NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Next year will mark major anniversaries for many of Nashville’s most iconic music establishments, it was announced Sept. 22.
In 2017, Music City celebrates the genesis of some of music’s most popular and historic music venues, museums and festivals, and more.
“The convergence of this many significant anniversaries among our music offerings is an incredible opportunity for this city,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.
Nashville music institutions with significant 2017 anniversaries include: Ryman Auditorium, 125th anniversary; Nashville Symphony, 70th season; historic RCA Studio B, 60th anniversary; CMA Awards, 50th anniversary (Nov. 2, 2016); Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, 50th anniversary; Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), 50th anniversary; The Bluebird Café, 35th anniversary; Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, 25th anniversary; Music City Walk of Fame, 10th anniversary; Schermerhorn Symphony Center, 10th anniversary.
The celebrations will kick off on Sept. 25, 2016 as the Country Music Association (CMA) partners with the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to bring Forever Country Live Presented by Southwest Airlines.
The free concert will celebrate the 50th anniversary of both the museum’s opening and the CMA Awards. The community event will take place in Walk of Fame Park in downtown Nashville, with performances by Warner Bros. recording artist Charlie Worsham and Grammy-nominated ensemble The Time Jumpers, featuring Country Music Hall of Fame member Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, “Ranger Doug” Green and Paul Franklin. Past CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Patty Loveless will join The Time Jumpers for a special appearance.
Hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, The 50th Annual CMA Awards will be broadcast on ABC Nov. 2, live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. It is the longest running, annual music awards program on network TV.