Music & Fireworks
Ring in the new year and rock out the old with Music City and thousands of your closest friends at Nashville’s New Year’s Eve party on Lower Broadway. Bring your party hats. Make some noise. Count down to the fireworks and midnight "Music Note Drop®"!
These artists played the 2015 event. Stay tuned for the lineup announcement for 2016!
Comprised of three Followill brothers -- Caleb (guitar), Nathan (drums), and Jared (bass), as well as first cousin Matthew Followill (guitar) -- Kings of Leon formed in 2000. Oklahoma natives, the Followill siblings spent much of their youth traveling to churches across the South with their mother and father, a Pentecostal preacher.
Kings of Leon’s debut album Youth and Young Manhood was released in 2003 and became an immediate sensation in the UK and Ireland, where NME declared it "one of the best debut albums of the last 10 years" and The Guardian described the band as "the kind of authentic, hairy rebels The Rolling Stones longed to be". The group achieved opening spots for U2, Pearl Jam and Bob Dylan after the release of their sophomore album, Aha Shake Heartbreak, and continued to garner acclaim with Because of the Times, which debuted at No. 25 on the U.S. Billboard 200.
In 2008, the group released Only By The Night, the record that catapulted the band into the mainstream. The multi-platinum-selling album debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 chart, hit No. 1 in five countries, sold more than 6.5 million copies worldwide, and earned Kings of Leon three Grammy® Awards, including wins for their Modern Rock radio multi-week No. 1’s "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody".
Kings of Leon continued to follow their own muse and refused to play it safe in their 2010 album Come Around Sundown. Keeping with their grand and propulsive rock sound combined with intimate post-punk moods, the album upped the ante by connecting the dots between the blues, classic rock and gospel influences of the Followills’ childhood to the alternative and indie rock of their adulthood. Come Around Sundown and their latest release, 2013’s Mechanical Bull, earned the Kings Grammy ® nominations in the Rock category and continue to top charts worldwide.
Kings of Leon got their start in Nashville by playing open mic nights, songwriters’ nights and booking gigs at local songwriter hot spots like the Bluebird Café. Members collaborated with other Nashville songwriters – most notably Angelo Petraglia – who helped them hone in on their unique rock & roll sound. While Kings of Leon continues to record and tour worldwide, each member calls Nashville home.
Chris Stapleton boldly introduced himself to the public at-large in 2015 with the release of his breakthrough debut album, Traveller.
Released in May on Mercury Records Nashville, Traveller initially debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Country Albums chart with more than 27,000 albums sold, making it the best-selling first week by a debut country artist in 2015. The album also received immediate and extensive critical acclaim and landed him bookings on "Late Show with David Letterman," "The View," "Late Night with Seth Meyers" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" among others.
Following a historic turn on the CMA Awards -- Stapleton is the first artist to win Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the same awards - Traveller became the first album to re-enter the Billboard 200 all-genre album chart at No. 1, where it stayed for two straight weeks. Stapleton also performed a "show-stealing" (Rolling Stone) duet on the live awards show with superstar and friend Justin Timberlake, which Entertainment Weekly called, “an unapologetic display of abnormal levels of talent.”
Stapleton capped off the year with four nominations at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards -- Album of the Year, Best Country Album, Best Country Song ("Traveller") and "Best Country Solo Performance ("Traveller").
Co-produced with Dave Cobb, who is also nominated in the Producer of the Year category, Traveller is comprised of songs written throughout Stapleton's 15-year career and evokes his childhood when country, blues, rock and R&B swirled together to create a distinctive sound that still resonates with modern fans. Beloved by critics, fans and fellow artists, the album has received "Best of 2015" attention at publications as diverse as Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, NPR Music, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Stereogum, Taste of Country, Noisey and many more.
Renowned and respected in Nashville, Stapleton has co-written six No. 1 hits for some of country music's biggest stars and has continually worked as an in-demand session musician, providing masterful backup vocals and guitar work to countless pieces of music.
