When Raekwon the Chef and Ghostface Killah performed at Marathon Music Works in the summer of 2015, Dylan Brown couldn’t see much from the cramped wheelchair section. Separated from the main crowd by temporary barriers, Brown found the enclosure “a little awkward,” in part because a larger attendee in the tight space — like Brown, in a wheelchair — was “drunk and all over the place.”“It was a cluster up there,” he remembers. As someone who attended a lot of shows at the time, Brown was used to navigating Nashville’s music venues on wheels. He was happy to hang in the back, but as the former Wu Tang Clan MCs took the stage, he instead ended up in the pen wedged against the stage. But Ghostface spotted his fans in wheelchairs with obstructed views. Get the people in wheelchairs up on the stage, Ghostface ordered security. “Listen, those are my friends,” Ghostface said, according to a … [Read more...] about Built for Whom? Tracing Nashville’s Lack of Accessibility.
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Nate Rau Nashville Tennessean Published 6:47 AM EDT Oct 11, 2018 Ryman Hospitality has completed a $12 million expansion of the Grand Ole Opry, just in time for shows this weekend to celebrate the country music institution's 93rd birthday. The expansion is highlighted by a new ticketing and retail area, which is more than twice the size of the previous space. The company also added about 1,100 paid parking spaces for Opry performances with a wooden walkway connecting the parking lot to the performance venue. Ryman Hospitality plans to pump more money into the Opry House, by adding a new interactive tour and meet-and-greet lounge where the old retail shop stood. Once those additions are complete, the total project price tag will reach $20 million, a Ryman spokeswoman said. The investment comes on the heels of similar renovation and expansion projects by the company at the Ryman Auditorium and the Wildhorse Saloon. Earlier this year, Ryman opened the Blake … [Read more...] about Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry gets $12M expansion with new parking, retail
SPOTTED: Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) at Cafe Berlin last night. Graham, Collins and Murkowski left around 9 p.m., and Flake left at 8:45 p.m.NOW, WE WAIT. The FBI’s limited probe of BRETT KAVANAUGH’S history will last one week or less. It will be limited in scope. And, according to the New York Times, Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, told FLAKE it is unlikely to “unearth much more than was already known.” But it has set into motion some massive political gambles with 38 DAYS until Election Day.-- SO FAR, PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP has been quiet and supportive of this investigation. But from the White House to Capitol Hill, there’s a recognition that that could end, and the president could say something inopportune about Kavanaugh or DR. CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD.-- THE FBI WILL PROBE “current, credible allegations” against Kavanaugh. What exactly that means is … [Read more...] about And now, we wait …
Kristin M. Hall, Associated Press Updated 1:34 am CDT, Friday, September 28, 2018 Now Playing: Already connected by a love of country music, Route 91 Harvest festival shooting survivors have embraced Country Strong as mantra for their tight-knit, supportive community that has emerged in the wake of the country's deadliest mass shooting. (Sept. 27) Media: Associated Press NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — They have the date 10-1-2017 tattooed on their bodies and have memorial walls of pictures in their homes. One woman made a bracelet out of her Route 91 Harvest festival wristband, while many others can be spotted at concerts wearing shirts that say "survivor." They fly flags from their RVs and have stickers on their cars. About 22,000 people gathered in Las Vegas a year ago with a shared interest in country music. But as the festival's final headlining act Jason Aldean was performing last Oct. 1, gunfire erupted and chaos ensued. By the end of the night 58 people … [Read more...] about For Route 91 survivors, ‘Country Strong’ means community
Photo: Cyndi HornsbyDuring an August show at 3rd & Lindsley, Mandy Barnett introduced a song from her forthcoming album Strange Conversation, due Sept. 21. “This album is completely different from anything I’ve ever done,” she told the crowd. “But I’m really proud of it.” One of the best singers in a town filled with exceptional ones, Barnett had just delivered the kind of song performance she has long excelled at — an aching, intimate rendition of the classic pop and country ballad “Love Hurts.” Though her voice is a formidable, rangy instrument, she approached the tender Felice and Boudleaux Bryant song with restraint, underplaying the song as a skilled actor would approach a complex role, teasing out the emotional nuances.She followed “Love Hurts” with a cut from her new album, a brash, strutting version of Sonny and Cher’s “A Cowboy’s Work Is Never Done.” Her keyboard player, Chris … [Read more...] about Mandy Barnett Spreads Her Wings on Strange Conversation