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Cavalia’s Odysseo Visit Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital At Vanderbilt

On Thursday, October 12th, several members from the cast of Cavalia’s Odysseo stopped by to visit children and their parents at Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

They were treated to some acrobatics, dancing, and African drums from members of the show.  Also, other members of the cast (riders and aerialists) were there in full costume to visit and hand out cute stuffed horses to the children.

While there, members from the cast were interviewed in Seacrest Studios to be broadcast all around the children’s hospital so those not in attendance were given a chance to experience some of the visit.

Cavalia’s Odysseo has been so generous in giving back to our community while here for their brief time in Nashville.  This is something that is important to them to do in each city around the world that the tour stops in.  I have been lucky enough to witness some of what they do first hand, like when they brought children from the Tennessee School for the Blind for a special sensory tour to their performance facility, the White Big Top, off Briley Parkway in Nashville last month, and now the visit to see the children at Vanderbilt Medical Center.  They are always so gracious and generous with their time–bringing gifts and offering tickets to see their production, as well.  It’s been heartwarming to see the smiles brought to these children’s faces who are facing overwhelming challenges in their lives.

Sadly, Cavalia’s Odysseo is only in town for a few more days through October 22nd, then they will be heading out to California for a run of shows.  It’s been an absolute pleasure having them in town with their spectacular production.  If you have not had an opportunity to see the show, you better grab your tickets quick before they completely sell out and finish their run here in Nashville.  If you’ve wondered what that big white top is on Briley Parkway near Gaylord Opryland, well now you know!

For tickets and show information, go to: www.cavalia.com

About Cavalia

Cavalia is an entertainment company that specializes in the creation, production and touring of innovative shows. Founded by Normand Latourelle and Dominique Day, our company reimagines the equestrian and theatrical arts. With our headquarters in Montreal, Cavalia is an integral part of Canada’s cultural heritage, and the largest Canadian-owned cultural enterprise.

Our expertise in high technology, multimedia and special effects creates magical, unique, never-before-seen experiences. Our first show, Cavalia, has been seen by more than 5 million people across North America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Asia since its 2003 debut. Odysseo, our company’s second show, has toured to rave reviews and public acclaim since its 2011 premiere.

Our productions have made an indelible mark on the world of live entertainment with our one-of- a-kind homage to the age-old bond between human and horse. Our equine performers are the heart and soul of each Cavalia and Odysseo show. We are committed to nurturing them and prioritizing their comfort and well-being.

Read more at https://cavalia.com/odysseo/our-story/#3X82oYPZ377t1Wvi.99

Also, see these recent articles about Cavalia’s Odysseo: 

Cavalia Odysseo Offers Special Sensory Experience For Tennessee School For The Blind

What’s Under That Huge White Top? Cavalia’s Odysseo Comes To Nashville

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COUNTRY RISING Expands To Support Las Vegas Victims And Sets New On Sale Date For Oct. 20

Keith Urban Added to Superstar Lineup on Nov. 12 at Bridgestone Arena Alongside Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum,
Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton,
George Strait and Carrie Underwood

Country Music’s star-studded benefit concert COUNTRY RISING announced today that in light of last week’s tragedy, it will now support victims of the Las Vegas shooting in addition to those in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and additional Caribbean islands who have been impacted by the recent hurricanes. Tickets and VIP packages for the event will now go on sale next Friday, Oct. 20 at 10:00A CT on www.Ticketmaster.com. Citi® is the official presale credit card of Country Rising. Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets beginning Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 10:00A CT through Citi’s Private Pass® program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.

Keith Urban is the latest mega-star to add his name to the bill, which also includes Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Sam Hunt, Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, George Strait and Carrie Underwood. Due to a scheduling conflict with additional tour dates being added in Spokane, WA, Garth Brooks will no longer be part of the event in Nashville and will instead donate all proceeds from his two added concerts on Nov. 12 to The Country Rising Fund.

COUNTRY RISING will benefit The Country Rising Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, which was established to support charitable initiatives to help victims of the September 2017 hurricanes — Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Jose and Maria. Additionally, the fund will now also envelop victims of the shooting in Las Vegas last week. In the course of rebuilding lives disrupted by these devastating events, there are immediate needs and there also will be long-term needs. This fund will strategically support both as they emerge.