Kelsea Ballerini launched to stardom with the release of her #1, GOLD-selling debut "Love Me Like You Mean It." Abuzz with shout-outs from superstars Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood and Little Big Town, she is the first solo female artist in nine years to hit #1 with her debut country single and one of only 11 women to have ever hit the top of the charts with a debut. Racking up media acclaim, the Black River Entertainment recording artist has been touted by Billboard Magazine as “Country’s Next Queen,” praised by ROLLING STONE as one of the “10 Artists You Need To Know” from all genres and selected as one of CMT’s Next Women of Country. Her breakout hit “Love Me Like You Mean It” and catchy new single “Dibs” are featured on her debut album THE FIRST TIME that landed Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart. Produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey, Ballerini wrote or co-wrote all 12 songs on the project. This summer, the talented singer/songwriter is hitting the road playing major festivals, headline club dates and select stops on Lady Antebellum’s WHEELS UP Tour.
Songwriter/composer Keegan DeWitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock stripped down a small Nashville row house to build a custom studio. In this space, and together with friend and drummer/producer Dabney Morris, they would record and eventually form a five-piece band around their debut album Youth. Mixing programmed sounds and live performances, each song was run through a TASCAM 4-track cassette tape recorder to maintain an intimate, diary-like feel. The band has performed at SXSW, Hangout Music Fest, Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party and Lollapalooza. The band and their videos, singles, and remixes off of the originally self-released Youth have garnered press attention from Entertainment Weekly (which called “Thunder Clatter” “clattering, joyful noise”), Garden & Gun, InterviewMagazine.com, MTV Hive, Noisey, NylonMag.com, Paste, Pure Volume, RollingStone.com, SPIN.com, and The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, among others, in addition to earning major support from influential station KEXP.
The Whigs are a three piece rock band from Athens, Georgia. Formed in 2002 while attending the University of Georgia, The Whigs played their first shows around campus and soon graduated to higher-profile performances including opening slots for the likes of the Drive-By Truckers and the Killers. Recording sessions for the band’s self-released debut album, Give 'Em All A Big Fat Lip, took place in an empty fraternity house in 2005 and by the following year the band’s audience had widened considerably, prompting Rolling Stone to declare that the band could be “the best unsigned band in America.” Over the last decade, the band has released five critically lauded studio albums and toured the world consistently as either headliners or openers for the likes of Kings of Leon, Black Keys, and MGMT. Their fifth album, Modern Creation, was released in 2014 and the band is currently crafting material for a sixth studio album in their new hometown of Nashville, Tennessee.
Both solo artists in their own right, fellow Nashville singer-songwriters Trent Dabbs and Amy Stroup make up the duo Sugar & The Hi-Lows. One song led to two and soon enough, Sugar & The Hi-Lows was releasing their self-titled debut album. The pair quickly gained national attention on the radio charts, hundreds of TV placements between the two and a long list of applause from media like USA Today, Billboard Magazine, Paste Magazine, Marie Claire, American Songwriter, Buzzbands LA, Glide Magazine, and the list goes on. Since their inception, Sugar & The Hi-Lows has played sold-out shows around the world, co-headlined a national tour with Andrew Belle and were personally invited to join artists Ingrid Michaelson and Kacey Musgraves on tour. The duo released their sophomore album, High Roller, in June.
LANco is the newest signing to Sony Music Nashville, as the band takes its place on the label group’s Arista Nashville imprint, home to such stars as Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood. LANco is about more than five guys in the spotlight, as the band – formerly known as Lancaster & Company – is on a mission to make the kind of music that engages listeners in a way that makes them feel like part of the Company: as the band says, “We are LANco, and so are you.”
Fireworks at Midnight
As we count down to midnight, a 15-foot-tall red music note will descend the 145-foot-tall tower. The midnight "Music Note Drop®" will trigger a fireworks display and major confetti cannons, welcoming the new year.
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