Biscuit Love in the Gulch

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Since opening in the heart of the Gulch neighborhood in 2015
Website: http://biscuitlove.com/

Breakfast in Downtown Nashville

Biscuit Love has become a Nashville staple for its playful take on Southern brunch.Owned and operated by husband-and-wife team Karl and Sarah Worley (with the help of the Biscuit Babes in the kitchen), Biscuit Love serves a variety of breakfast and lunch options made entirely from scratch. Originally operated as a food truck before moving into its brick and mortar restaurant, Biscuit Love remains steadfast in its commitment to sourcing from local purveyors, and actively gives back to the Nashville community.

Chef Karl Worley grew up in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, where he learned to cook from his grandfather in Bristol, Tennessee. He received his culinary degree from Johnson & Wales University in 2010. After spending time in the kitchens of Rioja in Denver, he further developed his passion for sustainable agriculture and farm-to-table restaurants while working for the Coon Rock Farm in Hillsborough, NC. Through sourcing top quality seasonal ingredients, he is known for creating delicious dishes that honor the deep-rooted traditions of the South.

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Sarah Worley was born and raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania, yet she considers the South her home now that she’s spent nearly half of her life in Nashville. She holds a culinary degree from Johnson & Wales and an Accounting degree and MBA from Belmont University. She and Karl work side by side not only in their restaurant, but also in being the proud parents of their incredible daughter Gertie.

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When Karl and Sarah first started Biscuit Love, they set forth to support and work with like-minded businesses who share their vision of supporting and giving back to their local community. Here, we get to know more about what drives Biscuit Love and the people we have partnered with!

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Predators’ playoff push ends in gold for Nashville – here’s how much

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The Nashville Predators’ push for the Stanley Cup might not have ended in a parade, but the economic benefits of their quest for the cup will be felt throughout Music City for awhile.

At an end-of-season press conference Thursday, Predators CEO Sean Henry joined Mayor Megan Barry and Butch Spyridon, CEO of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp, to break down the financial impact of the Predators’ historic season, and the numbers were big.

Overall, the estimated economic impact of the Predators’ 11 home postseason games was $50 million, according to local officials. And that number only includes money generated from the games and watch parties, not the additional revenue that poured into the city’s bars and restaurants. For comparison, CMA Fest — which happened the same weekend as the Predators’ final push for the Cup — has an average economic impact of $60 million.

Here’s how the $50 million breaks down (officials didn’t have data for the opening round):

  • Round 2: Roughly $3 million per game
  • Round 3: Roughly $5 million per game
  • Finals: $8 million per game

Officials also estimated that during their playoff run, the Predators brought in roughly $2.7 million for the city in ticket, merchandise and concession sales.

“Those numbers are incredible, and we’re probably going to build some sidewalks with them,” Barry joked during the day’s event.

Another interesting economic data point from the day’s event was that the Predators — through both existing and pop-up shops — sold more merchandise during the two-month playoff run than the team does during a regular 82-game season.

The success of the Predators comes 10 years after the team was almost forced out of Nashville, before it was ultimately saved by a local leadership group, which is now led by chairman Tom Cigarran. At the time, the focus was boosting the amount of season-ticket holders, which are already up following the team’s Stanley Cup run, according to Henry.

“The financials of this team have been reset for generations,” Henry said during the conference.

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A run to the Stanley Cup Final can do wonders for a town, and while the Nashville Predators fell just short of a championship, the city of Nashville still had reason for a standing ovation on Thursday.

Predators President and CEO Sean Henry, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry and President of the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation Butch Spyridon were on hand at Bridgestone Arena to discuss the economic impact delivered by the deepest postseason run in franchise history – and the numbers were impressive.

Spyridon and his team estimate the overall economic impact from a record 11 home playoff games for the Preds exceeded $50 million, including $8 million for each game of the Stanley Cup Final.

That’s not to mention the amount of national exposure and attention for not only the city, but also the franchise and the game itself.

“There’s no doubt, it was a great season,” Henry said. “It was a special year, and when we get a chance to raise that Western Conference banner, we’ll really appreciate what a wonderful year it was. We’ll get to celebrate with our fans, and most importantly, once we do that we start our opportunity to build upon the success we had this year.”

