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Jon Langston and Walker McGuire Perform at BMI’s Rooftop on the Row

Country up and comers Jon Langston and Walker McGuire entertained guests of BMI at their 4th Annual ‘Rooftop on the Row’ concert series on Tuesday night (August 15). The country duo of Walker McGuire, composed of Jordan Walker and Johnny McGuire, kicked off the night with songs such as their Top 40 single, “‘Til Tomorrow”, and “What’s Her Name” – a self proclaimed true story about their time in Mexico.

Jon Langston followed the up and coming duo to close out the show and entertain guests during the sunset. Langston performed his hit “Forever Girl” as well as a medley of hits from artists such as Jon Pardi (“Dirt on My Boots”) and Tim McGraw (“Real Good Man”) before closing out the night with his current single, “Wrong Girl Right Time”.

Both performers are artists to watch out for in 2018. The night was sponsored by George Dickel, Cumulus Radio, Samuel Adams, and Texas Roadhouse and all sponsors were on hand to make sure guests had a great summer night on the BMI rooftop. Head on over to Focus on the 615’s Instagram for more from BMI’s Rooftop on the Row and events throughout Music City!

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Our Favorite Moments From CMA Music Festival 2017

Garth Brooks performs on night one of CMA Music Festival as a surprise guest. Photo credit: Courtney Davidson

CMA Music Festival is always one of our favorite times of the year when downtown Nashville is filled with country music and fans from around the world converge on our great city.

We thought we would relive some of our favorite moments from the festival in anticipation of it airing on ABC on August 16th beginning at 7pm/central, and because we just want to go back.

1) It put a smile on our faces to walk across the pedistrian bridge first thing on Thursday and spot all those people decked out in pink walking with all those cute dogs in Miranda Lambert’s Muttnation to help get numerous dogs needing a forever home adopted.  Loved the start and could not have asked for a more perfect day to start the festival.

2) Who didn’t love it when Garth Brooks surprised us on night one of the nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium? Always the consummate entertainer, and we loved every minute of it.

3) We loved Warner Music night at Ascend Amphitheatre and hearing new artist Cale Dodds.  Such personality and great songs.  One to watch.

4) Interviewing Luke Pell and getting to see him perform live for the first time on the Chevy Park stage.  Nice, talented guy who most will remember from Jojo’s season of “The Bachelorette”.

5) Attending High Valley’s fan club party at Warner Music on Music Row.  Sometimes it was just nice to get away from all the hustle & bustle downtown.  High Valley especially impressed.  Loved their harmonies and hearing them live for the first time.   They have this great blend of traditional country blended with today’s radio-friendly sound as they incorporate lots of the bluegrass instruments missing from most country artists’ music today.

6) Attending anything over at Warner Music for the Warner Sound during the festival with the cool Bic Lounge offering men free shaves and everyone 21 & up free drinks.  It was very relaxing just being over there.

7) Attending Sofar Nashville, a surprise pop-up show that happened at Warner Music on Music Row.  We especially loved Australian artist Morgan Evans signed to Warner Music and engaged to Kelsea Ballerini.  Great personality, voice, and good music.  It was a relaxing time.

8) City of Hope celebrity softball game is always a fun time, but it sure was hot out there that day.  Still fun and they broke their record for attendance this year.

9) Pandora’s “Sounds Like Country” concert was a fun time.  Boy, that line seemed neverending to get in, but worth it to see RaeLynn, Old Dominion, and Jake Owen at Marathon Music Works.

10) The Pepsi Firehouse was a cool experience with great food, specialty drinks, a chance to hear some new music from a few up and coming artists, and getting to see Devin Dawson perform an intimate set in a very cool setting.

Bonus: Kicking off the festival with Sony’s LANco at Flipside in 12South area enjoying drinks and checking out their new mural inspired by their new single, “American Love Story”, painted by artist Neon Lumberjack.

LANco with mural artist Neon Lumberjack

Don’t miss CMA Music Festival airing on ABC on August 16th at 7pm/central to see many of the nightly performances hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini.

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Frankie Ballard Rocks The 2nd “Porch Sessions” Presented By George Dickel And BMI

On Saturday (June 24), Warner Music recording artist Frankie Ballard performed in Tullahoma, TN at the George Dickel Distillery as part of their “Porch Sessions” concert series. Guests were not only treated to great music throughout the night; barbeque food trucks, George Dickel cocktails, and summer activities such as corn hole were on hand to entertain the sold out crowd prior to Ballard’s 90 minute performance. Ballard performed to an intimate crowd of music loving fans seated in lawn chairs, on wooden benches, and even in rocking chairs to make the cool summer night truly feel like a front porch jam session. He performed his hits such as “Helluva Life”, “Young & Crazy”, and included Elvis and Johnny Cash covers prior to closing out the show with his appropriately titled song “Sunshine & Whiskey”.

