Nashville Mayor Karl Dean today announced “Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General,” the return of the city’s free Thursday summer concert series at Nashville’s Riverfront Park.
“The return of the Nashville Dancin’ concert series is great news for Nashville and music fans,” said Nashville Mayor Karl Dean. “The free concerts will be family-friendly and include many top names from a variety of musical genres. Concert-goers will get a chance to enjoy our beautiful riverfront during the shows, which will add energy to our already vibrant downtown. I always say you can never have too much live music in Nashville, and I want to thank Dollar General, Tom Morales, Kaleidoscope Media and all of the great sponsors supporting this event for giving Nashvillians another great reason to come downtown for music.”
“Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General” will feature free Thursday evening shows kicking off June 13 and going through August 1 beginning at 5pm on Nashville’s Riverfront Park. The talent lineup will be announced in May.
Television and radio personality Storme Warren will host several of the shows and the event’s festive atmosphere will be augmented by local Nashville food trucks. Produced by TomKats Inc. and Kaleidoscope Media, the return of the music series represents a collaborative effort by Dollar General, the Office of Mayor Karl Dean, Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau and sponsors: Bud Light, Twice Daily, Ole Smoky Moonshine, Patrón Spirits, Grand Avenue, Metro Parks, Green Village Recycling, Horton Group, Nashville Scene, Comcast, 102.9 The Buzz, Now Playing Nashville and Yelp.
“Dollar General is committed to Nashville and improving the quality of life in our community,” said Rick Dreiling, chairman and CEO of Dollar General. “We’re excited to support an event that’s good for our city and will provide free music downtown. Helping people save money is what we’re all about, so we see “Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General” as a way to give back to our city and the people of Middle Tennessee.”
For over a decade, Dancin’ in the District was a Nashville institution, bringing some of the best live music to downtown Nashville and helping to revitalize lower Broadway. With the city’s growing economy and the current national attention on Music City, “Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General” will be a welcomed addition to the city's entertainment landscape.
Tom Morales, creator of the original series and producer of “Nashville Dancin' presented by Dollar General,” says it was the right time to launch the new and exciting downtown event.
“A generation of Nashvillians grew up with Dancin’, so it's natural that it return. In a lot of ways, it helped foster what Nashville is today,” Morales said.
“Nashville Dancin' presented by Dollar General” is expected to attract thousands of attendees per week, directly impacting downtown businesses and increasing foot traffic.
“Nashville is known for having world-class, free live music and this only adds to the package,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The concert series will boost what is already a thriving tourism season and bring even more visitors to see all that Music City has to offer.”
Dancin’ attendees will have free parking at LP Field thanks to the Tennessee Titans. Additionally, Grand Avenue is providing free shuttle service from the stadium to Riverfront Park; however, patrons are encouraged to utilize the pedestrian bridge.
“Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General” is also proud to announce its commitment to the following charities for the event: The Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital and The Pencil Foundation. “Nashville Dancin’ presented by Dollar General” will announce a text to donate campaign in the coming month.
Dollar General Corporation has been delivering value to shoppers for nearly 75 years. Dollar General helps shoppers Save time. Save money. Every day!® by offering products that are frequently used and replenished, such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids, cleaning supplies, basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at low everyday prices in convenient neighborhood locations. With more than 10,500 stores in 40 states, Dollar General has more retail locations than any retailer in America. In addition to high quality private brands, Dollar General sells products from America's most-trusted manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble, Kimberly-Clark, Unilever, Kellogg's, General Mills, Nabisco, Hanes, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola. Learn more about Dollar General atwww.dollargeneral.com.
About Dollar General Literacy Foundation:
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is celebrating 20 years of helping individuals learn to read, prepare for the GED or learn English. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $75 million to nonprofit organizations and schools that have helped more than 4.4 million individuals advance their literacy and basic education skills. To learn more, visit www.dgliteracy.org.
About PENCIL Foundation:
PENCIL Foundation is the premier organization linking community resources of both volunteers and materials with Metro Nashville Public Schools. PENCIL administers educational programs that involve the community as volunteers and mentors, provide academic enrichment opportunities, prepare students for graduation and get school supplies in the hands of children who need them. For more information, visit www.pencilfoundation.org.
About Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital:
Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, a freestanding hospital dedicated to serving only children, is nationally recognized as a leading provider of pediatric health care services. Experts treat and work to prevent all health issues ranging from common childhood conditions to serious, advanced diseases. Featuring Centers of Excellence for the treatment of diabetes and congenital heart disorders, Children’s Hospital also operates the region’s only level 1 pediatric trauma unit and a neonatal intensive care unit with the highest designated level of care. In addition, Children’s Hospital is a top-level teaching and research facility. No child is denied care on basis of limited ability to pay. For more information, visit www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/.
About Ajax Turner/Bud Light:
Ajax Turner Co., Inc. is a full service beverage distributor providing a wide range of fresh beer and other high quality beverages to Nashville and its surrounding counties. The company was founded in 1961 as Middle Tennessee’s Anheuser-Busch wholesaler. In the last 50 years, their portfolio has grown to include a wide range of beverages including craft, import and local beers; unique wines and spirits and many non-alcoholic beverages including water, tea and energy drinks. Ajax Turner and Bud Light are thrilled to play a part in this significant Nashville event. For more information, visit www.budlight.com.