For more information, visit: www.CountryRising.org.

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit www.cfmt.org.

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Dolly Parton Visits Monroe Carell Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital Today, Parton Teams With Pandora To Present Special Facebook LIVE At 3 PM CT

Global superstar Dolly Parton, whose first children’s album I Believe In You releases today on Dolly Records/RCA Nashville, could have been anywhere on the day her album releases, but she wanted to be in Nashville with kids and their families at Monroe Carell Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
Parton’s niece Hannah Dennison, daughter of her sister Rachel and longtime band member Richard Dennison, spent years battling leukemia at Vanderbilt. Today she is a healthy young woman, and Dolly and family are bringing that story of hope to those children currently in the hospital.
Two of the songs on I Believe In You, “Chemo Hero” and “Brave Little Soldier,” were specifically written for Hannah to help her through her health struggles.

During her visit today, Dolly surprised the doctors and children by announcing she will make a $1 million donation to Monroe Carell Jr. Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.
To shine a light on the great work the Hospital does and to give the children a chance to ask questions, Parton is teaming with Pandora—the world’s most powerful music discovery platform—for a very special Facebook LIVE event, broadcasting from Seacrest Studios at Vanderbilt. Pandora’s Beville Dunkerley will co-host the Facebook LIVE broadcast with Seacrest Studios’ Mamie Shepherd at 3 PM CT today. 
Pandora is supporting the release of I Believe In You and the Facebook LIVE event with special tune-in liners airing across all Country and Children’s channels on the platform.

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Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach #1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records – which includes sales of her 2016 chart-topping disc Pure & Simple, her first number one album on the Billboard Country Album charts in twenty-five years. She has garnered eight Grammy Awards – including a 2017 win with Pentatonix in the Country Duo/Group Performance category for their collaboration on her iconic 1973 hit “Jolene” – 10 Country Music Association Awards, five Academy of Country Music Awards, three American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award. In 1999 Parton was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. She has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and became a member of the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001. Broadcast Music Inc. honored Parton with their Icon Award in 2003, and in 2004 the U.S. Library of Congress presented her with their Living Legend Award for her contribution to the cultural heritage of the United States. This was followed in 2005 with the National Medal of Arts, the highest honor given by the U.S. government for excellence in the arts. The honors keep coming. The 2016 made for television movie, Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love is nominated in the “Television Movie” category for the 69th Annual Emmy Awards. The film also won in the TV and Cable category at the 68th Annual Christopher Awards, which also includes the Movieguide Epiphany Prize for Television. The film served as the follow-up to her highly rated 2015 film Coat Of Many Colors, also broadcast on NBC, which won the Academy of Country Music’s Tex Ritter Award. In 2017, Dolly will release “I Believe In You,” a collection of children’s songs on Dolly Records through her partnership with Sony Music Nashville.



Founded in 1995, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is a book gifting organization that has, to date, mailed more than 100 million books to children in Australia, Belize, Canada, United Kingdom and the United States. Each month, the program currently mails more than one million specially selected, high-quality, age-appropriate books to registered children from birth until they start Kindergarten in participating communities. Dolly envisioned creating a lifelong love of reading in children, preparing them for school and inspiring them to dream. Recent studies suggest participation in the Imagination Library is positively and significantly associated with higher measures of early language and math development. Penguin Random House is the exclusive publisher for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.



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Midland Celebrates First Career No. 1, “Drinkin’ Problem”

(L-R) Midland’s Jess Carson, Mark Wystrach, Cameron Duddy  Photo credit: Ed Rode

Nashville came out strong yesterday (10/11) to celebrate Midland’s first career No. 1 for their certified-GOLD debut single “Drinkin’ Problem” at the Sutler Saloon. Midland co-wrote Country Music’s definitive drinking tune of 2017 with hit tunesmiths Shane McAnally (GMR) and Josh Osborne (ASCAP) and recorded alongside esteemed producer, Dann Huff. The feat marked Osborne’s 14th no. 1 and McAnally’s 25th ascend during the celebration hosted by ASCAP and BMI.

