year’s Resolution Run 5K Run/Walk on Tuesday, January 1. For additional details on events, visit www.visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.
The hotel occupancy rate for New Year’s Eve 2011 was 90.3%, up from 75.7% in 2010, a 19% increase. According to city officials, the crowd attendance was 55,000 in 2011, 25,000 in 2010 and 15,000 in 2009.
Sponsors of this year’s New Year’s Eve ‘Bash on Broadway’ include Miller Lite, Coors Lite, Jack Daniel’s, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, The Governor’s Highway Safety Office: Booze It & Lose It! and Carl Black Chevrolet.
In its decade-long career, the Denver-based quartet made up of Isaac Salde (vocals, piano), Joe King (guitar, vocals), Ben Wysocki (drums) and Dave Welsh (guitar) has already achieved a number of milestones, from earning platinum records to garnering Grammy® nominations. The band rose to prominence with their first single, "Over My Head (Cable Car)," which became a top ten hit in the U.S., and the release of their second single, "How to Save a Life," brought them worldwide fame. The band continued success with its sophomore self-titled album which debuted at number-one on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified gold in the United States, Australia and Canada. It was also nominated for a Grammy® Award for Best Pop Vocal Album in 2010. The Fray’s third album, Scars & Stories, was recorded at Blackbird Studio in Nashville and debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200. The album has garnered attention from USA Today who calls it "more muscular and more buoyant," while still maintaining a "searching earnestness that will delight the faithful." People Magazine continues that the new album is a "solid effort that is easy on the ears."
Sixpence None the Richer
Since forming in 1993, the Nashville-based band (started by Slocum and singer Leigh Nash), has released four albums, scored several hit singles, appeared on countless soundtracks, landed a platinum record and even earned a few Grammy® nominations. The group’s best-selling U.S. single “Kiss Me” held the No. 2 spot on the Billboard chart for six weeks and 24 weeks in the Top 10. The band also garnered success with subsequent singles “There She Goes,” “Don’t Dream It’s Over” and “Breathe Your Name.” Sixpence None the Richer amicably parted ways in 2004, shortly after releasing their last full-length record, Divine Discontent. After a few outside ventures and solo albums, the band reunited five years ago (with Rob Mitchell and Justin Cary). Following the release of their newest album, Lost in Transition, Sixpence None the Richer has spent 2012 touring Europe and the U.S.
Love and Theft
Love and Theft is comprised of accomplished songwriters Eric Gunderson and Stephen Barker Liles. The ACM-nominated country duo’s self-titled album, released by RCA Nashville in July 2012, was produced by Josh Leo, whose credits include projects with Alabama and the Nitty Gritty Dirty Band, among others. Love and Theft includes the duo's debut single, "Angel Eyes," which was certified gold by R.I.A.A. and held the No. 1 spot for the week on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and Country Aircheck. The duo recently received two CMA nominations, one in the highly coveted New Artist of the Year category as well as Vocal Duo of the Year. Currently Love and Theft is serving as special guest for CMT on Tour Jake Owen: The Summer Never Ends 2012, a series of dates that began Oct. 10 in New York City.
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. Recently signed with Universal Music Publishing Group, Striking Matches is rapidly growing in popularity through their clever songwriting and tight harmonies. Career highlights include opening for the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band at the Franklin Theatre and performances at Ford Theatre in the Country Music Hall of Fame®, CMA Fest and Music City’s July 4th celebration, “Let Freedom Sing.” They released their debut EP, “Hangin’ On A Lie,” on Oct. 2 with Grammy® Award-winning engineer and producer Luke Wooten. Their song “When the Right One Comes Along” will be heard on an upcoming episode of the new ABC primetime show, “Nashville.”
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau 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 NCVB’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com.