Music City July 4th Celebration Announces Talent LineupEvent Location Expands, Adds Capacity
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau (NCVB) today announced the lineup of talent and activities for Music City’s signature July 4th celebration, “Let Freedom Sing!” which will continue the multi-day tradition with festivities and live music taking place on July 3 and 4. The July 4th evening concert will be followed by one of the nation’s best fireworks displays choreographed to live music. The NCVB has also announced the expansion of the July 4th campus to extend adjacent to Riverfront Park to increase capacity for visitors and vendors.
Grammy® Award-winning and critically-acclaimed country rock group, The Mavericks will headline the city’s annual “Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!” celebration along the riverfront. The show line-up will also include country artist Craig Morgan, rising star Sarah Darling, The Music City Hit-Makers featuring Grammy®-winning songwriters Brett James and Hillary Lindsey and the Grammy®-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra (NSO) led by Associate Conductor Kelly Corcoran. Storme Warren, host of GAC’s Headline Country and Sirius XM Radio personality, will once again emcee the event.
With the goal of increasing capacity, Music City will move the July 4th stage to the grassy field along First Avenue south of the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge, dubbed “The Lawn at Riverfront Park.” Riverfront Park—the previous location for the July 4th stage—will feature the live concerts on a jumbotron and both sites will offer panoramic views of the firework displays.
“Each year, our goal for this event is to bring more visitors to town and to maximize economic impact. These changes help us do that,” said Butch Spyridon, President of the NCVB. “Using this 11-acre site will allow us to accommodate roughly 20,000 additional people.”
Festivities will begin Tuesday, July 3 with a free concert at The Lawn at Riverfront Park beginning at 6 p.m. CDT.
The July 4th celebration will begin at 12 p.m. CDT with live music on the pre-show stage and the free McDonald’s Family Fun Zone on Second Avenue and Broadway will feature inflatables and games for all ages. The official concert will kick off at 6:45 p.m. CDT and will conclude with the South's largest fireworks show arranged by Pyro Shows and choreographed to music by the NSO. The show will air on Sirius XM.
"Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing!" is produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau foundation, Music City Inc. for the City of Nashville and sponsored by the City of Nashville, Metro Parks, Dr Pepper, Kroger, NowPlayingNashville.com, Budweiser, Jack Daniel’s, Bully Hill Vineyards, Great American Country (GAC), McDonald’s and Hilton Nashville Downtown.
For more information, visit www.musiccityjuly4th.com.
About The Mavericks
The Grammy, CMA and ACM Award-winning group have taken country to places the genre had never been. With a Cuban-American lead singer, garage band ferocity, an intense live show and a deep love of both romance and pure country to go with the polyrhythmic beats the Mavericks were raised on, they were unlikely superstars. Yet, the Mavericks distilled country’s essences, bulked them up with a big, raucous sound, then broke ground for the format that saw people from all walks of life, many cultures and some surprising places lining up for hits like “Here Comes The Rain,” “Crying Shame,” “Dance The Night Away” and “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down.”
Twenty years later, The Mavericks has returned, more soulful and innovative than ever. Again drawing on myriad influences – from Buck Owens’ tonk to Roy Orbison’s heartbreak, Ravel’s eroticism to Buena Vista Social Club’s infectious rhythms, Patsy Cline’s brazen emotion and that little “Mavericks’ magic.” For their first sessions in almost a decade, the band is falling into step with the euphoria they were known for. The Mavericks will release an album on Valory Music Co. later this fall while a five-song EP titled SUITED UP AND READY becomes available digitally on May 29. The EP will include the band's first single, "Born To Be Blue."
About Craig Morgan
One of country music’s best-loved artists, Craig Morgan has made a name for himself with massive radio airplay of his signature hits: “Bonfire,” “Almost Home,” “Redneck Yacht Club,” “That’s What I Love About Sunday” and “International Harvester.” His newest single “This Ole Boy,” currently climbing the country radio charts, is the title track to his sixth studio CD, out now on Black River Entertainment. The new album boasted a Top 5 debut on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart when it released on February 28, 2012. Craig received one of country music’s highest honors when he was inducted as a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. Prior to becoming a country music and TV sensation, Craig Morgan spent more than 10 years of active duty in the Army and an additional nine years in the Army Reserves. He is an avid supporter of America’s military personnel and a recipient of the 2006 USO Merit Award. In addition to a prolific country music career, he hosts the award-winning show “Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors” on The Outdoor Channel. For more information on Craig Morgan, please visit http://www.craigmorgan.com or follow him on Twitter @CMorganmusic.
About Sarah Darling
Declared by the New York Times as a “sophisticated songwriter” with a “crisp, powerful voice,” Black River Entertainment artist Sarah Darling is confidently making her mark on the country music scene. She made her Grand Ole Opry debut in February 2011 and quickly followed that up with the #1 music video for her hit “Something To Do With Your Hands” from her sophomore release, Angels & Devils. The multi-dimensional artist is aligned with such high profile brands as Crock-Pot and Betsey Johnson. Her rendition of The Beatles classic “Blackbird,” recorded for a charity-based compilation album benefiting “The Women and Cancer Fund,” received heavy airplay on SIRIUS XM’s THE HIGHWAY”, and the music video for “Blackbird” made its debut at No. 1 on the CMT Pure 12-Pack Countdown. Darling is currently in the studio working on her upcoming album with producer Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Faith Hill, Rascal Flatts) to be released in 2012. For more information, visit www.sarahdarling.com or Facebook.com/OfficialSarahDarling.
About The Music City Hit-Makers
The Music City Hit-Makers is a Symphonic Pop show featuring two of Nashville’s hottest, chart topping songwriters and the Grammy® Award-winning Nashville Symphony Orchestra. Songwriters Brett James and Hillary Lindsey are among the elite of Nashville’s storied song writing tradition. In 2007, James and Lindsey won the Grammy® Award for Best Country Song, “Jesus Take The Wheel,” recorded by American Idol mega-star Carrie Underwood. James has scored thirteen #1 hits including Kenny Chesney's "When The Sun Goes Down," "Out Last Night" and "Reality" and has enjoyed cross genre success with the hits "Mr. Know It All" (Kelly Clarkson) and "Life After You" (Daughtry). Lindsey has had four more #1 songs recorded by Carrie Underwood "Wasted,” "Last Name," "Just A Dream,” "So Small" and appears on 8 of the 14 tracks of Underwood's new album "Blown Away." Lindsey celebrated recent #1's with "American Honey" (Lady Antebellum) “A Little Bit Stronger” (Sara Evans). For more information, visit www.musiccityhitmakers.com.
About The Nashville Symphony
The Grammy® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its recordings and innovative programming. With more than 140 performances annually, the 85-member orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, children’s concerts and community engagement programs. The Symphony recently premiered a commission by Terry Riley at Carnegie Hall in May 2012, as part of the Spring for Music festival. As a national and international ambassador for Tennessee, the Nashville Symphony has received far-reaching acclaim for its 19 recordings on Naxos, making the ensemble one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. These recordings have received a total of 14 Grammy® nominations and seven Grammy® Awards. For more information, visit www.nashvillesymphony.org.
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.