Midland follows the chart-topper with their new optimistic tune, “Make A Little” from their critically-acclaimed debut album on Big Machine Records. Touted as “the year’s best Country album” by The Washington Post, ON THE ROCKS earned the No. 1 position on Billboard’s Top Country Album Sales chart.

Fans can catch Midland this weekend at Austin City Limits Music Festival and out with Jon Pardi on CMT On Tour this fall. In early 2018, the trio will take the stage with Little Big Town and Kasey Musgraves. For more information about new music and a full list of upcoming tour dates, visit MidlandOfficial.com.

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Musicians On Call Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary In Nashville With Star-Studded Event Featuring Lady Antebellum At City Winery On October 26th

Musicians On Call (MOC), a nonprofit that brings live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities, has served the Nashville community for ten years. To celebrate, MOC will host an exclusive concert event at City Winery on October 26th, presented by National Geographic, who has teamed up with the organization to support its Bedside Performance Programs that serve Veterans across the country. Guests will be treated to a star-studded lineup featuring a headlining performance by seven-time Grammy award winning group Lady Antebellum and surprise appearances and performances to be announced. The night will be hosted by iHeartMedia’s Nationally-Syndicated On-Air Personality and MOC Board Member Bobby Bones and will focus on celebrating how MOC uses music to spread joy and healing.

“Musicians On Call is always something we’re quick to be part of,” said Charles Kelley. “We’ve seen first-hand how powerful music is, especially in tough times, so we’re looking forward to helping celebrate their 10th anniversary.”

“We believe that Musicians On Call is the ‘Most Important Gig in Music City, “ and we’re excited to bring our supporters together for a great night of music with Lady Antebellum to celebrate our milestone,” said Pete Griffin, MOC President. “We couldn’t have reached this moment without the support of our volunteers, musicians, donors, hospital staff, partners, Advisory Board Members and Board of Directors who help us deliver the healing power of music to over 126,000 people in Nashville.”

Musicians On Call is offering tickets for purchase. Plus, fans have a chance to bid to attend as a VIP guest where you can walk the red carpet and sit at a celebrity artist’s table at the event, or meet Lady Antebellum. Purchase tickets and sponsorships or bid now at https://www.musiciansoncall.org/nash10th/. Additional sponsors include Hilton, City National Bank, Warner Music Nashville, Onsite Workshops, RIAA, Provident Financial Management, and Music Health Alliance.

Special performers and surprise guests will be on hand to celebrate this milestone and help Musicians On Call thank the champions that helped grow the Nashville program that includes 15 Bedside Performance Programs, a revamped Music Pharmacy Program, and several successful Project Playback experiences.
Musicians On Call is encouraging volunteers and supporters to share their stories of their favorite moment bringing music to hospitals and tell others why volunteering is the #MostImportantGig in Nashville. In addition to the event, MOC will celebrate the 10th anniversary with high profile hospital visits, an online auction featuring signed memorabilia from stars like Keith Urban, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean and more and a fundraising campaign to sponsor 300 hospital rooms through Musicians On Call’s Backstage Pass Club. For more information, visit www.musiciansoncall.org
Last year, MOC honored Lady Antebellum with the Music Heals award at its Half a Million Moments Celebration. Over the past decade, MOC has had support from hundreds of Nashville artists including Keith Urban, Reba McEntire, Martina McBride, Kelsea Ballerini, Ed Sheeran, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Hunt, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker, RaeLynn, Lee Brice and many more.
About Musicians On Call (MOC)
Musicians On Call (MOC) was founded in 1999 with the mission of bringing live and recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities ranging from children’s hospitals to adult facilities, VA hospitals and hospices. To date, its volunteers have played for half a million people across the country. By delivering live, in-room performances to patients undergoing treatment or unable to leave their beds, they add a dose of joy to life in a healthcare facility. MOC supporters over the years include Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Antebellum, Justin Timberlake, Ed Sheeran, Reba, Gavin DeGraw, Darius Rucker, Pharrell, Amos Lee, Nick Jonas, Rachel Platten and many more. For more information, visit www.musiciansoncall.org.
About Lady Antebellum

