News & Information
Road Closures! Don't forget there are some road closures today, Wednesday, December 29, and tomorrow, Thursday, December 30, in conjunction with the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl activities. Give all the football fans a friendly Music City welcome, and make note of these routes! Closures on December 29th and 30th: 1st Avenue from Church to Demonbreun; 2nd Avenue from Commerce Street to Demonbreun; Broadway (all lanes) from 1st Avenue to 3rd Avenue on December 29th, and 1st to 4th Avenue on December 30th. Also, the Woodland Street Bridge will be restricted to pedestrians and shuttle buses only, beginning at 3 pm on December 30th.
Art Crawl Update: In celebration of the start of 2011, the First Saturday Art Crawl has been moved to the second Saturday, January 8th. Next week's edition of Downtown Details will bring you all the information...and details!
Events This Week
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 5:30 PM
LOCATION: LP FIELD $17 - $80
Now in its 13th year, this Bowl matches teams from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). This year's game is between the University of North Carolina and the University of Tennessee, the teams' first meeting since 1961.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 30, 6 PM
LOCATION: HARD ROCK CAFE $5; OR COATS AND/OR CANNED GOODS
A concert benefiting Imagine/World Hunger Year, helping feed children in Haiti, Kenya, India, and Thailand. Hosted by Paris Delane and featuring some of the best songwriters, artists, and bands that Music City has to offer. The night kicks off with a "writers in the round" performance by Hard Rock Cafe employees. Performances follow by Carrie Zaruba, Gianina Bilan, Stephen Salyers, Paris Delane, Blackfoot Gypsies, Leilah Hayman, and Zach Spencer.
The Schermerhorn Symphony Center will reopen to the public, after closing to repair devastating flood damages from the historic May 2010 flood. In celebration of the recovery, violin virtuoso Itzhak Perlman is featured with the Nashville Symphony in a sold-out New Year's Eve concert.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 7:30 PM
On Broadway between 1st and 4th avenues, Nashville's second annual New Year's Eve Party will feature a free block party, live music and fireworks. Artists include Phil Vassar, Damien Horne, Heidi Newfield and Will Hoge. Plus, an 80-foot Guitar Drop of the Hard Rock Café Nashville's ten-foot tall guitar, along with the fireworks at midnight!
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 8 PM - 3 AM
LOCATION: MCFADDEN'S $30 SINGLE, $50 COUPLE, $50 SINGLE VIP
The New Year's Eve celebration at McFadden's features DJ Cliffy D, a champagne toast at midnight, a holiday buffet, and special drink packages available for purchase by clicking here.
Songwriter Trent Willmon wrote many songs for artists Brad Paisley, Eric Church, Little Big Town, Wade Hayes, Steel Magnolia, Montgomery Gentry, and more. Ticket price includes dinner, show and a champagne toast. Call 615-770-2772 for reservations.
Celebrate New Year's Eve with a four-course, prix fixe menu with Amuse Bouche, Sparkling Wine, and Mignardises. Complimentary midnight sparkling wine toast. Call 615-255-6200 for reservations.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 7 PM
LOCATION: 3RD AND LINDSLEY $40 - $50
Kentucky Thunder featuring Etta Britt, Sheila Lawrence, Vicki Carrico, and Jonell Mosser. Tickets include dinner, champagne toast, party favors and the complete show. Call 615-259-9891 to purchase tickets.
Live music on two stages and a full menu will be available until midnight. Martin McDaniel will be on the main floor stage and Dave Parks on the upstairs stage. There will be a margarita toast at midnight. Entry is first come, first serve.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 7 PM
LOCATION: SAMBUCA $39 - $100
Guests will dine, drink, and dance their way into 2011 in style, with live entertainment by Heath Haynes and the High Dollar Band. There will be a four-course dinner, with a champagne toast at midnight and a balloon drop. Click here for reservations, or call 615-248-2888.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 8 PM
LOCATION: FUEL $35 - $350
FUEL will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland with decorations, snow-themed drinks, and a snow machine. Tickets can be purchased in advance by clicking here, or at the door.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 5 PM
LOCATION: THE MELTING POT $80 EARLY BIRD; $100 DINNER
Start the new year with a four-course celebration! Tickets include a framed photo (one per couple) of your fondue celebration, champagne toast, and a gift bag. Also, receive a $25 dip certificate per person to put towards your next dinner in 2011. Early bird seatings from 3 pm - 4:45 pm. Dinner seatings from 5 pm and later. Reservation required.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 9 PM - 3 AM
LOCATION: MAI $30
The 11th Annual New Year's Eve event including the area's top DJs, thousands of balloons, photo booth, party favors, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. Click here for ticket information.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31, 7 PM
LOCATION: LISTENING ROOM CAFE $35
Benefit for the Magdalene Foundation with performances by Marcus Hummon, Julie Roberts, Tom Kimmel, Chris Blair, David Bradley, Mark Stephen Jones, Arlos Smith, Danny Myrick, Jon Stone, Chuck Cannon, Jeremy Lister and more. Admission includes entertainment, heavy appetizers, and a champagne toast at midnight.
The 5 pm and 7 pm seatings will feature a four-course pre-fixed dinner, and the 9:30 pm seating will feature a five-course pre-fixed menu, including a sparkling wine toast at midnight. A trio jazz band will be playing from 5 pm to 1 am. Reservations can be made at 615-345-7116.
