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Nashville Ballet Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary Of “The Nutcracker”, And It’s Magical!

Dew Drop Fairy. Photo by Karyn Photography

The 1.2 million dollar production launched 10 years ago in Nashville by the Nashville Ballet is celebrating its 10th anniversary of their interpretation of the beloved Christmas classic.

Clara and the Nutcracker. Photo by Karyn Photography

Nashville Ballet spared no expense as period costume designs of the late 1800’s/early 1900’s were beautiful.  Elaborate set designs set this production apart, as it moves from scene to scene with ease and elegance abounds.

Clara. Photo by Heather Thorne

I would put our highly-skilled ballet troupe up against any world class ballet troupe in the world.  They are confident and talented, certainly capable of holding their own with the best out there.

Madame Bonbonniere and her Bon Bons. Photo by Heather Thorne

Adding to this spectacular, whimsical production is our own award-winning Nashville Symphony, who proves once again just why they win awards.

Stellar.  This whole production is stellar from top to bottom.  The audience is treated to nearly 2 hours inside the vivid imagination of a young girl’s mind, Clara, guided by a magician who offered her a gift of a nutcracker as he leaves the party after entertaining the children for the evening.  As she drifts to sleep after the holiday party with her family on Christmas Eve, visions of nutcrackers come to life, sugar plum fairies dance, mice in uniforms scurry, the Rat King runs amuck, the Fat Lady sings, the Chinese dragon dances, and so much more.

Watch the official trailer for it HERE.

I don’t want to give too much away, but one of the special elements added in celebration of the 10th anniversary, is they even make it snow inside the entire theatre at one point along with the stage.

It’s a pure delight and a must-see for Nashvillians looking for some culture this holiday season.  Only running now through December 23rd at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall.  Get your tickets fast by going HERE.  You don’t want to miss it!

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“The Music Of Nashville – A Magical Journey” – A Show For The Entire Family Has Opened In Nashville

The Music Of Nashville – A Magical Journey, is playing Nashville. The production, which was written, arranged and produced by veteran country music writer/musician/producer Mark Oliverius, is housed at the Texas Troubadour Theatre at 2416 Music Valley Drive and plays every Friday at 8pm.

The two-hour presentation takes audiences on a sixty-year journey through country music with some fresh new faces and voices to deliver iconic songs and the stories behind them. Some of Nashville’s finest musicians form the backing band, led by Oliverius himself.

Also available is a self-titled recording “The Music Of Nashville – A Magical Journey,” boasting a selection of the songs performed on stage and is available for download or by purchase at the theatre. This musical property prides itself on being a standout production where the show itself is the centerpiece, and no one cast member is the focal point, therefore the production itself is the “star.”

From Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, George & Tammy, Conway & Loretta, Kenny & Dolly, through Wynona, Garth, George Strait, Keith Urban, Miranda and Taylor, the production takes a nod from counterpoint cousins in Branson, MO as audiences are whisked away through the history and charm of the genre.

Tickets are available at Eventbrite HERE  or at the door.

www.themusicofnashville.com

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Tony And Emmy Award-Winning Entertainer Alan Cumming Brings Acclaimed Cabaret Show To Nashville On May 31

Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org

Alan Cumming, the Tony, Olivier and Emmy Award-winning actor, singer, writer, producer and director brings his highly-acclaimed cabaret show, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on May 31.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Dec. 8, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

Cumming is described by Time magazine as one of the most fun people in show business, by the New York Times as a ‘bawdy, countercultural sprite’ and by the Guardian as ‘European, weird and sexually ambiguous’.

Appearing most recently on Broadway in the 2014 Roundabout Theater Company revival of Cabaret, Cumming premiered his celebrated new show, Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, in 2015 at New York’s legendary Cafe Carlyle. He has since toured the show throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and the U.K. In February 2016, he returned with the show to New York for a sold out, solo debut at Carnegie Hall and released a live album of the same name.

Cumming has won more than 30 awards for his humanitarianism and social activism, received both the Great Scot and Icon of Scotland awards from his homeland and was made an OBE (Officer of the British Empire) for his contributions to the arts and LBGT equality by the Queen, whose portrait was taken down when his was unveiled at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in 2014.

