Special Events at PCMA Nashville
Starting with Opening Night and ending with Closing Night — with incredible live music and uniquely Nashville events happening before, during, and after — 2018 Convening Leaders will keep you busy having the best PCMA meeting ever.
Opening Night @BarNashville
Featuring Charles Esten and Clare Bowen
Sunday, January 7, 2018 @ 6:30-9:30pm
Music City Center Exhibit Hall
Nashville’s restaurants and bars are garnering global attention – and we know your schedule won’t allow you to visit them all - so we’ve taken the best elements from the coolest spots in town to create @BarNashville - the World’s Biggest Bar. Enjoy a drink at the 125-foot bar, including cocktail recipes from some of Nashville’s best hot spots. Enjoy food and hang with friends as you get ready to kick-off the week. And of course, it wouldn’t be Music City without some fun and entertainment! We’ll be joined by special guests Clare Bowen and Chip Esten from the hit TV show “Nashville,” who will perform original songs from the show written by Nashville songwriters and as well as some of their own. You’ll have a real Music City experience!
Music City Green Room
Sunday, January 7, 2018 @ 9am-5pm
Monday, January 8, 2018 @ 7:30am-5pm
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 @ 7:30am-5pm
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 7:30am-1pm
Music City Center Level 1 Lobby
Ever wonder what it’s like backstage in the artist’s Green Room? It becomes their home away from home when they’re on the road. Well, you’re on the road too, so we’ve recreated that experience just for you! Step into the Music City Green Room and enjoy a drink, a snack, some swag, a hit (or two - of course, there’s going to be music) and even something for your hangover. So, sit back, relax, and hang out with friends - that’s what Green Rooms are for!
Stop by on Monday and Tuesday for some of Nashville's most notable Music and Makers.
Catch a live performance from some of Music City's best songwriters:
Monday, January 8 @ 9:30-10:15am: Tim Nichols
Tim Nichols is a multi-award winning songwriter who has penned hits for artists such as Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, Alan Jackson, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley, and Chris Young. Over the course of his career, Nichols has won multiple BMI songwriting awards and a GRAMMY for Best Country Song (“Live Like You Were Dying”). Tim was recently inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Monday, January 8 @ 2:30–3:30pm: Jeffrey Steele
Jeffrey Steele is a prolific songwriter and has penned hits for artists such as Tim McGraw, Montgomery Gentry, Faith Hill, LeAnn Rimes, and Rascal Flatts among many others. He was named BMI Songwriter of the year multiple years and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2013.
Tuesday, January 9 @ 9:30am–10:30am: Tony Arata
Tony Arata has written No. 1 hits for Patty Loveless (“Here I Am”), Lee Roy Parnell (“I’m Holding My Own”), and Clay Walker (“Dreaming With My Eyes Open”). To date, Garth Brooks has recorded 7 of Tony’s songs, including “The Dance” which won Song of the Year at The Academy of Country Music. Arata is also in the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee.
Tuesday, January 9 @ 3-3:45pm: Brett James
Brett James is a GRAMMY-winning songwriter and founder of Cornman Music, a boutique publishing company located on Nashville’s Music Row. James is responsible for multiple No. 1 hits, including Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel” and Kenny Chesney’s “Out Last Night”. Other artists who have recorded his music include Martina McBride, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, Bon Jovi, and more.
Check out some of Nashville's greatest goods and meet their makers.
