87. Everything you need for #NashvilleJuly4

It’s finally here! And we thought this day would never come. July 4th weekend has arrived and Nashville has never been more ready. And we have taken the time to list everything you need to do this weekend. Just take a look below and let’s have some fun. Shall we?

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Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing! – July 4
Without a doubt you’re going to want to be Downtown for the big celebration. I mean there’s the FREE McDonald’s ® Family Fun Zone to experience with plenty of inflatables, games, and live music from 12-5pm*. The live music includes acts like Annie Bosko, Small Time Rock Stars, Scat Springs and the Scat Springs Band, Shirley Tempo, and Striking Matches on the AT&T GigaPowerSM Stage.

Then, starting at 6:30pm* musical performances from Mikky Ekko, Martina McBride, and the Nashville Symphony. All leading up to the nation’s largest fireworks show! Yes, this year is going to be something special and you have to be here. OH! and almost forgot to mention. It’s all FREE! To make it super convenient we have provided some awesome links thanks to Visit Music City to help you during this special occasion.

visitmusiccity.com/july4th_eventdetails – Need some more event details.
visitmusiccity.com/july4th_schedule – Find out the schedule with times.
visitmusiccity.com/july4th_music
– Click here for all the music.
visitmusiccity.com/july4th_map – Click here for a map.
visitmusiccity.com/july4th_familyfun – Check out the family fun.

Times are subject to change. 

A Prelude to the 4th – July 3
To get the party started Nashville is hosting a FREE street party TONIGHT from 4-10pm at the Jack Daniel’s Main Stage. DJ DU will get the party started followed by Elise Davis, Gabe Dixon, and closing it down will be The Weeks. It’s the perfect start to the weekend, and a great way to prepare yourself for the big July 4th celebration. Come join us and let’s get the party started. If you need a little more about the artists just follow: visitmusiccity.com/July4th_preludetothe4th.

Acme Feed & Seed Celebration – July 3-4
Acme Feed & Seed is celebrating their one year anniversary, July 3, with live music, a photobooth, drink specials, and more. Then, July 4, visitors may purchase VIP rooftop access tickets that is sure to provide a great spot to view the country’s largest fireworks show.

First Saturday Art Crawl – July 3
For Fourth of July weekend, the Art Crawl will take place on Friday. Over 20 art venues participate, presenting local and world renowned artists and artwork, offering the opportunity to meet and discuss art with like minded-individuals.

Grand Ole Opry – July 3-4
You could venture over to the Grand Ole Opry House to witness Vince Gill and others perform the legendary show.

Happy Birthday American: July 4th Celebration – July 4
Tennessee Brew Works & Little Harpeth Brewing are partnering to celebrate the holiday with live music, fireworks, craft beer, and good fun at the Tennessee Brew Works Tap Room.

4th of July Celebration at Listening Room Cafe – July 4
Patrons to Music City may enjoy great food and music performed by Fletcher, Bell, and Ward at Listening Room Cafe.

Music City Hot Chicken Festival – July 4
Grab some lunch at the Music City Hot Chicken Festival at East Park, 11am-3pm on July 4.

Music City July 4th 5/10K – July 4
Start your Independence Day with a run through the streets of Music City. All ages and fitness levels are welcome to run the 5K or 10K through downtown Nashville on the morning of the Fourth of July.

Presidential Weekend – July 4-5
Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage: Home of the People’s President is hosting history demonstrations, July 4 & 5, that will teach you how to drill, march, and live as a soldier during Jackson’s time. Also, on July 4, will be an Independence Day Ball inviting all to dress up in historical attire (of any era) and dance the night away. And that’s just the half of it.

Red, White, and Booze – July 4
Before coming Downtown head on over to City Winery Nashville for their special pre-party they are calling Red, White, and Booze.

USMNT vs. Guatemala – July 3
The U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team will face Guatemala at Nissan Stadium TONIGHT. Kick offs at 5:30pm.

Next Week

So there you have it. A full list of everything you can experience during Nashville July 4th weekend. And next week we’ll be talking about Beer … And Jaws, Burger Week, and whole bunch more. Get ready.