Cumming is many things to many people – renaissance man, style icon, social activist, bon viveur – but to himself he is a story-teller and provocateur for hire. He lives in New York CIty and Edinburgh with his husband, illustrator Grant Shaffer, and their dogs, Jerry and Lala.

If You Go:
Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs
May 31, 2018
7:30 p.m.
James K. Polk Theater
505 Deaderick St.

Tickets:
TPAC.org
615-782-4040

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

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Legendary Blues Artist Robert Cray Performs One-Night Only At TPAC On Feb. 27

Legendary guitarist-songwriter and Blues Hall of Fame inductee Robert Cray will perform at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater on Feb. 27.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040, and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick St., in downtown Nashville.

Growing up in the northwest, Cray listened to the gospel of the Five Blind Boys of Mississippi, Bobby Bland’s soul, Jimi Hendrix’s rock guitar and the Beatles’ pop sounds. Cray brought these influences into play throughout his career, and has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades.

The glow of a career in music began when Cray was a teen, and in 1974 it burst into flames as the Robert Cray Band came together in Eugene, Oregon. In time, Cray and his band have recorded 20 studio releases – 15 of which have been on the Billboard charts – and played bars, concert halls, festivals and arenas around the world.

The first black artist since Hendrix to rise to such levels of fame in rock music, Cray’s sensational career includes five Grammy Awards and many W.C. Handy blues awards. In 2013, Cray was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

For his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm, Cray traveled to Memphis with his friend, renowned Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Jordan, to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm, the band that helped create that sound.

If You Go:
Robert Cray
Feb. 27, 2018
8 p.m.
TPAC’s James K. Polk Theater
505 Deaderick St.

Tickets:
TPAC.org
615-782-4040

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is a nonprofit arts organization funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission. TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

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Buy Tickets Now For The Inaugural NASHVILLE WINTER WINE FEST On Jan.6th

Don’t miss out on the inaugural NASHVILLE WINTER WINE FEST, which will be held on Saturday, January 6th from 1-5pm. We will have over 50 wines as well as a selection of local beer to choose from. There will be live music, a DJ, and food will be available for purchase. The wine list will be added to the website soon. nashvillewinefestivals.com

This is sure to be a great time to help beat the winter blues following all of the excitement of the holiday season. Get your tickets now by clicking HERE.

LOCATION:
Marathon Music Works– 1402 Clinton St, Nashville, TN 37203


PRICE:
Tickets are now on sale. $45 in advance and $50 after December 28th. Sales tax and ticket fees will be added. More details and the link to tickets can be found at our event website: nashvillewinefestivals.com

ON THE NET:

Web: nashvillewinefestivals.com

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Michelin Star Chef Chris Anderson Brings His Signature Restaurant, WESTEND, To The Hutton Hotel

An exciting, new restaurant, WESTEND, is set to open at the end of November inside Nashville’s Hutton Hotel.

This new establish to Nashville’s burgeoning culinary scene is to be the signature restaurant of famed Michelin star Chef Chris Anderson.

Thoroughly-enjoyed the @nashvillelifestyles' BRUNCH and BLOODYS today from 10am-12pm for $25 pp at the door. Free brunch food & bloody marys in the beautiful, historic @unionstationnashville hotel that used to be a train station in downtown Nashville!👀🍾🍽😃 —————————————————————– New Restaurant Opening: Michelin star-rated Chef Chris Anderson is opening his brand new restaurant, #WESTEND, at the @huttonhotel at the of the month. Can't wait to see what he comes up with! His food is always creative, flavorful, and beautifully-presented. He served chicken and waffle cupcakes for brunch today. Tasty!! 🍽 ================================= #brunchandbloodys #unionstationhotel #nashvillelifystyles #thingstodo #brunch #food #foodie #insta #nashvilletn #nashville #tennessee #fun #weekend #photographyeveryday #photography #chef #restaurant

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We had the pleasure of talking to & sampling some of Chef Chris Anderson’s creations at the 2017 Music City Food + Wine Festival in September and, most recently, last weekend at Nashville Lifestyle’s BRUNCH AND BLOODYS event at the Union Station Hotel. With both, we found that his culinary creations were not only skillfully & creatively-presented to appeal visually to consumers, but combine a variety of flavors and seasonings that create a taste explosion in one’s mouth that would appeal to discriminating palettes and foodies everywhere.

