FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MUSICIANS CORNER RETURNS TO KICK OFF ITS FALL SEASON
WITH THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
Nashville, TN (August 1, 2012) - Musicians Corner, Nashville's free weekly lawn party in Centennial Park, will kick off the first of nine fall music events on Saturday, September 1.
The Musicians Corner fall season takes place on Saturday afternoons from 3-6 PM in Centennial Park from September 1 to October 27. The free weekly events include multi-genre musical performances, the Lightning 100 Acoustic Stage, Beer & Wine Garden, Mobile Food Court, Mix 92.9 Kidsville activities, Dog Of The Day, local vendors, giveaways and features charity partner World Vision.
"Musicians Corner is one of the best gathering places for the Nashville community and our visitors to spend an afternoon enjoying free music in a beautiful metro park setting," said Mayor Karl Dean. "Musicians Corner events continue to serve as a fine showcase for why we are Music City."
The fall season of Musicians Corner will feature over 60 free multi-genre musical performances including The Blind Boys of Alabama, Sam Bush, a Nashville Symphony quartet, Karen Elson, Regi Wooten & Friends, Ashley Cleveland, Matthew Perryman Jones, Phil Keaggy, Jeremy Lister, The Farewell Drifters, Shannon Whitworth, Yarn, The Steel Drivers, Shannon Sanders, and The Vespers. Lightning 100 Acoustic Stage performers were selected through an open submission process in partnership with AmericanSongspace.com. You can view the complete fall season schedule at MusiciansCornerNashville.com.
Through a grant from South Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts, The Blind Boys of Alabama will headline Musicians Corner's September 1 Fall Kick Off event, which also features main stage performances by a Nashville Symphony quartet, Karen Elson and Jeremy Lister. The Blind Boys of Alabama will also take part in a symposium titled "The Influence of Music on The Civil Rights Movement" earlier that day, presented in partnership with Fisk University and made possible through South Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts. "We're so thankful to have received a generous grant to bring the Blind Boys of Alabama to Centennial Park for a historic performance and symposium," said John Tumminello, Musicians Corner Executive Director. "This is the perfect start for what we expect will be our best season yet."
The September 1st Fall Kick Off event schedule begins at 11 AM with the opening of a Mobile Food Court featuring 15 of Nashville's best food trucks that will take part in a special Nashville Street Food Awards event. The Musicians Corner Beer and Wine Garden and pre-show acoustic music will start at 2 PM. Then at 3 PM, the day's main festivities get underway and will include musical performances, Kidsville activities, giveaways and a Dog of the Day award. A symposium on "The Influence of Music on The Civil Rights Movement" featuring The Blind Boys of Alabama will also take place, details to be announced.
This fall, Musicians Corner will also present several special events in partnership with local music organizations. Saturday, September 15th will feature an Americana Music Festival event with Sam Bush, Hoots and Hellmouth, Charlie Faye, and more. "We had a very successful partnership with Musicians Corner during last year's festival and are looking forward to another wonderful afternoon of Americana music in Centennial Park," said Jed Hilly, Executive Director of the Americana Music Association. On Saturday, September 22, Musicians Corner and Music City Roots will present a Square Dance event featuring Carolyn Martin, folk trio The Stray Birds, and more artists to be announced.
Musicians Corner is a program of The Conservancy for The Parthenon and Centennial Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and made possible by the generous funding and support from over 50 organizations in the music, media, and business community.
Sponsors include: World Vision, The Conservancy, Metro Parks, Vanderbilt University, City National Bank, Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Taziki's, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, Belmont University, Happy Family, Baker Donelson, Lipman, Metro Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, Frist Foundation, South Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Build Communities, Rock Solid Security, Friendly Arctic, Otterball.com, and That Very Next Thing Photography.
Music Industry Partners include: BMI, Brantley Sound Associates, The ASCAP Foundation, SESAC, Country Music Association, Gibson, Asterope, SAE Institute, Paul Worley Productions, EMI Publishing, Sony Music, Sony/ATV Publishing, We Make Tapes & Discs, Major Bob Music, Warner Music Nashville, Capitol Records Nashville, Corner Music, William Morris Endeavor, Noisetrade, Nashville Symphony, Music City Roots, American Songspace, Nashville Songwriters Association, and Gear For Days.
Media Partners include: Lightning 100, Nashville Scene, Mix 92.9, Yelp, and NowPlayingNashville.com.
Musicians Corner events take place on Centennial Park's front lawn across from the Holiday Inn and McDonald's. Visit MusiciansCornerNashville.com for more information.