Mayor Karl Dean announced plans today for new park spaces along the riverfront in downtown Nashville. A 12-acre park, including an outdoor amphitheater, open spaces, trails, a garden, and dog park, will sit on the west bank of the Cumberland and a 4.5-acre park will sit on the east bank, increasing access to the Cumberland for river activities. Construction begins on the east bank this fall. Design on the west bank will also begin this fall. Read more from the Nashville Business Journal.
JOHNNY CASH MUSEUM PARTNERS WITH WSM
Through a partnership with 650 AM WSM, The Johnny Cash Museum will now receive live endorsements on Saturday broadcasts of the Opry on WSM beginning August 31st. Ticket holders from Saturday night's Opry performance can take their ticket stub to The Johnny Cash Museum to receive a $2 discount on admission. Read the full press release.
THE ROCKETTES RETURN TO OPRYLAND
The 2013 Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes, will return to Nashville with "Christmas Dreams" as part of Gaylord Opryland's A Country Christmas celebration. The show will take place at the Grand Ole Opry House November 16-December 24. Read the full press release.
CORSAIR ON WHISKY ADVOCATE
Nashville's Corsair Artisan Distillery is on the Fall 2013 cover of Whisky Advocate magazine. See the cover on Corsair's Facebook page.
NASHVILLE'S FOOD SCENE
NASHVILLE'S FOOD SCENE IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Nashville's food scene has been hitting the headlines all over the world lately. Bon Appetit recently launched their Press Play program, custom Spotify playlists curated by Nashville's top chefs, in Nashville. See more about the Bon Appetit partnership here. Restaurants are ranked among the best in the US, chefs are being recognized, and people are traveling to Music City to eat. Visit visitmusiccity.com/visitors/food for continuously growing information on Nashville's food scene, including events, restaurants, accolades, and more.
MUSIC CITY EATS: TALES OF NASHVILLE SERIES
Music City Eats is happening in Nashville September 21 & 22. They've created a new video series to drive excitement and offer insider views of Nashville's culinary atmosphere. Watch the first episode at musiccityeats.com/2013/the-official-mce-video-series.
MIND OF A CHEF, SEASON 2
The PBS series, "The Mind of a Chef," is going into its second season. This time, they're highlighting chefs Sean Brock (of Nashville's Husk Restaurant) and April Bloomfield. Much of the season was shot here in Nashville with Sean Brock. Read more about that from the Nashville Scene. Watch a teaser of "Mind of a Chef," Season 2.
TIP OF THE WEEK
NASHVILLE FOOD EVENTS & EXPERIENCES
With all the attention the Nashville food scene is getting lately, visitors want to know how they can experience the culinary landscape. Visit visitmusiccity.com/visitors/food/foodexperiences for a running list of upcoming food events and festivals, as well as ongoing food experiences, tours, dinner theaters, food crawls, and more. visitmusiccity.com/visitors/food/foodexperiences
FOR THE LOVE OF MUSIC
THE STORY OF NASHVILLE DOCUMENTARY
"For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville" is a new documentary to share the true and authentic story of how Nashville became Music City. A trailer is currently available to view at thestoryofnashville.com. Visit the site, watch the trailer, and share with the world your #storyofnashville.
MUSICIANS HALL OF FAME GRAND RE-OPENING
The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum will celebrate their Grand Re-Opening on Thursday, August 29th, at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Nashville, 10am-5pm! musicianshalloffame.com
JOHN MERRITT CLASSIC WEEKEND
The annual John Merritt Classic is this weekend, August 29-September 1. Festivities include a mixer, an old school concert, tailgate parties, band showcases, and more. The weekend culminates with the John Merritt Classic football game at LP Field where Tennessee State University will play Bethune-Cookman University. merrittclassic.com
FRIST FRIDAYS - FINAL SHOW OF THE SEASON
The last concert of the season's Frist Fridays performances is this Friday, August 30. Drivin' N' Cryin' will perform. From 6pm to 9pm, the public is invited to enjoy live music, light snacks and beverages at the courtyard of the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. Galleries and exhibits are open with regular admission. fristcenter.org/calendar-exhibitions/detail/frist-fridays
GRAND MASTER FIDDLER CHAMPIONSHIP
The Grand Master Fiddler Championship takes place this Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31 at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The event, recognizing the top fiddler in North America, is free and open to the public. countrymusichalloffame.org
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
This weekend is Labor Day Weekend. Visitors will be in town for the long weekend and there is a lot going on. Check the online Events Calendar for happenings and use the free Nashville Live Music Guide App for concerts throughout the weekend.
SOUTHERN LIVING IDEA HOUSE
The 2013 Southern Living Idea House is open for tours at Nashville's very own Fontanel. The Idea House is composed of a series of buildings inspired by a Middle Tennessee farmhouse. See pictures and learn about the house at visitmusiccity.com/southernlivingideahouse.
HOT TIME, SUMMER IN THE CITY
Summer is here and Nashville is celebrating. Music City offers an endless array of music, food, arts, family, and outdoor activities throughout the summer months. Check out visitmusiccity.com/summerinthecity for things to do, events, restaurants, summer deals, and more.
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.
Congratulations to Brian Hatchett and Ashley Schultz, our newest Music City Hitmakers! Read their stories.
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, available for iPhone and Android. It gives you access to all the live music in town with concert and club listings, maps, directions and even a music store. 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.
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