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NASHVILLE – A free concert at Ascend Amphitheater and a mini fireworks show will take place on Wednesday July 3 to coincide with a Gold Cup semifinal soccer match that evening, providing additional entertainment in advance of the city’s annual Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.

As part of “Start With a Kick & End With a Bang,” a free Family Fun Zone with activities and entertainment by DJ Robert Luke will take place on both July 3 and July 4 starting at noon at Music City Walk of Fame Park. Artists performing at Ascend Amphitheater on July 3 include headliner Alejandro Aranda performing as Scarypoolparty at 6:15 p.m., along with Bizz & Everyday People at 4 p.m. and The Whigsat 5 p.m. “Today In Nashville” personality Kelly Sutton will emcee. Gates at Ascend Amphitheater will open at 3 p.m.

The semifinal Gold Cup soccer match will take place at Nissan Stadium at 8 p.m., and a five-minute fireworks show, which will be shot from the East Bank, will follow at approximately 10 p.m. Tickets are still available for the Gold Cup game.

Let Freedom Sing! was recently listed by Travel + Leisure as one of the “Best Free 4th of July Fireworks Across the U.S.”

  • Free and Fun: At the free Family Fun Zone at Walk of Fame Park on July 3 and 4, college football fans can take a free photo with The National Championship Trophy presented by Dr Pepper. This is the actual trophy for the upcoming 2019 season which will be awarded on the field at the College Football Playoff National Championship Game on Jan. 13, 2020 in New Orleans. It weighs approximately 50 pounds and is made of 24-karat gold, stainless steel and bronze. On July 3, Dr Pepper will sample full-size cans of the new Dr Pepper Dark Berry, and on July 4 they will have samples and giveaways. At the Dr Pepper Football Toss, test your football throwing accuracy at the Dr Pepper inflatable can. Green Giant, the iconic vegetable brand, will be sampling Green Giant® Veggie Tots in the Family Fun Zone Area. Loaded with veggies, not potato, Green Giant Veggie Tots are a great alternative to tater tots and fries. Only on July 3, join Allstate at the official “Day for Play” ahead of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup™ semifinal match. This free public event encourages soccer fans and players alike to get outside and celebrate their passion for the sport with several fun activities.
    • Try your soccer skills with goalkeeper battles against fellow competitors and pro soccer players.
    • Pose for photos with the Gold Cup trophy before it takes the field during the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup Tournament.
    • Bring your old soccer balls to trade in for brand new soccer balls. As part of Allstate’s promise to protect and preserve the sport of soccer, the company will recycle all worn out soccer balls and will offer brand new soccer balls in return.
    • Get a chance to win tickets to the semifinal Gold Cup match on July 3.

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th presented by Dr Pepper is a free, family-friendly event that showcases the GRAMMY-winning Nashville Symphony and one of the largest fireworks shows in the country. In a new partnership, CMTwill air a 90-minute live special that will include performances from headliner Brett Eldredge, highlights from Let Freedom Sing! and conclude with the acclaimed fireworks show.

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th is produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp for the city of Nashville. This is the 15th annual celebration produced by the NCVC and the 35th in the city.

As previously announced, live music will take place on July 4 at the Broadway Stage at Fifth and Broadway starting at noon, featuring Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume and Creature Comfort, the 2018 and 2019 winners of Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem, along with the Joe West Band and country artist Dylan Scott. The evening program will start at 5:45 p.m. with a welcome from Mayor David Briley and the National Anthem, leading into headliner and multi-platinum chart-topper Eldredge, along with performances from GRAMMY-nominated neo-soul/rock artist Jessy Wilson and Mac McAnally, a record breaking 10-time CMA Musician of the Year.

After Eldredge’s performance, the event will shift to Ascend Amphitheater around 9:10 p.m. and conclude with a 30-minute pyrotechnics show synchronized to a live performance by the Nashville Symphony. The program will feature patriotic recitations from Barry Scott.

Eldredge is a platinum-selling singer/songwriter. His current hit “Love Someone” is Top 20 on country radio and is the third single from his self-titled record, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and the all-genre Top Albums Sales chart. McAnally is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame and Alabama Music Hall of Fame. Wilson has toured with Alicia Keys and written with John Legend and her first release as a solo artist, Phase, was written and recorded with producer Patrick Carney—drummer for the Nashville-based Black Keys.

Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4th is presented by Dr Pepper and partners include Advance Financial, Anderson Benson Insurance, Kroger, General Jackson Showboat, Green Giant®, Navy Federal Credit Union, Peg Leg Porker, SoundWaves at Gaylord Opryland, Topgolf Nashville, Delta Air Lines, Tennessee Highway Safety Office: Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk, WSIX-FM – The BIG 98, NASH FM 103.3, 95.5 NASH ICON, Jack Daniel’s, and Budweiser.

