News & Information
Downtown's Next Superstar: Winners!
Thanks to all who attended today's fantastic Downtown Employee Appreciation Week event, Downtown's Next Superstar! We are blessed with amazing talent in downtown Nashville. Congratulations to Jessica Plansky (Tennessee Performing Arts Center employee), the winner of today's contest! First runner up was L.B. Ballard, a CMT employee, and second runner up was Brittany McLamb, an employee at ServiceSource. A big thanks to all performers!
New retailer: Two Old Hippies!
401 12th Avenue South. 615-254-7999. A great new shopping destination in The Gulch! They are celebrating their grand opening this Saturday, October 8. Live music from noon to 9 pm. Food and drink throughout the day. Plus, enter to win giveaways. A grand prize drawing at 8:30 pm - must be present to win.
Events This Week
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 11 AM - 1 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE PARK FREE
Bring your co-workers for lunch in Public Square Park while you watch corporate teams vie for the title of Downtown Nashville’s Tug of War Champion! The winning company scores a catered lunch from a downtown restaurant of their choice and "Office Bragging Rights." Click HERE to sign up your team (10 people required - register by 8 am on Thursday, October 6)! Lightning Lunch food trucks the Nashville Weiner Company and Riffs will be on site from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2 PM - 4 PM
LOCATION: BRIDGESTONE ARENA FREE
Spend time in Smashville! Join the Nashville Predators and Fifth Third Bank for a party on Bridgestone Arena’s Plaza. Meet Nashville Predators personalities, including GNASH and the Dancers/Ice Girls while enjoying live music, ice cream provided by Purity Dairies, and games. Pick up some free Predators items and register to win exciting prizes (Disney on Ice tickets, Predators game tickets, autographed items, and more). Predators game tickets will also be available at a discounted rate for downtown employees! The Fifth Third Financial Empowerment eBus will be on-site offering free credit reports and mobile financial services.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6 - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, PERFORMANCE TIMES VARY
LOCATION: BRIDGESTONE ARENA $18 - $55
Join the celebration as 65 Disney characters from eighteen beloved stories come to life in Disney on Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic! Characters include Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio and many Disney Princesses. Plus, exciting moments from The Lion King; Mulan; and Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Toy Story films.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 6 PM - 10 PM
LOCATION: PUBLIC SQUARE PARK GENERAL ADMISSION: FREE; VIP: $45
Enjoy live music outside in Public Square, located in front of the Metro Courthouse. The weather should be perfect for this concert! Blankets, folding chairs, strollers, and water bottles are welcomed at this free concert series.
The line-up for Thursday, October 6:
6 pm - Marie Hines
6:45 pm - Rayland Baxter
7:45 pm - Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
9 pm - Brett Dennen
$3 parking available in the Metro Courthouse parking garage located directly below the park. Free bicycle parking. VIP tickets available for $45. Tickets include beer, soft drinks, water, food, and an incredible view of the stage.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9, 8:30 PM
LOCATION: VIRAGO FREE
Enjoy an evening on Virago's rooftop patio. Featuring $6 cocktails and music by DJ Jesse Frasure and Nathan Barlowe.
Experience a concert of hymns, psalms, and spiritual songs presented by the Grammy and Dove Award nominated male chorus, The CenturyMen. These professional musicians represent 20 states and one international country.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 11:45 AM - 1 PM
LOCATION: NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY FREE
The library's hit music series continues with the final concert of the series! Bring your lunch to the courtyard and enjoy a performance by Sara Sant'Ambrogio.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, REGISTRATION: 5:30 PM; RACE START TIME: 6 PM
LOCATION: HILTON PARK $25 REGISTRATION FEE; FREE FOR SPECTATORS
The Men's High Heel Race is a light-hearted fundraiser that benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. Guys, grab a pair of heels and stumble and laugh your way through the short course. Ladies, come cheer them on. Best legs competition held at the event. After-party and awards immediately following at Bootleggers on Broadway.
Head to the Country Music Hall of Fame for lunch! A live performance by The Roys at noon with an autograph signing immediately following. The Roys will also be the guest cooks of the day! Use the Music City Circuit to get down to the Hall. (Downtown employees: Be on the lookout on the Downtown Nashville Facebook page for a contest to win FREE tickets to this event).
