BEST CONVENTION CITY
Nashville is in the running for Best Convention City in USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice survey! Vote for Nashville today and every day through March 10 at noon. 10best.com/awards/travel/best-convention-city
BEST PUBLIC GARDEN
Cheekwood Botanical Garden has been nominated for Best Public Garden in USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice survey! Vote for Cheekwood today and every day through March 31 at noon. 10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-garden
TIN PAN SOUTH
Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival announced the 2014 lineup this week. Artists include Vince Gill, Tim Nichols, Jessi Alexander, Will Hoge, Kate York, Jim Lauderdale, Bob DiPiero, Marcus Hummon, and so many more. Tickets are on sale now for the festival March 25-29. visitmusiccity.com/tinpansouth
CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL
CMA is utilizing social networks to announce the performers for the sold-out Nightly Concerts at this year's CMA Music Festival. Every weekday March 3-18, CMA is posting clues on its social media platforms, leading up to the official announcement on March 19. Read the press release and start guessing!
The Ryman Auditorium was named Theatre of the Year at the Pollstar Awards, hosted in Nashville last month. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Ryman has received this award. A handful of other Nashville companies and music industry professionals also won that night, including Sally Williams, GM of the Ryman Auditorium, who won for Facility Executive of the Year. Read the press release.
CHOOSE YOUR FEST
Elton John, Jack White, Lionel Richie, Vampire Weekend, Skrillex, The Avett Brothers, Ice Cube, and so many more will play Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN June 12-15. Ticket + Shuttle Packages combined with the Hotel + Merch Packages allow you to stay in Nashville and play at Bonnaroo - the best of both worlds. visitmusiccity.com/bonnaroo
CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL
CMA Fest tickets may be sold out but the NCVC has CMA Fest Ticket & Room Packages still available for multiple ticket levels! Go to visitmusiccity.com/cmafest for details.
CITY FIRE AMERICAN OVEN & BAR
City Fire is now open in the Gulch in the former space of Music City Flats. They opened this week and are serving lunch and dinner. cityfirenashville.com
COPPER KETTLE DOWNTOWN CLOSED - OPENING IN FRANKLIN
Copper Kettle has closed its SoBro location and will open a new location at 901 Columbia Avenue in Franklin on March 9. copperkettlenashville.com
OUTBACK WEST END
Outback Steakhouse's parent company has closed the 3212 West End Avenue location in Nashville. Read more from The Tennessean.
The Pavilion Kitchen & Bar has closed its doors at 1530 Demonbreun.
El Camino's Taco Lounge at 1528 Demonbreun is no longer open for business.
KOCKTAILS & KOUTURE
The Gulch's Kocktails & Kouture has closed.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Nashville has been selected as a potential city to receive Google Fiber. To learn more about Google Fiber and what it offers, visit http://fiber.google.com. The ultra high-speed internet and TV service would greatly benefit Nashville's residents, schools, tourism, and industry. Show your support for Google Fiber and write your councilperson, expressing your interest and concern in acquiring this service. Find your councilperson. Please encourage your friends, family, and co-workers to actively support this venture as well.
FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC
WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY
The new Nashville documentary, For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville, is now available for viewing on visitmusiccity.com/storyofnashville! This documentary tells the story behind the music of Music City through the eyes of the musicians, songwriters, producers, and artists who live and breathe its inspiration. Please share this exciting news with friends, family, customers, and visitors. For more information and to watch the the documentary, go to visitmusiccity.com/storyofnashville.
GET THE FREE "FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC" iPHONE APP!