*All times are subject to change.

87. Everything you need for #NashvilleJuly4

86. A Prelude to the 4th

InstagramEach and every resident of Music City knows this town doesn’t need a reason to host a good concert. So, don’t be surprised when we tell you that Nashville is getting the holiday weekend started with a FREE street party featuring live music from DJ DU, Gabe Dixon, Elise Davis, and The Weeks Friday, July 3 and you should be there! It all starts at 4pm on Nashville’s Lower Broadway, and it’s the perfect appetizer before Saturday’s main event Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing! which will have musical performance from Mikky Ekko, Martina McBride, and the nation’s largest fireworks show. Come join us for both events and let’s make this the most epic weekend ever!

For more information follow: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/july4th_preludetothe4th.

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85. Mikky Ekko – #NashvilleJuly4

Can you believe it? We are just 4 days until Music City July 4th Let Freedom Sing! That’s 4 days until Mikky Ekko takes the stage to perform in front of a crowd on Nashville’s Lower Broadway. We can’t wait and for this special day we felt we should tell you just a bit more about this gentleman performer. So, read below and plan to see him when he takes the stage.

mikkyEkko’s belief in music’s transformative power was instilled in him at a young age. He was born John Stephen Sudduth in Shreveport, Louisiana, the son of a tar plant manager turned minister. He grew up listening to classical music (thanks to his mom) and classic rock (thanks to his dad), and began imitating R&B singers like Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson as a teen, “because I realized I could do runs,” he says. After graduating from high school, Ekko did move to Nashville, and enrolled in a music business course at a community college while trying to find a gig fronting a band, figuring it was best way to impress people with his voice. In Nashville, Ekko met the producers Tim Lauer and Dan Hansen and self-released the music they created together as an EP, Strange Fruit, in 2009. His efforts, as well as his mesmerizing live performances, attracted management, who advised Ekko to get off the road and focus on getting the music right. Once labels and publishers heard the songs he had written with Eliot, Smith, and Parker, including “Stay” and “Smile,” they clamored to sign him, with RCA winning out in April 2012. A few months later, In October, Ekko’s song “Feels Like The End” was used in the season premiere of Grey’s Anatomy. Ekko’s songs have also been heard on Orange Is The New Black, Homeland, and Pretty Little Liars.

For more information about Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing follow: visitmusiccity.com/july4th.

85. Mikky Ekko – #NashvilleJuly4

84. Nashville Rockstar Manuel

Oh it’s the end of the month and you know what that means. Time for our next Nashville Rockstar. We bet you already know him, too. He’s the man responsible for Johnny Cash’s nickname “The Man In Black”. He has dressed all four generations of Hank Williams. And he is also the man behind both The Rolling Stones’ and The Grateful DeadIMG_7841‘s insignias. This man’s work has been seen on presidents, athletes, dancers, artists, movie stars and more. His name is Manuel and the man’s a Nashville Rockstar through and through.

Manuel is a costumer who has dressed hundreds of artists over the years. Each artists that is on Manuel’s resume is more impressive than the next. Seriously, just to name few there’s Little Jimmie Dickens, Clayton Moore, Jack White, Kid Rock, Wilco, Little Richard, Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stewart, Loretta Lynn, John Lennon, Dolly Parton, Elvis, and the list goes on and on. He is original from Coalcomán, Mexico where he learned his craft at a young age. Then, he began his career in Los Angeles and stayed for some time. But by 1989 he decided to move to Music City to continue his work in the music industry.

To get a feel for his work you have to listen to the man. We found this beautiful quote from his website: “Record companies call me to help fabricate personalities for their artists,” he declares. “I do for artists what they need – not what they think the need.” That statement is never more clear than his story with Johnny Cash. The story goes that Johnny Cash asked Manuel for nine suits. Manuel happily obliged and made each suit black. Johnny noticed and questioned his motives with “Why the black?” Manuel replied “I think you’re the man in black.” And the rest, as they say, is history.

