Look Ahead to July

Look Ahead to July

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Music City Hot Chicken Festival

Each year on the 4th of July, the annual Music City Hot Chicken Festival is held at East Park at 700 Woodland Street. Many gather to come experience the Nashville Hot Chicken hype from some of Nashville’s most renowned hot chicken establishments. This FREE event hosts a Fire Truck Parade, has an amateur Hot Chicken making contest, and has live music from local bands playing all day long. The parade starts at 10:30am followed by FREE hot chicken samples to the first 500 people in line and the festival gates will open at 11:00am. The festival will end at 3:00pm so that people can make their way downtown for the Let Freedom Sing! Nashville Spectacular Fireworks Show.

 

Let Freedom Sing!

There is no better way to celebrate our country’s independence than in the heart of Music City with FREE live music and one of the best firework shows in America! Let Freedom Sing! has been delivering one of the best 4th of July parties for a few years, and each year it gets better and better. It is a day in Downtown Nashville filled with family fun, live music, great food and the best part- it’s all FREE! There will be two stages this year, the Jack Daniel’s Stage at Ascend Amphitheater and the Music City Stage at the Green at Riverfront Park. This year’s performances will be from Sheryl Crow, Maddie & Tae, Erin McCarley, Andrew Combs and more. Get all of the information you need here.

 

World’s Largest Square Dance

This year at the kick-off for the 39th annual Uncle Dave’s Macon Days Festival, a free event to hopefully become the “Largest Square Dance” in the Guinness Book of World Records will be held in Murfreesboro at the Public Square at 6:30pm Thursday, July 7th. Marcia Campbell from the Grand Ole Opry Dancers and WSM 650 will be in attendance to help get things started. Even though the square dance is the official dance of the state of Tennessee, the world record is now held in Illinois. So come out and help the Murfreesboro/Nashville area beat that world record! Find out more here.

 

Red, White & Zoo

This year will be the 2nd annual Red, White & Zoo event at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere on Monday, July 8th from 7:00-10:00pm. This is an adult-only, 21-and-up event so make sure to get a sitter for the kids and enjoy a night out wandering the zoo’s exotic exhibits all while sipping on wine samples from around the world. There will be live music, food venders and plenty of animal encounters all over the park to get the full zoo experience! Make sure to get your tickets here.

 

Jazz on the Cumberland

The Jazz on the Cumberland is a summer concert series that only happens once a month during May-October. This month’s is on Sunday, July 17th and will be featuring the Dara Tucker Band. This is a FREE family friendly event at Cumberland park so feel free to bring your blankets and your lawn chairs and just sit back, relax and enjoy some of the best local, regional and national jazz artists. Food trucks and concessions will be available and there is $5 parking at LP Field in Lot R.

 

 

 

Listing of the Week

Listing of the Week

Our listing of the week is an amazing estate home located on 1.3 acres of huge trees that backs to Percy Priest Lake. This home is equipped with every amenity you can image, like beautiful hardwood floors, extensive moulding, all new lighting, gorgeous cherry cabinets and new granite in kitchen, baths, exercise room, craft room and game room, 4 fireplaces, redwood sauna, spacious sun room overlooking the pool and woods. The media room has a full bar with mini fridge/wine cooler. The beautifully updated kitchen is filled with cherry cabinets, has a pantry with fold-in shelves and stainless steel appliances. The stunning, private master retreat features a fireplace, adjoining library/sitting room. The master bath has a huge tiled shower, massive whirlpool tub and custom closet. Completely and professionally renovated, this classic beauty is a true estate home. Listed by Joy Eck from the Parks in Smyrna office for $990,000 and you can view this listing here

Nashville Live Music Venues

Nashville Live Music Venues

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Nashville is not called Music City for nothing. Did you know that Nashville has over 150 live music venues? This Tennessee town is filled with music history and it all starts in the live music venues across town. How do you know where these places are? Well pay attention to the guitar pick shaped signs on the streets that say “Nashville Live Music Venues” or just open your ears and you will hear the sounds of country, bluegrass, jazz, pop, or rock 24/7, 365 days a year. Here are some of the most iconic, and mostly free, live music venues. But there are many more, so make sure to download the Nashville Live Music Guide app and get all the latest news and calendar updates of all shows in Nashville.

 

Station Inn

Open and delivering some of the most well-known Bluegrass and Roots music since 1974, the Station Inn was a place for people and artists to come in and feel comfortable in a laid back environment. It is known for famous artists dropping in unannounced and performing a treat to the guests. After performances at the Opry on Friday or Saturday nights, famous Bluegrass singers like Jimmy Martin, Bobby Osborne, and Bill Monroe stop in and sing a song or two. The Station Inn is located in the Gulch and cover is cash only.

