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Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Keith Urban, Snoop Dogg Lead 6th-Annual Tortuga Festival Lineup!

Stacked Main Stage Lineup Will Also Feature Brothers Osborne, Lee Brice, Dan + Shay, Russell Dickerson, Kip Moore, Chase Rice, Lucie Silvas, Sister Hazel, The Cadillac Three and Tyminski

Eclectic Sunrise Stage Lineup Will Include Cheap Trick, Michael Franti & Spearhead, William Michael Morgan, Muscadine Bloodline, Dylan Scott, Shaggy And Dwight Yoakam 

Three-Day Passes For ACM “Festival Of The Year” Go On Sale Dec. 1 – With More Artists To Be Announced In The Coming Weeks
Rock The Ocean, in partnership with Live Nation, announced the all-star lineup for the sixth-annual Tortuga Music Festival today.  Country music heavyweights Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and Keith Urban will headline the destination festival’s main stage, taking place across three-days and two stages April 6-8 at Fort Lauderdale Beach Park in Fort Lauderdale, FL. It was also revealed that in addition to the superstar headliners, Brothers Osborne, Lee Brice, Dan + Shay, Russell Dickerson, Kip Moore, Chase Rice, Lucie Silvas, Sister Hazel, The Cadillac Three, Tyminski and more will take to the main stage. The festival’s second stage, dubbed Sunrise Stage, will host an eclectic lineup led by Snoop Dogg and including Cheap Trick, Michael Franti & Spearhead, William Michael Morgan, Muscadine Bloodline, Dylan Scott, Shaggy and Dwight Yoakam. Passes for the reigning ACM “Festival Of The Year” will go on sale Dec. 1 at 10am ET at TortugaMusicFestival.com.
Known for it’s vacation atmosphere, set against the backdrop of the ocean, fans travel worldwide to attend the festival that takes cues from its namesake (Tortuga is Spanish for turtle), working to protect sea turtles that nest annually along South Florida’s Atlantic seaboard. Tortuga Music Festival also strives to raise funds and awareness of the issues that the world’s ocean currently face, as well as supporting marine conservation and research. Attendees can also learn more about where a portion of the proceeds from their passes go, onsite at the festival at Conservation Village. Offering an arena of exhibits within the festival grounds, fans can experience games, interactive touch tanks, cooking exhibitions, the latest ocean technology, and how they can help make a difference. For more information, visit: http://www.tortugamusicfestival.com/conservation/.

For more information and to join the conversation, visit: TortugaMusicFestival.com, Tweet: @FestivalTortuga #TortugaFest, Instagram: @TortugaMusicFestival #TortugaFest, Snapchat: @TortugaFest, Facebook:  Facebook.com/TortugaMusicFestival and media can apply for credentials by visiting http://www.tortugamusicfestival.com/press.

About Rock The Ocean:
The Rock The Ocean Foundation is dedicated to supporting scientific research, education and increasing public awareness about the issues impacting the world’s oceans. RTO teams up with high profile musical artists and entertainers, who will perform and participate in events that educate the public on marine conservation.  RTO, founder Chris Stacey is an avid ocean lover, diver and 20 year music industry veteran.  Tortuga Music Festival will bring to life his vision, uniting the best and brightest in music, working to raise awareness about the issues currently impacting our oceans and their delicate ecosystems. For more information visit www.rocktheocean.com, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RockTheOcean/, Tweet @RockTheOceon or Instagram @rocktheocean.

About Live Nation Entertainment:
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Live Nation Concerts, Ticketmaster and Live Nation Media & Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com. 
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The BACON EGGS AND KEGS Festival A Success In Its First Year, Sells Out In Advance

The inaugural BACON EGGS AND KEGS festival held the weekend before last at First Tennessee Park was a real crowdpleaser for Nashvillians, selling out a day before the event.

It was a beautiful fall day in Nashville as a crowd lined up and streamed in through the gates anxiously-anticipating the brunch festival.