The picturesque distillery is located on Cascade Hollow, about 90 minutes outside of Nashville, and features daily tours of the grounds. For more information on August’s Porch Session, head to dickelporchsessions.com/.

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BMI Hosts Its 2nd Rooftop On The Row With Aaron Lewis and Emily Earle

BMI hosted its 2nd show in the series on their rooftop on Wednesday night called “Rooftop on the Row” sponsored by George Dickel Whisky, Samuel Adams, Texas Roadhouse, Yeti Coolers, 505 Nashville, and Nash FM 103.3

Newcomer Emily Earle opened for Aaron Lewis playing for an enthusiastic crowd of music industry and fans on a balmy night in Nashville.

Love this series, and hope to catch the next one!

Aaron Lewis performing. Photo courtesy of BMI.

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Ketel One Vodka Celebration: Just In Time For Father’s Day, Arnold Palmer Collectors Bottle And Nashville Connection

Carl Nolet Jr.

For 326 years, the Nolet family has been making their premium Ketel One vodka from their distillery in Schiedam, Holland.

Since arriving in the U.S. in 1983, Carl Nolet engaged and worked with local bartenders in each market to help raise awareness for their vodka, allowing them to act as trusted gatekeepers for the brand.  It’s one of the many reasons Ketel One Vodka is still the most recommended vodka by bartenders in the world because of this personal relationship.

Recently, Carl Nolet, Jr., 11th generation of the family of distillers behind the premium vodka, came to Nashville for a special event at Kayne Prime celebrating our elite community of bartenders and distributors.

Just in time for Father’s Day (June 18) and National Martini Day (June 19), we joined Ketel One Vodka and Carl Nolet Jr., 11th generation of the family of distillers behind the premium vodka, for a special event at @kayneprime celebrating Nashville’s elite community of bartenders. @KetelOne_US Ketel One Vodka has a longstanding history in Nashville and expanding on that heritage with this special event. Arriving in the U.S. in 1983, Carl Nolet, 10th generation Nolet family, engaged local bartenders to help raise awareness for the vodka, allowing them to act as trusted gatekeepers for the brand in each market. It’s one of the many reasons Ketel One Vodka is still the most recommended vodka by bartenders in the world. ▪ ▪ ▪ #ketelone #vodka #holland #nashvilletn #nashville #musiccityusa #musiccity #bar #bartender #bartenders #distributor #restaurants #alcohol #elite #foodie #tasty #instagramers #photo #photooftheday #picoftheday #cheers #mule #cheese #board #celebration #drinks #lime #ice #copper #cup

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What makes Ketel One different from other vodka brands available? Their rich family heritage of making vodka has been passed down through 11 generations of fathers and sons enabling them to really know the process of making vodka with a very hands on approach. They go to the Meditaranian, Carribean, Brazil, and Florida to find the best growers, making sure it’s the best fruit they can grow for their products. They use their own family recipe that after 326 years has been thoroughly time-tested rather than buy the alcohol like a lot of other brands from a rectifier. The family painstakenly takes care of every detail that goes into making their vodka with the full distillation process done completely under their roof. The result is an unsurpassed product made with pride from rich family tradition with a distinctively smoothe flavor compared to other vodka brands.

Orange mule served at celebration in a kettle.

If you want to see the process for yourself, you can take a virtual reality tour by going to: vr.ketelone.com

Ketel One has always worked with people in the trade.  As Nolet describes, his grandfather and his father both said they “wore out their shoes” as they pounded the pavement making those personal connections with the trade industry. They have formed very close ties to the United States Bartenders Guild with branches in each city, Nashville being no different.  Jonathan Howard, one of our locals, who is going to be opening a Kimpton Hotel in Nashville soon, was just in California where Nolet lives now, and Ketel One is working closely with him through World Class that hosts yearly competitions to find the best bartenders in the world.

Ketel One just launched their special Arnold Palmer collector’s edition bottle to honor the golf legend due to their close friendship through the years and to help continue his legacy by donating $100,000 to Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation, hosting charitable golf tournaments, working with country clubs where their innitiative is to put a day together to remember Palmer raising money for the late golf legend’s foundation, and featuring a bottle for sale with Arnold Palmer’s signature available now through his birthday on September 8th, 2017.

With Father’s Day today, how does Carl Nolet, Jr. plan to celebrate? As the father of 7 kids ranging in ages from 8-22, you can probably envision a big celebration underway, but he plans to celebrate it very lowkey as he flies back to his home in California to be with his family enjoying a couple of kettles in the sand and let the day be about simply relaxing.

For much more information about Ketel One’s history and drink recipes, be sure to visit their site at: www.ketelone.com.

Don’t forget to include Ketel One vodka in your Father’s Day plans and in celebrations for National Martini day tomorrow. As always, drink responsibily. Cheers!