 

Brett Eldredge
Platinum-selling singer/songwriter Brett Eldredge has established himself as one of country music’s smoothest-singing vocal powerhouses, biggest radio heavy-hitters and most entertaining, arena-packing showmen. His current hit “Love Someone” is Top 20 at country radio and is the third single from his self-titled record, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and the all-genre Top Albums Sales chart. The record has yielded Gold-certified hits “Somethin’ I’m Good At” and most recently “The Long Way.” The latter tune lends its name to his critically acclaimed and first ever sold-out headlining tour. Eldredge’s live shows feature his six chart-topping, Gold- and Platinum-certified singles spanning three albums. The Paris, IL native released his Christmas record Glow in October 2016 and earned an additional No. 1 song on the Holiday Music and Adult Contemporary charts with “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” a duet alongside GRAMMY-winner Meghan Trainor. The deluxe edition, featuring five brand new evergreen tracks, was released in October 2018. bretteldredge.com

Mac McAnally
A record breaking 10-time CMA Musician of the Year, Mac McAnally is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame and Alabama Music Hall of Fame. The renowned songwriter, singer and instrumental virtuoso has authored dozens of hit records for other artists, several of which peaked at No. 1. His own recording career began with a debut hit single “It’s A Crazy World” (1977) and continued most recently with his 14th album release Southbound (2017), an ambitious orchestral adaptation of many of his best-known songs. He has written hits for Alabama, Jimmy Buffett, Kenny Chesney and Sawyer Brown and has studio credits that include albums by Toby Keith, Linda Ronstadt, George Strait, Dolly Parton, Brad Paisley and Amy Grant, among others. macmcanally.com

Jessy Wilson
Years before she toured the world alongside Alicia Keys, wrote songs with John Legend, belted the Southern rhythm and blues with Muddy Magnolias and kicked off a solo career with 2019’s Phase, Jessy Wilson grew up in Brooklyn, listening to the diverse sounds that filled her family’s apartment. Those influences come together on Phase, the GRAMMY-nominated songwriter’s first release as a solo artist. Written and recorded with producer Patrick Carney—drummer for the Black Keys—Phase brews up its own storm of soulful sound. Gritty and progressive, Phase reintroduces Jessy Wilson as never heard her before: undiluted, unaccompanied and unleashed. jessy-wilson.com

Dylan Scott
It’s a long way from the outskirts of Bastrop, LA to the No. 1 spot at country radio, each mile marked by passion, perseverance and sweat. Scott’s romantic platinum-certified hit “My Girl” went to No. 1 and his Gold-certified “Hooked” was a Top 5 smash. His new album is Dylan Scott Deluxe Edition, which includes three powerful new tracks to join the original album’s 13 songs. Born into a musical family, Scott’s father played guitar for stars like Freddy Fender and Freddie Hart. By the time Scott arrived in Nashville to start chasing his own dreams, he was still only in high school, but his drive was obvious for all to see. Scott’s self-titled album debut landed at No. 5 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart, helping him gather over 535 million on-demand streams and 4 million stream equivalent songs in the process. He made a triumphant Grand Ole Opry debut and launched a headlining tour, selling out some of the nation’s biggest clubs for crowds of over 3,000. dylanscottcountry.com

Creature Comfort
Creature Comfort released Echoes and Relics in 2016 and is preparing for the release of Home Team. The quintet includes front man Jessey Clark, lead guitarist Charlie Hickerson, mult-instrumentalist and backing vocalist Alex Robinson, bassist Cole Bearden and drummer Taylor Cole. The band won the 2019 Music City Mayhem Contest put on by Lightning 100. creaturecomfortband.com

Jackson Bruck & The Dukes of Hume
Jackson Bruck is the 2018 winner of Lighting 100’s Music City Mayhem Contest and was a performer at Live On the Green that same year. In 2016, Bruck auditioned for “American Supergroup” and was selected after performing an original song and an inspired cover of “Jersey Girl” by Tom Waits. The show was filmed in Nashville and led to the recording of his 2017 debut EP Here We Come. His band and the song “Dukes of Hume” were selected from over 300 submissions as one of the 32 bands to compete in the 2018 Music City Mayhem Contest. They won after three rounds of voting and a live show finale at Marathon Music Works. jacksonbruck.com

Alejandro Aranda performing as Scarypoolparty
Following a buzzworthy season on ABC’s “American Idol,” singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Alejandro Aranda, known professionally as Scarypoolparty, came in second on the show and since then has been working tirelessly to prepare his debut project with Hollywood Records. Recently, Scarypoolparty sold out his first headline tour in under 12 minutes including sold out shows in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and two hometown shows at The Glass House in Pomona, CA. The run of live dates kicks off in Washington, D.C. on July 8 at DC9. Aranda, who hails from Pomona, CA, formally began creating music just four years ago and proved to be one of the most inventive and original artists to date on “American Idol,” captivating not only the judges but millions of viewers nationwide.  “USA Today” called Aranda a “viral sensation” and, to date, his American Idol audition has over 10.5 million views.

Bizz & Everyday People
Bizz & Everyday People is a high energy R&B band that is internationally known for its upbeat party music and extended playlist. They have performed for thousands from corporate events to upscale weddings and festivals. Voted Indie R&B Band of The Year in 2018, they have carved their niche in Music City. The infectious party band consists of eight to ten pieces, including two to four horns, an amazing rhythm section and two lead singers. The band is fronted by the eldest son of Nashville music legend Jimmy Church of “Night Train” fame. bizzandeverydaypeople.com

Joe West Band
Singer/songwriter Joe West has been described as a cross between Kenny Rogers, James Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Merle Haggard. The Joe West Band is the house band for Nashville International Airport, offering a warm Nashville welcome to thousands. He has had multiple performances at The Bluebird Café, done private events at the home of the legendary Naomi Judd, opened for The Wooten Brothers, been a finalist on the Charlie Daniels’ Talent Round Up, and performed at other Music City venues, including The George Jones Rooftop Bar, Ole Red, City Winery, and the world famous Tootsie’s. joewestmusic.com