Nashville Travel Guide - Page 2
Yesterday, Kenny Chesney tweeted a photo of himself submerged knee-deep in water, proof that even celebrities aren't immune to natural disasters.
Kenny's house was among those flooded in Nashville after record rain caused the Cumberland River to rise more than ten feet above flood stage. Kenny was scheduled to appear on Anderson Cooper 360 last night to discuss the flooding and let people know what they can do to help.
Along with the photo, he also tweeted, "Sending Anderson Cooper footage of my house under water for tonight. TN is a mess."
If you've ever wanted to appear in a movie but can't be bothered with getting an agent or a headshot, tomorrow you'll have your chance. On Feb. 2, 2500 extras will be needed in Nashville, TN for a pivotal concert scene. The footage will be included in the movie, Love Don’t Let Me Down, in which Gwyneth Paltrow plays a struggling country singer managed by Tim McGraw.
Anyone who wants to participate in the shoot will be admitted to Municipal Auditorium, 417 Fourth Ave N, on a first-come, first-served basis and must be at least 18 years old. A free shuttle will take extras from Lot R at LP Field to Municipal Auditorium, where doors open at 4 p.m. Extras should be able to stay until 11 p.m.
Celeb Travel / Jewel / Brad Paisley / BNA / → All Tags
Stars: They're not like us! Singer Jewel played a prank on tour buddy Brad Paisley which consisted of him being arrested at Nashville International Airport.
After they played their last tour date together in Selma, Texas, the Alaskan former folkie arranged for two rent-a-cops to "arrest" Paisley at the gate when he returned to Nashville, handcuffing him and shoving him into an unmarked car. It was there Paisley learned it was a joke as he was cited for excessive "noodling" on the guitar.
This gives an entire new meaning to the term "security theater." Creating a realistic-looking arrest at a gate within view of other passengers and hiring people to impersonate TSA agents and cops? Totally OK. Making a joke going through security? Years in prison.
· Jewel Punks Brad Paisley [KWTX]
· UFO over Stephenville, Texas Looking For Jewel And Tasty BBQ [Jaunted]
· Celeb Travel coverage [Jaunted]
Possible Presidents Travel / Possible-Presidents-Map / Barack Obama / John McCain / Joe Biden / Sarah Palin / → All Tags
Last night, John McCain warmly greeted members of the audience but appeared to blank on opponent Barack Obama's name, calling him "that one." He's going to have to do better that that with swing state voters on the road today!
For now, it's time to leave Nashville, the scene of last night's debate, and head to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania with vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin for a rally at Lehigh University. There aren't any tickets left, but you can always try your luck with a student ID and try to sneak in. After that, they're off to north central Ohio for a rally in Strongsville, the self-proclaimed "Crossroads of the Nation."
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.
Go straight to the TV Premiere Map
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.
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