Nashville’s new Ascend Amphitheater opens July 30th!


I’ve been seeing a lot of construction around the city and the good news is…


…that Nashville’s new outdoor live music venue will be opened on July 30th!

I love how the Nashville skyline will be the backdrop for the amphitheater! Whoever decided that deserves a raise! HAHA 😀

The news has just been broken that the name for Nash’s new venue is going to be Ascend Amphitheater and the first concert ever to be played there will be Eric Church on July 30th!!!

EricChurchThat’s gonna be one wild night!

Not only was Mr. Church announced as the concert kickoff man, but they also revealed an entire lineup including Earth Wind and Fire, Chicago, Steely Dan with Elvis Costello, Phish, ZZ Top with Blackberry Smoke, and two back to back nights of Widespread Panic…see the full list below!!

Tickets start going on sale on MRG’s birthday…Thursday, April 30th!!! Now you know so don’t say I didn’t tell you 😉

What I also want you to know about this venue is that it’s having a free…yes…FREE open house for the community on August 2nd! They’re promising tours and performances by local bands and DJs!


The amphitheater is located right in downtown Nashville by the riverfront! What a prime location and a great way to attract more guests to the city during the summer/fall months! Amphitheaters in the north have seasons so as to accommodate the time that it isn’t freezing cold, snowing, and too difficult to drive on the roads! HAHA How sweet of them for doing that!!

Live Nation has a 10-year contract with the city of Nashville to manage, market, operate and program the venue! They are also partners with Starr Hill (Red Light Management’s live events division), and the Nashville Symphony. The symphony plans to utilize the amphitheater for up to six nights of outdoor concerts!

schermerhorn-symphony-centerI’ve never seen a show at the Symphony!

The venue is going to allow for 6,800 fans a show and will have a 60-foot stage providing panoramic views of downtown and amazing views from every seat!

The president of North American Concerts for Live Nation, Bob Roux, said: “If you look at the proliferation of open-air venues in the U.S. over the last 30 years, Nashville has been devoid of a centrally-located amphitheater, and Ascend Amphitheater will fill that void. There are not many open-air amphitheaters embedded into downtown like Ascend Amphitheater. There are a few around the country — downtown Chicago and a few others — but most sheds are in rural or suburban locations, and we think this location is highly unique and will prove to be very convenient for a full night of dining and entertainment.”

I really like his outlook and I agree…I can’t wait to go see a show there! Lord knows, I adored City Winery when it first opened and I’ve gone to a few shows so far 🙂 I support local music, yes, yes I do!

See the full schedule below…

July 30: Eric Church

August 1: Chicago and Earth Wind and Fire

August 5: Jill Scott

August 7: Counting Crows with Citizen Cope

August 8: Steely Dan and Elvis Costello

August 9: The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson

August 14: Needtobreathe and Switchfoot

August 15: Idina Menzel

August 16: Peter Frampton and Cheap Trick

August 18: Sublime with Rome, Rebelution and Pepper

August 22: Australian Pink Floyd with Led Zeppelin

August 28: Old Crow Medicine Show

August 29: Under the Sun Tour featuring Uncle Kracker, Sugar Ray, Better than Ezra and Eve

September 1: ZZ Top with Blackberry Smoke

September 5 and 6: Widespread Panic

September 19: Americanafest on the Riverfront

September 24: Daryl Hall & John Oates

October 2: Lynyrd Skynyrd with special guests

October 8: Chris Tomlin

October 10: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals



Grace Potter and the Nocturnals?!

Duuuude!!! I’m so excited to see them! I saw them on two sold out nights at the Ryman and I’ve been dying to see them again! Ahhhhh! Now I’m so excited 😀

I can’t wait for Ascend Amphitheater to get here! Congrats Nashville!



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