The empowering call of independence found in the title-track of of Lady Antebellum’s CMA “Album of the Year” nominated and No. One selling album HEART BREAK (Capitol Records Nashville), serves as the new single from the multi-PLATINUM trio. Produced by busbee and written by Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott, Jesse Frasure and Nicolle Galyon, “Heart Break” provides “a bedrock for the entire record” (Paste) as “Scott takes satisfaction in feminine independence” (NPR) with “a touch of darkness and a clever play on words” (Rolling Stone). Lady Antebellum’s recent CMA “Album of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year” nominations follow more than 18 million units sold, nine No. One hits, ACM and CMA “Vocal Group of the Year” trophies three years in a row and countless other honors including Billboard Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards and Teen Choice Awards. Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone’s “must-see” YOU LOOK GOOD WORLD TOUR is currently overseas in Europe. For more information visit www.ladyantebellum.com.


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Local Breast Cancer Survivors Take To The Runway For Maryland Farms YMCA’s Celebratory Fashion Show 2017 Heroes In Heels Fashion Show

THE VOICE — “Live Top 11” Pictured: Mary Sarah — (Photo by: Tyler Golden/NBC)

Finalist on NBC’s The Voice, country music artist Mary Sarah is sharing her time and talent to support breast cancer survivors finding strength and recovery after treatment through the YMCA’s After Breast Cancer program.


Mary Sarah will emcee the YMCA’s annual Heroes in Heels Fashion Show benefiting the Y’s Annual Giving Campaign, which makes programs like After Breast Cancer possible. It’s a cause that’s personal for Mary Sarah. She says, “I attended the show last year and was moved by the survivor models’ grace and resilience in the aftermath of this life-threatening disease.

Many had young children escorting them, some were still bald from chemotherapy treatments, but all were radiant with joy! It was humbling to meet them, and I’m thrilled to be a part of such an inspirational cause.”

One program participant summed up her experience by saying, “Treatment took a toll on my body and soul, but in ABC I found healing in my group of other survivors who all felt the same way. We became like family… in some ways our group was better than family… and we got stronger physically and healed emotionally. I didn’t realize just how much I needed it until I went through it.”

On Tuesday, October 24, more than 25 survivors will model the latest fall fashions from Dillard’s Green Hills. Maryland Farms YMCA Executive Director Jodi Schroer says, “As the daughter of a 5-year breast cancer survivor it brings me great pride to be able to serve the breast cancer community through our YMCA and the After Breast Cancer Program.  I know all too well the fear and uncertainty that the entire family experiences after a cancer diagnosis.  It’s programs like ours and events like Heroes in Heels that restore the strength, perseverance, beauty and joy that every survivor deserves.”

About the program

Nearly one in eight of our neighbors will face a breast cancer diagnosis in their lifetime. Earlier detection and improved therapies have increased survival rates, but post-treatment support can still be a challenge for many women. With the Y’s After Breast Cancer (ABC) program, local survivors get the specialized wellness guidance they need on their road to recovery. Many of them will take to the runway to celebrate survival at the upcoming fashion show.

The program has been offered at the Maryland Farms YMCA for 8 years and in that time more than 1,000 women in Williamson and Davidson counties have taken part. In 2016, 57 women in 9 groups went through the program; in 2017 the program has served 55 survivors to date with more scheduled for the remainder of the year. The program is also offered at the Bellevue, Clarksville, Green Hills, Margaret Maddox, Robertson County and Sumner County YMCAs and in the Murfreesboro area in partnership with the Murfreesboro Recreation Department.

Event Details:

When: Tuesday, October 24

Where: Liberty Hall in the Factory at Franklin

What: Heroes in Heels Fashion Show

6:30pm-7:30pm: Cocktail Hour (included in ticket price)

7:30pm: Fashion Show with special guest Mary Sarah from NBC’s The Voice

Tickets are available for $60 in advance, $70 at the door on the day of the event. A reserved table can be purchased for $750, which is the cost to send one woman through the entirety of the program. Half tables for 4 are also available for advance purchase for $375. For more information about the Heroes in Heels fashion show or to purchase tickets contact Chelsea Arnette, Development Director, at carnette@ymcamidtn.org, (615) 373-2900 or visit us at http://ymcamidtn.org/events/heroesMFY. For additional information about the ABC program contact Nancy Brown, ABC Program Director, at nbrown@ymcamidtn.org or (615)373-2900.

