Sheryl Crow, Phil Vassar, The Time Jumpers to Perform at MCC Grand Opening Festivities
Grammy-winning artist and Nashville resident Sheryl Crow will headline the Music City Center grand opening and free outdoor concert on Monday, May 20, from 6 to 9pm. The concert will also feature performances by The Time Jumpers, the GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass act featuring Vince Gill; Grammy-nominated Fisk Jubilee Singers; and recent GRAMMY performer Mikky Ekko, a singer/songwriter who was most recently featured in Rihanna's chart-topping duet "Stay." The star-studded lineup will be followed by a fireworks display produced by Pyro Shows. Two-time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year award-winner Phil Vassar will headline a free outdoor concert during the festivities on Sunday, May 19. The concert, which will take place from 3 to 7pm, will also feature performances by Nashville-based singer/songwriter group Ten Out of Tenn. The public is invited to attend an open house from 2 to 6pm and enjoy preview tours, live music throughout the building and activities for children in the Exhibit Hall. Mayor Dean will present his State of Metro address at the Music City Center at 10am on May 20.

Hospitality Industry Annual Luncheon May 23
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation (NCVC) invites you to the second annual hospitality industry celebration at the Music City Center on Thursday, May 23, in honor of National Tourism Week. Music City is at the top of the charts because of you! Let's celebrate your accomplishments from this past year. Register for the event.

NCVC Produces Documentary "For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville"
From the 1800s when the Fisk Jubilee Singers travelled across continents to spread their music, to Cash, Eric Church and The Black Keys recording their hits - Nashville is a special place with a story to tell. The NCVC has produced the documentary "For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville," the story of how Nashville became Music City, through the eyes of the musicians, songwriters, producers and artists who live and breathe the inspiration of this unique city. Artists who have contributed to the film include The Civil Wars, Marty Stuart, Kings of Leon, Fisk Jubilee Singers, Rivers Rutherford, Brett James, Tim Nichols, Duane Eddy, Charlie Daniels, Steve Cropper, Billy Cox, Emmylou Harris, Manuel, Damien Horne, Kellie Pickler, Bill Anderson, Peter Frampton, Ten Out Of Tenn members Gabe Dixon, Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup, Tommy Sims, Ben Folds, Vince Gill, The Black Keys, Eric Church, Michael W. Smith, Kris Kristofferson, Martina McBride, John McBride, Jon Randall, Jessi Alexander, and Jeff the Brotherhood. Still considered a 'work in progress,' the film was shown during a sneak peek at the Nashville Film Festival on April 23. Once finished, it will be entered in other film festivals, and producers will explore the best resources for distribution. Watch the trailer.

Adventure Science Center Asks for Community Input
Adventure Science Center is asking all of Nashville for help imagining what a future version of the museum might look like. Thanks to a generous grant from The Frist Foundation, ASC is updating its Exhibit Master Plan as an extension of strategic planning and re-branding. The effort is aimed at increasing community impact and charting a course toward becoming a world-class science center. Part of the process includes gathering feedback from the local community. The public is encouraged to take the Community Vision survey at www.adventuresci.org/imaginesurvey or post favorite memories of the Science Center's exhibits and programs on its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AdventureScienceCenter through April 30. The information developed in workshops and gathered independently through interviews and community input will be combined to develop a strategically focused and phased Master Plan that integrates the aspirations of the Science Center with the needs and desires of its visiting and participating communities.

Live Entertainment & More at the Margaritaville Nashville Street Party April 27
Don't miss the Official Margaritaville Nashville Street Party on Saturday, April 27! The fun starts at 11am and will end at 8pm. There will be live music all day with performances from Band From Nowhere, Mishka, and Bush Hawg. Admission is free and all ages are invited. The celebration will also feature interactive entertainment, cornhole games, stiltwalkers, food, drinks, contests and prizes! Proceeds will benefit the W.O. Smith Music School. Get the details.

