Nashville Travel Guide - Page 2
Joe Six Packs and soccer moms turned out en masse to see Barack Obama in Columbus, Ohio this weekend with special guest Bruce Springsteen. The Boss recently made a very special donation to the Obama campaign: Along with his co-headlining a benefit in New York City with Billy Joel, a group of very special campaign volunteers got free tickets to a Saturday show in Philadelphia.
But with the second presidential debate coming up Tuesday, he's off preparing until tomorrow night's bout at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. While he crams, Michelle Obama will be meeting and greeting the populace tomorrow in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
Attention fans of Tennessee and Christianity: Rumor has it that developers are close to deciding on the specific location for a Bible-inspired theme park in the state. A spokesman for the Entertainment Development Group wouldn't discuss any specifics regarding the park this week, but stated that the company was close to making an announcement.
The Nashville-area theme park has been in the works for more than a year, but with the new development group taking over, some believe that it's this is close to becoming a reality.
The people behind the park plan to have attractions based on biblical history and archeology but won't take an ideological stance on the Bible. Of course, residents are a little apprehensive: Many don't want the traffic and congestion associated with a theme park so close to their homes.
[Photo of a Bible-based park in Argentina: blmurch]
So picture it: You're off to Bonnaroo this weekend--or maybe you're already there in which case we say get off your smartphone!--and you are so very excited. You love the open air, the trees, even the bugs...
But by Sunday, you'll need to get to civilization ASAP. We hear you. We want to help you find a fellow human who does not smell of Eau de Camping. Hit up these hot spots in nearby Nashville:
The Red Door Saloon :: At this local micro beer garden, pick up local pale ales and cute cigarette bums. 1816 Division St.
Beyond the Edge :: Feed the jukebox and talk tattoos at this bar and restaurant. 112 South 11th St.
Bricktop's :: All the waiters are cute and all the classic dinners, like prime rib, are delicious at this mini-chain. 3000 West End Ave.
[Photo of Love Circle in Nashville: mostlymaple]
We feel strangely guilty about this: After just two episodes, Fox has pulled its "scripted reality" series "Nashville" from the fall television schedule, making it officially the first show canceled this season. Even the daughter of NFL great Terry Bradshaw couldn't save the show from its low ratings and critical beating. (It certainly didn't help that it was on at 9 pm on Fridays.)
Guess there'll be a few more seats open at the honky-tonks we mentioned when we covered the show. Meanwhile, the cop drama "K-Ville," which we also covered, will encore in that slot. Does this mean New Orleans is twice as cool as Nashville?
Coming this fall: Jaunted gets the dirt on your favorite shows and the cities where they take place. Put down your remote and pick up your keyboard, because after tuning in to these series premieres, we'll have all the dish.
When we first heard about FOX's new show Nashville we thought, "Finally, someone is taking Robert Altman's classic to the small screen!" Well, not exactly. But they both share a setting Fox is calling "the biggest small town in America" and a penchant for country music.
The new "Nashville," which premieres this Friday at 9PM (and is already online), is a high-gloss reality show in the style of MTV's "Laguna Beach," following singers and music-industry cogs in the home of the Grand Old Opry, where we bet at least one of the hopefuls will be spotted over the course of the season.
Where else do these would-be Johnny Cashes and Dolly Partons hang out? Well, at least one of them, singer hopeful Rachel Bradshaw (daughter of Terry), is attending Belmont University and is probably exploring the nightlife there. Since another "character" wrote the country-music hit "Honky-Tonk Badonkadonk," we'll probably see him in one of Nashville's joints like Tootsie's Orchid Lounge or Robert's Western World getting inspiration for his next big hit. No holing up in the studio for these glamorous country-popsters.
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Jaunted tipster Tina found this mailbox on Broadway in Nashville Tennessee.
The pic, of course, is Tina doing her best "Help me Obi Wan Kanobi, you're my only hope."
