New Year's Eve Fun Facts
- Nashville offers the best 'bash' for your buck!
This town loves a good party, and all at a great value. Nashville throws one of the biggest New Year's Eve celebrations in the country with a full evening of FREE live music from Striking Matches, Kopecky Family Band, Brett Eldredge, Blackberry Smoke, Robert Randolph, and Hank Williams Jr., fireworks and Music City's own midnight Music Note Drop®.
- Where else would you see a Music Note Drop®?
Nashville's 'Bash on Broadway' event is the ONLY place you can ring in to the New Year with the drop of a 15-foot-tall red music note covered in more than 150 feet of LED lights from a 115-foot structure. The Music Note Drop® will trigger a fireworks display and major confetti cannons as it reaches the midnight mark.
- Shine Bright.
More than 550 light bulbs will be used in the '2014' sign that will grace the stage, while more than 100 lights will be used on the stage itself.
- It's a family affair.
Music City offers New Year’s Eve fun for the whole family. Nashville’s youngest revelers can celebrate earlier in the night with a raising of the Music Note at 6:30 p.m.
- Confetti Cannons.
More than 20 pounds of confetti will rain down on the New Year's Eve crowd at midnight.
- The Talent Has Nashville Connections.
New Year’s Eve headliner and Country icon Hank Williams Jr. was raised in Nashville and made his Grand Ole Opry debut at age 11. Known for his songwriting prowess, in 2007 he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. "This year is going to be very special on New Year’s Eve," says Hank Williams Jr. "December 31st will mark the 60th anniversary of daddy’s death. For years, I have not performed on New Year's Eve in honor of my father, but this year is a monumental year in the history of Hank Williams. If daddy would have lived, he would have been 90 years old this year. I hope Music City is ready to boogie woogie, because Bocephus is going bring the party to Nashville."
Country up-and-comer Brett Eldredge got his songwriting start in Music City. His passion for music and performing eventually led him to Nashville where he began writing his own songs, such as “I think I’ve Had Enough” performed by Gary Allan.
Blackberry Smoke has released three full-length albums, including 2012’s The Whippoorwill, the band’s first for country megastar Zac Brown’s label. Southern Ground Artists, Inc. is based right here in Nashville.
Virtuoso pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph is Nashville-managed and a good friend of fellow performer Hank Williams Jr. Randolph, who was named one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” by Rolling Stone, will perform with the headliner and Blackberry Smoke during the annual festivities.
Kopecky Family Band co-founders Kelsey Kopecky and Gabe Simon first met as students at Nashville’s Belmont University. After a college dorm “pass the guitar” session, the two realized they shared something beyond their alma mater. Since then, Kelsey and her band of brothers have been making a name for their Family Band.
Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis of Striking Matches came to Nashville to pursue music in 2006. The duo met at Belmont University where they were paired together by a professor to perform for a classroom of guitar majors. In December 2012, Striking Matches made their debut on the Grand Ole Opry where they have subsequently played more than fifteen times. The duo has had three songs featured on ABC's hit show "Nashville.”
- Behind the Scenes.
More than 100 crew members work over the course of four days to construct the stage, sound, lights and video.
- Ring in the New Year with FOUR days of festivities!
Nashville provides four consecutive days of entertainment offerings for visitors. The festivities kick off Saturday, December 28, when the NHL Nashville Predators play the LA Kings at Bridgestone Arena. On Sunday, December 29, the Titans play the Texans at LP Field, and MusicFest and Battle of the Bands take over Lower Broadway. Visitors can enjoy this Music City Bowl pre-game event featuring bands from the participating ACC and SEC schools. Jason Eskridge plays a Pre-Game Concert at the New Year's Eve Stage on Lower Broadway. The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl, seeing Ole Miss play Georgia Tech, follows on Monday, December 30, at 2:15pm at LP Field. And The Shuggah Pies perform the Post-Game Concert on the New Year's Eve Stage. The main event takes place on Tuesday, December 31: the Music City New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway free street party and concert with Hank Williams, Jr., Robert Randolph, Blackberry Smoke, Brett Eldredge, The Kopecky Family Band, and Striking Matches. After a few days' rest from ringing in the New Year in Music City, visitors can also participate in the New Year's Resolution Run 5K on Saturday, January 4.
- Light up the Night.
Pyrotechnics will be used for a special occasion as the Music Note is raised earlier in the night. The midnight fireworks show promises to be the biggest and best ever this year, as the sky will burst into colors from various locations downtown.
- In the News.
While the NYE 'Bash on Broadway' is only in its 5th year, it has already received national and international media coverage from the likes of Sherman's Travel, CNN, Quantas Travel Insider (Australia), Southwest Airlines blog, Bing.com, Southern Living, Huffington Post, Self magazine, and much more.
In 2013, Huffington Post named Nashville one of the world’s “Top Five Off-Peak Destinations for Winter 2013/2014” and highlighted the ‘Bash on Broadway’: "At the end of the year, Music City will play host to a budget-friendly but decidedly big-ticket New Year's Eve celebration on Lower Broadway featuring performances by artists such as Hank Williams Jr. and Blackberry Smoke. This totally free evening of live music will be capped with a celebratory Music Note Drop--a 15-foot-tall music note covered in lights will take the plunge at the stroke of midnight."
You can find Music City’s Bash on Broadway everywhere this year! It will be streaming live online at visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve, on Sirius XM Channel 58 during Hank William Jr.’s performance, or as part of CNN’s New Year Celebration broadcast!