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Henry offered his thanks and appreciation to Mayor Barry and the city of Nashville, stating that the public/private partnership the Preds enjoy with the city is “the envy of the country.” Henry also thanked the CVC, Downtown Partnership, Chamber of Commerce, Sports Authority, Music City Center and the Country Music Association for the roles each played in helping to make the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs in Nashville one-of-a-kind.

The Nashville Predators Foundation also played a part, making donations from money raised throughout the playoffs from watch parties and other vehicles over the past two months.

The Foundation first made a $50,000 donation to the Nashville Public Education Foundation and its Pre-K Enrollment Program, followed by a $5,000 donation to Operation Stand Down Tennessee. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Second Harvest Food Bank also received $1,000 donations from the Foundation.

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Henry admitted he would have rather been planning a parade than attending Thursday’s press conference, but he knows how much this run does and will continue to do for the city of Nashville and Middle Tennessee for years to come. And the hope is the Predators will make a habit of continuing to show Music City is indeed one of the great hockey cities in America.

“We’ve always said as a franchise, we can do a lot more than just win games and bring concerts in,” Henry said. “The growth, the economic impact, the effect on the community and organizations that change people’s lives every day, that’s more important to us. But it comes with winning and it comes with filling the building up for hockey games and concerts, so it really is impactful. What a great city to work in, to live in, to play in, and now we play a slightly larger role in bringing better things to life.”

Party Fowl Nashville TN – Downtown

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Specializing in Hot Chicken and cold drinks, Party Fowl offers diners a one-of-a-kind experience in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The menu, created by executive chef Bart Pickens, includes a number of hot chicken dishes with heat levels ranging from mild to “Poultrygeist,” as well as creative spins on the classics. Party Fowl offers more than 20 local beers on draft, and is home to a craft cocktail program created by consulting beverage directors Freddy Schwenk and Matt Buttel of Nashville Ice Lab. With 13 large-screen TVs and a stage for live music performances, entertainment abounds at the hot chicken restaurant. Owners Austin Smith and Nick Jacobson opened the restaurant with the hopes of bringing together the best of Nashville under one roof by combining great food, great drinks and great music.

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A Tennessee native, Austin Smith is no stranger to Southern comfort food. Born in Memphis and raised in Nashville where his parents worked in the music industry, Smith is an expert on southern-style hot chicken, a Nashville staple.

After spending a decade in the restaurant industry, holding a number of positions from busser to manager, Austin earned a degree in political science from Lipscomb University. Shortly upon graduation, Austin recognized his true calling in the restaurant world and left politics behind.

Austin went on to work at The Grape and 360 Wine Bar Bistro with now-partner Nick Jacobson before becoming a wine and spirit distributer. It was the latter position that fueled his desire to open his own restaurant in 2014.

Austin currently resides in Hermitage, Tennessee, with his wife, Amanda, their children Harper Anne, Ellie Kate and Gary Wayne II. In his free time, he enjoys spending time on the water at his property on the Duck River in Bucksnort, Tennessee. He is also an avid softball player, a hobby that ultimately brought together his dream – his first team became the namesake for Party Fowl.

Nashville native Nick Jacobson is co-owner and partner of hot chicken restaurant, Party Fowl.

After pursuing career paths in law and venture capitalism, Jacobson quickly realized his passion lay in the restaurant industry when he began working as an investor in The Grape, a franchised wine bar concept out of Atlanta. After a few years, he broke away from the franchise and became independent, opening 360 Bistro guided by his love of wine. Jacobson has successfully run the restaurant for 11 years now as owner and wine director, and brings his experience and passion for the industry to his newest venture, Party Fowl.

It was at 360 Bistro where Jacobson met his partner, Austin Smith, who had been toying with the idea of opening Nashville’s first full-service hot chicken restaurant. The pair opened Party Fowl in 2014, and continue to work together on the project.

He currently resides in Brentwood, Tennessee, with his wife, Ashley, and their children Cameron and Avery. In his free time, Nick enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and enjoying the great outdoors while skiing, running, and scuba diving.

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Nashville International Airport is a fast growing airport

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Nashville is growing so fast, even the airport is in on the game.

Nashville International Airport is the country’s fastest-growing airport for its size, according to an industry analyst group.

The airport has been awarded the Airport Traffic Growth Award from Airline Network News & Analysis (abbreviated anna.aero), according to a news release, recognizing the airport’s 11.2 percent growth in passenger traffic during 2016 in the mid-sized airport category.

