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. Daily winners will receive Music City merchandise this week through Friday. And a grand prize winner will receive a weekend in Nashville. See visitmusiccity.com/musiccitymuse for details.
The Academy of Country Music has announced winners of special awards and in addition to Nashville artists and executives that won, two Nashville venues won awards as well. The Grand Ole Opry House won for Medium Capacity Venue of the Year. Bridgestone Arena won for Large Capacity Venue of the Year. See the complete list of awards.
AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
The Tennessee Association of Museums honored the Johnny Cash Museum with the Award of Excellence. See a picture.
TOP RESTAURANTS WORTH TRAVELING FOR
FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of TripAdvisor, has compiled a list of Dining in 50 States: Top Restaurants Worth Traveling For. Puckett's in Nashville is the one restaurant chosen out of all of Tennessee! See the full list.
CMA FEST NIGHTLY CONCERT LINEUP
Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Hunter Hayes, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, The Band Perry, Keith Urban, and more will take the stage at LP Field for the Nightly Concerts of CMA Music Festival June 5-8. Nightly Concerts are sold out but Ticket/Hotel Packages are still available for the Gold Circle, Upper Level, and Lower Level. See the full lineup and package options at visitmusiccity.com/cmafest.
SWA NONSTOP FROM REAGAN NATIONAL
On August 10, Southwest Airlines will add daily, nonstop flights between Reagan Washington National Airport and Nashville. Read the press release.
NEW CULINARY TOUR FROM GRAY LINE
Gray Line of Tennessee has a new Taste of Nashville: Culinary Walking Tour of downtown Nashville. Read the press release for details.
WICKED LOTTERY FOR $25 SEATS
A limited number of orchestra seats will be held for Wicked at TPAC March 26-April 20. Guests should present themselves at the TPAC Box Office 2.5 hours prior to show time to get their name in a lottery drum. Names will be drawn 30 minutes later for $25 seats. Read the press release for details.
Edley's in 12South has begun construction on an expansion that will accommodate a larger bar and drink station and more seating. The expansion is expected to be completed in late April. Read more from the Nashville Post.
CHAUHAN ALE & MASALA HOUSE
Previously announced Chauhan Ale & Masala House is now under construction near 12th & Porter and expects to open this summer. Read more from Eater Nashville.
KOI SUSHI & THAI
Koi Sushi & Thai, with locations in Franklin and on Franklin Pike, plans to open a restaurant in East Nashville in late May/early June at 923 Main Street. Read more from Eater Nashville.
What was 12South Bistro, and briefly Farm 2 Fork, will soon be Thai Esane.
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FLOUR. SUGAR. EGGS
Popular Germantown bakery Flour. Sugar. Eggs. has opened a shop inside the Sweet CeCe's at Hill Center in Green Hills. Read more from The Tennessean.
Padrino's Pops is now open at 4002c Granny White Pike across from Lipscomb University. The shop is offering Mexican-style paletas seven days a week. Read more from Eater Nashville.
Treetop Adventure Park at Nashville Shores is offering a Buy One Get One Free deal through March 30. Please share with guests looking for a little adventure on ropes courses and zip lines in Music City. nashvilleshores.com/tapspecials
SONGWRITING COMPETITION WINNER VIDEO DEBUT
Tracy Lawrence's new video for "Lie" will debut on CMT this Thursday, March 27. The songwriter, Ruben Estevez, was the winner of the 2011 Music City Songwriting Competition! Visit facebook.com/therealtracylawrence for details on the World Premiere video. And pick up a copy of the March 31st issue of Country Weekly to get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video, shot in Nashville.
"NASHVILLE" ON 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.
FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC 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
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.
TIN PAN SOUTH
Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival begins today. Hundreds of songwriters, 10 venues, 5 days, and thousands of fans celebrate the song at the largest festival of its kind with showcases, seminars, and more in Music City March 25-29. visitmusiccity.com/tinpansouth
NASHVILLE VENOM MEET & GREET
The Nashville Venom, Nashville's professional indoor football team, is having an Official Nashville Welcome Celebration at Magaritaville this Wednesday, March 26, 6-8pm. nashvillevenom.com
OPRY COUNTRY CLASSICS
Opry Country Classics is back at the Ryman Auditorium with shows every Thursday night March 27-May 22. opry.com
SOUTHERN WOMEN'S SHOW
The Southern Women's Show will be at the Music City Center this weekend, March 27-30. Celebrity guests, shopping, chefs, health, beauty, and lifestyle exhibits and products, fashion, and live music make up the weekend. southernshows.com/wna
The highly anticipated "Broadway's biggest blockbuster" is back at TPAC March 26-April 20. tpac.org
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
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.
AMERICA'S FAVORITE FOOD CITIES
Food & Wine is taking a survey of America's Favorite Food Cities and Nashville is one of the top cities to be voted on for 25 different culinary characteristics. Take the survey and vote Nashville.
THE PEOPLE'S BEST NEW CHEF
Two Nashville chefs have been nominated for Food & Wine's The People's Best New Chef: Philip Krajeck of Rolf & Daughters and Matthew Lackey of Flyte. Voting is open March 24-31. Vote for Nashville chefs.
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 has moved on to Round 2. Vote for Franklin by March 27 and help them advance to Round 3! gardenandgun.com
MUSIC CITY PLAYLIST
NEW SPRING BREAK 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 Spring Break Playlist of Nashville artists to listen to while putting together a play list of what to do on a visit to Music City. Please share with guests, co-workers, friends, and family. visitmusiccity.com/visitors/playlist
CONVENTIONS & MEETINGS
IN NASHVILLE THIS WEEK
These organizations are having conventions and meetings in Nashville this week:
Intl Inst of Ammonia Refrigeration @ Downtown Hotels 3/21-26
Assn for the Tutoring Profession @ Marriott at Vanderbilt 3/23-26
SE Dir of Volunteer Services in Healthcare Organizations @ Gaylord Opryland 3/23-26
Amer Coll of Medical Genetics @ Music City Center 3/25-29
Natl Soc of Black Engineers @ Gaylord Opryland 3/25-30
Natl Cncl for Accreditation of Teacher Education @ Renaissance Nashville 3/26-28
Top Ladies of Distinction @ Nashville Airport Marriott 3/27-30
Amer Assn of Clinical Directors @ Hilton Downtown 3/28-30
Beauty Systems Group @ Renaissance Nashville 3/30-31
North American Mission Board @ Renaissance Nashville 3/31-4/1
Frito Lay @ Residence Inn Brentwood 3/31-4/4
Amer Assn of Diabetes Educators @ Sheraton Music City 3/31-4/2
Alignment Nashville @ Holiday Inn Express Downtown 3/31-4/2
Sunrise Senior Living @ Gaylord Opryland 3/31-4/3
View the 1-month convention calendar.
TIP OF THE WEEK
SPRING HAPPENINGS IN MUSIC CITY
It is officially Spring and Nashville is celebrating with a ton of events from live music and art shows to standup comedy and outdoor fun. Visit visitmusiccity.com/nashvillespring for a great compilation of Spring happenings that will be continuously updated throughout the season.
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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.