143. Nashville Rockstar – Mayor Karl Dean

If you have ever taken a seat inside the new First Tennessee Park, been in the crowd during a concert at the new state-of-the-art Ascend Amphitheater, or marveled at the Music City Center, then you need to thank Mayor Karl Dean. Over the last several years Mayor Karl Dean has propelled our great city to new heights in education, state of living, and economical development. He has pushed us forward through the good and the bad. Before he leaves office let’s take a moment and remember the great work of Nashville Rockstar Mayor Karl Dean.

Mayor Karl Dean was sworn into office on September 11, 2007. From the first day in office he has been an advocate for improving schools and education in NasMayorDeanhville. He helped recruit Teach for America to Nashville by raising the funds & bringing in the teachers to sustain the organization. He was a heavy supporter of bringing in more charter schools to improve the public school system in Nashville. Also, Metro school’s budget tripled during his tenure. And he launched his Limitless Libraries program which is a partnership between public schools and libraries to foster resource sharing between the two institutions and bring students access to more than 1.5 million library items through direct delivery to their schools.

Who could forget the flood? May of 2010, Nashville was hit by one of its worst natural disasters. Nearly 11,000 properties were damaged or destroyed during the flood. 10,000 people were displaced from their homes. $2 billion in private property and $120 million in public infrastructure was damaged. That includes legendary places like the Ryman Auditorium, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Grand Ole Opry, and more. And in this moment Nashville showed its true colors. Behind the leadership of Mayor Karl Dean the city banded together. Tens of thousands of volunteers from the Nashville area and beyond joined forces to put our city back together. While it might have taken a city over 5 years to fully recover, Nashville came back much sooner and better due in large to the leadership of Mayor Karl Dean.

At every opportunity Mayor Karl Dean believed in Nashville. He invested in Nashville, its people, and believed in what we as a community could do. He has created more jobs, improved the education, grew our economy, and made Music City a fantastic place to live. If you were to ask what makes a good mayor you would probable be met with a thousand different answers. However, we ask a different question: how do you feel about Nashville today compared to eight years ago? This is how we know Mayor Karl Dean did right by Nashville. Just look around you. The greenways, the schools, the people, everything. Nashville’s future is bright and never have we felt more proud to be a Nashvillian. There is no amount of thanks we could give that would properly show our appreciation for Mayor Karl Dean and how he has led Nashville over the last several years. However, he can rest assured we will never forget what he has done for us. Thank you Mayor Karl Dean. Keep rockin’.

143. Nashville Rockstar – Mayor Karl Dean

142. Nashville Originals Restaurant Week – Jackson’s Bar & Bistro

It is the very last day of Nashville Original Restaurant Week. Don’t waste it. There’s plenty of places for breakfast, lunch, or dinner that are eagerly anticipating your ahillsboro village jacksonsrrival during Restaurant Week. Today we decided we’re going to Jackson’s Bar & Bistro. Their special is perfect for anytime of day. For us, we have to try their Buffalo Frathers, and Monte Cristo. Hot chicken plus a great sandwich sounds like the perfect meal for a Nashville Sunday.

Jackson’s Bar & Bistro Restaurant Week Special Includes your
choice of a small plate & entree or
an entree & dessert

Small Plates:
Buffalo Frathers
Our own original version of Nashville hot chicken


Verde Dip
Creamy spinach-artichoke dip w/ tortilla chips


Loaded Breakfast Fries
Fries stop sausage gravy w/ country bacon & monterey jack (add fried egg $1.50)

Shrimp & Grits
New Orleans-style w/ garlic butter, beer & Conecuh sausage (available without sausage)


Monte Cristo
Ham & cheese sandwich batter-dipped and flash-fried San Francisco-style


Steak Frites & Eggs
Aged choice sirloin grilled to order w/ garlic butter, two eggs, fries & toast

Cookie-Dough Egg Rools
Chocolate-chip dough flash-fried in pasty w/ chocolate sauce & vanilla ice cream


Gooky Butter Cake
Rich, golden brownie-like cake served w/ ice cream

For more information about Nashville Originals Restaurant Week follow: visitmusiccity.com/restaurantweek.

