The Music City New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway first took over downtown Nashville on December 31, 2009. It has gotten bigger and better every year since.
2009 Music City New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway
In 2009, The Gabe Dixon Band, Tommy Sims and Friends, Marc Broussard, Jonny Lang, The Dirt Drifters, and Rodney Atkins performed to a crowd of 15,000 party-goers on the streets of downtown Music City. At midnight, a giant lighted guitar dropped 80 feet and set off a fireworks display that welcomed 2010.
2010 Music City New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway
The 2009 event was so much fun, we decided to do it again. Damien Horne, Heidi Newfield, Will Hoge, and Phil Vassar headlined the 2nd annual Music City New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway on December 31, 2010. Just 8 months after the historic floods of May 2010, 25,000 people came out to celebrate the outgoing 2010 and incoming 2011 in downtown Nashville.
2011 Music City New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway
They say that the third time's a charm. In Nashville's case, it's true. The Bash on Broadway more than doubled in size in 2011. The crowd reached 55,000 on December 31, 2011. Edens Edge, THE FARM, Jeffrey Steele, and Lynyrd Skynyrd jammed out for nearly 6 hours of free live music on the streets of downtown Nashville. The 15-foot-tall red music note was introduced in 2011. The midnight Music Drop slowly dropped 115 feet, triggering a fantastic fireworks display and confetti cannons at the stroke of midnight. The confetti cannons were also new in 2011. With a donation to the TJ Martell Foundation (supporting cancer and AIDS research), revelers put their New Year's Wish on a strip of paper throughout the night and in the days leading to the main event. Those strips of paper shot out of these massive confetti cannons as we welcomed 2012.
2012 Music City New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway
In 2012, Music City rocked out the old and rang in the new with more music, fireworks and family fun than ever before. More than 50,000 people braved the rainy weather to experience live performances by Grammy-nominated piano rock group The Fray, Nashville-based Sixpence None the Richer, ACM-nominated country duo Love and Theft, and Nashville newcomers Striking Matches. For the first time, Music City offered a New Year’s Eve experience at a family-friendly time. Family Hour took place from 7 to 8 p.m. and marked the holiday with a raising of the music note, a fireworks display and special performance by Lennon and Maisy Stella, the real-life sisters and internet sensations who play Connie Britton’s daughters on ABC’s “Nashville.” The night ended on a high note as Nashville’s 15-foot-tall red music note covered in more than 150 feet of LED lights dropped from a 115-foot structure. The Music Note Drop® triggered a fireworks display and major confetti cannons as it reached the midnight mark.
2013 Music City New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway
The 2013 Bash on Broadway continued the event's growth with a record-setting party on Lower Broadway. An estimated 85,000 people came out to see Striking Matches, Kopecky Family Band, Blackberry Smoke, Brett Eldredge, Robert Randolph, and Hank Williams, Jr. play the main stage for more than 5 hours of free live music in the heart of downtown Music City. We counted down to midnight at the city's trademark Music Note Drop®, triggering fireworks, confetti, and the crowd and stage singing of Auld Lang Syne.
As you can see, Music City's New Year's Eve Bash on Broadway has grown into one of the best New Year's Eve parties around. It's a free party where you can ring in the new year with amazing music and thousands of your closest friends. More people, more music, and more fun every year. We expect nothing less for the 2014 party.