Festival goers were given mini plastic mugs to fill and treated to all-you-can-drink craft beer from various local companies, fruity hard cider offered by local makers, mimosas made with either grapefruit or orange juice, Irish cream coffee served hot or cold, tasty boozy root beer floats, and a 30-foot long bloody mary bar sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka featuring a smorgasbord of items to add to your large cup the staff fixed for you in spicy or regular bloody mary mix.  It was basically a brunch on sticks, if you pleased.  I know I indulged and thoroughly enjoyed it as you could add 5 extra items of your choice beyond the various flavors of rim seasoning, celery, and olive that came with each cup.  Unfortunately, the line got too long as those in attendance discovered the fabulousness of the huge bloody mary bar that featured boiled shrimp, bacon, boiled eggs, fried cheese sticks, chicken, pickles, olives, and much more to add to your drink as you pleased.  Needless to say, it was quite the hit and never could get that second round.  Oh, well, probably did not need another anyway, plenty of other tasty drinks to try all around.

Food was not included in the ticket price, but various enticing dining options of bunch items were available for purchase from several food trucks present offering generous dishes priced from $3 to $9 for everything from savory breakfast scrambles, bacon in a cup, shrimp & grits to waffles.

Festival goers could also participate in several fun activities to enjoy the day at the park by playing putt-putt golf, ping pong, giant jinga, cornhole, a huge bouncy house or find a comfy chair and/or table scattered all around the park to bask in the sunlight or find shade, too.

The festival planners who held the very first BACON EGGS AND KEGS festival in Seattle has already announced after the sell out of the event that it will return next year to Nashville.

It was a well-organized and fun event.  Hope to be able to partake in it next year.  Maybe next time I’ll brave the long line that is bound to form again to get that 2nd bloody mary from the awesome 30-foot bloody mary bar that is the hallmark of this festival.  Until then, cheers!

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Bacon Eggs & Kegs Festival On Saturday, October 14th In Nashville

Featuring Local Restaurants, Breweries, 30 ft. Bloody Mary Bar and More!

This Saturday @ First Tennessee Park

WHAT                   Bacon Eggs & Kegs combines a love for local food, breweries, brunch cocktails and entertainment that features all your Nashville favorites in one spot!

Cornbread Bacon Benedict. Crustless Mini Bacon Quiche. Beer Sausage Hash. Flying Pig Waffle. Hungry yet?! These are all dishes you’ll find on October 14! With at least one $5 dish per food vendor, you can pick and choose what you’d like to eat!

A brunch event wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of our 30 Ft Bloody Mary Bars for an unforgettable experience! Made with Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning. Choose your own adventure with dozens of toppings.

Local Brews and Ciders more your speed? Try out the Chocolate Milk Stout, Blueberry Cider, Citrus & Blood Orange Infused IPA, Cream Ale and more! Fill up your 5 oz. tasting mug with the best brews that Nashville has to offer. Our Full Pour station offers select 12 oz. options, as well.

Or there are always Mimosas, Boozy Root Beer Floats, Irish Coffee and more. We think outside the box when it comes to morning beverages. Don’t forget the entertainment with our larger-than-life games such as Giant Inflatable Hungry Hungry Hippos and our Inflatable Skillet Photo Opp where you can dress up as a slice of bacon or an egg.  Also you never know who also might pop up on the BE&K Main Stage!

For more information on vendors, please visit below.
Brewery Lineup – www.baconeggsandkegs.com/nashville/brewery-lineup
Food Lineup – www.baconeggsandkegs.com/nashville/food-lineup

PRICE                    TICKETS – $30
21+ with ID

WHEN                  Saturday, October 14
11 AM – 3 PM

WHERE                 First Tennessee Park
19 Jr Gilliam Way
Nashville, TN 37219

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Pilgrimage Festival 2017: Wrap Up

On a normal Saturday in Franklin, Tennessee, you will see people checking out local produce at the Farmers Market. The Factory in Franklin will have a small crowd of people walking around and picking up unique gifts and maybe even making one at Third Coast Clay. This is not your normal Saturday in Franklin, that’s for sure.

Thanks to @pilgrimagefestival for having FOCUS on the 615 out at the festival! @thematthewgrant is a guest correspondent covering for us today. Watching from a covered side stage, it's the calm before the "Timberlake storm".😎 Just by asking if he could perform this year (after jumping on board last year), he single-handily doubled the attendance of last year! This big, little town of Franklin, Tennessee is all a buzz and the streets are full of music lovers! 💕🎸 ▪ ▪ ▪ #franklintn #franklin #tennessee #pilgrimagefestival #makethepilgrimage #music #festival #insta #instagram #instadaily #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #fun #cool #outside #sun #hot #crowd #photographer #photo #photography #photooftheday #picoftheday #stage

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An estimated 25,000 people from all over have swarmed in on this quiet town to attend The Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival.  The now widely-known festival all started as a simple idea from festival co-creator and front man of the pop/rock band Better Than Ezra, Kevin Griffin.  Griffin who is also a Franklin resident was on a jog just a few years ago when he passed by The Park at Harlinsdale, a century-old horse farm that sits on 230 acres of land. He envisioned not just a music festival, but an experience that would highlight the diverse musical artists, food, beer, wine, and art that is rooted in Middle Tennessee.