142. Nashville Originals Restaurant Week – Jackson’s Bar & Bistro

141. Nashville Originals Restaurant Week – Mere Bulles

ONLY TWO DAYS LEFT! Amazing how time flies when you’re having fun. Tonight we will be heading on over to Mere Bulles. Mere Bulles is your best bet if you are looking for a down-to-earth, fun, and elegant atmosphere with upscale Americamerebullesn comfort food, without the long wait for a table. Tonight we will be having the Grilled Lamb Chop. Three chops, red potato cake, roasted carrots and cauliflower, & mint demi. Sounds perfect. Maybe we will see you there? Hope so!

Mere Bulles Restaurant Week Special includes a 3-course meal for $40.15. Select from the options below.
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus with Hollandaise
Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Filet with Balsamic Reduction
Blackened Mahi Mahi
Mango Sauce, Black Bean, Avocado Risotto, & Chipotle Peach ChutneyGrilled Lamb Chop
Three Chops, Red Potato Cake, Roasted Carrots and Cauliflower, & Mint DemiScallop Gratin
Four Scallops, White Wine Butter Sauce, Parmesan Cheese, & Garlic Bread
Carrot Cake
With Strawberry and House Made Whipped CreamBerries and Cream
Macerated Berries, Whipped Cream, & Fresh Berries

To see more participating restaurants go to: visitmusiccity.com/restaurantweek.

141. Nashville Originals Restaurant Week – Mere Bulles

140. Eleven Things To Do This Weekend In Music City (August 28-30)

It’s FRIDAY! You know what that means. It means you have a whole weekend to do some amazing Nashville things. And just for you we have once again comprised a full list of things going on in Music City. Pretty nice, right? See below for what’s happening this weekend, a Nashville restaurant to try, and upcoming concerts to plan your weekend. Then, check out what will occur the following week.

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(Events arranged in alphabetical order.)

9th Annual Nashville Industry Music Awards – August 29
Some of Nashville’s top individuals in the music business will come together for a night of celebration, and to honor their peers during the 9th Annual Nashville Industry Music Awards occurring, August 29, at 3rd and Lindsley. nimadigital.com

Cirque Du Soleil: Varekai – August 26-30
Cirque Du Soleil will perform their latest touring production, Varekai, from August 26th through the 30th at Bridgestone Arena. bridgestonearena.com

Closing Exhibits – Nashville’s Art Scene
Many art galleries around town will be closing their current exhibits on August 29. Meaning this is the last weekend to see Elizabeth Winnell and Barrett Hedges at The Rymer Gallery, Cuba: Reconstructing Memories at Tinney Contemporary, Price is Right at David Lusk Gallery, Therely Bare Redux at Zeitgeist Gallery, and more. To see what else is going on in Nashville’s Art Scene follow: visitmusiccity.com/artandculture.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Exhibits – Opening & Closing
The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum’s exhibit Flyin’ Saucers Rock & Roll: The Cosmic Genius of Sam Phillips opens August 28. The exhibit will explore the life and career of Sam Phillips, and the social and cultural impact of the music he created. You should go check out it and while you do make sure to stop by the Ronnie Milsap: A Legend In My Time exhibit because it closes September 7.

Craig Robinson – August 27-30
From the popular sitcom “The Office” and star of the movie “This Is The End”, Craig Robinson will perform Zanies Comedy Night Club August 27th through the 30th. zaniesnashville.laughstub.com

Frist Fridays – August 28
TONIGHT will be the last Frist Fridays of the season. The headliner is Those Darlins who will perform in the Frist Center for the Visual Arts’ Turner Courtyard. fristcenter.org

Goose Island Migration Week – August 25-28
Goose Island Beer Co. is traveling around the country. This week, they have been in Nashville and TONIGHT will be the last night of all the fun. You can find them 312 Pizza Company from 6-10pm. At the party, they will release their Bourbon Count Stout. For more information head on over to: gooseisland.com.

