Putting the Music in Music City
The Tomato Art Festival is in the books for another year. I ran the Tomato 5k and finished 7th in my age bracket with a time of 34.56 for the 3.1 miles. That is a time of 11.15 per mile and I will not brag about my 7th place finish as there may have only been 8 women in my age bracket of 55 – 59 – or there may have been 100! The goal was the finish, the exercise and the fun and I accomplished all of those goals – so I consider myself a winner! The next race I am looking towards will be on September 6th at one of my favorite spots – The Richland Greenway. This run is sponsored by The Tennessee Kidney Foundation and begins at 9:00am – I love that start time. If you are a runner and want to keep informed about upcoming events a great website to consult is www.nashvillestriders.com.
It is hard to believe that I am already making plans for September. The fall is approaching rapidly. Children have started back to school and the Titans have played their first pre-season game. College football will begin in the next few weeks. The sun is setting before 8:00pm and there will be a chill in the night before we know it.
I would like to tell you about another great, only in Nashville, music festival planned for 8 Saturdays this fall called Musicians Corner. From Saturday, September 6 through Saturday, October 25th – make your way to Centennial Park and follow the sights, smells and sounds to the Band Shell and you will be in for an amazing treat. Beginning each Saturday at 12:00pm you can enjoy lunch from one of Nashville’s famous food trucks, wine and beer in the Beer Garden (happy hour is from 12:00 – 1:30, with beer continuing to be served until 5:00pm, must have your id and drink responsibly), Kidsville activities sponsored by Mix 92.9, Local Artisan Marketplace and Dogville, yes I said Dogville! Treat your dog to a doggie day spa with a pedicure, homemade dog treats, splash zone, bandanas and a chance to be crowned Dog of the Day!
Then, from 1:30pm – 5:00pm, put on your boogie shoes and prepare yourself for an afternoon of great, live music on the Lightning 100 Band Stage. For more information you can check out Musicians Corner at their website – www.musicianscornernashville.com, on facebook at www.facebook.com/musicianscornernashville, and on Instagram, Twitter or YouTube. Now for the line ups:
Sept. 6 – Southwest Airlines presents the Fall Kick Off Event featuring Robert Earl Keen, Roots of Rebellion and Emily West – who you may have seen competing on America’s Got Talent!
Sept. 13 – Musicians Corner presents Erin McCarley, Marc Scibilia and Vinyl Thief
Sept. 27 – Americana Music Festival Special Event featuring Over the Rhine, Sleepy Man Banjo Boys and The Brothers Comatose
Sept. 27 – BMI presents Josh Rouse, Gabe Dixon and Mike Hicks and the Funk Puncs
Oct. 4 – Celebrate Nashville presents American Idol contestant, Melinda Doolittle, The Fairfield Four and Revolfusion
Oct. 11 – ASCAP presents Dave Barnes, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and The Soil and The Sun
Oct. 18 – There will be an event SO special that it is being kept under wraps to be announced at a later date. I am certain that, since this is my birthday, there must be a very special surprise in storeJ
Oct. 19 – Yes, the very next day – there will be a special Sunday event featuring Chris Stapleton, Steve Moakler and Magnolia Sons
Oct. 25 – The Grand Finale of the Season is presented by Southwest Airlines and features Andrew Ripp and Blackfoot Gypsies
Come one, come all. Bring your Mom and your Dad, your Children and your dogs, a blanket or chair and enjoy!