Going into the festival’s third year, they knew they had to make it bigger and that is exactly what happened when co-producer and newly-transplanted icon, Justin Timberlake, asked if he could perform.  In what is one of Timberlake’s only musical appearances of 2017, he doubled the attendance of the previous year and he showed up ready to play for his new hometown!

Closing out the first night of the two-day festival which featured incredible performances I caught by The Avett Brothers, The Shadowboxers, Ruby Amanfu with Steelism, and many more, Timberlake walked out to 25,000 people on their feet and applauding before he sang his first note. Proving that he is a class act, Timberlake forewent a big show opener and instead covered Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come”, a prayer of sorts for the state that our country is currently in. With a bow of his head, Timberlake changed gears and ripped through hit after hit.  From “Drink You Away” and “Suit & Tie” to his closing numbers, the monster hits “Can’t Stop This Feeling!”, “Sexy Back”, and “Mirrors”, Timberlake had even the coolest East Nashville hipsters singing every word; making it a point to tell the crowd several times how much he loves his home state of Tennessee and that his new hometown is Franklin. It was clear, however, that no matter how much he loves Tennessee, Tennessee loves him even more!

The evening was highlighted when he reunited with Chris and Morgan Stapleton for the first time since their CMA Awards show duet.  Exchanging verses and taking turns doing each other’s background vocals on three of Stapleton’s songs.  The trio’s harmonies were so flawless that Timberlake’s band, “The Tennessee Kids”, couldn’t stop shaking their heads and neither could the audience.

As the night drew to a close and Timberlake took his final bow, it was clear that The Pilgrimage Festival delivered exactly what they said they would, a unique family-friendly experience that was for everyone! As the crowd filtered out onto Franklin Pike, you could already hear people making plans to come back next year.

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Flambeau Fest Single-Day Tickets On Sale NOW And Line-up Announced

Following the recent announcement of Flambeau Fest’s line-up by day, the event’s sought after single-day tickets are now available for $85! Renowned country and classic rock icons Sam Hunt, Hank Williams Jr., Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dustin Lynch, Chase Rice, Blackberry Smoke, Jessie James Decker, A Thousand Horses, Clare Dunn, Jacob Davis, and many more will take to the stage for the festival’s inaugural weekend on the Ascension Fields at Lamar Dixon outside Baton Rouge, LA on October 7 and 8, 2017. In addition to the newly-released single day passes, 2-day tickets are available for $149. 2-day VIP packages are also on sale at $319 (VIP) and $679 (VIP Platinum). To purchase, head over to FlambeauFest.com.
First lit two years ago by producers Mark Miller, Eddie Pearce, and David Addison, Flambeau Fest’s flame has been fanned and is ready to reinvigorate an area of Southern Louisiana that hasn’t seen the launch of a large-scale music event since the devastating Baton Rouge flood of 2016.

Flambeau Fest will present 3 stages and multiple tents featuring world-class musical artists, regional breakout performers and local artisans. The MAIN Stage will be packed with A-list, world-class talent. The Torch Stage will spotlight rising stars in country music, including regional breakout talent. The Songwriter In-The-Round Stage is truly unique to Flambeau Fest, playing host to some of the greatest Nashville #1 hit songwriters. A wide variety of authentic cuisine and libations from the region’s top vendors will also be available, including tastings from local craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries.

In addition to promising festival goers an explosive two days, Flambeau Fest will drive tourism dollars to the effort to rebuild an area hit hard by flooding. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the Lynyrd Skynyrd Foundation for education and cultural impact.


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Bring On The Drawn Butter! Key West Lobsterfest Set For Aug. 10-13

Lobster lovers are invited to sample the savory Florida crustacean during Key West Lobsterfest, scheduled Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 10-13. The festival celebrates the start of the Florida Keys lobster season with a tasty “menu” of events highlighted by an open-air lobster feast on the island’s famed Duval Street.