 

Tootsie’s

Originally names “Mom’s,” Tootsie Bess bought the building in 1960 and give credit to the man she hired to paint the building because he painted it the color Orchid. Tootsie then named it Tootsie Orchid Lounge, and it has been a staple for country music on Broadway ever since. Famous early customers and performers include Patsy Cline, Willie Nelson and Rodger Miller. Willie Nelson also received his first songwriting job after performing live at Tootsie’s. There have also been movies filmed here such as “W.W and the Dixie Dance Kings” and “Coal Miners Daughter.” This is a great place to stop in while you are on Broadway and you will see a performance that will not disappoint!

 

The Bluebird Cafe

We all know of the large hits on the country stations, but what many people do not know, is that almost all of those songs were written by extremely talented songwriters out of Nashville. And the Bluebird Cafe is the perfect place to listen to those talented songwriters. Located in a small strip mall in Green Hills, the Bluebird is an intimate 90-seat listening venue that houses famous singers and songwriters who perform acoustically. Garth Brooks performed at the Bluebird before he signed to Capitol Records. But it is most famously know for being featured on the CMT (previously ABC) hit show, Nashville. Open Mic night is on Monday nights and Songwriters night is on Sundays and both are first come-first served, so make sure to get there early.

 

The Stage on Broadway

If you want a live music venue that you can be hanging out and having a great time then suddenly a famous country singer like Toby Keith gets up on stage and starts singing his hit songs all for free, then The Stage is the place for you! It is known for big stars casually making appearances constantly such as Rascal Flatts, Montgomery Gentry or Tim McGraw. But even if you are not lucky enough to catch a celebrity appearance, do not worry, all of their live performers are equally as talented and you will not be disappointed. It’s Nashville, only the best come to perform.

 

 

 

 

 

In Home Studios – Behind the Scenes

In Home Studios – Behind the Scenes

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Whether you’ve just purchased a brand new house that has room for an in-home studio or you’re rehabbing an older home to include a personal recording studio, the concept may seem a bit overwhelming at first. However, once you learn which essentials you’ll need, you may actually find the process to be surprisingly easy.

 

Perhaps “easy” isn’t the right word; however, an in-home studio doesn’t have to be so complicated as to overwhelm you before you even make any headway. Starting with abasic recording studio is ideal for anyone who is just starting out.

 

Your budget will have a lot to do with the equipment you’re able to start off with. An important thing to remember is that recording equipment truly does have a ‘cheapness threshold,’ and anything that falls below that threshold simply isn’t even worth recording with. Serious recording artists, whether amateurs or with some experience, should wait to build an in-home studio until you can at the very least afford the following items:

 

  • At least one microphone – Naturally, your studio will probably grow to include many more mics in the future, especially if you plan to record groups or if you yourself are involved in a musical collaboration with several people. For starters, though, one quality microphone will usually suffice.

 

  • A set of headphones – Of course, another must-have for any recording studio is a decent set of headphones. You may only ever need one set if you do all of your recording on your own, but if you end up needing more later, you’ll have saved up more money by that point.

 

  • A computer – Purchasing the best and fastest computer appropriate for recording music will be quite expensive. If you have the means to afford a super-fast computer now, by all means, go for it. However, in general it is possible for most modern computers to handle the tasks required for recording studios. There may be some lag and glitches here and there, but if you can’t afford the ultimate recording computer, you can use your own personal computer as you get started.

 

  • Recording software – This is a must-have, because it will be the program that you use to mix and edit all of your recordings and sounds.

 

  • Recording hardware – Also referred to as the Audio Interface, your recording hardware is what you use to get all of your recording gear connected.

 

  • Speakers/Monitors – While the newbie may still refer to them as speakers, in the recording world they’re called monitors. They differ from traditional sound speakers by having a flatter sound that makes it easier to mix.

 

  • Quality wiring/cables – Without a doubt, you’re going to need to invest in a lot of high quality sound cables if you plan to use your recording studio seriously. As you start out, only buy the cables you absolutely must have (for now you’ll need some for your microphone and speakers/monitors) because they can be quite pricey.

 

To add to this list, you can also purchase a microphone stand, or let this wait until a bit later in your home studio journey. With everything listed above, you are set up to begin recording!

Father’s Day Activities in Nashville

Father’s Day Activities in Nashville

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Father’s Day is this Sunday, do you know what you will be taking your dad to do this weekend? If not, here are some fun activities to do with dad that will be sure to please in the Nashville area.

 

Golf Courses

Most Dad’s heavily enjoy a day out on the links and Nashville has an abundance of well-kept golf courses. Try the Hermitage Golf Course on Old Hickory, it was voted the #1 public golf course in the state by Golf Digest. Other public and municipal golf courses in the area include Gaylord Springs Golf Links, Nashboro Golf Club, McCabe Golf Course and Percy Warner Golf Course.

