There’s Nothing Like New Year’s Eve in Nashville
Nashville is Party Town at this time of year, inviting you to kick up your heels, celebrate the season and get ready for 2014. Music City throws one of the biggest New Year’s Eve parties in the country, so make your plans now to close 2013 with a spectacular evening of free music, fireworks and the midnight Music Note Drop.
Outlaw country singer/songwriter Hank Williams Jr. headlines the New Year’s Eve Music City Bash on Broadway, now in its fifth year. It’s a sentimental day for Hank as December 31, 2013 marks the 60th anniversary of his father’s death; he’s promising to rock the city into the new year to honor the great legend. Live performers adding to the lineup include the Southern Rock quintet Blackberry Smoke, virtuoso pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, 2013 CMA New Artist of the Year nominee Brett Eldredge, talented guitar duo Striking Matches, and the homegrown Nashville Indie-Rock band Kopecky Family Band.
On the countdown to midnight, a 15 foot tall red music note will descend 115 foot and the Music Note Drop will trigger a spectacular fireworks display and blast of confetti canons. This free family event is a favorite to launch the new year.
If you’re like most of us when we’re having fun – who wants the party to end? Music City has covered that one too. The festivities have been stretched over four days so you can come early and stay late.
Chill to some hot action on the ice as the NHL Nashville Predators take on the Los Angeles Kings at the Bridgestone Arena on December 28, and the Detroit Red Wings on December 30.
The NFL’s Tennessee Titans are offering a Gameday Ticket/Hotel Package for fans to watch them fight it out on December 29 against the Houston Texans at LP Field. That night join thousands of fans converging on Second Avenue for Music Fest and the Battle of the Bands. Music venues downtown will stay open late for the outdoor party featuring bands and cheerleaders from Ole Miss and Georgia Tech, who are in town for the Music City Bowl.
On December 30, Ole Miss and Georgia Tech face off at 2:15 p.m. in the Music City Bowl at LP Field. At this point, you may decide to book a ticket/hotel room package downtown and stay close to all the action, culminating in the New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway. It’s all happening right there, with plenty of fun for the whole family.
If you’re looking for other NYE parties, come dressed in white to The Nashville Whiteout: NYE 2014 at The Greenhouse in Green Hills for a night of dancing, music and revelry on a grand scale. General admission is $35.
The Bluebird Café will ring in the new year with two shows (7 p.m. and 10 p.m.) led by recent Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees Thom Schuyler and Tony Arata, hit writer Fred Knobloch, and award-winning instrumentalist Jelly Roll Johnson. $50 includes the show, hats, party favors and champagne toast.
Experience a Vaudeville Affair at The Tippler, a new cocktail lounge in the elegant Adelicia building in Midtown Nashville. The Music City Burlesque will provide scintillating entertainment on New Year’s Eve, with a live DJ from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Tickets are $30 in advance and $40 at the door.
Nashville’s progressive rock band Moon Taxi will perform at Marathon Music Works on NYE, with a music and light show. It’s located in the historic Marathon Village, site of Nashville’s first production automobile.
The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, on a continuous global tour, stops at the Franklin Theatre in downtown Franklin for a stylish Cabaret night of revelry to ring in the New Year right here in Middle Tennessee.
We’ve only touched on the highlights and would love to hear your favorite ways to welcome in the New Year in Nashville. Here’s to 2014!