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The 4th Annual Music City Festival and BBQ Championship  presented by Cumberland, to be held at Nashville’s Riverfront Park & Lawn at Riverfront on August 24-25, will feature American rock bands Grand Funk Railroad and The Fabulous Thunderbirds featuring Kim Wilson on the Grand Ole’ Porker Stage, as well as GRAMMY® Award-Winning Country artist David Ball, joined by his band The Pioneer Playboys. 

A selection of R&B, Jazz and Blues will be presented by the Nashville Blues Society.  And don’t forget about the BBQ!  Grill Masters from all over the nation will face off in “tong-to-tong” competition for more than $25,000 in cash and prizes.  Guests can also enjoy a Cool Cars & Hot Bikes Show, FADD’s Party Bus Kids Zone with interactive play, balloon artists and gaming bus, an old-fashioned Biergarten complete with a variety of craft beers, the Music City Corn Hole Tournament and Hooter’s Hot Wing Eating Championship.


This could be a great mix of all-American roots rock and Nashville Rhythm and Blues.
Tickets can be purchased now for as low as $15—Throw in the “People’s Choice” option for $5 to taste and VOTE for your favorite BBQ dishes.  VIP passes to the Smokin’ Hot Arena, which includes a celebrity “meat and greet,” the best viewing seats of headlining performers, drinks and the best BBQ in the nation, start at $80.  Don’t forget to ask about the special military discountTo purchase tickets, please visit
 Music City Festival and BBQ Championship City Festival & BBQ Championship has donated over $28,000 to charity.  This year’s proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and Shriners Hospitals for Children. 


Established in 2008, the Music City Festival & BBQ Championship combines live music, great food and charitable giving and is held annually in downtown Nashville.  Along with entertainment featuring headlining artists, the Music City Festival & BBQ Championship is also one of the few BBQ competitions in the United States sanctioned by both the Memphis BBQ Network and the Kansas City BBQ Society and therefore, has the biggest footprint of any current festival in Riverfront Park. 

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN

The 4th Annual Blues Spring Festival sponsored by New Hope Foundation took place at Centennial Park in West End on Memorial Day under record setting mid-90 temperatures that got almost as hot as the afternoon jam session.

Nick Nixon in 2PM Heat!

By 2Pm things were in full swing with veteran Nashville Blues singer, James “Nick” Nixon kicking into high gear performing, “No End To The Blues,” co-written by Scotty Moore in the middle of a scorching soulful set that even brought a little church to the afternoon proceedings.

Plenty of room on the skillet in the front row!

The Festival was not all inclusive to Blues, which also included Country singer Verlan Brock as well as  T.J. Hooker-Taylor doing a tribute to his father, R&B Vocal Legend, Johnny Taylor.

Blues from down under!

Musicians from both the Nashville Blues Society as well as The Tennessee Rhythm and Blues Society did their own jamming as well as supporting the solid line-up.

Mojo Workin’ 95 degrees in the shade!

Many of the local artists can be caught at Carol Ann’s weekly Sunday night blues jams as well as Tuesday night Rhythm and Blues.

Bobby Blue Bland and Elvis, Dec. 7th, 1956

The main-headliner, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, Bobby “Blue”Bland, did not disappoint. For most of the show, due to the heat, most all the seats at the front of the stage were free for the taking to watch your favorite artist. Nashville was not ready for late August heat in May. It took a strong will and plenty of water to last a few hours out by the shell at Centennial Park.

Howard Hewett

Next up; The 12th Jefferson Street Jazz and Blues Festival on June 16th starting at 12 noon at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall Amphitheatre featuring headliner, Howard Hewett of Shalamar fame.

1963 dated photo, Jimmy (Jimi Hendrix) 3rd person – Billy Cox on Bass in Nashville.

For those outside Music City, Jefferson Street was Nashville’s Beale Street where even Jimi Hendrix played with Army buddy, Billy Cox after leaving Ft. Campbell Kentucky in 1962 in The King Kasuals. Jimi once even challenged local guitar hero, Johnny Jones, to a guitar dual back in those days.

Stretching out in the shade with some Carol Ann’s BBQ

– Brad Hardisty, Nashville, TN