Eric Church, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd set to play new Ascend Amphitheater in downtown Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) It was announced Thursday that country star Eric Church will be the first to perform at downtown Nashville’s new amphitheater and Riverfront Park.

Church will take the stage at Ascend Amphitheater on July 30, kicking of an entire season of big-name acts at the park for the 2015 season.

The 10-acre park, which opens the same day, will not only include the 6,500 capacity amphitheater, but also over one mile of multi-use greenway trails, Nashville’s first downtown dog park, ornamental gardens, a 1.5-acre event lawn called the Green, and a portion of a downtown flood protection system.
Riverfront Park and amphitheater
Construction at Riverfront Park on April 23

A free, open house for the public will be held opening weekend on August 2 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. It will include tours and performances by local bands and DJs.

“I invite all Nashvillians to join me at the free open house on Aug. 2. It’s important to me that citizens get a chance to see everything the amphitheater and park have to offer,” Mayor Karl Dean said during the announcement Wednesday.

Riverfront Park and the amphitheater will also become the new home for Music City’s biggest events, including the annual July 4th celebration.

Live Nation was awarded a long-term contract to manage, market and program the venue. Company officials joined Mayor Dean for the lineup reveal at Noon at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.

The full lineup is as follows:

July 30 – Eric Church
August 1 – Chicago with Earth, Wind, and Fire
August 4 – Phish
August 5 – Jill Scott
August 7 – Counting Crows with Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown
August 8 – Steely Dan with special gust Elvis Costello
August 9 – The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson
August 14 – NEEDTOBREATHE, Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb, Colony House
August 15 – Idina Menzel
August 16 – Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick
August 18 – Sublime with Rome, Rebelution, Pepper, and Mickey Avalon
August 22 – Australian Pink Floyd with LedZeppelin2
August 28 – Old Crow Medicine Show
August 29 – Under the Sun Tour
September 1 – ZZ Top with Blackberry Smoke
September 5 – Widespread Panic
September 6 – Widespread Panic
September 14 – Daryl Hall and John Oates
September 19 – Americanafest on the Riverfront
October 2 – Lynyrd Skynyrd
October 8 – Chris Tomlin
October 10 – Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with Lake Street Drive

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