Symphonic Sounds in the Parks

The Nashville Symphony Orchestra has been out on the town this summer.  Tonight, they were at Crockett Park in Brentwood:

Earlier this weekend, they played at Centennial Park and Ascend Amphitheater.  They’ve got more coming up this summer in Nashville and farther afield.  Most of these concerts in the park are free.

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Keith Urban plays free concert

Keith Urban is giving a free concert right now in front of Bridgestone Arena:

If you were planning on driving on Lower Broadway right about now, don’t.

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Own a piece of Elvis history

A house that Elvis Presley frequented when visiting Nashville is up for sale.  The house, which is currently a law firm but once belonged to Elvis’ manager, Tom Parker, could be torn down for a new commercial development.  The current owner, Steve North, is hoping to find a buyer that wants to preserve the home for its historic value.

“I remember it as a teenager,” North told the NY Post. “We would drive by the house, and we would look to see if the pink Cadillac was there. If the pink Cadillac was there, we’d know Elvis was in town.”

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When the Lord Mayor comes to town

Opening the Music City Irish Fest next weekend, Mayor Barry will be joined by the Lord Mayor of Belfast, Northern Ireland (which is in the UK, not Ireland).  The festival is sponsored in part by the Irish government, though.

The opening ceremony will get going at 11 AM on March 12 on Demonbreun Street near Music Circle.  All the entertainment will follow, continuing until 11 at night.

Belfast has been a sister city of Nashville since 1995, which has produced a culturally fruitful relationship, according to the press release:

A highlight of this Sister Cities relationship is the thriving and star-studded Belfast-Nashville Songwriters Festival, an extremely successful gathering and exchange of our respective communities’ deep love for music and song now in its 12th year. Each year many established artists, up-and-coming writers, and political figures travel from Nashville to Belfast to grow a unique friendship forged through the making of music. For the last several years, Music City Roots has broadcast live from the festival…

The first MCIF featured multiple winning singer-songwriters from the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival on its main stage.  This year the two festivals are excited to be exchanging artists. Jessica and Jeremiah Willis, singer-songwriters from Nashville-based The Willis Clan, performed March 2nd in Belfast. Only days later, six Irish artists from the Belfast festival are set to perform on the MCIF 2016 main stage.

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Maplewood Mardi Gras

The Maplewood High School marching band paraded in New Orleans last night for Mardi Gras:

In addition to lots of beads, the students got in 5 miles of marching during the parade.  Of course, they weren’t too tired to get a celebratory picture at the finish:

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Drummer falls out window

In what appears to be a competition of showmanship between the bassist and the drummer, the drummer definitely won by falling out the window of Robert’s Western World.

Though the videographer reports that the drummer, Stan Saxon, wasn’t hurt, WKRN reports that he actually suffered a broken rib.  A woman on the sidewalk behind him got a few cuts from the broken glass.

Ty Anderson, visiting from Indianapolis, shared a video of the incident:

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Hey now, you’re all stars

Get your game on.

It’s the NHL’s All Star Weekend here in Nashville, because nothing screams hockey more than short-sleeve weather.

Marc Hill shared this video of the inside of Bridgestone Arena right before the game, which began around 4 o’clock today:

Country music star Dierks Bentley snapped a photo from the stage he was performing on as part of the festivities:

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