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Find Out More About Broadway’s JERSEY BOYS Coming To TPAC January 9-14

Wanting to find something to do in Nashville where you can also stay out of the cold? Buy your tickets now for one of the performances at TPAC’s Andrew Jackson Hall between Jan. 9th-14th of the multi award-winning, JERSEY BOYS, as it makes a return engagement after a highly-successful run last time.

We had the pleasure of speaking to castmember, Wade Dooley, recently about the touring production.  He performs several roles in the show.

Who is Wade Dooley? From Bob Crewe and others, he has appeared in the film, The Last Five Years.  Performed in Off-Broadway productions: NEWSical and Awesome 80s Prom.  National tours: The Trip to Bountiful with Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams and Radio City Christmas Spectacular.

Wade Dooley

Dooley even has a Nashville connection.  He started singing at the young age of 9 and continued through college with his band landing gigs at such places like the legendary honky tonk, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge.  He also was once featured on the Crook and Chase show on the now defunct TNN and opened for many country artists during that time, so his background is deeply-rooted here even though it’s been several years since he has been to town.

He’s very much looking forward to returning for the run of the show in Nashville and taking in some of the city’s new offerings while he’s here.  Think he will be pleasantly-surprised at the growth of Nashville since much has changed just in the last 5 years.

Jersey Boys is the winner of the 2006 Tony Award® for Best Musical, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia).

Directed by two-time Tony Award® winner Des McAnuff, Jersey Boys is written by Academy Award winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo.

Tickets are on sale now at TPAC.org, by phone at 615-782-4040 and at the TPAC Box Office, 505 Deaderick Street, in downtown Nashville. For groups of 10 or more, call 615-782-4060.

What’s it all about? Jersey Boys is the behind-the-scenes story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, who were just four guys from New Jersey until they sang their very first note then they took off.  They sounded like no one else in that timeperiod, breaking through on radio and listeners just couldn’t get enough of their harmonious sound.

But like lots of well-known artists and celebrities past and present, while their harmonies were perfection on stage, off stage it was a very different story.  It’s a behind-the-scenes story being told through music that has managed to make them an international sensation all over again.

The show features all of the legendary Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons’ hits including: “Sherry”, “Big Girls Don’t Cry”, “Oh, What A Night”, “Walk Like A Man”, “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You”, and “Working My Way Back To You.”

Watch a sneak peek of Jersey Boys here:  www.JerseyBoysTour.com/Watch.

We can’t wait to see it opening night! This will be our first time seeing this production, and we’re certain it will be a treat.

Get your tickets fast before it sells out!

About Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys opened in New York on November 6, 2005 and by the time it closed over 11 years later on January 15, 2017, it was the 12th longest running show in Broadway history, passing such original Broadway productions as 42nd Street, Grease, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Producers. Jersey Boys will return to New York with a new production in November 2017.  The Jersey Boys US national tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006, and is still breaking house records in cities across North America.  Jersey Boys tours of the United Kingdom and Australia will begin at the end of 2017 and 2018 respectively. Jersey Boys worldwide has been seen by over 25 million people (as of August, 2017).

The Jersey Boys design and production team is comprised of Klara Zieglerova (Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein (Costume Design), Howell Binkley (winner of the 2006 Tony Award® for his Lighting Design), Steve Canyon Kennedy (Sound Design), Michael Clark (Projections Design), Charles LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Orich (Orchestrations) and Ron Melrose (Music Supervision, Vocal/Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music).

Jersey Boys is produced by Dodger Theatricals, Joseph J. Grano, Tamara and Kevin Kinsella, Pelican Group, with Latitude Link and Rick Steiner.

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Jersey Boys, produced by Bob Gaudio, was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. The cast recording is available on Rhino Records. Jersey Boys: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons (Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit.  Seasons Greetings: A Jersey Boys Christmas, a holiday CD featuring international cast members of Jersey Boys, produced by Bob Gaudio, is available on Rhino Records.

For more information on Jersey Boys, visit www.JerseyBoysInfo.com/Tour and follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About TPAC:

Performance schedule, prices, and cast are subject to change without notice. The Broadway season is supported by the HCA Foundation on behalf of HCA and the TriStar Family of Hospitals, and media sponsor NewsChannel 5. Institutional sponsors for TPAC include Nissan North America and Coca-Cola. TPAC is funded in part by support from the Tennessee Arts Commission and the Metropolitan Nashville Arts Commission.

TPAC is an accessible facility that provides a variety of services including wheelchair accommodations, accessible parking, and assistive listening devices. Open captioning, American Sign Language, audio description, and large print and Braille programs are offered at the Sunday matinee performance of each Broadway series and Broadway special engagement. For more information about accessible services, contact access@tpac.org or 615-782-4087.

TPAC reminds ticket buyers that the only official place to buy tickets online is TPAC.org.

Since 1980, the non-profit Tennessee Performing Arts Center has welcomed more than 12 million audience members and served more than 1.8 million children and adults with performances at TPAC, teacher resources, professional development opportunities, classroom residencies, and enrichment programs. Each year, TPAC serves several hundred thousand audience members with the HCA/TriStar Health Broadway at TPAC series, a variety of special engagements, and the productions of three resident artistic companies – Nashville Ballet, Nashville Opera, and Nashville Repertory Theatre. TPAC’s mission is to lead with excellence in the performing arts and arts education, creating meaningful and relevant experiences to enrich lives, strengthen communities, and support economic vitality. For more information, visit TPAC.org.

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Ray Stevens Announces Grand Opening Of New Music Venue, CabaRay

First Round of Concerts Featuring Performances by Stevens Set for January 18, 19 and 20
Tickets On-sale Now at raystevenscabaray.com or by calling 615-327-4630

After nearly two years of excavation, construction, furnishing and outfitting, country and comedy music legend Ray Stevens is finally ready to unveil his new state-of-the-art Nashville showroom, CabaRay. Today, Stevens announced his grand opening celebration set to take place January 18, 19 and 20.