The recognition is the latest example of Nashville’s boom correlating to growth at the city’s airport, which has consistently set passenger volume records in recent years. More than 12.9 million passengers traveled through the airport in 2016, according to the release, its fourth-straight record-year. The airport expects to beat that figure by more than a million passengers in 2017.

To accommodate these new travelers — and, if the city’s business leaders get their wish, support further growth to come from added international flights— the airport recently unveiled a $1.2 billion expansion plan, dubbed BNA Vision.

“BNA, like Nashville itself, is on a pace of rapid growth, and all projections indicate that trend will continue,” Rob Wigington, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority president and CEO, said in today’s release. “The robust increase in travel demand underscores the need for BNA Vision, our dynamic growth and expansion plan designed to keep Nashville International Airport a world-class facility for today and beyond.”

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Hey Entrepreneurs: Tech Hill Commons

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Hey Entrepreneurs: Tech Hill Commons Wants to Bring Your Ideas to Life

By Chris Blondell

Everything’s coming up Nashville. That would certainly seem to be the case if you talked to Brian Moyer of The Nashville Technology Council. Moyer is the President and CEO of the NTC and a serial entrepreneur and technologist.

“Technology has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember. Prior to taking the role as CEO, I was a founding member of the NTC and also served on the board of directors for two years. I still look to learn something new every day and enjoy helping others achieve their goals. I’m excited for this opportunity to represent Nashville’s technology industry.”

Brian Moyer.

The Nashville Technology Council is described on their site as a “catalyst for the growth and influence of Middle Tennessee’s technology industry.” By investing directly into Nashville’s vibrant community, the NTC is looking to become a national leader in technology-based innovation and development. So, if it’s stepping towards the future, Moyer and the NTC want to be a part of it.

We all know that Nashville is quickly becoming a beacon for anything technology related. In recent years it’s seen a boom in technological investment, and has had its own share of successes in the industry with a lot of promise for the future.

“It’s a very exciting time to live in Nashville. We have an enticing creative culture with a low cost of living, which has led to more people wanting to be here. Over the past ten years, on average Nashville has added 39 more jobs a day, ranking 16th of the top 20 US cities.

“We have a diverse economy made up of a number of industries including healthcare, entertainment, hospitality, manufacturing, and distribution. The demand for those in the field of technology is high. Not only is our tech industry growing, but the demand for “tech occupations” across all our industries is growing.”

Sounds like the place to be if you’re a tech entrepreneur, right? It only gets better.

In a major step forward, the NTC and Comcast have decided to partner on an innovative new facility called Tech Hill Commons, and it will be the tech council’s brand new home.

The innovation hub's floor plan. Image: Tech Hill Commons.

“We saw the need for a space that would not only house our corporate offices but also provide opportunities for connecting and supporting the Nashville tech community. Our board agreed. About that same time, Comcast approached us to say they had partnered on similar spaces in other key markets around the country. Planning and a search for space began.

“We were fortunate to find the perfect location in an area of Nashville that the Mayor has dubbed ‘Tech Hill.’ It’s easily accessible with plenty of parking and only minutes from downtown Nashville. We are taking over the entire lobby level floor, approximately 9,500 square feet. Tech Hill Commons will be leveraged to help in our mission and realization of our vision.”

In other words, if you’re a tech-minded entrepreneur, Tech Hill Commons is the place to be. While cities like San Francisco, Silicon Valley, even New York, have spaces where tech-minded folks can flock to in order to perfect their trade. When out-of-staters think of Nashville, what typically pops into their heads is country music and hot chicken. Moyer, the NTC, and Comcast are working very hard to change that with Tech Hill Commons.

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But how will this work? How and why should people use this space? Moyer says, “One of our key roles is to serve as collaborators. Bringing together like-minded groups and individuals to solve issues and strengthen our tech community. Having our own space to facilitate those discussions will be a great benefit.

“Through our learning center, we are also focused on training the next generation of technology workers. We envision Tech Hill Commons as a place where members of our tech community can gather to work, collaborate, and connect.”

Why go it alone when you can have direct access to all the people you need? Forget working from your basement, or renting office space. Tech Hill Commons is here to be taken advantage of. It would be the central hub for, say, launch events, hackathons, Mac-a-thons, you name it. If it’s related to technology and if you can collaborate on it, Tech Hill Commons is the space for you.