Anderson carries quite the resume as he makes his way to Nashville by way of Chicago and Palm Springs after spending time developing his talents in the kitchens of 3 Michelin-starred Chicago heavy hitter, Alinea, as well as the now defunct L2O & Moto. Most recently, he was the executive chef at the SO•PA Restaurant at L’Horizon Resort & Spa in Palm Springs.

The North Carolina native intends to combine some of his favorites from his home state to fuse into favorite flavorings that are uniquely-Nashville. Think hot crab, for instance, a twist on hot chicken; a favorite of Nashvillians made famous by Prince’s Chicken many years ago and crab meat, a delicacy of North Carolina. He likes to call it “progressively Southern cuisine”. We can’t wait to see what all he comes up with!

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Country Icon Mel Tillis Passes Away At Age 85

Following a lengthy struggle to regain his health, country music legend Mel Tillis passed away early this morning at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida. Tillis battled intestinal issues since early 2016 and never fully recovered. The suspected cause of death is respiratory failure. Tillis was 85.

 

The Country Music Hall of Famer leaves behind six children (Pam Tillis, Connie Tillis, Cindy Shorey, Sonny Tillis, Carrie April Tillis, and Hannah Puryear), six grandchildren, a great grandson, a sister (Linda Crosby) and brother (Richard Tillis), the mother of five of his children (Doris Tillis), his longtime partner (Kathy DeMonaco), and many lifelong friends and fans around the world.

 

The Tillis family asks for your prayers and will soon release more information regarding funeral services in Florida and Nashville.

 

Lonnie Melvin Tillis was born in Tampa, Florida on August 8, 1932. Throughout his 60+ year career, the Grand Ole Opry member recorded more than 60 albums, had 35 Top Ten singles, six #1 hits (“I Ain’t Never,” “Coca-Cola Cowboy,” “Southern Rains,” “Good Woman Blues,” “Heart Healer,” and “I Believe In You”), was named the Country Music Association’s coveted Entertainer of the Year, and was elected a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He wrote over 1,000 songs, 600 of which have been recorded by major artists including Kenny Rogers (“Ruby, Don’t You Take Your Love To Town”), George Strait (“Thoughts Of A Fool”), and Ricky Skaggs (“Honey, Open That Door”). Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) named Tillis Songwriter of the Decade for two decades. In February of 2012 President Obama awarded Tillis the National Medal of Arts.

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Celebrate The Holidays With Star-Studded 8th Annual “CMA Country Christmas” Airing Nov. 27 On ABC

Host Reba McEntire performs at the “CMA Country Christmas” taping on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. “CMA Country Christmas” will air Monday, Nov. 27 at 8/7c on the ABC Television Network.

Country Music’s biggest names kick off the holiday season with “CMA Country Christmas,” airing Monday, Nov. 27 (8-10 PM/ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The eighth annual “CMA Country Christmas” returns with first-time host and iconic entertainer Reba McEntire and features two hours of star-studded performances from Nashville’s famed Grand Ole Opry House by Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, CB30, Dan + Shay, Brett Eldredge, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, McEntire, CeCe Winans, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young, in addition to special collaborations by Ballerini and McEntire, Little Big Town and McEntire, and Jackson and Young.

For more information, visit CMAChristmas.com and follow us on Twitter @Countrymusic.

“CMA Country Christmas” is a production of the Country Music Association. Robert Deaton is the Executive Producer, Paul Miller is the Director, and Jon Macks is the writer.