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Second Show Announced For George Dickel’s Porch Sessions With Frankie Ballard On June 24th

Announcing the second show of George Dickel’s Porch Sessions series with country music artist, Frankie Ballard, on Saturday, June 24th starting at 5:30 p.m.

You can purchase general admission tickets for $20 at dickelporchsessions.com.  Attendees must be 21 or older.

Bring your chair or a blanket, and come enjoy this great summertime event!

 

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Pepsi Hosts 1st Annual Pepsi Firehouse In Nashville

A few lucky music lovers were treated to a very special night of new music discovery by Pepsi, who was in town to partner with the CMT Music Awards.

Held at the Urban Cowboy, which is a beautiful mansion built in the 1800’s that is now a bed & breakfast, the event showcased several up and coming artists in Nashville like Maggie Rose and Lindsay Ell.  Guests mingled, ate some delicious food, drank some specialty drinks made with Pepsi’s new summer cola, Pepsi Fire, and explored the mansion’s many rooms to discover new music all night from the talented artists.

Each room was decorated in a different theme, and featured one up & coming artist whose music was played on that room’s sound system. Also, the artist featured was there to meet and mingle with the guests.

At the end of the night, guests were treated to an intimate performance in one of the main rooms of the Pepsi Firehouse by Warner Nashville’s Devin Dawson.

Devin Dawson has a bluesy & soulful sound infused with country.  Great vocals combined with an engaging stage prescence. Be sure to check out his music! He’s one to watch.

Enjoying the speciality drink mixed with Pepsi Fire served at Pepsi Firehouse.

As a summer treat, be sure to find Pepsi Fire in a store near you. It’s only available this summer, so don’t wait too long to try it. It’s the taste of Pepsi that has been loved by generations with just a hint of cinnamon for a refreshing blend for those who like something a little different with a little heat to it. Try it! You know you want to.

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Sofar Nashville Secret Show On June 10th

Photo credit: Lauren Pierce / rootsoftherose.com

Well, this sounds like a fun event from Sofar Sounds during CMA Music Festival.  Who doesn’t love a fun surprise? Grab your tickets today, so you don’t miss out!

On Saturday, June 10, Sofar Nashville will be hosting a showcase with 3 surprise local and international performers at a secret location in Music Row. 

Sofar Sounds is a global movement that brings the magic back to live music by hosting secret gigs in intimate and unique spaces for emerging and developing artists in front of passionate music fans, capturing shows in video and distributing across their channels. As an international, mostly volunteer-led community, Sofar is about providing authentic cultural experiences and creating a sense of community around people’s love for music in cities all around the world. Sofar’s community now spans over 310 cities in 60 countries and runs about 500 shows per month. 

Saturday, June 10 
Doors open at 12:30pm 
Show starts promptly at 1pm 
Tickets can be purchased and applied for here*Applicants and ticket holders will be emailed the exact location of the event on June 9.
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Sweet Tunes, Summertime Memories Made & Tennessee Whisky At George Dickel And BMI’s 1st Porch Sessions With Maddie & Tae

It couldn’t have been a better start for George Dickel & BMI’s Porch Sessions concert series with clear skies and 70 degree weather in the picturesque setting of George Dickel’s Distillery in Cascade Hollow near Tullahoma, TN.

The appreciative crowd enthusiastically clapped and danced along to the music by the harmonious duo, Maddie & Tae.

If you missed the concert this time, don’t worry, there are more to come.  Stay tuned for announcements of future shows at Cascade Hollow for a refreshing, fun-filled afternoon with George Dickel & BMI for other epic Porch Sessions’ concerts all summer long.

About George Dickel

Born 40 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, George A. Dickel was an established Nashville merchant when he entered the whisky business. Dickel grew his reputation for selling the smoothest, most mellow spirits in the region. Thus, Geo. A. Dickel & Co. was born and when the Cascade Hollow Distillery opened in 1878 in neighboring Coffee County, George Dickel bought a large share. George Dickel followed in the Scottish tradition of spelling whisky without an “e.”

George Dickel preferred whisky made in the winter months more than summer months because he felt it made the whisky taste smoother, so the company began advertising their Geo. A. Dickel’s Cascade Tennessee Whisky as “Mellow as Moonlight.” This is why our whisky is chilled before undergoing the charcoal-mellow filtration known as the Lincoln County Process. This extra step smooths out the flavor and we’re still the only Tennessee distillery to do it.

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Bid On Some Awesome Auction Items To Benefit St. Jude Now

Farm, Fork, and Cork is an annual event held every year on Michael W. Smith’s farm. The tickets are sold out for this event, but there are amazing items people can bid on to help raise money for St. Jude.

Check them at and bid at: bidforstjude.com.

Some of the items available are a Nashville Staycation, breakfast with Vince Gill, a tour of the “Nashville” set, a picnic with Amy Grant and more!

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