Now a days you may find Manuel in his shop on Nashville’s Broadway. There he continues to spread his skill across the world dressing musicians of all genres the way he sees them. We love that he has found a home here in Music City and can’t wait to see what he does next for both our creative community and the world. Keep rockin’ Manuel.

84. Nashville Rockstar Manuel

83. Pickin’ On The Plaza

We know, that you know, about Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman. Becauseryman362x272 you read about it last week, right? Well, in case you forgot it’s the annual series presented by Springer Mountain Farms showcasing some of the biggest stars in bluegrass on the very stage where the genre was born in 1945. And now is the perfect time to tell you about Pickin’ On The Plaza. It occurs right before each show, and as you guessed it, in the Plaza of the the Ryman. It’s completely FREE to all who come, or just happen to walk by. AND what’s really cool is some of the bands who have performed in the plaza have graduated to play the main stage at some point in their career. Meaning that you need to take advantage of seeing them for FREE, because next time you just might have to pay.

Remaining schedule for Pickin’ on the Plaza:
Freshwater Creek – July2
A Step Ahead – July 9
Jonah Riddle & Carolina Express – July 16
Westbound Rangers – July 23
The Copperheads – July 30

Remaining schedule for Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman:
The Del McCoury Band – July 2
Hot Rize – July 9
Dailey & Vincent – July 16
Robert Earl Keen – July 23
Ricky Skaggs – July 30

For more information about Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman follow: ryman.com/bluegrass.

83. Pickin’ On The Plaza

82. Martina McBride – #NashvilleJuly4

We are less than a week away from Music City July 4th: Let Freedom Sing! Therefore we felt it only right to do a full post about the lovely Martina McBride who will be headlining the event. So, take the time to read below and make the plans to see her LIVE on Nashville’s Lower Broadway during the best July 4th celebration in the country!

For more information about July 4th check out: visitmusiccity.com/july4th.

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Martina McBride grew up singing country music in rural Kansas, accompanied by her father’s band. She first made the country charts in 1992. Her hit records since then have included such enduring classics as “Wild Angels,” “Safe in the Arms of Love,” “Wrong Again,” “Blessed,” “My Baby Loves Me,” “Life #9,” “Love’s the Only House,” “Whatever You Say,” “Where Would You Be,” “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” “When God Fearin’ Women Get the Blues” and “A Broken Wing.” She is known for singing lyrics of substance and songs that challenge listeners. Martina has addressed domestic violence in “Independence Day,” female empowerment in “This One’s for the Girls,” child abuse in “Concrete Angel,” alcoholism in “Cheap Whiskey,” poverty in “God’s Will” and cancer in “I’m Gonna Love You Through It.”

To date, she has had 20 top-10 hits and six No. 1 smashes. As a result, Martina McBride is ranked as the most played woman vocalist on country radio between 1999 and 2010, She was honored with induction into the cast of the Grand Ole Opry in 1995.

Martina McBride has been awarded 14 Gold Records, nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records and two Triple Platinum awards and been recognized for selling over 18 million units. The Country Music Association has named her its Female Vocalist of the Year four times. The Academy of Country Music has presented her with its Top Female honor three times. The Recording Academy has nominated her for 14 Grammy Awards.

82. Martina McBride – #NashvilleJuly4

81. Nashville PRIDE Festival

TODAY: Music City continues to celebrate its diverse community during Nashville PRIDE Festival. The festival actually started yesterday, but haveUpdated2015Slider-061615 no fear because there’s still plenty to experience. First off there’s the Equality Walk starting at 10am at 2nd and Union. Then, the Main Stage Entertainment starts at 11am and goes all the way until 6pm that night. Artists performing the stage include Indiana Queen, MYA, Catey Shaw, and others who will play loud and proud. For anyone looking for a fun time, this is the event to attend. It’s a big party of community, music, and fun. Hope to see you there! OH! and just in case you missed it this was one of the 14 Things To Do In Music City This Weekend (June 26-28).

For tickets and more information follow: nashvillepride.org.

81. Nashville PRIDE Festival