A free iPhone app has been created to sync with the film while you're watching. Get untold stories while you watch the documentary. Then walk the streets of Nashville as it shares with you the hippest spots n your vicinity! Get the app: visitmusiccity.com/storyofnashville/#/the-app
OVC MEN'S & WOMEN'S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
The Ohio Valley Conference Men's and Women's Basketball Championship is back in Music City this week, March 5-8, playing at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium. visitmusiccity.com/OVC
OSCAR-NOMINATED FILMS AT THE BELCOURT
The Belcourt Theatre is showing some of the year's Best Picture Academy Award nominees, along with nominated live action and animated short films. 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, Dallas Buyers Club, Her, and Nebraska can be seen through March 5 or 6. Check the website for showtimes. belcourt.org
NAPA IN NASHVILLE
Nashville songwriters perform as guests enjoy samples from Napa Valley winemakers at Hard Rock Cafe March 6. Proceeds benefit music education. notesforeducation.org
107.5 THE RIVER'S STAR PARTY
Nashville radio station 107.5 The River is hosting its annual Star Party at Anthem on March 6. Colbie Caillat, Hot Chelle Rae, and A Great Big World are performing. The concert benefits Musicians on Call. anthem.do615.com
CONVENTIONS & MEETINGS
IN NASHVILLE THIS WEEK
These organizations are having conventions and meetings in Nashville this week:
Tractor Supply Company @ Music City Center 3/3-5
Ohio Valley Conference @ Sheraton Music City 3/5-8
New England Soc for Vascular Surgery @ Gaylord Opryland 3/5-8
Natl Christian School Assn @ Nashville Airport Marriott 3/5-8
Dysphagia Research Soc @ Loews Vanderbilt 3/5-8
Natl Frame Building Assn @ Gaylord Opryland 3/5-7
Southeast Commission for the Study of Religion @ Nashville Airport Marriott 3/6-7
Amoena USA Corporation @ Gaylord Opryland 3/6-8
Southern Federation of Firefighters @ Renaissance Nashville 3/6-8
Assn of Amer Medical Colleges @ Omni Nashville 3/6-8
Marine Corps League @ The Inn at Opryland 3/6-8
Amer Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. @ Renaissance Nashville 3/7-9
SE Employment & Training Assn @ Gaylord Opryland 3/8-12
Walter USA @ The Inn at Opryland 3/9-12
Lifepoint Hospitals @ Gaylord Opryland 3/9
Allstate Insurance Co @ Nashville Airport Marriott 3/9-12
Financial Research Associates, LLC @ Renaissance Nashville 3/9-11
Hudson Crop Insurance @ Gaylord Opryland 3/10-14
Amer Land Title Assn @ Omni Nashville 3/10-14
MetLife Insurance Co @ Omni Nashville 3/10-16
Amer Trucking Assn @ Music City Center 3/10-13
View the 1-month convention calendar.
TIP OF THE WEEK
BONNAROO PACKAGE INFORMATION
For only the second year, Bonnaroo is offering Ticket + Shuttle Packages for people interested in seeing the concerts at Bonnaroo but not interested in camping there. For complete details and answers to the most frequently asked questions on these packages, visit visitmusiccity.com/bonnaroo and be armed with the answers when guests, friends, and co-workers ask about them.
WATCH "NASHVILLE" ON ABC
TUNE IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ON ABC
Tune in this Wednesday night at 10/9c on ABC to enjoy the sights and sounds of the real Nashville. The show does great things for the local community as well as drawing visitors into the city - so we want to bring it back for a 3rd season. Please watch the show with us and drive up the ratings! We'll be live tweeting during the show. Follow @visitmusiccity and join the conversation! Learn more about the show and its connection to the real Music City at visitmusiccity.com/nashvilleabc.
MUSIC CITY PLAYLIST
NEW YEAR/NEW NASHVILLE PLAYLIST
Here in Music City we like to play, whether it's playing music or just getting out and playing around town. So, we've merged the two into a brand new playlist of Nashville artists to listen to while putting together a play list of what to do on a visit to Music City. The inaugural New Year/New Nashville Playlist combines a fun compilation of Nashville artists' songs that set an upbeat tone for this new year with a 3-day play list of things do on a New Year/New Nashville getaway. Please share with guests, co-workers, friends, and family. visitmusiccity.com/visitors/playlist
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GET THE APP
AVAILABLE FOR iPHONE AND ANDROID
Arm yourself with Nashville's live music scene in the convenience of your smartphone with Nashville's free Live Music Guide app. It gives you access to all the live music in town with concert and club listings, maps, and directions. Download the app today and encourage guests to do so as well to have instant access to Nashville's live music scene. Get the details.
BE A HITMAKER
MUSIC CITY HITMAKERS
The Music City Hitmakers program recognizes Nashville's front line. Visitors are encouraged to nominate the individual that made their stay unforgettable. Details and nomination form can be found at visitmusiccity.com/hitmakers.