So, where does Comcast fit in? For one, Comcast has been on the front lines of innovation, investing in anything that has to do with stepping into the future. “Aside from financial support and in-kind technology services, Comcast has provided specialists to help with space planning and negotiating furnishing. I can say with certainty that we would not have been able to make this happen without the incredible support we have received from them. Everyone on their team has been outstanding to work with.”

If ever there was an example of what a good partnership can accomplish, NTC and Comcast’s collaboration on Tech Hill Commons is it.

Nashville has steadily been on the rise in the past few years. It’s been known as a home base for country music, and that will never change, but soon it will be known for more than just honky tonk. Nashville will be known for innovation, for technology, for the entrepreneurial spirit. Nashville won’t just be Music City, it’ll be a place where ideas are fostered.

Everything’s coming up Nashville, and Brian Moyer, the NTC, and Comcast are on the front lines.

What Nashville schools chief Shawn Joseph needs from you

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According to nearly every metric, Nashville is hot and getting hotter. Metro Nashville holds the 20th spot on Forbes’ 2017 list of the fastest-growing cities in America — this after coming in fourth on the publication’s 2016 ranking of the best cities for jobs. Growth brings jobs, and jobs beget even more growth. But growth at the rate Nashville is experiencing (the 14-county metro area gained an average of 30,875 people per year between July 2010 and 2015, according to U.S. Census data) can leave city administrators scrambling to keep up. Housing is an issue, of course, as is the matter of public transportation.

And then there are the schools.

In Tennessee’s 2015 School Accountability report, 15 Nashville public schools were on the priority schools list, which designates the lowest-performing 5 percent of schools in the state, in terms of academic achievement. Metro also had nine on the focus schools list, which highlights the 10 percent of schools in the state with the largest achievement gaps between groups of students, including racial and ethnic minorities and those who are economically disadvantaged.

These and other factors help explain why many Davidson County residents opt for private school or simply move to a neighboring county. It’s also troubling for business leaders who struggle to attract top talent to the area and for Shawn Joseph, Metro’s new director of schools.

Joseph, 42, has been working to remedy some of those long-standing concerns since arriving from Maryland last May, and as he wraps up his first year on the job, many signs seem to point toward progress. Progress is a process, though, and as he fields the frustrations of the local business community, he also encourages leaders to help create the change they want to see in Nashville’s public schools.

Joseph can find the administrators, principals and teachers needed to implement the classroom curriculum that might improve test scores and public opinion. But what he really needs — to create and lead internships and other experiential learning programs, to prepare students for real-world industry, to fill in budget shortages that the state government can’t, or won’t — is you.

In an evaluation of your first seven months as Metro Nashville Public Schools director of schools, the board gave you straight As. What grade would you give yourself? I’d give myself a B.

Why? There’s always more that could be done. I wish I would have spent more time, at the beginning, getting into churches. And even though I had the “listen and learns,” I still missed students. If I had to do it all over again, I would have done more to engage students right up front — particularly our high school students, because they know what they have experienced.

At the beginning of the year we hired 32 new principals, and that’s a lot. And even though we moved to a new model where we have one principal supervisor for about 10 to 12 schools — versus the one-to-40 that they had [previously] — I still think principals needed more support, particularly for those principals who came from out of state, who know nothing about the wonderful world of Nashville.

And we had 96 vacancies to start the school year. Even though we hired about 8,000 teachers, for those 96 classrooms, [the students] didn’t have somebody there. I knew we had a virtual school, but I didn’t know the capacity of it. If I had to do it over again, I would have thought more intentionally about making sure that those kids had virtual teachers, so they weren’t losing instruction.

Are those areas still your focus going forward, or have new challenges presented themselves? Those challenges still exist, and there are others. As we looked at this strategic plan and this budget season, we kind of put the work in buckets: How do we ensure high expectations in all schools and all classrooms, particularly around literacy? What do we do to make sure we can hire, recruit and retain the best talent in America? What do we do to support our diverse learners — particularly our English-language learners, [of whom] we get over 1,000 a year? We have lots of students who just don’t come from a whole lot of money. So what do we do to support them so that when they get to school, we don’t see them as disadvantaged? … What do we do with our special-education learners, and our students who need more social and emotional support? It’s not easy living in the city, and there are lots of pressures that kids have on them now that we just didn’t have growing up. This whole social media thing is big, and we didn’t have that. So thinking about the social and emotional supports that are needed in the schools is a big piece for us.