The flavorful festivities kick off at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, when lobster aficionados can gather at the Sunset Tiki Bar & Grille, 617 Front St., for a lobster boil that also includes shrimp, andouille sausage, crawfish, corn on the cob and new potatoes. Live entertainment and libation specials are to round out the evening’s action.

Known as spiny lobsters, the clawless crustaceans found in Keys waters offer sweet and tender meat. Lobster often is served steamed with drawn butter, baked and stuffed, in creamy bisque or cold in savory salads.

Fans can sample lobster dishes of all sorts at the Key West Lobsterfest Street Fair, set for noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12, in the 100 through 500 blocks of Duval. During this enticing festival “entrée,” chefs from local restaurants are to prepare lobster specialties ranging from tempting appetizers to traditional dinners with all the trimmings.

A free outdoor concert is slated for 1-10:30 p.m. with entertainers including Alphonse, Cool Breeze and the Durtbags performing from a stage at the intersection of Duval and Greene streets. Attendees also can browse and buy art, crafts and merchandise from onsite vendors.

Other Lobsterfest events include Friday afternoon’s “Reef & Ritas” catamaran sail and snorkel trip, a Friday night Duval Crawl of downtown Key West watering holes and a mouthwatering lobster brunch Sunday, Aug. 13, at the Smokin’ Tuna Saloon, 4 Charles St.

Event information and ticketing: keywestlobsterfest.com
Key West visitor information: fla-keys.com/keywest or 1-800-LAST-KEY
Social: Facebook · Twitter · Instagram · YouTube · Keys Voices blog

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Topgolf Transforming Nissan Stadium Into Larger-Than-Life Playground

Topgolf Crush launched at Safeco Field in Seattle in February. (PRNewsfoto/Topgolf)

Before Topgolf® Nashville opens later this year, residents and visitors can get a slice of the social experience that is sweeping the nation. From July 20-23, sports fans, golfers and even non-golfers alike can enjoy a festival-like experience with local favorite food truck fare, drinks and live music – all while crushing golf balls from the stands of Nissan Stadium into giant targets on the field. Tickets for Topgolf Crush go on sale at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, at topgolf.com/crush.

“Topgolf Crush is bringing the high-tech, fun, social and competitive Topgolf experience to epic venues nationwide, and we’re thrilled to make Nashville’s Nissan Stadium our next stop, ” said Topgolf Chief Marketing Officer Brian Radics. “In true Nashville fashion, Topgolf Crush at Nissan Stadium will feature live music from various local artists throughout the weekend, giving fans a preview of what to expect when Topgolf Nashville opens later this year.

Players will aim for giant targets ranging from 40-150 yards away on the field. Topgolf Crush features Topgolf’s Toptracer technology that tracks the flight path of the golf balls, instantly scoring every shot so players can challenge others to competition. Operating daily from 9 a.m. to midnight, Topgolf Crush will also feature live music, a bar and local food trucks for those wanting to keep the fun going before or after their tee time. All ticket types allow all-day long access to the event.

“We’re proud that Topgolf has selected Nashville and Nissan Stadium as the next venue for Topgolf Crush,” said Tennessee Titans Vice President of Facilities and Game Day Operations Bob Flynn. “This event will be unlike anything else we’ve hosted at the stadium, and it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience for Titans fans, music lovers, golfers and festivalgoers.”

Topgolf Crush tickets start at $65 for standard 1-day passes, $100 for premium 1-day passes, and $250 for VIP passes. VIP passes include game play, parking, all-day food and beverage inclusions in the exclusive VIP lounge, 4-day festival pass, a complimentary Topgolf Lifetime Membership, and $10 off Topgolf game play, redeemable at any Topgolf venue in the U.S., excluding Las Vegas.

To purchase a ticket or book a corporate event for Topgolf Crush Nashville, visit topgolf.com/crush.

About Topgolf
Topgolf inspires the connections that bring people together for unforgettable good times. Whether it’s a date night, girls’ night, family outing, happy hour, work breakfast, lunch hour or any other kind of hour, Topgolf makes socializing a sport – literally. Through the premium experience of Play, Food and Music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Topgolf also brings interactive experiences to the community that facilitate shared moments and deep relationships through Topgolf U golf lessons, weekly leagues, The Topgolf Tour competition, KidZone parties, social and corporate team-building events, and the World Golf Tour (WGT) app. Each venue features high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort, delicious food and beverage, live events, music, hundreds of HDTVs and outstanding hospitality. With 32 venues entertaining 10.5 million Guests annually and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf is creating the best times of your life both in-venue and online. To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.