· Star Wars Stamps Arrive [USPS]
You: red cowboy boots. Me: ten-gallon hat. Go boot scootin' with me or you'll end up in one of my songs. Judging by its Craigslist page, most people in Nashville meet (or almost meet) in supermarkets -- but dust off those bolo ties anyway and hit these nightlife spots:
Tribe -- "Straight or gay, it doesn't matter -- as long as you're confidently hip and ready for a good time," wrote the New York Times about this music video bar and club. 1517A Church St.
The Stage -- Maybe the Oxford English Dictionary is out to see on where the word "honky-tonk" comes from, but that's exactly what you can enjoy here underneath a painting once owned by Waylon Jennings. 412 Broadway
Layla's Bluegrass Inn -- This "hillbilly and country music" bar is not an actual hotel -- but you wouldn't be able to sleep with the sound of boots on the wood dance floor, anyway. 418 Broadway
[Photo: Brent and MariLynn]
We were so into JetBlue's JetBOO sale that we snatched up a ticket ourselves. The total cost of our round trip to Nashville from JFK? About $80. In order to do Nashville properly, you really do need a car, but since a rental would have pushed our trip out of officially-ridiculously-cheap territory, we took a cab to downtown and did some walking instead. And as any good blog would, we went in search of a wifi pitstop along the way.
We passed a nice place called Global Cafe on Broadway, but it was closed. About to open? Going out of business? We couldn't tell. A few blocks down, we hit Mike's Ice Cream Fountain/Just Java at 208 Broadway and stopped for a coffee. As we were collecting our sustenance, we asked the girl behind the counter about wifi in the area. Good thing we inquired, because it turns out Mike's has it free; we couldn't spot any sort of sign or sticker outside.
What the place lacks in ambience (the setup is more Baskin-Robbins than cozy coffeeshop), it makes up for with that good, free connection. Also, it doesn't seem to be the sort of default place where people like us come to type away the day, so you won't feel rushed or claustrophobic.
· JetBOO: Halloween Travel for $31 [Jaunted]
Looks like Keith Urban has cancelled his trip to Australia to promote his new album, Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing, because he's set to stay in Nashville at the Cumberland Heights rehab clinic, a facility near the Cumberland River. Nothing like a stint in rehab to screw up your travel plans. And to think he could have lapped up the last bits of shoulder season goodness Down Under!
Urban, aka Mr. Nicole Kidman, checked into the clinic on Thursday night, just four months into his new marriage to Nicole. Keith's battled addictions to cocaine, booze, and sex(!) in the past.
His Australian uncle, Brian Urban, seemed pretty pissed at Keith and told an Aussie paper, "I'd like to get hold of him...I'd scrag (wring his neck) him," he from his home in New Zealand. Nice one, Keith! Looks like he'll remain in Nashville for at least, oh, 28 days.
What would Tennessee be like without a livestock controversy? Probably focusing on the whole "music" thing, but still--don't goats deserve fair treatment? One woman thinks so. She's paid for a billboard in Nashville supporting her pet goat named Gracie May (see her web site, Save Gracie May) who was evicted from her apartment. The goat, not the woman.
Tennessee law, in Nashville at least, prohibits ducks, goats and other animals from living within 1,000 feet of a residence, which is what led to Gracie's eviction from her owner's apartment. And you thought keeping you cat a secret was hard! We'll see what develops, but we doubt that the housegoat trend will catch on soon, especially with this blow to goat rights.
Also, we deserve credit for not making any kind of "baa-d" joke during this entire post.
· Ridiculous Goat Billboard [AdFreak]
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Put down that fried peanut butter and banana sandwich and listen up! We're a little surprised that it wasn't already, but today it's now official: the Jungle Room and all the rest are a National Historic Landmark. Fifteen-foot long white leather couches deserve preservation, too, you know.
Graceland had been a mere "Historic Place" since 1991. Elvis bought the mansion--it's actually much smaller than it looks--for $103,000 in 1957 using the money he earned from "Heartbreak Hotel". Thank you, thank you very much.
[Image via einafour/Flickr]
· Elvis' home to be national landmark [CNN]
· Elvis Presley [site]
· National Historic Landmarks