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25.3. Hillwood Strike & Spare

It’s a bowling alley. But not just any bowling alley. You can obviously bowl here. You can also play arcade games, air hockey, pool, laser tag, bumper cars, and there’s even a soft play area for the little ones or extremely delicates. But again, that is not all. For the children of the 80s, or the parents of those children: they have an original Rock-afire Explosion set. The ShowBiz Pizza band! Just sitting off in Circus World. Remember Fatz Geronimo, Mitzi Mozzarella, and Looney Bird? They’re now hanging out at the Hillwood Strike & Spare. Super, super cool. The Nashville Scene recently did a piece on the band set: http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/a-hot-1980s-band-has-its-final-residency-in-a-west-nashville-bowling-alley-andmdash-if-their-animatronic-arms-dont-fall-off-meet-rock-afire-e/Content?oid=3253115

Back to the Strike & Spare. So, bring the kids to play at Circus World. Bring the buddies to bowl some balls. Bring your sentimentality for the ShowBiz Pizza band. It’s fun for all.

http://www.strikeandsparebowling.com/S%26S_Family_Entertainment/Hillwood.html

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22.3. The Nashville Sounds

The Nashville Sounds are the AAA-affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. The Sounds play baseball at Greer Stadium April through September every year. With a music note for a logo, a guitar for a scoreboard, and of course their name – the Nashville Sounds – the ball club embraces their home of Music City. Fireworks on Fridays and Saturdays, $1 hot dog nights, Military Sundays, bobblehead giveaways, Faith Nights concerts, and so many other promotions fill the season’s calendar. You not only get a fun time at a baseball game – you get all this other cool stuff, too! Fun for families. Fun for friends. What’s summer without baseball?

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3.3. Green Fleet Bicycle Tours

Feeling green today? Go green. Go on a Green Fleet Bicycle Tour of Nashville. They’re available every day. They last 3 hours. Bikes, helmets, and gear included. You don’t have to be a pro to do this. Each group is about 5-12 people. The gang of bicycles rides through Nashville to see sites, smell the air, and get a little exercise while you’re at it. Clarification: this is fun exercise. It’s a unique way to see Nashville – whether you live her or are just visiting. I think you should do it.

http://www.greenfleethub.com/general-info/

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2.3. St. Patty’s Day Kegs & Eggs 5K/10K

Feeling energized by all this SEC excitement in Nashville and all the St Patrick’s Day parties going on? Run it off at the St. Patty’s Day Kegs & Eggs 5K/10K on Sunday, March 17, 2013. It’s not just any run. It’s put on by Nashville’s What Do You Run For? They do fun runs, party runs, costume runs. And there is a costume contest for this one. I can’t wait to see all the leprechauns, clovers, and pots of gold running through the streets. The run starts at 2pm and Tin Roof opens at 10am serving $2 GREEN draft beer. Take that information, and do what you will. There’s also a post-race party when you finish where you can pick up your free Michelob Ultra, collector’s cup, t-shirt, and more. Online registration closes today at 5pm. But you can register on Race Day as well. Or you can just show up and watch all these crazies running in green through the streets of Music City.

http://whatdoyourunfor.com/st-pattys-day-kegs-eggs-5k10/

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Welcome to Year 4!

We have made it through 3 years of this thing! And on to Year 4! It’s pretty exciting, really. Four’s a good number. You got the Fantastic 4. The 4 major food groups. 4 leaf clovers. 4 seasons. 4 $250,000s in $1,000,000. 4 sides to a square. 4 Beatles. 4 strings on a violin. 4 suits in a card deck. 4 years between World Cups. 4 elements (earth, air, wind, fire). 4 directions. 4 virtues. 4 letters in the word four. I could go on. But I won’t. We’re moving in to our 4th year. We asked you what you wanted in this 4th year. You want everything! Things to do, events, restaurants, family activities, music, I could go on. But I won’t. We’re going to give you what you want: everything. 365 Days of Nashville. But you have to promise to use it. And do these things. Go to these events. Eat at these restaurants. Experience all that Music City has to offer. Deal?

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365. Awesome April

You know what’s awesome?
You.

You know what else is awesome?
April.
In Nashville.