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
All My Sons at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center through Saturday, October 15
Brother Love at Sambuca Wednesday, October 5
Abbott Martin Music at National Underground Wednesday, October 5
Arctic Monkeys at War Memorial Auditorium Wednesday, October 5
Ax Plays Beethoven at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, October 6 - Saturday, October 8
Employee Appreciation Week: Corporate Tug of War & Lunches on the Green at Public Square Park Thursday, October 6
Employee Appreciation Week: Party with the Preds! at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, October 6
DaM-Funk & Master Blaster with Count Bass D at Mercy Lounge Thursday, October 6
Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, October 6 - Sunday, October 9
Live on the Green at Public Square Park Thursday, October 6
The B-52s at Wildhorse Saloon Thursday, October 6
Opry Country Classics at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, October 6
Mystikos - An Evening of Mystery, Marvels & Magic at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, October 6
Forget Me Not - Alzheimer's Benefit at Hard Rock Cafe Thursday, October 6
The Martin McDaniel Band at Legends Corner Thursday, October 6
Glendale Getdown at The Rutledge Thursday, October 6
The Ordeal of Dr. Trifulgus at Nashville Public Library Friday, October 7
Art Making and Music at the Frist at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, October 7
Keb' Mo' at Ryman Auditorium Friday, October 7
Emily Howard, McKenzie Scott, and Foxes Have Foxholes at Casablanca Coffee Friday, October 7
Downtown Employee Appreciation Week: Farmers' Market Friday at Nashville Farmers' Market Friday, October 7
Nephew Tommy at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Friday, October 7
Railroad Earth at Mercy Lounge Saturday, October 8
Tennessee State University vs. Southeast Missouri at LP Field Saturday, October 8
Music City Muscle at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, October 8
Two Old Hippies Grand Opening at Two Old Hippies Saturday, October 8
Second Sundays at Virago Sunday, October 9
Barefoot Renegades at Legends Corner Sunday, October 9
Belmont University Bluegrass Ensemble at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, October 9
The CenturyMen at First Baptist Nashville Sunday, October 9
Ashleigh Flynn, Mando Saenz, and Amelia White at Listening Room Cafe Monday, October 10
Thief at National Underground Tuesday, October 11
SocialCrush at Nashville Convention Center Tuesday, October 11 - Wednesday, October 12
The Khandalhi Express Featuring Travis Mann at Sambuca Tuesday, October 11
Concerts in the Courtyard: Sara Sant'Ambrogio at Nashville Public Library Tuesday, October 11
Men's High Heel Race at Hilton Park Tuesday, October 11
Trailer Park Boys at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Tuesday, October 11
John Byrd CD Release at Station Inn Tuesday, October 11
The Civil Wars at Cannery Ballroom Wednesday, October 12
Americana Music Festival: Marshall Chapman at Station Inn Wednesday, October 12
Michael Martin Murphy & The Rio Grand Band at Listening Room Cafe Wednesday, October 12
Cookin' Out Country with The Roys at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Wednesday, October 12
Nashville Predators vs. Phoenix Coyotes at Bridgestone Arena Thursday, October 13
Will Hoge with Romantica & Lera Lynn at Mercy Lounge Thursday, October 13
Americana Honors & Awards at Ryman Auditorium Thursday, October 13
69th Annual Al Menah Temple Shrine Circus at Nashville Municipal Auditorium Thursday, October 13 - Sunday, October 16
Live on the Green at Public Square Park Thursday, October 13
Americana Music Festival: JD Souther at Station Inn Thursday, October 13
Dusty Hundley at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Thursday, October 13
La Traviata at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Thursday, October 13
Panel Discussion: Land of 1,000 Dances at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday, October 13
Mary Steenburgen & Friends at The Hermitage Hotel Friday, October 14
Sonny Rollins at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, October 14
Casting Crowns at Bridgestone Arena Friday, October 14
North Mississippi Allstars at Cannery Ballroom Friday, October 14
Carol Williams Organ Extravaganza at Christ Church Cathedral Friday, October 14
Bucktown Kickback & Willie Guy at Listening Room Cafe Friday, October 14
Book Talk: Family Tradition: Three Generations of Hank Williams at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Friday, October 14
Chris Thomas at Jazz and Jokes Lounge Friday, October 14
Nashville Predators vs. New Jersey Devils at Bridgestone Arena Saturday, October 15
Grand Opening Featuring Joey DeGraw at National Underground Saturday, October 15
Sinbad at TPAC - Tennessee Performing Arts Center Saturday, October 15
Songwriter Session: Jim Lauderdale at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Saturday, October 15
RLife LIVE Presents Matthew Mayfield at The Bridge Lounge Saturday, October 15
Kristy Lee at 3rd and Lindsley Sunday, October 16
PinkFest 2011 at Hard Rock Cafe Sunday, October 16
The Goo Goo Dolls at Ryman Auditorium Monday, October 17
Elio Giordono at Second Fiddle Monday, October 17
Lorna Flowers, Tiffany, and Bridgette Tatum at Listening Room Cafe Monday, October 17
Knuffle Bunny at Nashville Children's Theatre Monday, October 17
Stars for Second Harvest: Craig Wiseman and Friends at Ryman Auditorium Tuesday, October 18
Aretha Franklin at Ryman Auditorium Wednesday, October 19
The Sweetback Sisters at Station Inn Wednesday, October 19
Buddy Owens at Legends Corner Wednesday, October 19
Salons & Barber Shops
Looking for a hair stylist or barber? Look no further than downtown! Check out the thirteen barber shops and salons listed on our website. Some salons offer nail and spa services, too. Check their websites or call for more info.
Guidebooks Are Available
The current edition of The Guidebook, our downtown retail, restaurant and amenity resource book, is available. Copies are available at most downtown hotels, restaurants, retailers, the Urban Market, the Visitor Information Center in the Bridgestone Arena, Arcade shops and restaurants, Lower Broadway bars, restaurants and stores, and many other locations! If your downtown business would like 80 or more books delivered to your location, please let us know. It is a great resource for large groups, conventions, and new downtown employees and residents.
Large groups and events that are downtown October 5 - 19 include Gas Machinery Research Council (1,100, October 1 - 6), Advisors Excel (250, October 4 - 7), National Black Child Development Institute (1,000, October 8 - 11), Marsh Berry & Company Inc. (250, October 11 - 14), Americana Music Festival and Conference (3,000, October 12 - 15), International Smart Tan Network (3,000, October 14 - 16), Academy Sports (320, October 14 - 16), and Healthland (600, October 17 - 20). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions/.