Sheryl Crow to Headline Music City Center Grand Opening Concert
Grammy-winning artist and Nashville resident Sheryl Crow will headline the Music City Center grand opening and free outdoor concert on Monday, May 20. Festivities are open to the public during the two-day celebration taking place on Sunday, May 19 and Monday, May 20. The Monday, May 20 concert will highlight the multiple genres of music represented in Nashville, including pop, gospel, country and bluegrass. The concert will 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 concert will take place from 6pm to 9pm on Monday, May 20. The star-studded lineup will be followed by a fireworks display produced by Pyro Shows. Mayor Dean will present his State of Metro address at the Music City Center at 10am on May 20 as part of the grand opening festivities. A free open house will take place both Sunday and Monday. Click here for a schedule of events.

Awesome April is Here
Music City celebrates the month of April with Awesome April, a tribute to the city that promises awesome major events to cure spring fever. Be in the audience of a world-class fashion show, take in a potential Oscar-nominated documentary and listen to songwriters perform their Grammy-winning songs. The month of April offers something for every taste with art exhibits, sports, music, family entertainment and more. Events include Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival (April 2-6), the Nashville Film Festival (April 18-25), the St. Jude's Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon (April 27) as well as countless concerts and exhibits. For more Awesome April events, please visit visitmusiccity.com/Visitors/events/awesomeapril.

Fontanel Hosts Monthly Monday Night Blues Show with Keb' Mo'
Three-time GRAMMY® Award winner Keb' Mo' has chosen to call Fontanel home for the remainder of the year on the first Monday of every month. Fontanel has announced Keb' Mo's Monday Night Blues, an exciting new monthly concert series beginning April 1, 2013. After a "Bring the House Down" benefit concert for the Fisk Jubilee Singers held February 8 at Fontanel's Pepsi Studio Gallery featuring Keb' Mo' & friends (and we should mention here they were friends like Wynonna, Michael McDonald, Amy Grant, and THE FARM), there was no question this event should become a regular part of Fontanel's entertainment offerings. All shows begin at 7:30pm. Buy tickets.

ABC's Hit Drama "Nashville" to be Featured in Spotlight Exhibition at the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum
The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will unveil a special spotlight exhibition dedicated to ABC's hit television series "Nashville" on April 5. "Nashville": Like a Country Song, which will feature costumes, props and more from the acclaimed drama, will be located within the museum's permanent exhibition on the second floor; the exhibit will run through October 31, 2013. Get more information.

First Saturday Art Crawl
Mark your calendar for the first Saturday of every month! Hosted by The Arts Company, First Saturdays afford guests the opportunity to see new artwork, have conversations with artists, and browse through new and vintage art books - all for free. Art galleries throughout downtown Nashville host free receptions and a shuttle circulates the route. In addition, most galleries serve free wine and other refreshments during the crawl. Free shuttles provide transportation among the galleries from 6 to 10 pm. Galleries are open from 6 to 9 pm. Get more information and see this month's shuttle map and gallery listing.

Nashville Continues to Receive High Notes
From music and food to travel and culture, Nashville is being recognized. Groovetraveler listed Nashville as one of only two U.S. cities among 'The Best 5 Destinations to Fly to for Music and Culture'. Music City is mentioned as "an absolute must-visit for any lover of music and culture." Other cities listed in the ranking were New Orleans, Berlin, Ibiza, and Dublin. In addition, Zagat named Nashville a 'Top 7 Up-and-Coming Food City Around the U.S' in an article on March 7. Travel + Leisure said Nashvillians have America's No. 4 most charming accent and ranked Nashville No. 9 among 'The 10 Best U.S. Cities for Pizza'. Food & Wine named Roderick Bailey, chef and owner of The Silly Goose, as The People's Best New Chef in the Southeast. And most recently, Nashville International Airport was ranked No. 6 among the 'Best Airports for Kids' in a study conducted by TravelNerd. The airport was noted for its nurseries, play areas, Redbox and live music.

Save the Date: Hospitality Industry Annual Luncheon May 23
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation invites you to the National Travel & Tourism Week Annual Celebration on Thursday, May 23, at the Music City Center. Mark your calendars! Additional details will be forthcoming.