2013-14 Performance Seasons Announced
The Nashville Ballet and Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) have announced lineups for the 2013-14 performance seasons. Nashville Ballet's upcoming season includes a new partnership with pop musician extraordinaire Ben Folds and a world premiere of a new production of Peter Pan. View the list of shows. Season tickets go on sale to the public Monday, June 3, through www.nashvilleballet.com. TPAC unveiled its six-show 2013-14 season package, including the return of Jersey Boys, Beauty and the Beast, and Wicked, new titles We Will Rock You, Ghost, Sister Act, Million Dollar Quartet, and War Horse. View the complete lineup.

Airport Authority Launches New Website
The Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority (MNAA) recently launched its new redesigned website. The user-friendly site replaces MNAA's previous website, but maintains the same web address www.flynashville.com. Key aspects of the website include interactive maps of the entire airport, information regarding airport parking and ground transportation, and real-time flight information. The website also highlights the 75th anniversary of Nashville International Airport (BNA) as well as the airport's Music City flair including MNAA's Arts at the Airport program that features live music and art exhibits in the terminal.

Kayne Prime and Merchants Restaurant Receive High Notes
Local dining hot spots Kayne Prime and Merchants Restaurant have received noteworthy accolades. Kayne Prime was recognized by Gayot as one of the top 10 steakhouses in the U.S. amongst the ranks of Wolfgang Puck's Cut in Beverly Hills, Gordon Ramsey Steak in Las Vegas, and Quality Meats in New York City. Gayot is "an international 'guide to the good life', reviewing and ranking restaurants, hotels and travel by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals." Read the article. Worth Magazine has named Merchants one of the Top 10 Power Lunch Restaurants, a list offering "great eating that complements great dealmaking." Check out the full list, which highlights the downtown eatery's reinvigoration of the site of the former Merchants hotel.

Music City Hitmakers
Music City Hitmakers
The Music City Hitmakers program recognizes the extraordinary customer service of Nashville's front-line hospitality employees. Visitors are encouraged to nominate the individual that made their stay unforgettable. Think a member of your staff deserves recognition? Make sure you've got Music City Hitmakers materials so they can be nominated.

Brand Champion
Barbershop Harmony Society
Congratulations to the Barbershop Harmony Society, which celebrated its 75th birthday on April 11. Known for intricate harmonies and showmanship, the Nashville-based organization seeks to promote and preserve the art of barbershop singing worldwide and welcomes any man who wishes to have a life in music. The Music City Chorus members have been entertaining locals and visitors for more than 65 years and it's no surprise they consistently rank as one of the top 10 barbershop group choruses in the world. Nashville looks forward to hosting the organization's 2016 International Convention. We applaud this month's Music City brand champion, the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Industry Indicators
February 2013 data for Davidson County

  • Demand (rooms sold) increased 7.4% over the previous year
  • Occupancy increased 6.8% over the previous year
  • Average Daily Rate (ADR) increased 7.9% over the previous year; Nashville hotels have averaged more than $100 daily rate for the last 12 consecutive months
  • Revenue per Available Room (RevPAR) increased 15.3% over the previous year
  • Hotel Revenue increased 15.9% over the previous year
  • Nashville's February RevPar (12.8%) and Room Revenue (14.3%) increases were 4th best in the country behind New Orleans, Hawaii, and Houston
  • Supply increased 0.5% over the previous year
(All increases were above average for the top 25 markets.)

Note: this data will no longer be available to share with NCVC members starting in June 2013 due to a change in our confidentiality agreement with Smith Travel Research. We will, however, be able to share calendar YTD data.


Fivestone Studios
Exploring motion & sound through a designer's lens is the passion of Fivestone Studios, a Nashville, TN based animation and FX shop. Whether creating network show packaging, broadcast spots, or tradeshow videos, Fivestone delivers cutting edge creativity on time and on budget. Stop by often because you never know what tasty new mix of fine art and high tech wizardry they'll be serving up. www.fivestonestudios.com

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Nashville Backstage: Side 1
April 30, 10am-12pm
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New Member Orientation
May 16, 11:30am
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Music City Center Grand Opening
May 19
Ribbon Cutting - 2pm
Public Tours and Concert to Follow
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Music City Center Grand Opening Concert
May 20, 6pm
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Nashville's National Tourism Week Hospitality Industry Celebration
May 23, 11am-1pm
Music City Center
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June 4, 10am-12pm
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Nashville Backstage: Side 1
June 18, 10am-12pm
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