Nashville’ s new downtown ampitheater now has a name, Ascend Amphitheater, and an opening weekend, July 30 with Eric Church and August 1 with Chicago and Earth, Wind and Fire, it was announced this afternoon by Mayor Karl Dean and other city officials a few blocks away at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. Concert Promoter Live Nation will manage the amphitheater, which is sandwiched between the John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge and the Korean Veterans Memorial Bridge along the waterfront. Ascend Federal Credit Union has the naming rights. Church’s show will be a solo acoustic and intimate affair, and go will on sale at Ticketmaster next Thursday, Apr. 30 at 10:00 a.m. (CT). The fan club pre-sale will begin at 10 a.m. local time on Tuesday, April 28, also at Ticketmaster. Other acts announced include Counting Crows, Steely Dan, The Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Frampton, Cheap Trick, Idina Menzel and Old Crow Medicine Show. A complete list is below.
According to the official announcement, the venue will be operated “in conjunction with Nashville’s 10 acre Riverfront Park that is open to the public year-round.”
“The park includes a 1.5 acre lawn known as ‘The Green,'” the announcement continues, “over one mile of multi-use greenway, trails, ornamental gardens, Nashville’s first downtown dog park, WiFi access, and exercise ad sports facilities, including two basketball half courts.”
A free public open house is scheduled for Sunday, August 2.
The first 20 concerts, with more to be announced soon, and onsale dates are below. All onsale times are 10 a.m., except those with an *, which are 12 p.m.
July 30: Eric Church (Onsale April 30)
Aug 1: Chicago & Earth Wind and Fire (Onsale May 1)
Aug 4: Phish (Onsale May 1)*
Aug 5: Jill Scott (Onsale May 9)*
Aug 7: Counting Crows with Citizen Cope and Hollis Brown (Onsale May 2)*
Aug 8: Steely Dan with special guest Elvis Costello (Onsale May 2)
Aug 9: The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson (Onsale May 2)
Aug 14: NEEDTOBREATHE, Switchfoot, Drew Holcomb, and Colony House (Onsale May 1)
Aug 15: Idina Menzel (Onsale May 1)
Aug 16: Peter Frampton & Cheap Trick (Onsale May 2)*
Aug. 18: Sublime with Rome, Rebelution, Pepper and Mickey Avalon (Onsale May 9)
Aug 22: Austrailian Pink Floyd with LedZeppelin2 (Onsale May 8)
Aug 28: Old Crow Medicine Show (Onsale May 9)
Aug 29: Under the Sun Tour (Onsale May 8)
Sept 1: ZZ Top with Blackberry Smoke (Onsale May 8)
Sept 5: Widespread Panic (Onsale June 5)
Sept 6: Widespread Panic (Onsale June 5)
Sept 14: Daryl Hall & John Oates (Onsale May 1)
Sept 19: Americana Fest on the Riverfront (Onsale TBA)
Oct 2: Lynyrd Skynyrd (Onsale May 7)
Oct 8: Chris Tomlin (Onsale May 15)
Oct 10: Grace Potter and the Nocturnals with Lake Street Drive (Onsale May 8)*
*Onsale time 12 p.m.