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Music City Food + Wine Festival Announces Expanded Programming, All-Star Line-Up And Tickets On Sale

Fifth Annual Festival to Feature Local & National Chefs, Wine & Spirits Experts,

Sunday Gospel Brunch, Live Musical Performances, Engaging Cooking Demos,

Intimate Panel Discussions, Artisanal Purveyors, Dynamic Tasting Sessions, Pappy Hour and More in the heart of Nashville, September 15 – 17, 2017

GRAMMY-Award winning artists Kings of Leon, James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Jonathan WaxmanVector Management’s Ken Levitan and Andy Mendelsohn, and C3 Presents are pleased to announce the fifth annual Music City Food + Wine FestivalSeptember 15-17, 2017, offering expanded festival programming, including the addition of a Friday Night Grand Taste Pavilion, more chefs than ever before at Saturday Night’s Harvest Night, the return of Pappy Hour and the brand-new Sunday Gospel Brunch.  Tickets go on sale May 10, 2017, 10:00 a.m. CST, at http://www.musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com/tickets

“Nashville’s reputation as a destination for music lovers is fast being challenged by our status as a premier foodie destination in the Southeast,” says Mayor Megan Barry. “The Music City Food + Wine Festival will highlight some of our amazing chefs and restaurateurs who are defining Southern cuisine and showing that Nashville is the place to be for talented and creative individuals looking to show off their skills.”

“The Music City Food + Wine Festival has grown in stature and quality in lock-step with Nashville’s culinary scene,” says Butch Spyridon, President/CEO of Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.  “The two are inextricably tied to each other and our success as a destination. Great food, music, and fun sums up the event and the city.”

“It’s that time of year again when we celebrate all things food, wine and dance in the best city in America,” says Kings of Leon’s Nathan Followill, festival partner. “There are some big changes in store this year so don’t miss out. See you in September!”

Music City Food + Wine Festival brings together stars of Nashville’s culinary scene with acclaimed regional and national chefs, wine and spirits experts.  Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, Festival programming will include the Grand Taste Pavilion, held at Bicentennial Capitol State Mall Park on Friday, September 15, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m., and Saturday, September 16, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  The Grand Taste Pavilion will offer interactive cooking demonstrations, engaging panel discussions, intimate Tasting Sessions, a dynamic line-up of more than 20 local chefs a day preparing signature dishes in the Chef Showcase, Book Signings and more: www.musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com

The Grand Taste Pavilion will also offer food, wine and cocktail samples from more than 80 local and regional artisans and feature celebrated pitmaster Pat Martin, who will once again host Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Friends, featuring an all-star line-up of chefs, beverage pros and fellow pitmasters from around the country that will smoke and grill meats and veggies in an interactive, live-fire barbeque feast on festival grounds.

Back by popular demand, Music City Food + Wine Festival is proud to host Pappy Hour at the Grand Taste Pavilion on Saturday, September 16.  This bourbon tasting will be led by Preston Van Winkle of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, great grandson of iconic bourbon maker Julian P. “Pappy” Van Winkle.  More information on how to attend Pappy Hour will be announced this summer.

“Nashville is home to some of the world’s best musicians, chefs and restaurants, and we’re proud to bring them together over the course of the Music City Food + Wine weekend,” says festival co-founder Ken Levitan, Vector Management.  “We’re thrilled to expand the Festival to include Friday night’s Grand Taste and Sunday’s Gospel Brunch, and look forward to a fun and delicious fifth year!”

Harvest Night:

On Saturday, September 16, Walk of Fame Park (4th Avenue South) will be home to Harvest Night, which will feature more chefs than ever before, with a musical tribute from award-winning steel pedal guitarist Robert Randolph who will bring the Funk to downtown Nashville.  Festivalgoers can enjoy signature dishes from nearly 20 of Nashville and the country’s most acclaimed chefs.  Food will be served from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., with Robert Randolph’s live performance from 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.  Harvest Night chefs are scheduled to include: Hugh Acheson (Five & Ten, The National, Empire State South, The Florence, Spiller Park); Jimmy Bannos (Heaven on Seven, Juicy – O); Jimmy Bannos Jr. (The Purple Pig); John Besh (Marsh House, L.A. Jackson, Killebrew); Matt Bolus (The 404 Kitchen); Sean Brock (McCrady’s, McCrady’s Tavern, Husk, Minero); Maneet Chauhan (Chauhan Ale & Masala House); Drew Curren (Elm Restaurant Group); Cassidee Dabney (The Barn at Blackberry Farm); Susan Feniger (Border Grill); Joseph Lenn (J.C. Holdway); Tim Love (Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Queenie’s Steakhouse, Love Shack, White Elephant Saloon); Marcus Samuelsson (Marcus Samuelsson Group); Alon Shaya (Domenica, Pizza Domenica, Shaya); Jonathan Waxman (Adele’s, Bajo Sexto, Barbuto, Brezza Cucina, Jams, Waxman’s SF); Tandy Wilson (City House) and Andrew Zimmern (Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen).

Gospel Brunch:

On Sunday, September 17, join an acclaimed line-up of chefs as they prepare Southern brunch favorites set to a spirited live gospel performance from Gayle Mayes for Music City Food + Wine’s first-ever Gospel Brunch held at Walk of Fame Park. Some of Tennessee’s most beloved chefs will serve signature dishes paired with eye-opening cocktails, wine and coffee, including Tim Love (Back Dough); Joshua Simpson (Proper Bagel); Levon Wallace (Gray & Dudley); Karl Worley (Biscuit Love Brunch) and many more special guests to be announced.

Chef Showcase:

Featuring different chefs and restaurants on Friday, September 15, and Saturday, September 16, the Chef Showcase in the Grand Taste Pavilion at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park (600 James Robertson Pkwy) will give attendees the opportunity to meet some of the city’s top chefs, while sampling dishes from a diverse line-up of restaurants.  Chef Showcase will feature some of Nashville’s most beloved chefs and restaurants, including Adeles; Bajo Sexto Taco Lounge; Jessica Benefield & Trey Burnette (Two Ten Jack); Kristin Beringson (Silo); Carey Bringle (Peg Leg Porker); Chris Carter & James Peisker (Porter Road Butcher); Brandon Chavannes (Moto Cucina + Enoteca); Trey Cioccia (The Farm House); RJ Cooper (Henley); Crystal De Luna-Bogan (The Grilled Cheesrie); Nathan Duensing (Marsh House); Matt Farley (Fin & Pearl); Jay Flatley (Tavern); Brandon Frohne (Hollar and Dash Biscuit House); Tony Galzin (Nicky’s Coal Fired);  Sarah Gavigan (Otaku South); Daniel Herget (Little Octopus); Nick Hertel (Merchants); Hal M. Holden Bache (Lockland Table); Jess Lambert (etc Restaurant); Brian Lea (Le Sel); Daniel Lindley (5th & Taylor); Andrew Little (Josephine, Prima Nashville); Margot McCormack (Margot Café & Marche); Deb Paquette (Etch Restaurant); Kyle Patterson (Sinema Nashville); Nick Pellegrino (Mangia Nashville); Giovanni Pianto (Giovanni Ristorante); Andrew Rodriguez (Pinewood Social); Jesse Rossbach (Lonesome Dove Knoxville); Tyler Saracino (Americano); Nina Sayasack (Thai Esane); David Tieman (Five Points Pizza); Jason Zygmont (The Treehouse) and more.  The Chef Showcase schedule will be announced this summer.

Cooking Demonstrations & Book Signings:

Throughout the weekend at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, attendees will have the opportunity to get up close and personal as chefs lead interactive and informative cooking demonstrations, including: Hugh AchesonJimmy Bannos & Jimmy Bannos Jr.John BeshSusan FenigerTim LoveMarcus SamuelssonJonathan Waxman and Andrew Zimmern. Check www.musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com this summer for the book signing schedule and more information on the cooking demonstrations.

Panel Discussions & Tasting Sessions:

Listen in as the festival’s chefs, wine & spirits experts engage in dynamic conversations during a series of intimate Tasting Sessions and Panel Discussions about hilarious disasters in the kitchen, your favorite chef’s go-to desert island ingredients, party playlists and more.  Stay tuned for panelist and moderator announcements.

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Friends:

Back by popular demand, Music City Food + Wine Festival is pleased to announce that Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Friends will once again return with an all-star line-up of chefs and pitmasters from across the country, to be announced this summer. Celebrated pitmaster Pat Martin will be joined by a host of decorated chef friends to cook and serve an interactive, live-fire barbeque and grilling fest on festival grounds at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park on Friday night and Saturday.

