The District, Inc. and Metro Historical Commission Foundation to Host Star-Studded Fundraiser Supporting #2ndAveStrong Relief Efforts

NewsChannel 5 and The Wildhorse Saloon Partner on Primetime Broadcast and Livestream Event.

NASHVILLE, TN (February 23, 2021) – The DISTRICT, Inc., and Metro Historical Commission Foundation announced today a star-studded, 2-hour musical event to be broadcast in prime time on NewsChannel 5, Friday March 26, from the stage of the iconic Wildhorse Saloon. The event will raise money for the Second Avenue Restoration and Preservation fund. The 2ndAveStrong relief fund will help support the immediate and long-term efforts to restore the Second Avenue neighborhood impacted by last year’s Christmas Day bombing, and support the preservation of many of the city’s most treasured architectural landmarks and historical contributions.

The two-hour benefit concert will feature an A-list lineup of musical performers including Old Dominion, Ashley McBryde, Lee Brice, and Scotty McCreery and take a fascinating look back on the important role 2nd Avenue has played in the history of Nashville. Music City’s biggest stars will share their talent to raise money to support the restoration of this iconic neighborhood.

The show features appearances by Nashville Mayor John Cooper and Governor Bill Lee, plus a tribute to heroic first responder law enforcement officers. The goal is to raise a milestone $2 million dollars towards the $10 million overall goal in supporting immediate and long-term restoration and preservation of the vitally important 2nd Avenue district.

“We are honored to have support from an institution that has called Second Avenue home for nearly 30 years,” said Tim Walker, executive director of Metro Historical Commission. “Giving back to the community speaks to the very heart of what we do every day through hospitality to our guests. The fact that we can join with the music industry to help rebuild this incredible neighborhood of an eclectic blend of artists, business owners, and community leaders is humbling,” said show producer Brian Schafer, general manager of the Wildhorse Saloon.

In addition to the broadcast Friday, March 26th at 7pm on NewsChannel 5, the Wildhorse Saloon, Grand Ole Opry and Metro Historical Commission Foundation will also share links to the livestream on their websites and social media channels.

Funds raised will be distributed to support restoration and preservation of impacted buildings and streetscapes and associations working collaboratively to restore and revitalize 2nd Avenue. No donation is too small. Click Here to support #2NDAVESTRONG and learn more about the mission.


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About The DISTRICT, Inc.

The DISTRICT, Inc., is a 501C3 non-profit corporation dedicated to the economic and community revitalization of three historic districts and their contiguous areas in downtown Nashville - Broadway, Second Avenue/Riverfront, and Printers Alley, collectively known as The DISTRICT.

About Metro Historical Commission Foundation

The Metro Historical Commission Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit friends group which assists the MHC in its efforts to identify, protect, study and interpret the rich history of Nashville. The Foundation was founded in 2013 to support activities of the Commission not covered in the City budget. The goal of the organization is to help preserve historic sites and educate residents and visitors about the city’s history and architecture.

About NewsChannel 5

The NewsChannel 5 Network is the number one source for local news in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky, providing 24/7 coverage of breaking news, critical weather information, sports, and investigative reporting. NewsChannel 5’s award-winning coverage can be found across multiple platforms including over-the-air on channel 5.1, our website and fully integrated app at, all video streaming services including Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Amazon Alexa, and Google Play. In addition, NewsChannel 5+ (over-the-air digital 5.2) is a fully local channel dedicated to coverage of local issues in-depth. The NewsChannel Network is part of the E.W. Scripps Company.

About the Wildhorse Saloon

The World-Famous Wildhorse Saloon is a 66,000 square foot live music and dance destination offering event space for parties, corporate outings and special events. An additional 12,000 square foot historic three-story building expansion was opened in 2020 providing exclusive private event space. If you can’t do it here – it can’t be done in Nashville! The Wildhorse and one fourteen at the Wildhorse boast multiple floors of action-packed fun, internal capacities reaching over 2,400+ and the capability to extend out to Riverfront Park right in our own backyard. Enjoy the Nashville experience under one roof – a restaurant, bar, event space, TV studio, dance and concert venue.