Special Thanks for Special Sponsors

This event is made possible thanks to many generous sponsors and partners: thank you to 4 Wall Lighting, AIG, Tennessee Oncology, Williamson Medical Center, Tito’s Vodka, Regions Bank, Dillard’s Green Hills, Studio Gaven, Richards & Richards, Kendra Scott and Grannis Photography for their support of this amazing event.

About the Y

The YMCA of Middle Tennessee is the region’s leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Inspired by its mission as a worldwide charitable fellowship united by a common loyalty to Jesus Christ for the purpose of helping people grow in spirit, mind and body, for more than 140 years, the YMCA of Middle Tennessee has been giving people of all ages the tools they need to learn, grow and thrive. Last year, the Y reached 268,301 lives—nearly a third of them kids—by nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving the nation’s health and well-being and providing opportunities to serve others and support our neighbors.

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Nashville Ballet Presents Lizzie Borden And The Raven For Halloween

Nashville Ballet Explores Lizzie Borden’s Infamous Murder Case this Halloween
Lizzie Borden Paired with World Premiere of The Raven

Nashville Ballet will present a haunting double feature of original works just in time for Halloween—the long-awaited return of Lizzie Borden based on the infamous double murder and the world premiere of The Raven inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem—October 26-28, 2017, at TPAC’s Polk Theater.

Nashville Ballet Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling’s Lizzie Borden examines the real-life double murder case of 1892 in Fall River, Massachusetts. Lizzie Borden was famously accused, tried and acquitted for the brutal ax murders of her father and stepmother in a case that remains one of the most controversial and sensationalized in American history.

“Because Lizzie Borden was acquitted and no one was ever charged for the murders, endless speculation still surrounds the case that makes it as fascinating as ever,” Vasterling said. “I have my own theories about what may have happened in the Borden household on the day of the murders, and leading up to it. This ballet explores the dark backstory and delves into the mind of Lizzie Borden—taking place in her memories—to show that there may be more to the story than meets the eye.”

Lizzie Borden has remained a fixture in American culture for more than a century as the subject of popular books, movies, television shows and even a well-known children’s rhyme (“Lizzie Borden took an ax…”). Nashville Ballet’s version was originally presented in 2006, and this time around will feature a newly commissioned score by English composer Philip Feeney along with updates to the choreography. Unique to this version, Vasterling explores the phenomenon of “shadow people,” ghostlike figures often attributed to the presence of the supernatural, who influence Lizzie Borden throughout the ballet.

Lizzie Borden will be complemented by the world premiere of Nashville Ballet company dancer Christopher Stuart’s The Raven. Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s famous poem, the ballet follows a mysterious raven that ultimately drives a heartbroken lover into madness. The brand-new work will feature a classical score by Hungarian composer Franz Liszt.

Lizzie Borden with The Raven is presented by STF Events & Catering and Lightning 100. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or at NashvilleBallet.com. A complete performance schedule and more information can be found at NashvilleBallet.com/Lizzie-Borden. Viewer discretion is advised; this production contains mature content.

About Nashville Ballet
Nashville Ballet is the largest professional ballet company in Tennessee. Nashville Ballet presents a varied repertoire of classical ballet and contemporary works by noted choreographers, including original works by Artistic Director & CEO Paul Vasterling. Nashville Ballet and the second company, NB2 (a pre-professional training company), provide more than 70,000 arts experiences to adults and children annually through season performances and its Community Engagement programming. Curriculum-based Community Engagement programs bring dance education to community centers, colleges, public libraries and public elementary, middle and high schools across the state. School of Nashville Ballet brings world-class dance instruction to students age 2 to 70.

Nashville Ballet receives public funding from Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission, Tennessee Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from local, regional and national institutional funders and community partners, as well as hundreds of generous individuals, provide ongoing support of Nashville Ballet’s mission-critical programs.

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Hopdoddy Burger Bar Opens Oct. 23 In Hillsboro Village

1805 21st Ave. South

Nashville, TN 37212


Monday – Thursday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday – Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.


