Category Archives: Shows

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

Margeritas, The Mavericks & Mono

Grammy award winning band The Mavericks celebrated the release of their new album “Mono” over margaritas in Nashville. Yallwire was there as the group played a few songs of the highly anticipated release. Host Stephanie Langston talked to the guys about recording the album in mono, the key to the bands comradery and where they are looking forward to the most before heading out on their international MONO MUNDO TOUR 2015.

Lady Antebellum – Talks Wheels Up Tour Preps

Lady Antebellum celebrated the announcement of their Wheels Up tour over brunch and bubbles in Nashville and Yallwire was there. Host Stephanie Langston chatted with the group about the world tour, essential items for the long flights and about balancing parenthood with their busy tour schedule. Nashville was recently added to their 65-city tour, which takes flight in Europe on Feb. 28, 2015 and descends on North America in May. Special guests Hunter Hayes and Sam Hunt will be joining the group.

Jake Owen Throws Free Massive Block Party

Jake Owen threw Nashville’s largest beach party for fans Monday night at BMI and Yallwire was there. Taking it up a notch from his number one block party last year, thousands gathered for his free concert many dressed in beach attire. I caught up with the #1 singer to chat about the bash that draws fans from across the country. Lee Brice, Sonia Leigh, Dan + Shay and Brothers Osborne also made surprise appearances throughout the night and openers Old Dominion and The Cadillac Three got the crowd revved up.

Backstage with Darius Rucker, Kenny Rogers, Eli Young Band and more for “Darius and Friends” concert

Darius Rucker hosted his fifth annual sold out “Darius and Friends” concert, marking the unofficial start to CMA Music Festival week. Yallwire takes you to the star studded event featuring Cassadee Pope, Clint Black, Corey Smith, David Nail, Eli Young Band, Kenny Rogers,Thompson Square and Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum. I catch up with the artists backstage to get the scoop on the evening benefitting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Since Darius started supporting the hospital, his events have raised over $225,000.

Behind the scenes of Dierks Bentley’s “Riser” Tour

Dierks Bentley gives Yallwire a sneak peek at his biggest tour yet, Riser. I take you to the set and talk with Dierks about how his tour has evolved over the past decade, how he’s taking us on a plane and that he’s leaving the amp cooler behind. Check it out!

Oak Ridge Boys – “We Don’t Know How to Stop”

The legendary Oak Ridge Boys have been touring for four decades, but the group is just now releasing their first live country album. The boys sat down with me for Yallwire to talk about their latest career move, the secret to sticking together over the years and how they don’t plan to slow down anytime soon. They also sing a little “Elvira” on the spot for our cameras. Cleopatra Records will release Boys Night Out on April 15th 2014, in three formats – CD, vinyl, and digital download.

Sarah Davidson – “You Can’t Fail at Destiny When You Follow Your Heart”

Singer Sarah Davidson sat down to perform a special acoustic performance for our Yallwire cameras in Nashville. Sarah is currently showcasing her music and life on the reality show Private Lives of Nashville Wives on TNT. She invited us in to her new home to talk about her professional and private journey, the challenges of being married to a songwriter and how their break up was all caught on camera, plus her EP set to hit store shelves March 25th, 2014

Charles Esten, Darius Rucker, Jake Owen and more show support at T.J. Martell Honors Gala

Yallwire takes you on the red carpet for one of Nashville’s most high profile annual fundraisers, the T.J. Martell Honors Gala. The 6th annual 2014 Honors Gala event brought together host Charles (Chip) Esten, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Darius Rucker, Sheryl Crow, Blue Sky Riders, Jake Owen and a list of others. This year’s honorees are Nashville real estate visionary Mark Bloom, music industry icons Dale Morris and Mike Dungan, entrepreneur Beth Dortch Franklin and cancer research pioneer Scott Hiebert. The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The Foundation has provided more than $260 million for research at top hospitals in the United States.


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