Dancin’ in the District was Nashville’s premiere concert series that brought music back to Music City. After being held in the alleys of downtown Nashville for two years, the event eventually upgraded to the banks of Riverfront Park. Held in the heart of Nashville for over a decade, this free event helped define this city’s music community. Early acts included Wilco, Cake, Steve Earle, and many more. The beloved music series returned to Riverfront Park as “Nashville Dancin’” during the summers of 2013 & 2014 when original creator, Tom Morales, began work restoring the historic Acme Farm Store Building nearby on Lower Broadway. The event is curated to feature artists that appeal to a wide range of tastes, local retail vendors, and food and drink that highlights the best that Nashville culture.
Before Live On The Green and Musicians Corner, there was another free concert series that absolutely ruled Music City summers: Dancin’ In The District.From 1993 to 2005, it brought thousands of music lovers to Riverfront Park on Thursday nights — at a time when little else was bringing anybody to Lower Broadway.
Today, you’ll often hear “Dancin'” mentioned in the same breath as Opryland and Starwood Amphitheater when longtime locals talk about what they miss most in Nashville.
Well, miss it no more. “Dancin’ In The District” is back — if only for one night.
Prince’s Hot Chicken
The Original Nashville Hot Chicken Joint, Prince’s Hot Chicken, has now opened a new location downtown Nashville at the Yee-Haw Beer location.
They say hell hath no fury like a woman scorned …
but some folks like a little heat, including Thorton Prince – the father of Nashville’s hot chicken. Even in the height of the Great Depression, Thorton Prince knew how to have a good time. He enjoyed the nightlife and had a well-earned reputation as being quite the ladies’ man. Of course, one person who was not too thrilled with that reputation was his steady girl. While we don’t know if Prince came home one night with a faint hint of perfume or a smudge of lipstick on his collar, we do know that after another one of Prince’s nights out, his scorned lover wanted revenge. And using Prince’s love of fried chicken as bait, she concocted the perfect recipe.
Instead of a lecture the next morning, Prince awoke to the sizzlin’ smell of fried chicken. The trap set, Prince’s jilted lover served up a plate of homemade fried chicken. Without noticing the devilish amount of peppers and spices she had sprinkled on the chicken, Prince dug in. Much to her dismay, Prince didn’t fall over weeping in pain. Nope, he asked for seconds, and, at that moment, the legend was born.
Prince perfected the recipe for Hot Chicken and opened up a restaurant – Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. Almost 100 years later, a lot has changed in Nashville. But not Prince’s. Thorton Prince’s great niece, Ms. Andre Prince Jeffries, is still serving the legendary dish that Nashvillians crave. In the last few years, the hot chicken trend has caught on like wildfire throughout the South, but Prince’s Hot Chicken is the original and remains the gold standard for hot chicken.
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LOCAL ROOTS RUN DEEP
It all began in the heart of downtown Johnson City, TN, in early 2015. With plenty of
blood, sweat and tears, a little elbow grease and more than a few beers, the East TN &
Western NC Depot, or Tweetsie Depot, was completely transformed. Yee-Haw Brewing
Company was born.
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or someone who simply savors a couple cold ones with friends, there’s no perfect
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“Some parts of downtown are zoned for high buildings, and some are zoned for mid-rise or low-rise buildings and that’s just appropriate calibration for each neighborhood and what it needs,” Priest said.
Much of the new development is going South of Broadway. The neighborhood known as “SoBro” will look shockingly different in the coming months. There are at least seven new hotels going up in the area around Music City Center, some of them more than 20 stories tall.
“The amount of stuff that’s happened and how fast it’s happened is head-spinning, even for us here, I’d say,” said Adam Sichko with the Nashville Business Journal, which keeps close tabs on new development with Crane Watch. “People very suddenly noticed traffic is getting worse, cost of living is rising and that building that was there and was torn down … now there’s a five or 10 or 15-story building in its place. People are uncomfortable with the pace of change as much as anything.”
LADY ANTEBELLUM, CHRIS JANSON, LUCIE SILVAS, SHANNON SANDERS, ANDREW COMBS, KID POLITICS, JASON ESKRIDGE, KATIE SCHECTER, AND THE NASHVILLE SYMPHONY WILL PLAY THE FREE MUSIC CITY JULY 4TH PARTY!
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The main stage will be located at Fifth Avenue and Broadway. After the concerts, the show will shift to Cumberland Riverfront with a fireworks show synchronized to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony who will play from Ascend Amphitheater.
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