Hopdoddy Burger Bar, a creative, from-scratch burger and beer joint with a fun neighborhood vibe, opens its first Tennessee location in Nashville on Monday, Oct. 23. The unique burger joint will bring its hand-crafted burgers, hand-cut Kennebec fries, handspun milkshakes and full bar to Hillsboro Village.


Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s menu consists of a variety of burgers made with freshly ground proteins like American grass-fed Kobe beef, sushi-grade ahi tuna, turkey and bison. Buns at Hopdoddy are baked from scratch in-house daily and range from traditional challah buns to whole wheat buns, and even gluten-free buns. In addition to burgers, Hopdoddy Burger Bar serves farm fresh salads and handcrafted milkshakes.



Hopdoddy Burger Bar takes its bar program seriously. From local breweries like Honky Tonk Brewing Co., Little Harpeth and Mantra Artisan Ales, beer lovers can expect their Nashville favorites on the menu and a knowledgeable staff to guide pairings. Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s full bar includes signature cocktails and margaritas, regional spirits, house-made liqueurs and freshly squeezed juices.


Starting November 2, Pint Nights at Hopdoddy will feature your local favorites with specials, giveaways and more! Stay tuned to Hopdoddy Burger Bar’s Nashville Facebook page for more information.



Hopdoddy Burger Bar is dedicated to supporting partners in each location’s respective neighborhood. For the Nashville location, Hopdoddy Burger Bar is honored to provide support to the W.O. Smith Music School through its Goodnight for a Good Cause program which donates $1 of each Goodnight Burger to the organization. Founded in Nashville in 1984, the W.O. Smith Music School aims to transform lives through music by offering affordable, quality music instruction to children from low-income families. Hopdoddy looks forward to helping enrich children’s lives through music with the support of their Nashville neighbors and community.



Founded in 2010, Hopdoddy now has locations in Texas, Arizona, Colorado and California with additional locations opening in 2018. Hopdoddy has been named one of the “The Best Burgers in America” by Food & Wine, garnered the #1 spot two years in a row on Business Insider’s list of “The 50 best burger joints in America” and named one of the “10 Brands to Watch” by CNBC and MSN.

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CMT Will Transform “Artists Of The Year” Special From Year-End Celebration Into A Night Of Hope And Healing Featuring Honorees Chris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban And Luke Bryan  

Following the devastating hurricanes, horrific California wildfires and tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas, CMT today announced plans to transform this year’s “CMT Artists of the Year”’ special from a year-end celebration honoring the top artists of the year, into a night of hope and healing through the power of music featuring honoreesChris Stapleton, Florida Georgia Line, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan. The eighth-annual special will air live from Nashville’s Schermerhorn Symphony Center onWednesday, October 18 at 8pm ET/PT.

Grammy-nominated Andra Day and Grammy Award-winners Little Big Town will set the tone for the evening with an opening performance of the anthemic “Rise Up,” and Day, Little Big Townand Grammy Award-winner Lee Ann Womackwill also perform Day’s new collaboration, the aptly titled “Stand Up For Something,” with Grammy Award-winner Common.

“Given the devastation of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, the raging California wildfires and the mass shootings in Las Vegas, we feel a commitment to our fans to address all of the tragedies not in one somber and solemn moment or segment, but rather devote the entire evening to uplifting the fans through high-spirited music,” said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. “Both “Rise Up” and “Stand Up for Something” are inspirational anthems that perfectly sum the message for the evening. The special has always been a place where artists from different genres can stand side-by-side, and now more than ever, we want to showcase the power of unity and resilience through music.”

The special will unite artists from all genres and feature a mix of never-before-seen collaborations and performances from the honorees. This year’s ceremony will forgo the formal presentations of awards and speeches in favor of heartfelt messages from the honorees directly to their fans. In addition, CMT has assembled the entertainment community to share messages of hope and healing. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.

About CMT
CMT is the leading authority on country music and lifestyle, offering a mix of original series, music events and specials. CMT is everywhere its fans are including two cable channels (CMT and the 24-hour music channel, CMT Music), radio (CMT Radio), digital (CMT App, CMT.com) and social (CMT on Facebook, CMT on Instagram and CMT on Twitter). CMT is a unit of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB). For more information, please visit CMT Press.

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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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