It’s even called Awesome April! This town doesn’t really slow down very much but it definitely ramps up in April. There is a LOT going on. Festivals, concerts, art exhibits, sports, musicals, plays, and more all fill up the calendar April 1-30. Tin Pan South (#356) starts it all off April 2-6. It’s the biggest songwriter festival in the world. The WORLD. As we move into the month, we see Keb’ Mo’, Elton John, Vince Gill, John Tesh, WAR, Dwight Yoakam, Aaron Neville, The Temptations, Keith Urban, Cold War Kids, Weird Al, Rites of Spring Music Festival with NEEDTOBREATHE and others, The Black Crowes, GWAR, B.B. King, Jimmy Buffett, Band of Horses, Dick Dale, Little Big Town – and that’s just a small handful of the concerts playing during April. Surely you can find something you like in that batch. Seriously. The Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon (#363) pulls up the rear as thousands of people run, walk, and wheel their way through the route as live bands perform their genre-bending soundtracks for the day. And between all that? Rembrandt, crawfish, Fashion Week, Earth Day, hockey, baseball, and the ballet. April is it. It is Awesome.

http://www.visitmusiccity.com/visitors/events/awesomeapril

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363. Country Music Marathon & 1/2 Marathon

If you live in Nashville or have driven the streets as of late, you may have noticed the increased number of runners out there. They are gearing up for the Country Music Marathon or 1/2 Marathon on April 27, 2013. The race starts at Centennial Park, winds its way through Music City, and ends at LP Field. Along the route, live bands play every kind of music – rock, country, jazz, blues, classic, punk, and more. Provides a little auditory pep for runners, walkers, wheelchair racers, and spectators. And whether you make the full 26.2, the 13.1, or maybe even a fraction of either of those, there’s  a big Post-Race concert that night at Municipal Auditorium to shake off those cramps. Craig Morgan headlines this year’s concert with special guest Sarah Darling. So, the race & the music start that Saturday morning at 7am, they continue through the day until the end of the marathon, and then the music comes back that night at 7pm and goes until they want it to stop. It truly is a music marathon in Nashville.

http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/nashville

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344. “…in Nashville they go all day long.” – Forbes

Larry Olmsted wrote a piece about Nashville today for Forbes. It’s titled “Great Urban Weekend Escapes: Nashville, TN” and it talks about all the great things to do in Nashville over a weekend. And why it makes the perfect weekend getaway. He starts the article by saying this:

“Today we visit Music City, home to some excellent Southern cuisine, surprisingly great hotels and of course, music, music, music.  For reasons I will elaborate on, Nashville is an absolutely perfect pick for a weekend getaway.”

music, music, music. Yep. That’s us.

The article goes on to the mention the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, saying

“A visit to the museum is a reminder how much more connection most music lovers have to country than they know.”

So true.

The Schermerhorn Symphony Center is highlighted, along with the Music City Walk of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry, our pro sports teams, delectable culinary scene, and fabulous hotel options.

But the most standout part to us is this:

“What makes Nashville and its Honky Tonks really unique and different from New Orleans’ French Quarter, Beale Street in Memphis, or Austin, the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the Country,” is that in Nashville they go all day long.”

We do. We go all day long. And we go all night long. All the time. Beat that, New Orleans, Memphis, and Austin!

http://www.forbes.com/sites/larryolmsted/2013/02/21/great-urban-weekend-escapes-nashville-tn/

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320. “‘If I have to say what causes this good feeling, it’s hearing live music every night. I’m not exaggerating,’ she said. ‘It’s just jaw-dropping how good the musicians are. The bench is 20 deep.'” – Callie Khouri to the Washington Post

The Washington Post did a great article on Nashville the other day. They rode around with Callie Khouri, Creator and EP of the new hit show “Nashville,” to experience her version of the real Music City. They went to the Grand Ole Opry, Hatch Show Print, The Southern, Imogene + Willie, and lots of other great Nashville spots – and wrote about the beauty of all of them. It’s a really great article highlighting some Music City favorites, interspersed with Khouri’s feelings on them. She’s quoted in the article saying this:

“If I have to say what causes this good feeling, it’s hearing live music every night. I’m not exaggerating,” she said. “It’s just jaw-dropping how good the musicians are. The bench is 20 deep.”

So true, Executive Producer, so true.

Read more of the article here: http://www.visitmusiccity.com/media/washpostkhouri0113

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291.The First Music City Bowl Halftime Show

On this day in 1998: Lorrie Morgan, Steve Winwood, and Michael English performed at halftime during the very first Music City Bowl at Dudley Field (Vanderbilt Stadium) in Nashville while guitarist Larry Carlton was booed for a jazz version of the National Anthem. Virginia Tech defeated Alabama in that game, 38-7.

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