And we’re looking at our compensation. Teachers don’t get paid half of what they’re worth — or even a quarter of what they’re worth. And neither do secretaries or bus drivers. So how can we make sure that people can live in Davidson County? It’s not cheap.

Why do you feel it’s important to connect with local churches? Schools and churches — and when I say churches, I’m talking about all religious institutions — are the two places where you get the full breadth of community. And I think they have been an untapped resource, in terms of getting the word out about what’s happening, providing support and really creating this sense of community.

What has your relationship with Nashville’s business community been like thus far? I have worked very closely with the [Nashville Area] Chamber of Commerce, and I commend them for their continued commitment to education. Education has been one of their No. 1 priorities for a long time, and when I was researching the district, one of the things that attracted me was that this business community was so engaged.

A number of key business leaders were on my transition team because we realize that you can’t have a great city without a great school system. And if our schools are not strong, it’ll be very difficult for our business leaders to attract and retain high-quality people, or they’re going to have to pay $50,000 or $60,000 more because they have to put an education bonus in the salary so people can go to private school. And I think that’s been the case in Davidson County for too long.

Are concerns about Metro Nashville Public Schools a matter of perception — a problem that can be remedied by getting the word out about what’s going on in the schools? Or is it an issue of quality? It’s both. We have some extremely high-quality [educational] opportunities, and I think we have some schools that need significant work.

We have schools where kids can get a great education, and they can be a part of programs that you couldn’t get anywhere else. At McGavock High School, there’s an aerospace program for kids who want to become pilots. And we have the Cambridge programs and the International Baccalaureate programs. We have STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] programs. We have highly gifted centers and the Hume-Fogg and [Martin Luther King Jr.] programs. Within the academies at the high schools, there are different career tracks that students can go down to really learn and have internship opportunities that you just don’t get anyplace, depending on where you live. Lord knows, I grew up on Long Island, N.Y., and we didn’t have any of that.

But we’ve got to focus on quality. We’ve got to focus on being clear about what our key performance indicators are and our metrics, and we’ve got to be transparent with the public. … Are we making progress? And if we’re not, what are we doing about it? If we are, how do we communicate that?

Reform takes time, so how long do you expect it to take to close the educational gaps in Nashville schools, especially concerning minority and low-income students? Research typically says it takes anywhere from three to seven years to really implement reform. Step one for us was to develop a strategic plan; be clear about what the key performance indicators are; get the right people on the bus, in the right seats; and begin to think about what resources are needed to accelerate.

What I love about Nashville is the fact that we do have a partnership with the business community. We’ve got an extraordinary mayor who’s passionate about education, and we have a [Metro Council] that’s extremely supportive. And what we have been talking about — what I’ve been extremely excited about — are the public-private partnership opportunities that exist. We can only do so much with the funds that we have, and it’s really going to take those private dollars that are strategically targeted, with our local dollars, to help us accelerate.

In Tennessee, we still, in comparison to all states, underfund education. [Gov. Bill Haslam] has done a good job adding funds to the overall budget — he’s probably funded education more than his predecessors — but we’re still behind by anywhere between $4,000 to $5,000 per child when you look at what Connecticut does, or what Maryland does, or Delaware or Massachusetts. Those top 10 states are getting better outcomes because they’re putting in a stronger investment.

So what do you need local businesses and business leaders to do to fill in some of those holes? They can partner with some of the existing support systems that exist. Collaborate with the Nashville Public Education Foundation, with the Pencil Organization or with the chamber of commerce. We’re looking to really ratchet up the work that’s happening in our middle schools, for example, and we want to do that by focusing on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. So if there are businesses in that realm, working with the chamber of commerce to help us connect those partners with schools would be tremendous.

It’s not always about more money. Sometimes it’s about having the right expertise at the table and helping us help our kids get world-class opportunities that go outside of the classroom. Or it’s about helping our teachers understand their respective industries much better because business leaders are living it day-to-day, and teachers may not understand what the industry standards and expectations are.