LOL Improv – August 28
LOL Nashville Improv Comedy group will play at The Basement on August 28. lolnashville.com

Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival – August 29
The first annual Music City Hot Air Balloon Festival will take place at Percy Warner Park, on August 29, featuring food trucks, live music, family fun, and more. musiccityballoonfestival.com

Nashville’s Largest Yard Sale – August 29
You can shop for Music City’s best used goods during Nashville’s Largest Yard Sale taking place, August 29, at Nissan Stadium. For more information and get tickets.

Nashville Sounds – August 29
The Nashville Sounds last home stretch of the 2015 season will begin August 31. It has been a fantastic year at the new ball park and let’s end it in the best of ways. Get tickets here: visitmusiccity.com/nashvillesounds


Nashville Restaurant Week – Germantown Cafe
As you already know. Nashville Restaurant Week continues until August 30. Tonight we highly suggest you head on over to Germantown Cafe who is having a spectacular special. The are offering a 3-course meal for only $20.15. Each meal includes a salad or dessert. Then, you select from a ton of entrées like their Pork Chop, Blackened Grouper, Grilled Salmon, Crab Cakes, Plum Pork, and more. Head on over, enjoy a meal, and make sure to tell us what you think on Twitter.


Keb’ Mo’ @ Schermerhorn Symphony Center – August 28
Old Crow Medicine Show @ Ascend Amphitheater – August 28
Full Moon Pickin’ Party @ Warner Park – August 28
Rob Thomas @ Ryman Auditorium – August 28
Western Medication (FREE show) @ Exit/In – August 28
Caroline Kole, Riley, Bria, Riptide (6pm) @ The Basement East – August 28
Resurrection: A Journey Tribute @ 3rd and Lindsley – August 28
Dexateens with Promised Land Sound and Ian Ferguson Band (9pm) @ The Basement East – August 28
K.T. Tunstall @ City Winery Nashville – August 29
The Eaglemaniacs: The Music of Don Henley and The Eagles with Ormond Sound @ 3rd and Lindsley – August 29
Dirtwire @ Exit/In – August 29
Social Distortion @ Ryman Auditorium – August 29
How I Became The Bomb, Morning Teleportation, Soft Crush @ The Basement East – August 29
Pony Boy with Justin & The Cosmics and Lilly Hiatt @ The Basement – August 29
Under the Sun Tour: Uncle Kracker, Sugar Ray, better Than Ezra, & Eve 6 @ Ascend Amphitheater – August 29
Jonatha Brooke @ City Winery Nashville – August 30
Rayland Baxter @ 3rd and Lindsley – August 30
Sweet Tea Dance @ The Basement East – August 30
The Sunday Post sponsored by Tailgate Beer @ The Basement East – August 30


We hope you have a great weekend doing all these fun things. Next week we are talking about Labor Day Weekend, another Nashville Rockstar, Pinot with the President. Make sure to follow along and we’ll see you later!

140. Eleven Things To Do This Weekend In Music City (August 28-30)

139. Nashville Originals Restaurant Week – Watermark Restaurant

Four days into Nashville Originals Restaurant Week and our stomaWatermarkchs have never been more happy. Fantastic restaurant after fantastic restaurant and tonight is no exception because we are heading to Watermark Restaurant. Located in The Gulch, Watermark Restaurant features a menu that is distinctive in the Nashville market by its culinary emphasis on exceptional Southern produce, classically prepared, and warm, professional service. For Restaurant Week, Watermark is offering a three course meal for $40.15 (see full options below). And we are definitely having the Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon. The crispy potato hash, and grilled asparagus sound too good to pass up!

Watermark Restaurant Special includes a 3-course meal for $40.15.
Select from the options below.

