SHARE YOUR #MUSICCITYMUSE
The new hashtag #MusicCityMuse is used to share inspirations found in Music City. Follow @visitmusiccity on Instagram to see some of our #MusicCityMuse posts and follow the hashtag to see others'. Post a picture of video of your own to Instagram using the #MusicCityMuse hashtag and please encourage others to do so as well. A winner chosen on Wednesday will receive Tin Pan South passes. Daily winners will receive Music City merchandise next week. And a grand prize winner will receive a weekend in Nashville. See visitmusiccity.com/musiccitymuse for details.
IN THE NEWS
BETTER HOMES & GARDENS
Nashville, along with Lower Broadway, Bluebird Cafe, Johnny Cash Museum, Grand Ole Opry, Gaylord Opryland, Hermitage Hotel, Listening Room Cafe, and Ernest Tubb Record Shop, is in the March issue of Better Homes & Gardens! Pick up a copy today or view the feature online.
JAMES BEARD NOMINATIONS
Two Nashville chefs have been nominated for James Beard awards. Tandy Wilson of City House is nominated for Best Chef: Southeast. Sean Brock of Husk is nominated for Outstanding Chef for his work at Charleston's McCrady's restaurant. See the complete list of nominees.
Kate Krader, Food & Wine's restaurant editor, placed Nashville's Tennessee Brew Works in her list of "6 brilliant new breweries across the U.S." on CNN's Eatocracy. Read the full article.
Philip Krajeck, chef/owner of Rolf and Daughters, was listed among Zagat's "10 Southern Chefs to Watch". See the complete list.
OpenTable diners have voted in the Diners' Choice survey and Nashville's Virago has landed among the 2014 Hot Spot Restaurants in America. See the complete list.
ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Music City Center has won the Grand Iris Award - the top prize in the Engineering Excellence Awards. Read more from The Tennessean.
TOP 25 SONGWRITERS
The Top 25 songs and songwriters for the annual Music City Songwriting Competition have been announced. See the full list at visitmusiccity.com/songwriter.
NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL LINEUP
The Nashville Film Festival has announced their lineup for Music Films, Documentaries, Narratives, New Directors, Screenwriters, and more. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 7 at 10am. nashvillefilmfestival.org
The owners of Exit/In, Marathon Music Works, and William Collier's will soon open a new bar on Elliston Place, adjacent to Exit/In. Hurry Back will feature at least 30 beers on tap, mostly high-gravity brews and imports, and plans to open in late spring. Read more from the Nashville Business Journal.
Celebrity chef Jonathan Waxman will open a new restaurant, Adele's, at 1210 McGavock Street in The Gulch early this summer. The menu is still under development but the restaurant will have a main dining room, private dining room, bar, and patio. Read more from The Tennessean.
CAFE FUNDAMENTAL SISTER
The chef/owner of Cafe Fundamental plans to open a new restaurant and bar in Marathon Village. The new restaurant plans to open in late summer or early fall and will feature an adjoining bar called Gearheads. Read more from the Nashville Scene.
FARM 2 FORK
12 South Bistro will be transitioning to a new restaurant concept, Farm 2 Fork, within a month. Read more from The Tennessean.
THE BELL TOWER
The Bell Tower is the newest venture from the group behind The Bridge Building, Harding House, and Bria Bistro. The music venue, located at 400 4th Avenue South, plans to open November 1. Read more from the Nashville Business Journal.
Treetop Adventure Park at Nashville Shores is offering a Buy One Get One Free deal for March 22-30. Please share with guests looking for a little adventure on ropes courses and zip lines in Music City. nashvilleshores.com/tapspecials
BEST GIRLS' TRIP
Nashville is in the running for Best Girls' Trip in USA Today's 10Best Readers' Choice survey! Vote for Nashville today and every day through April 7 at noon. 10best.com/awards/travel/best-girls-trip
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
VOTE FRANKLIN - GREATEST SOUTHERN TOWNS
Garden & Gun has posted a Greatest Southern Towns Bracket and Nashville neighbor Franklin, TN is in Round 1. Vote for Franklin by March 24 and help them advance to Round 2! gardenandgun.com
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-appfont>
WORLD OF WICKED
Wicked is playing at TPAC next week, but World of Wicked is at The Mall at Green Hills right now. A 20-foot bubble with props and costumes from the show, a photo op, and Passport to Oz shopping deals celebrate Broadway's biggest blockbuster through March 23 in the Upper Level Macy's Wing at The Mall at Green Hills. shopgreenhills.com/wicked
CHEEKWOOD IN BLOOM
Cheekwood is in bloom March 22-April 26. More than 100,000 tulips are coming up as hyacinths, daffodils, dogwoods, and more blossom and special events celebrate the season every weekend. cheekwood.org
ADVENTURE SCIENCE CENTER SPRING BREAK
Adventure Science Center has spring break fun this month with science demonstrations, Space Chase, Adventure Tower, BodyQuest, planetarium shows, and more. adventuresci.org
There are some big concerts making their way through Nashville this week. Itzhak Perlman & the Nashville Symphony (3/18), Glitchmob (3/18), John Oates (3/19), The Moody Blues (3/20), Kenny Loggins (3/20-22), Crosby, Stills, and Nash (3/21), and George Strait (3/21) are just some of the bigger shows playing in Music City this week and weekend. visitmusiccity.com/upcomingconcerts
NCAA WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR
The NCAA Women's Final Four plays at Bridgestone Arena April 6 & 8. Tickets are going fast for the championship games, but some are still available. Supporting events include Tourney Town, 4Kay Run, and the Broadway Bounce. visitmusiccity.com/finalfour2014
ON SALE SOON
The National Theatre of Great Britain's epic War Horse, winner of five Tony Awards, is coming to Nashville's TPAC June 3-8. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 21, at 10am. 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! The lineup for the 2014 festival will be announced Wednesday, March 19. Go to visitmusiccity.com/cmafest for details.
CONVENTIONS & MEETINGS
IN NASHVILLE THIS WEEK
These organizations are having conventions and meetings in Nashville this week:
Bethel College @ The Inn at Opryland 3/16-21
Qualifacts Systems, Inc. @ Hilton Nashville Downtown 3/16-19
Prudential Real Estate @ Music City Center 3/16-18
Indoor Air Quality Assn @ Gaylord Opryland 3/16-19
Schneider Electric @ Renaissance Nashville 3/17-19
Air Conditioning Contractors of Amer @ Gaylord Opryland 3/17-19
United Technologies Corporation @ Gaylord Opryland 3/18-23
US Poultry & Egg Assn @ Holiday Inn Express Downtown 3/18-19
American Animal Hospital Assn @ Downtown Nashville 3/19-23
Teach Them Diligently @ Gaylord Opryland 3/20-22
Portable Sanitation Assn Intl @ Gaylord Opryland 3/20-22
Intl Inst of Ammonia Refrigeration @ Downtown Hotels 3/21-26
Diversity & Inclusion Summit on HBCUs @ Holiday Inn Express Downtown 3/23-25
Assn for the Tutoring Profession @ Marriott at Vanderbilt 3/23-26
SE Dir of Volunteer Services in Healthcare Organizations @ Gaylord Opryland 3/23-26
View the 1-month convention calendar.
TIP OF THE WEEK
TICKETS ON SALE
With all the major tours, concerts, and stage shows making a stop in Music City, visitors and guests often want to know when they can purchase tickets as soon as they go on sale. We post some of the bigger on-sale dates here: visitmusiccity.com/visitors/events/tickets. Please share so our guests have the best chances of getting tickets to the hottest events.
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 i>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.
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.