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Show Review: Tim Rushlow And His Big Band Bring SWINGIN’ AT THE PALACE To Nashville Through New Year’s Eve

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Award-winning former Little Texas frontman, Tim Rushlow, brings his big band sound with a 24-piece band to The Nashville Palace every weekend now through New Year’s Eve.

It is a treat to see & an experience that you don’t want to miss. No one is doing this anymore, singing the American songbook & standards from such greats as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, & more. He has a true love for the classics from eras past bringing his incredible voice & charisma as he lights up the stage for nearly 2 hours.

It's "Swingin' At The Palace" as @TimRushlow, brings his big band sound with a 24-piece band to @thenashvillepalace every weekend now through New Year's Eve. It is a treat to see & an experience that you don't want to miss. No one is doing this anymore, singing the American songbook & standards from such greats as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, & more. He has a true love for the classics from eras past bringing his incredible voice & charisma as he lights up the stage for nearly 2 hours. 🎺🎷🍸🥂 Be transported back to 1965 in Las Vegas when the Rat Pack led the way as the Nashville Palace has transformed it's main stage area & room into a nightclub setting from decades ago complete with a maî·tre d in a tuxedo, decorative lighting, Christmas decor, and cloth-covered tables with soft candlelight. 🌟 Don't miss a fantastic datenight with your significant other as you dine on salad, delicious prime rib or baked chicken with tasty sides, speciality cocktails, and creamy cheesecake as you are entertained all evening long. Dinner & drinks are included in your ticket price with the show.😎 You'll feel just like you stepped back to 1965! Get your tickets now, as they are going fast as word spreads of this unique production. Buy tickets from the Nashville Palace either over the phone or their website. You can buy them there that night, but we strongly encourage you to get your tickets in advance, so you don't get left out!🍸 ===================================== #timrushlow #littletexas #bigband #thenashvillepalace #americansongbook #standards #franksinatra #nightclub #music #dinner #video #videos #videooftheday #instavideo #instamusic #insta #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily #fun #cool #thingstodo #weekend @moments_by_moser_photography

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Be transported back to 1965 in Las Vegas when the Rat Pack led the way as the Nashville Palace has transformed it’s main stage area & room into a nightclub setting from decades ago complete with a maî·tre d in a tuxedo, decorative lighting, Christmas decor, and cloth-covered tables with soft candlelight.

Don’t miss a fantastic datenight with your significant other as you dine on salad, delicious prime rib or baked chicken with tasty sides, speciality cocktails, and creamy cheesecake as you are entertained all evening long. Dinner & drinks are included in your ticket price with the show.  You’ll feel just like you stepped back to 1965! Get your tickets now, as they are going fast as word spreads of this unique production.

Don't miss "Swingin' At The Palace" as award-winning former Little Texas frontman, @TimRushlow, brings his big band sound with a 24-piece band to @thenashvillepalace every weekend now through New Year's Eve. It is a treat to see & an experience that you don't want to miss. No one is doing this anymore, singing the American songbook & standards from such greats as Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, & more. He has a true love for the classics from eras past bringing his incredible voice & charisma as he lights up the stage for nearly 2 hours. 🎺🎷🍸🥂 Be transported back to 1965 in Las Vegas when the Rat Pack led the way as the Nashville Palace has transformed it's main stage area & room into a nightclub setting from decades ago complete with a maî·tre d in a tuxedo, decorative lighting, Christmas decor, and cloth-covered tables with soft candlelight. 🌟 Don't miss a fantastic datenight with your significant other as you dine on salad, delicious prime rib or baked chicken with tasty sides, speciality cocktails, and creamy cheesecake as you are entertained all evening long. Dinner & drinks are included in your ticket price with the show.😎 You'll feel just like you stepped back to 1965! Get your tickets now, as they are going fast as word spreads of this unique production. Buy tickets from the Nashville Palace either over the phone or their website. You can buy them there that night, but we strongly encourage you to get your tickets in advance, so you don't get left out!🍸 ===================================== #timrushlow #littletexas #bigband #thenashvillepalace #americansongbook #standards #franksinatra #nightclub #music #dinner #video #videos #videooftheday #instavideo #instamusic #insta #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily #fun #cool #thingstodo #weekend @moments_by_moser_photography