Monday, January 8 @ 9-11am: Ceri Hoover
High-end leather clutches, tote bags, and shoes
Ceri Hoover is a premium leather accessories company founded in 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. They use materials sourced from the world’s finest leather purveyors and employ American artisans to handcraft bags and shoes to the exacting specifications of the company’s namesake founder and creative director. Simple but never plain, Ceri Hoover bags are of exceptional quality and feature exquisite detailing and timeless design. They are available in more than 150 boutiques across the United States and on the website. cerihoover.com
Monday, January 8 @ 2-4pm: Peter Nappi
Handcrafted Italian shoes, boots, and bags
In 1904, Peter Nappi emigrated from southern Italy to the United States and brought his family tradition of shoemaking with him. Today, the legacy continues as his descendants, Phillip and Dana Nappi, offer authentic handmade leather shoes and accessories. Each work of art by the people of Peter Nappi shares a blend of the old with the new to produce a quality item found nowhere else. peternappi.com
Tuesday, January 9 @ 9-11am: PADDYWAX
Earth-friendly, aromatic, hand-poured candles
Paddywax is an artisan candle company and industry leader in fragrance-infused, soy wax blended candles. Every beautiful, aromatic candle is hand-poured in the Nashville factory. Paddywax is dedicated to creating something lovely for every home and their collection combines innovative fragrances and creative designs for every gift-giving occasion. paddywax.com
Tuesday, January 9 @ 11:30am-1:30pm: ABLE
Locally-crafted & handmade jewelry, totes, and handbags
The root of fashionABLE has always been ABLE. Beautiful jewelry, leather totes, handbags, and more created by women who have overcome. ABLE is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances. ABLE’s products are handmade in Nashville, TN by a woman who has overcome extraordinary circumstances. ABLE manufactures directly in the communities they wish to impact, both locally and globally, creating jobs and ending the cycle of charity dependency. livefashionable.com
Tuesday, January 9 @ 2-4pm: The Clary Collection
Hand blended, 100% natural & organic skin care products
Two mothers and friends, Jen Auerbach + Adriel Denae, founded Clary Collection - a family of small batch, hand blended, 100% natural + organic safe skin care products. Adriel Denae, a musical artist and Jen Auerbach, wife of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, started blending herbal and floral distillations and cold-pressed oil infusions to create healing, protective salves. Today, the Clary Collection can be found in shops all over the U.S. and in several Nashville locations. clarycollection.com
PCMA Closing Celebration:
Taste & Sounds of Music City
Featuring Steve Cropper, Duane Eddy, Billy Cox, Gordon Kennedy, Peter Frampton, and Little Big Town
Tuesday, January 9, 2018 @ 7-10pm
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum and GRAMMY Museum Gallery
Closing night will be a true Music City experience! Nashville isn’t just where music artists live – it’s where music is created. Every day in the studios and writing rooms, the next big hit is being crafted by some of the best musicians and songwriters in the world.
Experience that talent up close and personal as the Musicians Hall of Fame and the GRAMMY Museum Gallery come to life. Take in the instruments that played on some of the biggest songs in history. Have questions about the creative process? Nashvillians and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members Steve Cropper and Duane Eddy will be on hand to tell stories and answer questions, along with Billy Cox, who played bass for Jimi Hendrix.
After you’ve savored the memorabilia, enjoy a taste of Nashville’s newest hits that have come from the chefs in kitchens throughout the city! Food and drinks will be provided by 20 of Nashville’s best chef-driven restaurants.
And the Music
But the evening won’t end there... after touring, eating and drinking in the museum we’ll head upstairs into Historic Municipal Auditorium where you can grab your seat close to the stage for an “only in Nashville” finale! Kicking off the concert for a very special night of music will be GRAMMY winning Rocker Peter Frampton, joined by special guest GRAMMY winning songwriter and musician Gordon Kennedy. They will be followed by the 2017 CMA Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town. With five #1 hits and a combined 19 GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM awards, they will surely send everyone home in Music City style.
Guinness World Record Attempt
Largest Human Image of a Musical Instrument
Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 8am
Music City Walk of Fame Park
Join the fun! PCMA is attempting a Guinness World Record for the Largest Human Image of a Musical Instrument. Set your calendar, prepare your alarm, and meet at Music City Walk of Fame Park to be a part of history. Breakfast and beverages will be served at the event.
Come Early, Stay Late
There's always something going on in Nashville. Immerse yourself in Music City before the big meeting begins. And we know you'll want to stay after the Closing Night Event. The party doesn't stop on January 10.
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