Keith Urban Headlines Free Concerts With Countdown & Fireworks
Nashville strikes a chord – several chords actually – on New Year’s Eve with the Music City Midnight block party. It’s held at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park downtown.
And it’s free.
And there is alcohol for sale.
To bring an end to 2016 and bring in 2017, there is a lineup of seven bands, headlined by Keith Urban. Styx and A Thousand Horses are also scheduled to take the stage in this NYE bash at the home of country music.
Previously held on Broadway, it has moved near the State Capitol Building. But if you want to come out of the fun honky tonks to see it, there are screens set up on Broadway.
There’s no ball drop but in typical Nashville style, there’s a 15-foot-tall red music note that drops, followed by fireworks.
There is alcohol available (er, notice Jack Daniels is the title sponsor!) tho none can be brought into the area.
The site opens at 4 and the music starts at 6:15.
Is this a big event? An estimated 150,000 people attended last year when it was on Broadway, which exceeded the 130,000 of the previous year. Of course Broadway has the advantage of being in the heart of the honky tonks while the new venue is several blocks away, tho it’s only about a 10-minute walk from the bars.
Dress warmly for this event. It’s all outdoor and the temperatures will likely be in the upper 20s or low 30s.
The famous Ryman Auditorium, original home of the Grand Ole Opry, is just a few blocks away from the block party. It is hosting the annual Tunes For Tots Charity Concert on Dec. 29, featuring Widespread Panic (sold out and VividSeats.com shows tickets for this at more than $800!)
The band is also playing two shows the next two nights at Bridgestone Arena.
Jack Daniels Music City Midnight NYE Block Party Details
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