We took a look back at 2017 and what you (our visitors) viewed the most on NowPlayingNashville. We thought it would make for a great year-end blog post. So in true Letterman style (Top 15, instead of Top Ten), we give you the Best of 2017 Recaps from NowPlayingNashville:
Who doesn’t love animals? The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere boasts popular events each year including: The Zoo Run Run, Eggstravaganzoo, Brew at the Zoo, Zoovies, Zzzoofari Slumbers, Red, White & Zoo, Boo at the Zoo. In 2017, they added two female Red Panda Cubs, the White Rhinoceros, a female clouded leopard and lots of new animals births to its exhibits. Look for the Andean Bear and Sumatran Tiger exhibits opening in 2018!
The Nashville Sounds celebrated their 40th Anniversary in 2017 and their third year at First Tennessee Park. They began playing in 1978 in the Southern League, so it was a milestone. This state-of-the-art stadium is a fun, family outing complete with putt-putt, The Band Box, a Family Fun Zone, lawn seating and lots of freebies at each game.
Presented by Lightning 100 each year, the Live On the Green Music Festival is featured across four weeks in Public Square Park in Downtown Nashville. This 2017 free festival featured big names such as Sheryl Crow, Spoon, Future Islands, Portugal. The Man, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Local Natives, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Lone Bellow, and many more. See the weekly recaps of our coverage from the 2017 Live On the Green.
The Bluebird Cafe is famous for launching songwriter and music artists careers, since opening in 1982. It has gained worldwide recognition for presenting the best original country and acoustic music seven nights a week, as well as its cameos in the Nashville TV show. It normally has long lines, so purchasing tickets in advance is a MUST!
Home to the Grand Ole Opry, many visitors travel to Nashville to see the show that made country music famous at the Grand Ole Opry House. The Grand Ole Opry House is not the original home to the Opry, that is the Ryman Auditorium. However, the Opry House includes a circle of the original flooring from the Ryman on the stage, which can be seen through the many backstage tours available at the Grand Ole Opry House.
ICE! is always a family favorite during the holidays here in Nashville. It opens around mid-November and runs through January 1. This year’s indoor, winter wonderland of 2 million pounds of ice was hand-carved into the theme of A Charlie Brown Christmas. See it before it’s gone on January 1, 2018 or add it to your Must-Do list for 2018.
The Nashville Predators being in the Top 15 should come as no surprise. The 2016 – 2017 season was the first time the Nashville Predators advanced to the Conference Finals and then to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Penguins. It made for an exciting weekend when the Stanley Cup Finals were in town, along with CMA Fest and Bonnaroo.
Back in 2017 for its 34th year, Gaylord Opryland’s A Country Christmas light extravaganza has been around since I was born (But I didn’t just state my age, mmmkay!) Featuring more than three million twinkling lights and lavish holiday displays, Gaylord Opryland hotel is decked out each holiday season. It’s popular for visitors traveling in for the weekends in November and December. You can also enjoy exclusive holiday events to get you in the spirit of the season – including Cirque Dreams Holidaze, ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas, Snow Tubing, Diamond Rio Holidays & Hits Dinnner Show, and much more from 2017!
Since Nashville the TV show came on air with ABC, we’ve had a page on our site that features events happening at the venues filmed on the TV Show. This page was popular and very loved by all of you in 2017. We hate to see this popular TV show go in 2018, but the good thing is you will still be able to visit these landmarks and catch events at the ones featured on CMT’s Nashville.
Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood celebrated a decade of co-hosting the CMA Awards this year. Garth Brooks won Entertainer of the Year for a record-extending sixth time while Chris Stapleton and Brothers Osborne took home two Awards apiece.
It started out with a hopeful playoff season for the Tennessee Titans in 2017. Now after a three-game losing streak, it boils down to the New Year’s Eve game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. If the Titans win, they go to the playoffs. Here’s to hoping they pull it off!
Our Where to Watch the Solar Eclipse page was ever popular this past August. It featured events from Clarksville, Gallatin, Nashville, and more along the line of the total eclipse viewing area. Many area businesses closed in Middle Tennessee for this once-in-a-lifetime experience on August 21, 2017. The solar eclipse known as “The Great American Eclipse” was visible across the entire contiguous United States.
Each year, the CMA Music Festival™ takes over Downtown Nashville for four straight days. Dubbed as the ultimate destination for Country Music fans from around the globe, this festival features non-stop concerts, autograph signings, celebrity events, and more. The lineup for 2017 featured Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Kenny Rogers, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton, Keith Urban, and more. Tickets to Nissan Stadium sell out every year, but there are still lots of FREE and affordable options for festival-goers. View our 2017 CMA Festival coverage.
The Farm in Manchester, Tenn. is always a hot place to be in June. But when the music is killer, it’s worth every penny at the four-day Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival! This multi-stage camping festival is held on a 700-acre farm. It brings together some of the best performers in rock and roll, along with dozens of artists in complementary styles such as jazz, Americana, hip-hop, EDM, and just about any contemporary music you can think of. In addition to dozens of epic performances, the festival’s 100-acre entertainment village buzzes around the clock with attractions and activities including a classic arcade, on-site cinema, silent disco, comedy club, theater performers, a beer festival, and a music technology village. The 2017 lineup included U2 in its first-ever complete US Festival appearance, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper, Major Lazer, The xx, Lorde, Cage the Elephant, Marshmello, The Head and The Heart, Big Gigantic, Glass Animals, Tory Lanez, Portugal. The Man, The Strumbellas, Francis & The Lights, & more. View our 2017 Bonnaroo coverage.
And the #1 page Most Viewed by the NowPlayingNashville Visitors in 2017 is none other than our – Live Music Tonight page. It has been featured on our site for 10 years now and includes all live music happening … obviously that night. We’re glad you continue to look at it and hope you go out and discover even more Live Music in Music City.
Happy New Year everyone!