Nashville Tennessee

Nashville is the capital of the State of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the music, health care, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to a large number of colleges and universities. Reflecting the city’s position in state government, Nashville is home to the Tennessee Supreme Court’s courthouse for Middle Tennessee. It is most notably known as a center of the music industry, earning it the nickname “Music City”.

The downtown area of Nashville features a diverse assortment of entertainment, dining, cultural and architectural attractions. The Broadway and 2nd Avenue areas feature entertainment venues, night clubs and an assortment of restaurants. North of Broadway lie Nashville’s central business district, Legislative Plaza, Capitol Hill and the Tennessee Bicentennial Mall. Cultural and architectural attractions can be found throughout the city. The downtown area of Nashville is easily accessible. Three major interstate highways (I-40, I-65 and I-24) converge near the core area of downtown, and many regional cities are within a day’s driving distance.

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Perhaps the biggest factor in drawing visitors to Nashville is its association with country music. Many visitors to Nashville attend live performances of the Grand Ole Opry, the world’s longest running live radio show. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is another major attraction relating to the popularity of country music. The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, the Opry Mills regional shopping mall and the General Jackson showboat, are all located in what is known as Music Valley.

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Nashville History

Nashville

Nashville’s history began more Than 200 years ago. Long before the first guitar picker ever moved into town, the settlement of Nashborough – named after Revolutionary War hero General Francis Nash – was being constructed as a fort on the west banks of the Cumberland River in 1779-80.
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Story of Music City – Nashville

Story of Music City – Nashville

Nashville’s history began more Than 200 years ago. Long before the first guitar picker ever moved into town, the settlement of Nashborough – named after Revolutionary War hero General Francis Nash – was being constructed as a fort on the west banks of the Cumberland River in 1779-80.
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Nashville Musical Heritage

The Bluebird Cafe opened in 1982 as a casual gourmet restaurant with some live music. In 1985, Sunday writers’ nights were added as a chance for new writers to audition and perform before a special guest writer. In 1987, dinner shows were added, and over the next decade, the Bluebird evolved into a music club first, and a restaurant second. As a listening room, silence is requested at all times during a performance.
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Nashville Neighborhoods

Nashville Neighborhoods

There are many areas of town to explore while visiting Nashville. Each neighborhood has its own personality, projecting the nature of the people who frequent them. Some are quiet and reserved while others are hip and boisterous. They all suit their surroundings and welcome all walks of life.
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The Arts – Nashville

For more than 200 years, Nashville has been entertaining audiences around the world. Classical art and modern day pop are equally at home in Music City. From opera to country, ballet to rock, the performing arts are prominently displayed in Nashville.
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Festivals and Events – Nashville

Festivals and Events – Nashville

Throughout the year, Music City is highlighted with various festivals celebrating songwriters, music, authors, arts and crafts, food and wine, dance, and holidays. Many of these festivals have received national media attention and attract large and diverse audiences. With so many options, there’s something for everyone in Music City.

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Multicultural Events

Each September on Tennessee State University’s main campus, the African Street Festival celebrates the sounds of Africa. This free event offers daily stage shows featuring poetry, rap, reggae, blues, jazz, gospel, R&B and drama. During the festival, there are over 150 vendors from around the country selling Afrocentric wares from ankhs to zebra skin fabrics.
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Nashville Sports

Nashville Sports

Tennessee’s franchise team is one of 32 teams participating in the prestigious National Football League (NFL). In 1999, the team moved into the new 68,800-seat coliseum located on the east bank of the Cumberland River downtown, known as LP Field after sponsor Louisiana Pacific.
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Family Fun in Nashville

Nashville’s warm and friendly atmosphere and countless family-friendly attractions make it the perfect destination for a family getaway. From indoor, rainy-day activities to outdoor water parks, from art to music to theatre, Nashville has plenty to stimulate the mind, exercise the body and entertain the whole family!
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Nashville Facts and Trivia

Nashville Facts and Trivia

After one Sunday afternoon sermon, Captain Tom Ryman, infamous for breaking up tent revivals, became an instant convert and immediately began raising funds to build a church. Upon his death in 1904, the Union Gospel Tabernacle, the church he built, became known as the Ryman Auditorium.
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