Upcoming Events in Downtown Nashville
Chihuly at the Frist at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Through Sunday, January 2
Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz at Past Perfect Wednesday, December 29
Familiar Faces at Hard Rock Cafe Wednesday, December 29
Zac Brown Band with special guests The Wood Brothers and Casey Driessen at Bridgestone Arena Wednesday, December 29
Ben Graves at Sambuca Wednesday, December 29
David Peterson and 1946 Band at Station Inn Wednesday, December 29
MusicFest and Battle of the Bands Wednesday, December 29
Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl at LP Field Thursday, December 30
Rick Huckaby at 3rd and Lindsley Thursday, December 30
Fan Zone Party at LP Field Thursday, December 30
Applause for the Cause at Hard Rock Cafe Thursday, December 30
Schermerhorn Grand Reopening with Itzhak Perlman at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Friday, December 31
Music City Bash on Broadway Friday, December 31
My So-Called Band: The 90's New Year's Eve Spectacular at Mercy Lounge Friday, December 31
Guilty Pleasures New Year's Eve Spectacular at Cannery Ballroom Friday, December 31
Heath Haynes and the High Dollar Band at Sambuca Friday, December 31
New Year's Eve with Mikky Ekko, Kyle Andrews, and The Honeymoon Thrillers at 12th & Porter Friday, December 31
18 South with Shawn Camp and Seth Walker at Station Inn Friday, December 31
New Year's Eve with Jami rooms, Larry Frick and Brother Trouble at Wildhorse Saloon Friday, December 31
McFadden's Blingin' New Year's at McFadden's Friday, December 31
New Year's Eve with Trent Willmon Band at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, December 31
Opry at the Ryman featuring Emmylou Harris, Craig Campbell and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, December 31
New Year's Eve at Flyte World Dining and Wine Friday, December 31
New Year's Eve Celebration 2011 at 3rd and Lindsley Friday, December 31
Ring in the New Year at Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Nashville Friday, December 31
A Rockin' New Year's Eve at Sambuca Friday, December 31
New Year's Eve Winter Wonderland Celebration at FUEL Friday, December 31
New Year's Dippin' Eve 2011 at The Melting Pot Friday, December 31
Music City Ball at Mai Friday, December 31
New Year's Eve Benefit Show at Listening Room Cafe Friday, December 31
New Year's Eve Dinner at Capitol Grille at The Hermitage Hotel Friday, December 31
Dancing Through The Decades 2011 at Decades Friday, December 31
Opry at the Ryman featuring The Bowling Family, Jett Williams and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, January 1
Westbound Rangers at Station Inn Saturday, January 1
Fiddle and Guitar Demonstration: Renae Truex and Carco Clave at Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sunday, January 2
Bellevue at The Rutledge Sunday, January 2
Nashville Predators vs. Columbus Blue Jackets at Bridgestone Arena Sunday, January 2
John England & the Western Swingers at Robert's Western World Monday, January 3
Monday Night Football at Bentley House of Soul Monday, January 3
Heath Hensley with The Chris Weaver Band and The Shawn and Hobby Band at 12th & Porter Monday, January 3
Breaux Gargano at Listening Room Cafe Tuesday, January 4
L'Angelus at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Tuesday, January 4
Geeks Who Drink Pub Quiz at Past Perfect Wednesday, January 5
Jason Eskridge and The Seam at Mercy Lounge Wednesday, January 5
Mozart and Beethoven at Schermerhorn Symphony Center Thursday, January 6 - Saturday, January 8
The Exotics CD Release Party and Soul Incision at Mercy Lounge Friday, January 7
John Carter Cash at The Rutledge Friday, January 7
Opry at the Ryman featuring Rodney Atkins, Chris Young and more at Ryman Auditorium Friday, January 7
Art Making in the Lobby: Southern Sweet Poetry at Frist Center for the Visual Arts Friday, January 7
Boomerang at Puckett's Gro. & Restaurant Friday, January 7
Monster Jam at Bridgestone Arena Friday, January 7 - Saturday, January 8
First Saturday Art Crawl Saturday, January 8
Opry at the Ryman featuring Brett Eldredge and more at Ryman Auditorium Saturday, January 8
Les Richardson at Wildhorse Saloon Saturday, January 8
Josh Blecher Comedy Show at Listening Room Cafe Monday, January 10
WWE Raw at Bridgestone Arena Monday, January 10
Mashville Brigade at Station Inn Tuesday, January 11
Nashville Predators vs. Minnesota Wild at Bridgestone Arena Tuesday, January 11
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Nightlife and Live Music Options
Downtown Music City boasts over 35 live music venues, plus additional nightlife options including bars and nightclubs. Plan the first weekend of 2011 by using our online guide! Click here to see a full list of the downtown clubs, bars and live music venues. Plus, more than 30 great New Year's Eve options are here to kick off the weekend and new year!
Large groups and events that are downtown December 29, 2010 - January 12, 2011 include Campus Outreach Memphis (567, December 27 - 30), Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (40,000, December 28 - January 1, 2011), United Methodist Church (700, January 4 - 7, 2011), National Marine Manufacturers Association/National Boat and Sport Show (11,500, January 5 - 9, 2011), and Land O'Lakes Purina Feed (110, January 10 - 12, 2011). For information concerning conventions, call 615-259-4782. Click here for a complete listing of Nashville conventions: visitmusiccity.com/conventions/.