First Course:
Shrimp and Corn Chowder
Fresh Chives & Chili Oil

Mixed Green Salad
Balsamic Red Onions, Feta Cheese, & Candied Pecans

Fried Green Tomatoes
House Made Pimento Cheese, Red Pepper Aioli, & Frizze Salad

Second Course:
Pan Seared Atlantic Salmon
Crispy Potato Hash, Grilled Asparagus, Champagne Beurre Blanc

Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast
Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, French Green Beans, & Carmelized Onion Jus

Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Sweet Potato Puree, Grilled Asparagus, Blueberry-port Reduction

Third Course:
Grand Marnier Crème Brulée

Chocolate Mousse Cake
Bordeaux Cheery Glaze, Chantilly Crème, Brown Butter Ice Cream, & White Chocolate Hazelnut Crumble

To see more participating restaurants go to: visitmusiccity.com/restaurantweek.

139. Nashville Originals Restaurant Week – Watermark Restaurant

138. Nashville Originals Restaurant Week – Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant (5th and Church)

Day three of Nashville Originals Restaurant WeekPucketts-exterior-2! Are you enjoying all the amazing food? The amazing deals? Because we are. It’s not every day that 60 locally owned restaurants of middle Tennessee offer special menu items and deals on 3-course meals. And you should be totally taking advantage of it. Today we will be going to Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant on 5th and Church. They are offering a 3-course meal for only 25 bucks (see below for the details). After we had the amazing Double Cut Pork Chop from Urban Grub last night we can’t wait to try the Hot Chicken Fettuccine tonight. The idea of mixing Nashville’s staple cuisine with fettuccine sounds like one of the greatest ideas ever. We can’t wait to try it.

Puckett’s Grocery on 5th & Church Restaurant Week Special includes a 3-course meal for $35. That’s a house salad, your choice of entrée, and homemade cobbler.

Peached Glazed Pork Chop
Bone-in pork chop served with Asiago mashed potatoes and smoked corn succotash

Hoppin’ John
Served with Carolina rice topped with smoked sausage and fried shrimp

Hot Chicken Fettuccine
Spinach fettuccine in a hot chicken alfredo sauce topped with their fried chicken breast and served with a Texas toast wedge.

For more information about Nashville Originals Restaurant Week go to: visitmusiccity.com/restaurantweek.

138. Nashville Originals Restaurant Week – Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant (5th and Church)

137. Nashville Restaurant Week – Urban Grub

The fun continues during Nashville Originals Restaurant Week! Tonight we’re heading to Urban Grub to experience a fantastic three course dinner for only $40.15 (see the full options below). For us, we can’t wait to have the Double Cut Pork Chop. We’ve actually already had it and it’s amazing! What we have not tried isUrbanGrub1.JPG their Pork Fries or Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar so you best believe that will be part of our meal. To let you know a little bit about the restaurant, Urban Grub is a diverse, ethnic, and casual restaurant with a menu that is a combination of Southern traditions with a “flavored up tweak”. They are located in 12South and a must for anyone new to Nashville’s amazing food scene. Go try them!

Urban Grub Restaurant Week Special Includes a 3 Course Meal for $40.15

Course One:
Pork Fries
White BBQ Sauce

Heirloom Tomatoes
Burrata/ Roaster Lemon & Herb Vinaigrette

Yellow Gazpacho
Bread and Butter Pickled Shrimp/ Melon

Live Band Oysters

Course Two:
Wagyu Steak Frites
Dry Aged Wagyu
Sirloin/Citrus/Ginger/Chimichurri/Fresh Cut Fries

Double Cut Pork Chop
Agave/ Grain Mustard/ Fresh Smoked Peaches/ Mashed Potatoes

Shrimp & Grits
Tomato/ Caramelized Onion/ Tasso Cream/ Smoked Gouda/ Chipotle

Club Carbonara
Smoked Chicken/ Apple Wood Bacon/ Tomato/ Sweet Onion/ Baby Spinach/ Housemade Rigatoni/ Light Cream Sauce

Course Three:
Peach Shortcake

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar
Chocolate & Vanilla Crust/ Peanut Butter Crunch/ Chocolate Ganache/ Vanilla Cream

Warm Brie
Roasted Fig/ Honeysuckle/ Graham Cracker

For more information about Nashville Originals Restaurant Week follow: visitmusiccity.com/restaurantweek.

137. Nashville Restaurant Week – Urban Grub