Mayor [Megan] Barry, rightfully so, is trying to expand internship opportunities for kids. So helping our kids get exposed to the industry that exists here in Nashville [would also help]. Nashville is an incredible place, and there’s a lot of resources and a lot of extraordinary business [taking place]. But I still think many children and many families are not a part of the prosperous growth of Nashville.

When we look inside our boardrooms, I don’t think we see the same diversity that we see in our schools. And if kids don’t see [diversity in business], sometimes their reality is such that they don’t think they could be a part of it. The business community can help students see the boardrooms and let them know how they can become a part of that boardroom dynamic. Because if we don’t help our kids redefine their definition of reality, then shame on us.


Shawn Joseph

Title: Director of schools, Metro Nashville Public Schools

Employees: 12,000

Students: 86,000

Career highlights: 2014-16: Deputy superintendent, Prince George’s County Public Schools (Md.); 2012-14: Superintendent, Seaford School District (Md.); 2009-12: Director of school performance, Montgomery County Public Schools (Md.); 1996-2009: Principal, assistant principal and English teacher, Montgomery County Public Schools

Education: Bachelor’s in English education, Lincoln University, Lincoln, Pa.; master’s in reading education, Johns Hopkins University; doctorate of education in administration and policy studies, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

Family: Married to Ocheze Joseph, a fellow public school educator; two children, ages 8 and 13

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Cool! A drive-in Theater Downtown Nashville

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This immersive theater artist is recreating a massive 1960s drive-in in the middle of Nashville

Drive-in movies may feel like part of a bygone era, but that doesn’t mean you can’t recreate an indoor version of one. All you need is a giant movie screen, 50 classic cars, some full-sized trees, grass, gravel pathways, and a 40,000-square-foot air-supported dome. Those are some of the ingredients going into “August Moon Drive-In,” an immersive entertainment project from producer Michael Counts—who is known for such immersive attractions as “The Walking Dead Experience.” For this one, Counts wants to give visitors the full experience of an American drive-in movie, circa 1965, down to every last detail—including the comfort food and fireflies. He’s enlisted the help of theatrical artists and park designers to create the project in downtown Nashville. It doesn’t open until the second quarter of next year, but we got a look at some early specs.

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CMA Music Festival 2017

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Since its launch in 1972, Nashville’s annual CMA Music Festival has been built with fans in mind. In its earliest form, the event was dubbed “Fan Fair,” and as its popularity grew so too did the variety of performers and attractions (exclusive meet and greets, autograph sessions) built into the multi-day festival that has become one of the hallmarks of the busy summer concert season. Additionally, each year’s CMA Fest performer lineup is picked to perfection, as no shortage of notable country music stars have been featured on the bill, with a diverse cast that has included artists like Garth Brooks, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Swift, and Keith Urban. Reserve your place at the next installment with CMA Music Festival tickets from the Vivid Seats marketplace.

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There are always great deals to be found at Vivid Seats. The get-in price, or lowest price for a ticket to see the CMA Fest lineup, is $229. Prices will fluctuate based on many factors such as inventory and demand, so be sure to get your cheap CMA Music Fest tickets before it’s too late!

Where is the CMA Music Festival Held?
The multi-day event is annually held at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

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Thunder on The Cumberland 2017

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Thunder on The Cumberland 2017
June 17 – 18 2017
Downtown Nashville

The iconic Thunder on the Cumberland F1 Series Powerboat Championship features some of the fastest boats in the world carving a 3 mile loop on the Cumberland River. A new tradition for Nashville, this three day festival features the summer’s best: ice cold beer, food trucks, family fun, and the southern hospitality you love on Lower Broadway. 

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The crafts:

Toyota Thunder on the Cumberland features some of the fastest boats in the world.

The Drivers

F1 Powerboats: F1 Powerboats are some of the biggest, most powerful outboard engines in Powerboat Racing. Most of these boats go from 0 to 100 in 6 seconds and can turn on a dime (generating 5 times the force of earth’s gravity when they do!) all while literally flying across the surface of the water on a thin cushion of air..the only part of the boat that’s actually in the water is the propeller!

Tri-Hulls

Tri-Hulls are just old-school awesome. Based on 1970’s era production boats, these small open-cockpit boats with supersized engines thrive in rough water, speeding into and out of turns with amazing agility.

The Course

Drivers will race bridge to bridge in a 3 mile loop between Lower Broadway and Nissan Stadium.