 

Nashville Sounds

The Nashville Sounds is Nashville’s Minor League baseball team and they have a brand new stadium, First Tennessee Park, in downtown Nashville. Dad’s who love baseball really lucked out this Father’s Day! There is not only 1, but 2 home games this Sunday. There is a make-up game, making Sunday a double-header. The Nashville Sounds will be taking on The Round Rock Express of Texas at 1:05pm and there will be 2 seven-inning games. Free cameo hats will be given to the first 2,000 fans as well. Play Ball!

 

Gone Fishin’

Middle Tennessee is blessed with an abundance of water, and that means plenty of places to fish! Take dad to some of the best fishing spots in Tennessee. Try Percy Priest Lake, a picturesque place to catch a large number of fish. You can also check out the Cumberland River, many people do not think of the Cumberland as a place to fish, but it actually has a healthy population of bass and potential world-class catfish. Other places include Nices Mill, The Duck River, Long Hunter State Park, and Bedford County Lake.

 

Lane Motor Museum

Is your Father a car enthusiast? Make his day and take him to the Lane Motor Museum on Murfreesboro Pike in Nashville. The museum features over 150 unique cars and motorcycles from as early as the 1920s. There are cars from all over the world and are in running order when viewing. Take the time to see the changes in engineering throughout history all while making dad happy.

 

Steakhouses

Wrap up the day of fun and treat Dad to an indulging steak dinner to thank him for all that he does. If you want ambiance, then go to Old Hickory Traditional Steakhouse in the Gaylord Opryland Resort. Some other places to consider would be Kayne prime, Bob’s Steak & Chophouse, and Morton’s.

 

 

 

 

DIY Man Cave for Dad

DIY Man Cave for Dad

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Women often have a space in the home to call their very own – a place where they can relax and find peace in their day. This may be in the form of a makeup room, dressing room, reading room, sewing room, craft room, sitting room or even a chef’s kitchen for the woman who relaxes through cooking.

 

It seems only fair, then, that the man of the house should have such a place to unwind, too. Through popular media, such escape areas for men have been dubbed “man caves,” which makes them sound utilitarian and unappealing. Regardless of its name, a man cave can be an attractive getaway spot if you’re ready to get creative.

 

Depending on your budget and the look you’re going for; use ideas from this list to build the man cave he’s always dreamed of:

 

Cool walls

Whether your man cave will be housed in the basement, an extra room in the home, a garage, a shed or something else, take the time to reinvent the walls. Doing so will give the space an instant facelift and will make it feel ‘new,’ even if it isn’t. Consider painting the walls a fun color that he loves or use a textured technique to make the walls look like stone.

 

Posters

If your man is into movies, create a movie-themed man cave. Put up several posters from his all-time favorite films. The same can be done no matter what he’s into: sports, music, hunting, fishing, cooking, etc. For a man with more sophisticated tastes, frame some prints from his favorite artist.

 

Shelving

A great way to personalize a man cave is to add plenty of shelving on as many walls as possible. This will allow you (or your man) to decorate accordingly with trophies, memorabilia, action figures, awards, or other décor that speaks directly to his personality and likes; it will also give him adequate storage space.

 

Bar

Especially if the man cave will be used to hang out with friends or other male family members, you may want to create a way to be able to offer beverages and snacks to guests. If it’s in your budget, building a small bar is an awesome addition to any man cave. Include a mini fridge, drinking glasses, a small sink, and some storage space for bottle openers and snacks. Stock the bar with yummy snacks, his favorite drinks and mixers, and decorate the bar with cool adornments to give the space a personalized feel.

 

Unique decorations

To complete the man cave, add little touches around the room that epitomize your man’s personality and interests. Ideas include: unique lighting fixtures, interesting floor coverings, homemade pillows or chair coverings, and sport, video game or other themed furniture or accents.

 

Try to incorporate as many recycled materials as possible into your project. Wood pallets, cinder blocks, old license plates, empty liquor bottles, discarded pipes, tires, junked car pieces (this project will work if your man cave is in a garage or has access to an outdoor area.) You can find thousands more man cave ideas online so that your project will be sure to impress, and just in time for Father’s Day!

Sound Systems: How to Listen to Music this Summer

Sound Systems: How to Listen to Music this Summer

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As you plan fun and exciting adventures with your friends and family this summer, some of them are bound to find you entertaining at home, especially if you have a welcoming outdoor living space and/or swimming pool.
 

Relaxing with your loved ones in the comfort of your own home has a variety of benefits – not the least of which is the money you’ll save over gathering at a fancy restaurant, club or hotel. Being at home is also where we’re all our most authentic, relaxed and comfortable.
 

If you’ve invested significantly in an outdoor living and entertaining area, you’re quite likely to have multiple get-togethers at your place as the weather heats up – especially if you have a pool. However, keep in mind that although your guests will undoubtedly spend countless joyful hours splashing about, they’ll eventually get hungry and ready for a change of pace.
 

