As I am sitting in the office on a warm and sunny Saturday typing away on my computer I get a call from my lovely wife to remind me we that we have a date with Taylor Swift tonight.
Well, not really a date with Taylor Swift, but with my wife as we are going to the Taylor Swift benefit dress rehearsal concert tonight. I got thinking about all of the upcoming events in Nashville over the next couple of weeks and how jam packed Music City will be with great country music and also Bonnaroo in a few weeks.
Tonight is Taylor, but right around the corner are the CMT Awards. this a huge night as the biggest stars in country music will pack the Bridgestone Arena for the live broadcast of the Awards Show. Unfortunately we will not be able to attend this show as Grand Ave will be extremely busy that night.
The very next day following the CMT Awards the CMA Festival and Bonnaroo kick off. Over 100,000 people each year pilgramage to Nashville for the four-day CMA Festival and down to Manchester, TN for Bonnaroo which is the modern day Woodstock.
The CMA Festival packs every hotel and venue for this long and usually hot weekend as all of the major artists not only play each night, but have autograph sessions for the fans each day. (Two years ago Taylor Swift broke all the records when she signed autographs and greeted fans for over 12 straight hours.) This year surely will not disappoint the country fans as most of the major acts form Rascal Flatts and Brad Paisley to Taylor are scheduled to perform.
Now, if you drive 90 minutes South of Nashville on I24 you can join 90,000 plus of your closest friends out on a farm in Manchester for Bonnaroo. Yes, it is muddy, hot, and messy, but Bonnaroo is packed with entertainment 24/7 from all genres. This year is no different than any other as Eminem, Neil Young, Lil Wayne, The Strokes, and even Cheech Marin will be performing.
If you have never been to Bonnaroo be sure to bring plenty of water, sunblock, and something to clean the mud off as it rains every year and showers are hard to find. And if you want to catch some country at Bonnaroo Alison Krauss & Union Station will be there too. Bonnaroo provides everything from Hip Hop to Country and Metal so there is sure to be many performers you will love.
2011 Bonnaroo Lineup
2011 CMA Festival Lineup
I hope to see you at one of these great events, but right now I better get my work done so I can make it on time to my date tonight!Tags: Music City, Nashville