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Puckett’s Downtown Nashville

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The Puckett’s roots go way back to the 1950s and a little grocery store in the village of Leiper’s Fork, Tenn. Ever since then, Puckett’s has been focused on providing friends new and old with great food and Southern hospitality. When it comes down to it, Puckett’s is a community kitchen, with live pickin’ performances just a few feet from your table. Authentic comfort food—barbecue smoked slow ‘n’ low over cherry wood, the home-cooked sides, even a few upscale dishes is what we aim for you to remember.

The Beginning

Founded by the Puckett family decades ago, the namesake country store served communities in rural Tennessee for years. It was a place to grab the week’s groceries or a fill a tank of gas — but it was also a gathering spot in Leiper’s Fork for many decades.

The Marshalls Buy Puckett’s

Andy Marshall grew up in the grocery business. When he launched his own career in the industry at the age of 26, it led to the entrepreneur owning several Piggly Wiggly stores across the Southeast.

In the mid-1990s, Marshall’s love of food, music and community began to steer him in a different direction. His desire was to serve one small town with just one store, where he could also offer home-cooked family recipes to the community he was serving. So in 1998, he decided to sell all of his stores and purchase a little gem in the heart of Leiper’s Fork. That gem was Puckett’s Grocery.

Grocery Turned Restaurant + Music Venue

In 2002, Andy transformed the grocery into a restaurant and music venue. dining experience and music programs. The menus boasted of both the store and the Marshall’s Tennessee heritage, with Puckett’s own special spin. And though most of our friends swear by the barbecue, Puckett’s really built its name on the live talent and songwriters that began performing on the small stage. It began to not be so unusual for the comfort food to be accompanied with the guy who wrote “The Gambler” — or have Lady Antebellum appear on stage, because that’s happened too.

Downtown Franklin

In 2004, another opportunity was presented to Andy: to expand Puckett’s to his hometown and the beloved community of Historic Downtown Franklin, Tenn. At the heart of Puckett’s is a desire to cultivate community and create an authentic experience for locals and visitors alike — making downtown Franklin the perfect fit.

Downtown Nashville

In 2010, Andy opened the restaurant in downtown Nashville. Significantly larger than the Franklin location, Puckett’s 5th & Church has a bigger stage for musicians, seats up to 150 guests, and provides a large stock of supplies and groceries for downtown dwellers. Today the Nashville restaurant has become a favorite amongst the locals as well as those visiting Music City. The restaurant serves as a sought-after destination for live music, down-home cookin’ and the quintessential Southern experience!

Puckett’s Trolley

Puckett’s launched a food truck eatery — affectionately nicknamed Ms. Trolley Parton by her fans — in 2012, offering made-to-order bites from a renovated and historic mobile venue. All of Ms. Parton’s food comes with the special Puckett’s stamp, though some of her dishes are signature items. Be sure to follow the trolley on Twitter @puckettstrolley!

Puckett’s Boat House

In 2012, Andy landed on another amazing opportunity to open a second restaurant in Franklin, and developed the family’s first seafood concept in the Puckett’s Boat House. The grill and oyster bar menu offers by-the-shore dishes reminiscent of the Gulf coast and the Big Easy, plus Southern staples that draw from the Marshall family’s Mississippi Delta and Memphis roots. The Boat House offers the Puckett’s trademark Southern flare and reputation for a live music venue — both with a Boat House twist. Learn more at puckettsboathouse.com.

Downtown Columbia

In 2013, Andy opened the third Puckett’s location in downtown Columbia, Tenn. The former factory and warehouse building measures more than 26,000 square feet, and includes a second-floor event space that exceeds 8,000 square feet. The concept for a Puckett’s on the city’s Public Square was a project several years in the making, and the three-story interior offers the same home-cooked meals and live entertainment it’s built its name on.

Downtown Chattanooga

In 2014, Andy announced Puckett’s opening on Chattanooga’s Riverfront District, which overlooks the Tennessee Aquarium. With its strong sense of community and personal family memories—and connections—in River City, it was the ideal city for the company’s first expansion outside of Middle Tennessee. After nearly a year rehabilitating the space and working with leaders at Chattanooga’s non-profit economic development organization River City Co. to find the building, the restaurant is the largest location to date. New dishes, including the Honey Bun Bread Pudding featuring the Little Debbie® classic, were added to the menu in honor of Chattanooga.

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