FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MUSICIANS CORNER'S FALL KICK OFF WEEKEND
FEATURES CIVIL RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM, THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA,
KAREN ELSON, NASHVILLE SYMPHONY, AND NASHVILLE STREET FOOD AWARDS
Nashville, TN (August 20, 2012) - Musicians Corner, Nashville's free weekly lawn party in Centennial Park, welcomes its fall season on Saturday, September 1 with free music from 3-6 PM. The September 1 Fall Kick Off event features main stage performances by The Blind Boys of Alabama, Karen Elson, a Nashville Symphony quartet and Jeremy Lister. The Lightning 100 Acoustic Stage will showcase music by Anthony Snape, Chelsea Gill, and The Carmonas.
On August 31, from 5:30 - 7 PM founding member of the Grammy-winning gospel group The Blind Boys of Alabama, Jimmy Carter, will be featured in a free symposium, "The Influence of Music on The Civil Rights Movement." The program will be chaired by Dr. Reavis Mitchell and will take place at The First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, 1207 18th Avenue South. John Seigenthaler will open the event with personal memories and later interview Jimmy Carter. Linda Wynn will present a paper on music during the Civil Rights movement and play musical selections. Tickets are not required for this event, but seating is limited. Complimentary refreshments and light snacks will be available from 5:30-6 PM. The program begins at 6 PM. This program has been underwritten through a generous grant from South Arts and The National Endowment for the Arts.
The September 1 Fall Kick Off event includes over 20 mobile food trucks participating in the 1st Annual "Nashville Street Food Awards" from 11 AM - 6 PM, presented by the Nashville Food Truck Association. "Musicians Corner was among the first to support food trucks in Nashville," said B.J. Lofback, President of the Nashville Food Truck Association. "As we've grown in number we're thrilled to support them back." A portion of the proceeds from the Food Truck Awards will benefit Musicians Corner and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Trucks will sell regular menu items as well as small 'tastes', so patrons can sample food from multiple trucks. A panel of judges will sample blind entries from the trucks in a variety of categories throughout the day, naming winners at the conclusion of the event. Food truck diners will have the opportunity to name a People's Choice Award.
Confirmed food trucks participating in the "Nashville Street Food Awards" include Beach Bums Juice Bar, Biscuit Love, Blue Monkey Shaved Ice, Delta Bound, Dixie Belles Cupcakes, The Grilled Cheeserie, Hit Or Miss Ice Cream, Hoss' Loaded Burgers, Jonbalaya Catering, Ken's Hot Spot, The Latin Wagon, The Love Shack, Mere Bulles, Moovers & Shakers, Peanut Butter Paradise, Retro Sno, Riffs Fine Street Food, Smoke Et Al, Sum Yum Yum, Terra Delicious, The Waffle Boss, Wrapper's Delight, and Yayo's OMG.
Other September 1 activities include the Musicians Corner Beer & Wine Garden, with local brands Yazoo, Hap and Harry's, and Arrington Vineyards. The Beer and Wine Garden opens at 2 PM with Happy Hour from 2-3 PM. Musicians Corner will award its weekly Dog of the Day Award and provide free craft activities for the little ones in Mix 92.9's Kidsville.
The Musicians Corner Fall season takes place on Saturday afternoons from 3-6 PM in Centennial Park from September 1 to October 27. The season includes over 60 multi-genre musical performers including Sam Bush, Kenny Vaughan, Sixpence None The Richer, The Black Lillies, Hoots and Hellmouth, Regi Wooten & Friends, Ashley Cleveland, Matthew Perryman Jones, Phil Keaggy, The Farewell Drifters, Shannon Whitworth, Yarn, The SteelDrivers, Shannon Sanders, Andrew Combs, VITEK, and The Vespers. Please view the complete fall season schedule at MusiciansCornerNashville.com.
Musicians Corner is a program of The Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and is presented in part by World Vision, The Conservancy for The Parthenon And Centennial Park, Metro Parks, Vanderbilt University, Lightning 100, Nashville Scene, Mix 92.9, NowPlayingNashville.com, Jackson National Life Insurance Company, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, Metro Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, Frist Foundation, South Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Build Communities, Contemporary Music Center, BMI, Brantley Sound Associates, Rock Solid Security, The ASCAP Foundation, SESAC, Country Music Association, Nashville Symphony, and Music City Roots.