Tickets on Sale Now for the 9th Annual Stars for Second Harvest Benefit
O'Charley's and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee are gearing up for the 9th annual Stars For Second Harvest benefit on Tuesday, June 4 at 7:30pm at the historic Ryman Auditorium. Presented by O'Charley's and hosted by acclaimed hit songwriter Craig Wiseman, this concert features an unplugged acoustic style performance by some of country music's brightest songwriters, a special comedic performance by the fabulous Ralphie May and a performance by country's hottest new duo Florida Georgia Line. Concert tickets are on sale for $35.00 plus applicable service charges and are available via the Ryman box office, ryman.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. For preferred VIP seating ($50.00) please contact Second Harvest Food Bank at 615-329-3491. Proceeds from the concert to benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee in their efforts to feed hungry people and work to solve hunger issues in our community. For more information, visit www.secondharvestmidtn.org.

2013 Nashville Visitors Guide Now More Convenient Than Ever
The 2013 Nashville Visitors Guide is now available on your iPhone, iPad, Android tablet, or Kindle Fire! The guide is a convenient publication to assist with Music City trip planning. Learn more about Nashville's great attractions, entertainment, accommodations, tours, restaurants, shopping, recreation options, and more. Visit visitmusiccity.com/visitors/tripplanning/visitorsguide to get it.

Music City Hitmakers
Music City Hitmakers
Congratulations to George Gerges of the Melrose Mini Mart and Nelson Miranda and Corey Webb of Nashville Airport Marriott as Music City Hitmakers for the months of November and December! Nominated for excellent customer service to Nashville visitors, the winners will receive a $100 gift card to an area restaurant as well as a certificate, lapel pin and personal letter of appreciation from Mayor Karl Dean. 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
Bobbie's Dairy Dip
A tasty blast from the past, Bobbie's Dairy Dip has been serving up burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes for generations - all while promoting Nashville's Music City brand. Bobbie's iconic diner atmosphere consists of patrons enjoying treats at picnic tables while listening to old-fashioned music over the speakers. Don't forget to partake in one of the music-inspired menu items like the Ricky Nelson milkshake. Congratulations to this Nashville staple for staying true to the classic treats of the past and for incorporating the Music City brand into your menu and atmosphere!

Industry Indicators
January tax collections were the largest collections for that month ever, with 2013 collections at $2,113,881, an increase of 21.3%. Despite the fact that January is historically the lowest month of collections, the last three years have seen tremendous increases: 2011: 8.4%, 2012: 10.8%, and 2013: 21.3%.

Nashville's hotel occupancy tax collections have experienced 25 consecutive months of growth.


NowPlayingNashville.com
NowPlayingNashville.com is a simple, one-stop source for information about all the performances, venues, exhibitions, sports, recreation, and community events that are happening year-round. You can search by venue, date, category of interest, artist, location, and more. NowPlayingNashville.com provides dates, times, maps, and direct links for purchasing tickets. NPN offers discounted tickets and special promotions for subscribers to E-XCLUSIVEs! An initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, NowPlayingNashville.com is a community project with a growing list of civic-minded partners. Through this collaboration, we are able to eliminate duplication of effort and expense among organizations that have had to maintain their own individual calendars. This includes powering the events calendar on visitmusiccity.com.

Events
For event information, click here.

New Member Orientation
April 4, 11:30am
NCVC Office
RSVP

Nashville Backstage: Side 2
April 9, 10am-12pm
NCVC Office
RSVP

Creating Applause
April 16, 2-4pm
NCVC Office
RSVP

Nashville Backstage: Side 1
April 30, 10am-12pm
NCVC Office
RSVP

New Member Orientation
May 16, 11:30am
NCVC Office
RSVP

Music City Center Grand Opening
May 19
Ribbon Cutting - 2pm
Public Tours and Concert to Follow
Music City Center

Music City Center Grand Opening Concert
May 20, 6pm
Music City Center

Save the Date
Nashville's National Tourism Week Hospitality Industry Celebration

May 23, 11am-1pm
Music City Center
Invitation to Follow

New Members
4 Wall Entertainment
Alamo Rent A Car
Artisan Guitars
Barlines
Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Bar
Cassidy Turley
Dan McGuinness
Dr Pepper
Enterprise Rent A Car
Kitchen Notes
Living Well Events
Marathon Village
Mokara Spa
National Car Rental
The Row
Ruby
Salsa Puerto Rican and Latin Cuisine
Sammy Cortino
Subway (162 4th Ave N)
Subway (246 5th Ave N)
Subway (530 Church St)
Tennessee Brew Works
VisitUs, LLC
Whisper Creek Tennessee Sipping Cream

Helpful Links
Upcoming Member Events
Convention Calendar
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