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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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Jake Owen & Friends Bring The Beach To Nashville

On April 27th, Jake Owen brought his current tour to Ascend Amphitheatre in Nashville along with tourmates, LANco and Eric Paslay.

LANco started the evening out with a fun set, followed by Eric Paslay showing some smooth moves with “High Class“.

Then came Jake Owen to close out the evening.  As we readied for him to take the stage, a huge backdrop of a flamingo hid the set-up.  As the music started, the backdrop was slowly torn down to reveal Owen and his full band.

He entertained and kept the attention of the packed crowd downtown well into the evening.  Concertgoers sang, clapped, and danced along in delight at his high energy set.

Definitely a tour not to be missed as the native Floridian & friends KNOW how to entertain a crowd.

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Maddie & Tae Performing At George Dickel Distillery On May 13th

George Dickel, the Tennessee whisky brand, is excited to announce the debut of Porch Sessions at Cascade Hollow, a country music series hosted at the distillery throughout the summer. Music fans have the opportunity to enjoy some tunes, beautiful country scenery and award-winning Tennessee whisky.

The debut of the series starts Saturday, May 13th 4pm-7pm with Maddie & Tae.  Tickets only $15 available through: www.dickelporchsessions.com.

Hurry before sell out! The start of some summer fun! Must be 21 or older to attend.

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