“This whole process has been a real labor of love for me,” says Stevens. “It took some time to get the building fully constructed and iron out all the kinks but I’m thrilled to say we’re finally ready to open the doors to the public. We’d hoped to open last year… but better late than never!”

CabaRay is an homage to the producers, musicians, songwriters and artists who “made Nashville Music City,” according to Stevens. The venue’s interior is wallpapered with recording studio photos of sessions where hits like “Pretty Woman,” “El Paso,” “Ahab the Arab,” and many others were born. The showroom features six red leather banquette booths named for esteemed Nashville record producers Chet Atkins, Owen Bradley, Shelby Singleton, Fred Foster, Jerry Kennedy and Billy Sherrill.

“This is a uniquely Nashville facility that celebrates the city and the industry I love and that has been so very good to me,” notes Stevens.

CabaRay features dinner service for 500 patrons downstairs with beverage service for over 200 more upstairs in theatre-style seating. The Bill Lowery High Spirits Emporium is a true piano bar, featuring Nashville favorite John Jonethis on keys. The venue also includes a lobby gift shop, chock full of souvenirs.

Stevens’ current plan is to host his own weekly dinner shows— Thursday through Saturday evenings. As the year progresses, he plans to add Wednesday night shows, as well as bring in outside talent to perform in the venue.

In addition to serving dinner, drinks and entertainment, the facility will also act as the production studio for Stevens’ popular “CabaRay Nashville” TV show, airing nationally on Public Television. The building will eventually house the office operations of Ray Stevens Music publishing companies, recording studio and real estate interests, all within the 35,000 square foot building.

CabaRay is located in West Nashville at 5724 River Road. Free parking is available for nearly 300 vehicles, as well as several tour buses.

Tickets for the first string of concerts, featuring live performances by Stevens, are on-sale now and can be purchased online at raystevenscabaray.com or by calling 615-327-4630.

Stevens has also planned a January 10 private red carpet VIP opening celebration for his friends, family, the media, and music industry colleagues. Media interested in covering the event should email caroline@absolutepublicity.com.

About Ray Stevens
Twelve-time nominated and two-time Grammy® Award winner Ray Stevens has spanned the generations with 60 years of comedic musical talent, including songs such as his multi-million selling hit “The Streak” and his classic pop standard “Everything Is Beautiful.” Throughout his career, Stevens has sold more than 40 million albums and continues daily office operations at his home base, Ray Stevens Music, located on Nashville’s historic Music Row. Stevens hosts Ray Stevens CabaRay Nashville, a 30-minute weekly music/talk show airing on Public Television. The music legend will soon open his very own Nashville entertainment venue, the CabaRay Showroom, a 35,000 square foot music venue set to make its debut in January of 2018. The Ray Stevens: Everything Is Beautiful display is currently featured at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum where museumgoers can view items from Stevens’ storied career.

For more information on Ray Stevens, visit raystevens.com.

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Things To Do: Nashville Winter Wine Festival Coming Up January 6th

Nashville Wine Festivals hosts the Nashville Winter Wine Festival at Marathon Music Works on Saturday, January 6, 2018, from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

What better way to beat the winter blues and shake the cold off than the upcoming Nashville Winter Wine Festival? It will feature over 50 wine options, as well as, a small selection of beers and ciders to please pretty much anyone’s palette and quench your thirst.

Live music provided by Ocean Street and a DJ on the main stage for your entertainment.

Be sure to like the Nashville Wine Festivals Facebook page, and join the event page to get all of the updates.

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Analog At Hutton Hotel Officially Opens

Analog, the brand new music venue and cocktail lounge inside Hutton Hotel in Nashville, has officially opened its doors.

During the grand opening celebration, invited guests were treated to a stellar performance by soul sensation, Allen Stone, along with a special guest appearance by Jamie Lidell, English musician and soul singer extraordinaire.

DAMNNNN, they were throwing it down & I'm throwing it back to Thursday night to the wonderful launch celebration of @huttonhotel's new 300 person, 5,000 square foot cocktail lounge & music venue, ANALOG.🙌 ——————————————————————————- Soul sensation @AllenStone entertained us for the night with his mesmerizing, inspired sound joined by English musician/soul singer, Jamie Lidell. It was a night to remember & a venue I hope to see many more great performances at!😎🍸 ======================================== #analog #huttonhotel #downtown #nashvilletn #nashville #tennessee #new #music #venue #cocktail #lounge #cool #launch #party #allenstone #jamielidell #soul #funk #performance #videooftheday #video #insta #instavideo #instagram #instagramer #instagramers #instagood #instadaily

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The beautiful 5,000 square foot music venue and cocktail lounge personifies Nashville and Hutton Hotel’s creative spirit with regular live performances, art installations and more in the works for 2018.

Elegant and modern, Analog is sure to appeal to a wide audience.  The vibe is elegant without being stuffy, modern without being overly-trendy.  Great sound along with a beautiful stage set-up featuring a beautiful chandelier directly over the stage is bound to appeal to many artists and patrons alike.

If you are looking for a great place to perform, the new 300 person venue should be at the top of your list of places to play given you can draw a sizable crowd.

If just looking for a night out on the town, it’s a great place to hang.  Grab some tasty, visually-appealing drinks, listen to cool live performances where you’re unsure who might drop in as a special guest, take in a great meal at the new West End restaurant by Michelin star Chef Chris Anderson upstairs, and even book yourself a room into the elegant boutique-style Hutton Hotel it is located in that has just undergone a complete renovation.

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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.


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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.


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.


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.

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

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


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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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