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Buy tickets from the Nashville Palace either over the phone or their website here You can buy them there that night, but we strongly encourage you to get your tickets in advance, so you don’t get left out!🍸

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AN EVENING WITH SCOTT HAMILTON & FRIENDS Bring A Spectacular Show Of Music And Figure Skating To Nashville This Sunday

This Sunday, November 19th, Olympic Gold Medalist and philanthropist, Scott Hamilton, brings us what is sure to be a spectacular production as he is hosting the 2nd annual AN EVENING WITH SCOTT HAMILTON & FRIENDS in Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena beginning at 5pm.

Ticket prices start at only 30.95 and go up in price from there.  You can purchase tickets and find out more by clicking HERE to be taken direct to the TicketMaster page or if would prefer, just go to www.ticketmaster.com and search for Scott Hamilton.

Following the success of the inaugural event last year, Sheryl Crow has announced her return to headline the musical stage for An Evening with Scott Hamilton & Friends benefitting the Scott Hamilton CARES Foundation.  Co-hosted by special guest and Olympian, Peggy Fleming, this event will feature live music partnered with ice skating from Olympic, World, and National Champions Katia Gordeeva, Meryl Davis, Kurt Browning, Jeremy Abbott, Jeffrey Buttle, Kimmie Meissner, Michael Weiss, Alissa Czisny, Ryan Bradley, Steven Cousins, Sinead Kerr-Marshall & John Kerr, Kiira Korpi, and Kimberly Navarro & Brent Bommentre.

Sheryl Crow, who is a cancer survivor, will be joined on the music stage by GRAMMY Award winner Darius Rucker, legendary guitarist and songwriter Steve Cropper, singer, songwriter and actor Charles Esten (“Nashville”), lead singer of GRAMMY-nominated and American Music Award-wining band MercyMe Bart Millard, 2017 ACM and GRAMMY nominee Cassadee Pope and GRAMMY-nominated artist and Opry inductee Chris Young.

I was lucky enough to speak with Scott Hamilton a 2nd year in a row about his upcoming event. The first thing I notice about Hamilton is his unbreakable, positive spirit.  Even though it was only over the phone both times, I can literally HEAR his smile coming through the receiver.  He speaks with such excitement, optimism, and an overall zest for laugh. It is absolutely contagious as his laugh is even infectious.  He is so inspiring to me in every way and a true hero in my eyes.  Hamilton is a bright light in what can be a dim world.

Not only did he train for years and years in figure skating to win an Olympic gold medal, which is an incredible feat in itself, but he has continued with the sport years later.  He has done everything from touring with other Olympians doing exhibitions around the country and world, being a commentator for U.S. Figure Skating Championships, commentating Winter Olympic games giving commentary for figure skating, training people to figure skate, a philanthropist with his own foundation, and supporting other charity events by the MS Society and more.  He is now living in Nashville.  Several years now, and contributes so much to helping our community.

He is a positive force of nature to be reckoned with, and he is doing all of this as he battles a brain tumor over the course of the past year. This is his 2nd time to face a brain tumor.  You will not hear him complain, though.  He is nothing but positive and uplifting.  He is a very special person.

He spoke of his excitement about this event.  Figure skating is truly his passion and why he gives so much of himself to it.  It is the heart of who he is.  It is that unbreakable spirit in him that will amaze you, though.  He refuses to feel sorry for himself or utter a negative word.

What he does talk about is how precious life is and it should be enjoyed every day at the fullest.  None of us know what the future might bring. You don’t waste your life worrying about petty stuff. You appreciate life in the present. Every single day.

His advice for those facing their own health challenges? Eat right, exercise, and keep a positive attitude.  Do everything you can personally to control from your side what you can and keep pushing through.  Don’t give up and keep your faith.

Come out this Sunday to Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville to support this incredibly-inspiring man and his friends. You are in for something truly special!

Prayers & good thoughts for his healing.  If anyone can beat a brain tumor, he can.  He’s done it before and he can do it again.

 

 

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