About Twice Daily:
Twice Daily Convenience Stores are locally owned and operated by Tri Star Energy, LLC, a joint venture of Kimbro Oil and The Parman Corporation. These two family-owned businesses have called Middle Tennessee home for decades and are dedicated to providing high-quality petroleum products plus the finest fresh-all-day food and services available. Twice Daily is leading the way in providing helpful service and fresh food at its 13 locations in the greater Nashville area, with X more locations planned in the coming 24 months. Tri Star Energy owns and operates 225 service centers in the region.Tri Star and Twice Daily celebrate their local roots by supporting a wide variety of local causes and culture, including the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. For more information, visitwww.twicedaily.com.
About Ole Smoky Moonshine:
Currently, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine retails six flavors of moonshine made from local East Tennessee corn, then manufactured, bottled and shipped directly from the company’s famed Gatlinburg distillery. The Ole Smoky Moonshine distillery, known as The Holler, is America’s most visited distillery and produces the brand’s signature 100 proof Original Moonshine, White Lightnin, Moonshine Cherries, Peach Moonshine, Apple Pie Moonshine and Blackberry Moonshine. In true southern style, each Ole Smoky Moonshine flavor is inspired and hand-crafted recipes of the Tennessee families who have been bottling moonshine in the smoky mountains for more than a century. Available in 48 states, Ole Smoky Tennessee Moonshine can be found at local retailers and is sampled and sold at some. For more information, visit
Simply Perfect in every way, Patrón tequila is an ultra-premium luxury white spirit that’s delicious on the rocks, and mixes flawlessly into most any cocktail. From the highest-quality Weber Blue agave plants grown in the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, to the centuries-old distillation process, to the signed, handcrafted glass bottles, Patrón is produced with unparalleled attention to detail. Imported and marketed by The Patrón Spirits Company, brands in the portfolio consist of Gran Patrón Burdeos, Gran Patrón Platinum, Patrón Silver, Patrón Reposado, Patrón Añejo, Patrón XO Cafe (coffee liqueur), Patrón XO Cafe Dark Coco
a (coffee and chocolate liqueur), and Patrón Citrónge (extra fine orange liqueur), as well as Pyrat Caribbean rums, and Ultimat ultra-premium vodka. For more information, please visit www.patronspirits.com.
About Grand Avenue:
Grand Avenue Limousine & Luxury Transport Services delivers the ultimate chauffeured transportation experience in and around Greater Nashville, Franklin, Brentwood, and Middle Tennessee areas. Professional, courteous drivers, impeccable vehicles, guaranteed on-time arrival and personal delivery – we see to every detail to make your travel a pleasure, and treat you like royalty while in our care. For more information, visitwww.grandavenueworldwide.com.
About Metro Parks:
It is the mission of the Metropolitan Board of Parks and Recreation to provide every citizen of Nashville and Davidson County with an equal opportunity for safe recreational and cultural activities within a network of parks and greenways that preserves and protects the region's natural resources. For more information, visitwww.nashville.gov/Parks-and-Recreation.aspx.
About Green Village Recycling:
Green Village Recycling LLC was founded on, “Earth Day” April 22, 2010. We have developed a highly efficient system to bring “world class” curbside single-stream recycling services to commercial and residential customers. We have focused our efforts on doing what is best for our customers by providing timely, courteous and professional service. We at Green Village Recycling are also committed to the sustainability of our resources and our environment. By helping to support the community through ongoing programs, recycling efforts and retail product awareness, we are able to help reduce our impact on the environment and increase our independence, through sustainable living practices. For more information, visit www.greenvillagerecycling.com.
About Horton Group:
Horton Group is an advertising agency founded in Nashville, TN in 1996. Horton's full service advertising agency services include web design, Drupal web development, internet marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), media buying and advertising strategy. More than web design and web development, we provide graphic design and advertising services for a wide range of clients. Horton Group builds websites and critical marketing tools for effective communication on the internet and beyond. We help our clients with custom lead generation and search engine marketing tools. Your business' search engine rankings will reach new heights with a creative and proven advertising strategy from Horton Group, Nashville, TN & Bonita Springs, FL. For more information, visitwww.hortongroup.com.
About Nashville Scene:
Founded in 1989, the Nashville Scene is the city's go-to source for entertainment events, culture news and in-depth coverage of the most important local news and politics shaping the city. The Scene has received numerous journalistic awards and honors, and is a showcase for the best writers, critics and photographers the city has to offer. It reaches more than 215,000 readers weekly in Middle Tennessee. The Scene's parent company is SouthComm, Inc, a privately held company based out of Nashville, TN that focuses on delivering local content to niche markets through online, print and events. For more information, visitwww.nashvillescene.com.
Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK) (www.comcast.com) is one of the nation's leading providers of entertainment, information and communications products and services. Comcast is principally involved in the operation of cable systems through Comcast Cable and in the development, production and distribution of entertainment, news, sports and other content for global audiences through NBCUniversal. Comcast Cable is one of the nation's largest video, high-speed Internet and phone providers to residential and business customers. Comcast is the majority owner and manager of NBCUniversal, which owns and operates entertainment and news cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, local television station groups, television production operations, a major motion picture company and theme parks. For more information, visit www.comcast.com.
About Cromwell Radio/102.9 The Buzz:
Cromwell Radio Group is locally owned and operated by Bud Walters. Cromwell owns 23 stations in Illinois, Kentucky, and Tennessee with Nashville being the largest market & corporate headquarters. 1029 the Buzz is Nashville’s Rock Station & has been for 14 years. 102.5 The Game, ESPN Radio, is the flagship station for the Nashville Predators, The Nashville Sounds and MTSU and is also broadcast on 97.5 FM in Murfreesboro. The Light has Gospel Music on 102.1 FM in Nashville and 101.9 FM in Clarksville. Sports Talk 830 is NBC Sports. For more information, visit www.1029thebuzz.com.
About Now Playing Nashville:
NowPlayingNashville.com, an initiative of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, is Middle Tennessee’s comprehensive arts and entertainment calendar, with information about music, theatre, sports, dance, museums, kids and family activities, and more, and with discount ticket offers. Since its launch in 2007, the website has collaborated with hundreds of community partners, providing comprehensive information to support arts and entertainment organizations and enrich the Middle Tennessee community. For more information, visitwww.nowplayingnashville.com.
Yelp connects people with great local businesses. Our users have contributed more than 36 million cumulative reviews of almost every type of local business, from restaurants, boutiques and salons to dentists, mechanics, plumbers and more. These reviews are written by people using Yelp to share their everyday local business experiences, giving voice to consumers and bringing “word of mouth” online. The information these reviews provide is valuable for consumers and businesses alike. Approximately 86 million unique visitors* used our website, and our mobile application was used on approximately 9.2 million unique mobile devices, on a monthly average basis during the quarter ended December 31, 2012. Businesses, both small and large, use our platform to engage with consumers at the critical moment when they are deciding where to spend their money. Our business revolves around three key constituencies: the contributors who write reviews, the consumers who read them and the local businesses that they describe. Yelp communities have taken root in major metros across the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Singapore, Poland and Turkey. For more information, visit www.yelp.com.
About Storme Warren:
Storme Warren is an American television personality and radio journalist with more than 20 years in broadcasting. Storme is best known as the host, writer, and producer of GAC’s Headline Country news show. Storme can also be heard on the radio 5 days a week on SiriusXM's “The Highway” as host of the “Music Row Happy Hour”, “Highway Hot 30 Live” countdown, and Sirius XM “Town Hall” specials. His witty, original style combined with his love for music makes him the perfect host for live music events around the world including CMA Music Festival, CMC Rocks the Hunter in Australia, Academy of Country Music Awards, American Country Awards, Key West Songwriter Festival, Country on the Rockies, and many more. He has also appeared on ABC’s hit show “Nashville,” and is a frequent contributor to Country Weekly magazine.
About TomKats Inc.: TomKats,Inc. was founded 25 years ago by Tom and Kathie Morales in Nashville, Tenn. A family-owned and operated company, it originated as a backstage musical event caterer at Starwood Amphitheater. Since that time, the company has grown into a multi-faceted hospitality management and upscale food service enterprise. TomKats, Inc. is nationally and internationally known for its premier film and television catering services, corporate and social events catering and top-notch restaurant properties — The Southern Steak & Oyster in Nashville, Tenn., which was recently named by Esquire as The Best New Steakhouse in the US in 2012, and Saffire Restaurant in Franklin, Tenn. TomKats has served Hollywood's A-list celebrities on over 1,000 movies, recently catering the films “Hope Springs” starring Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones, “Ender’s Game” starring Harrison Ford and “The Heat” starring Sandra Bullock. Additionally, TomKats,Inc. is catering the sets of hit television programs including AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” CBS-TV's “Blue Bloods” and “Elementary.” TomKats, Inc. also offers disaster relief catering having fed nearly 1,000 people per day in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. For more information, visit www.tomkats.com.
About Kaleidoscope Media:
Kaleidoscope Media, LLC is a public relations firm based in Nashville, Tennessee specializing in entertainment, entrepreneurs, restaurants, and people who DO GOOD nationally and internationally. Since opening its doors in 1996, the company has based its operations in Nashville, Los Angeles and New York City, offering clients a strong foundation of resources coast to coast. Kaleidoscope Media has had the privilege to represent a range of brands, from international names including Kenny Chesney, Bonnaroo and Barbara Mandrell to brands in their infancy including Nashville’s own Loveless Cafe and the Southern Steak and Oyster. With a client roster that varies from corporate and health to entertainment, restaurants and events, Kaleidoscope Media uses its multifaceted expertise to tailor campaigns unique to client needs. Kaleidoscope Media’s services include public relations strategy, brand development and marketing strategies, corporate communications, social media strategy, content creation, as well as event planning and logistics. For more information, visit www.kaleidoscope-media.com.