Accordingly, in planning summertime events at home, ensure that everyone will have plenty to eat by asking each guest to bring one hot food, beverage or dessert item. Additionally, prepare other ways to keep everyone entertained and happy. One thing that’s certain is that music is a universal form of pleasure! If your party eventually moves indoors, just be sure that your indoor stereo system is queued up ahead of time.
 

If you want to add to the summer ambiance by providing your friends with outdoor music, there are several good ways to make this happen:
     

  • Portable speakers for your mobile phone – These are probably the most commonly used and popular way to listen to music when among friends without plugging up your ears with earbuds, thereby making conversation nigh on impossible.

 

  • Wired outdoor speakers – A little more involved and expensive than portable speakers is a permanent set of speakers made specifically to stand up to any and all kinds of weather. The sound quality you’ll get from a permanent, wired sound system will blow any portable speakers out of the water. Many sound systems today also have the option to plug in your mobile device so you can play music directly from your favorite playlist.

 

  • Fake rock speakers – A double entendre, these speakers can indeed play rock music with the bonus of also looking like natural sandstone rocks that belong in your backyard. If you’re not into the look of high tech stereo equipment hanging around your pool or lounge area, a set of Bluetooth rock speakers will do the trick quite nicely while looking like a real piece of nature. Most decent rock speakers, like the set by Sound Appeal, found on Amazon, are rugged and hold up quite well to most weather conditions.

 

  • Go old school with a portable radio or boombox – If your gathering is relatively small, and your crowd prefers to listen to CDs or the radio, you can opt for a number of extremely affordable boombox options that also have the added benefit of being super portable. This might be the route to go if you’re listening to a sports broadcast, reminiscing over favorite albums, or have a favorite radio show you and a few friends enjoy listening to together.

Listing of the Week

Listing of the Week

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Our first Listing of the Week that is a lake home! A beautiful estate nestled on the banks of Tim’s Ford Lake in Estill Springs, TN. With just over 5,800 square feet of living space, a covered porch, and right at one-acre, this home is a desired location to have as a vacation home, to relocate into permanently or to retire in. It includes a gazebo-style dock and boat ramp that leads right out into the lake. This home is listed by Brian Stiles from our Parks in Sumner office and priced at $699,900. You can view this listing here.

 

Look Ahead to June

Look Ahead to June

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Music City Jazz Festival

June 3rd and 4th at the Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheatre at Fontanel starting at 5pm Friday night and 11am Saturday morning. The music City Jazz Festival has partnered with the City of Nashville to throw this phenomenal inaugural event. With support from Governor Haslam, Mayor Megan Berry, and Senator Harper, the whole city and state will be involved. Don’t miss your change for a weekend of fun and amazing live music. Find out more and get tickets here.

 

 

CMT Music Awards 2016

CMT hosts and films the CMT Music Awards LIVE at Bridgestone Arena on June 8th at 7pm. Hosted by Erin Andrews and J.J Watt, who will be kicking off summer with a night filled with famous country stars, performances and appearances from famous actors and actresses. Scheduled to perform are Florida Georgia Line, Chris Stapleton, Luke Bryan, Blake Shelton, Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Thomas Rhett, Brett Eldridge, Fifth Harmony, The Oak Ridge Boys, Cam and Maren Morris. Some guest appearances to present during the show are Vince Vaughn, Danika Patrick, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay and Kellie Pickler. Tickets are on sale on Ticketmaster and you can find more information here.

 

 

CMA Fest

One of the largest and most well-known festivals in Nashville, the CMA Fest will be held June 9th-12th this year. This event happens to already be sold out (it is THAT popular) BUT there are still many free events throughout the weekend. There will be seven free stages throughout downtown Nashville as well as vendors who will be giving out free food samples and product samples. There will be free games, give-a-ways and chance for you to come and go as you please for FREE. Find out times and more information here.

 

 

Westhaven Porchfest

Located in the Westhaven Community in Franklin, the Westhaven Porchfest will be held on June 18th from 4-10pm. This is a free event where the whole family is welcome! Walking down the streets of the Westhaven community, there will be local artists performing on the porches of the homes. There will be food and product vendors available. Come out and indulge in some live music and support local artists and the Westhaven community. See this link for details.

 

 

The Great Tennessee Air Show

On June 4th & 5th in Smyrna, TN you will NOT want to miss the Great Tennessee Air Show. Fun for the whole family, you can see many aircrafts take flight. The famous Blue Angles & Breitling Jet Team will be in attendance to perform in the air for all as well as U.S. Air Force F-22 Demo Team, U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight, U.S. Special Operations Command Parachute Team, U.S. Air Force Honor Guard and more! It will be held at the Smyrna/Rutherford County Air Port near Sam Ridley Parkway. Click Here for more.