Tickets & More Information:

Music City Food + Wine Festival ticket options include an All-In Ticket, as well as Friday Evening Ticket, Saturday Ticket, Harvest Night Ticket, and Sunday Gospel Brunch Ticket. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older.

The All-In Ticket ($525 per person) enables guests to experience the full weekend of Music City Food + Wine Festival programming, including Friday evening and Saturday festival access; the Grand Taste Pavilion’s cooking demos and panel discussions with local and national chefs, wine & spirits experts, and sommeliers; more than 80 beer, wine, cocktail, and culinary tastings; access to Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Friends; and access to Saturday’s Harvest Night.

The Friday Evening Ticket ($165 per person) includes single-day access to Friday, September 15 festival programming at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, including the Grand Taste Pavilion’s cooking demos and panel discussions with local and national chefs, wine & spirits experts, and sommeliers; more than 80 beer, wine, cocktail, and culinary tastings; and access to Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Friends.

The Saturday Ticket ($165 per person) includes single-day access to Saturday, September 16 festival programming at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park, including the Grand Taste Pavilion’s cooking demos and panel discussions with local and national chefs, wine & spirits experts, and sommeliers; more than 80 beer, wine, cocktail, and culinary tastings; and access to Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint and Friends.

Harvest Night Ticket ($275 per person) is available as a stand-alone ticket option for Saturday evening, September 16.  Located at the Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville, Harvest Night brings together signature dishes from nearly 20 world-renowned chefs from Nashville and across the country with a live musical performance from award-winning steel pedal guitarist Robert Randolph.  Mix and mingle with the nation’s brightest culinary stars and enjoy their best dishes.

We’ve given Gospel Brunch ($85 per person) its own day on Sunday, September 17, and tapped a stellar lineup of chefs to prepare their Sunday best for you at Walk of Fame Park: Southern classics, creative brunch fare, and everything in between. Get a jump-start on your day with eye-opening cocktails, wine, coffee, and a spirited live gospel brunch performance.

For more information, please visit http://www.musiccityfoodandwinefestival.com
or follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/musiccityfw) and Facebook (Facebook.com/musiccityfw) #musiccityfw.

Music City Food + Wine is generously sponsored by: FOOD + WINE, Nashville Convention + Visitors Bureau, KitchenAid and Barilla.

About Music City Food + Wine Festival:

Music City Food + Wine Festival is produced by GRAMMY-award winning artists (and Nashville residents) Kings of Leon, world-renowned chef Jonathan Waxman, Vector Management’s Ken Levitan and Andy Mendelsohn, and Austin-based C3 Presents — producer of Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Austin Food + Wine Festival and Chicago Food + Wine Festival.

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Taylor Swift Announces The 1989 World Tour (Dates And Locations Included Here)

Taylor SwiftSeven-time GRAMMY winner TAYLOR SWIFT announced THE 1989 WORLD TOUR on Good Morning America this morning just days after performing an epic concert in Times Square to over 20,000 fans, wrapping up promotion of her history making fifth studio album, 1989 (Big Machine Records). THE 1989 WORLD TOUR will be produced and promoted by AEG Live & The Messina Group (TMG) and kicks off on May 20, 2015 in Louisiana. Continue Reading →

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2013 CMA Music Festival Filled With Free Live Music

CMA Fest Lineup

Weeklong CMA Social Network Giveaways Provide Fans Chance to Win Tickets in Rows 1-5 to Sold-Out LP Field Nightly Concerts

The 2013 CMA Music Festival will take over downtown Nashville Thursday through Sunday, June 6-9with six free stages in the outdoor footprint and countless activities.

Tickets for the Nightly Concerts at LP Field sold out a record-setting six weeks in advance of the 2013 Festival, but fans will still have innumerable opportunities to watch Country Music’s best and brightest perform at CMA Music Festival. Performance lineups for the previously announced Chevrolet Riverfront Stage and Bud Light Stage at the Bridgestone Arena Plaza are available for fans to view at CMAfest.com, but those schedules merely scratch the surface of what fans can experience throughout the four-day Festival.

Downtown Nashville will be full of unique fan experiences, including free outdoor areas offering everything from autograph signings, meet-and-greets, cell phone charging stations, product demonstrations, auctions, giveaways, and more. All outdoor spaces are free and open to the public. These areas include:

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