Radio and TV Personality Bobby Bones to Host and Rachel Smith from “Entertainment Tonight” to Co-Host “New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash” Airing on CBS

Gold Circle and Big Bash Visitor Packages Now on Sale

NASHVILLE – CBS Special New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash will be hosted by radio and TV personality Bobby Bones and co-hosted by Rachel Smith of “Entertainment Tonight.” The celebration to ring in the New Year will air LIVE from Music City Friday, Dec. 31 (7:00-10:00 PM, CT, 10:30 PM-12:30 AM, CT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.* The live concert at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is free and open to the public.

As previously announced, Dierks Bentley and Lady A will headline the live concert and CBS broadcast of New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash. The five-hour CBS broadcast marks the first time for Music City to anchor an entire New Year’s Eve national TV special. Six additional mainstage guest artists will be announced.

“I’m so excited to celebrate and host New Year’s Eve this year right down the street from my house, with so many of my friends who have great performances planned,” Bones said. “I can’t wait to show America how special Nashville is.”

“I am over the moon to co-host New Year’s Eve Live from Nashville,” Smith said. “I get to hang with the hottest acts in country music, some I’m lucky enough to call friends, on New Year’s Eve in my hometown! Sign me up!”

As previously announced, the star-studded entertainment special will feature nearly 50 high-energy performances by country music’s hottest superstars, including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, and Cole Swindell. Some performances will not be open to the public but will be shown on the CBS broadcast. The five-hour broadcast will cross multiple time zones, with the traditional countdown at midnight, ET, culminating with the renowned Nashville Music Note Drop® and fireworks at midnight, CT.

The NCVC is offering two visitor packages for purchase: 

  • Gold Circle Party Ticket and Package
    Celebrate New Year’s Eve like a VIP at the extravagant Gold Circle Party, a celebration party experience. The Gold Circle Party is an exclusive ticketed event held at the indoor Nashville Farmers’ Market pavilion that is beautifully transformed into an elaborate festive party pavilion along with an Outdoor Courtyard and Special Viewing area. NYE Gold Circle Party Tickets are $550 per person and must be 21+ to attend. Limited tickets available. For party details and to purchase tickets or hotel package online:
  • Nashville’s Big Bash Package
    Nashville’s Big Bash Package includes a minimum of one-night stay at a participating hotel with a NYE Celebration Pack delivered to your hotel. The NYE Pack includes hand warmers, Nashville koozie, a Music City magnet, locally made popcorn, and an exclusive event t-shirt and limited-edition poster.

For more information or assistance with booking, please call 1-800-657-6910.

Radio and TV personality Bobby Bones is the host of the nationally syndicated iHeartRadio program “The Bobby Bones Show,” which broadcasts to over 185 stations and is the #1 country morning show with millions of monthly listeners. The award-winning show is a two-time CMA Award winner and four-time ACM Award winner and earned Bones the title of youngest-ever inductee into the prestigious National Radio Hall of Fame. His breakout TV series for National Geographic, “Breaking Bobby Bones,” is streaming now on Disney+. He has served as the official in-house mentor on ABC’s “American Idol,” he won season 27 of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and he serves as host and executive producer of Circle Network’s “Opry.” The fan-favorite podcast “BobbyCast,” which features candid long-form interviews with top artists and industry figures, has been downloaded nearly 20 million times. Bones is also a two-time New York Times #1 bestselling author, touring stand-up comedian and philanthropist.

Rachel Smith joined the top-rated, Emmy® Award-winning entertainment newsmagazine “Entertainment Tonight,” as a New York-based correspondent for the show’s 39th season. Recently, Smith served as a guest correspondent for ET, where she’s interviewed the likes of Rihanna, Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Ripa, Kim Kardashian West, Dua Lipa, Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie. Smith is perhaps best known for hosting the ABC syndicated weekly series “On the Red Carpet” and as a correspondent for both ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.” She was crowned Miss USA 2007 and went on to represent the United States at Miss Universe 2007, where she placed fourth runner-up.

Additional performers and information will be announced later. Updates available at

Gates for the live show at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will open at 4pm. Please note, proof of vaccination or negative test (within 72 hours) may be required for entry into Bicentennial Mall. The Fisk Jubilee Singers, a world-renowned ensemble that will perform a selection of spiritual music at the top of the show. The show’s highlight will be the traditional Music Note Drop with a three-minute fireworks display at midnight to usher in the New Year. As a live event, New Year’s Eve generates as much as $26.2 million in direct visitor spending and an attendance of 200,000.

The Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash live event is produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp for the city of Nashville and presented by Jack Daniel’s. Partners include Advance Financial, Coca-Cola Consolidated, Dr Pepper Zero, Gray Line Tennessee, Korbel California Champagne, Kroger, Michelob Ultra, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and Tennessee Highway Safety Office: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.

The New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash broadcast by CBS is executive produced by Robert Deaton and Mary Hilliard Harrington in partnership with the NCVC. The special will be directed by Sandra Restrepo.

*Paramount+ Premium subscribers will have access to stream live via the live feed of their local CBS affiliate on the service as well as on-demand. Essential tier subscribers will have access to the on-demand the following day after the special airs.

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