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Historic Performance Venue, Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Completes Renovation of Dressing Rooms and Seating

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (October 9, 2017) – Fifty-five years after it hosted its first event – a Church of Christ revival – the Metro-owned Municipal Auditorium is celebrating the completion of major renovations to the historic venue, including a build out of new dressing room space that is fully decorated and customized for privacy and comfort ability.

Additionally, the general public will benefit from new seating that includes restored wooden chair backs and new seat cushions. Upgrades were also made to the facility’s plumbing system, ticket windows and floors. New security measures will be implemented later this fall, including the installation of metal detectors.

“The Municipal Auditorium has played a significant role in building Nashville’s identity as a major destination for the nation’s top musical acts,” said Bob Skoney, the Auditorium’s general manager, who has worked at the venue for 40 years. “From rock and roll to R&B, to country, there is no other venue in Nashville that can boast the wide variety of performers who have graced the stage of the Auditorium. At 55 years old, this is an iconic building with a rich history, and I’m excited that the city is working in partnership with Live Nation and Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum to ensure its future.”

On Sept. 21, Skoney was joined by the Office of Mayor Megan Barry, Metro Council members, representatives of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation, and the members of the Metro Auditorium Commission and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the venue and to unveil the new dressing rooms.

“Long before Nashville was the ‘It City,’ it was the ‘Music City,’ and the Nashville Municipal Auditorium played a key role in ensuring that major musical acts such as Elvis, Natalie Cole, The Rolling Stones and Elton John could entertain local fans,” said Justine Avila, executive director of the Music City Music Council. “The renovation of the Auditorium will ensure that this city-owned facility can continue to host major musical acts and other events for years to come.”

The renovations are valued at $3.2 million and were completed as part of the city’s agreement with concert promoter Live Nation, which has a preferred concert promoting agreement with the venue and does the majority of the booking of musical acts there. Skanska USA managed the renovations to the dressing rooms.

The Municipal Auditorium opened in 1962 to satisfy Middle Tennessee’s need for a multipurpose facility that could handle a wide range of events. The 9,654-seat arena has since hosted everything from concerts to circuses, to auto shows, to basketball tournaments, to cheerleading competitions. In August 2013, the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum became a featured tenant of the building, and opened the Grammy Gallery in 2016. For a full list of concerts and other events hosted by the facility, please visit the Municipal Auditorium website at http://www.nashvilleauditorium.com/faq/dates.asp.
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Contact: Sharon Hill, Nashville Municipal Auditorium, (615) 862-6390; or Christy Watkins, Municipal Auditorium Commission Member (615) 497-7711.

Photo Caption: On Sept. 21, Skoney was joined by the Office of Mayor Megan Barry, Metro Council members, representatives of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation, and the members of the Metro Auditorium Commission and the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the venue and to unveil the new dressing rooms. Pictured here L to R: Justine Avila (Music City Music Council), Joe Chambers (Musicians Hall of Fame), Brian Traeger (Live Nation), Aleah Armstrong (Commission Member), John Landers (Commission Vice-Chair), Bob Skoney (Municipal Auditorium), Blake McDaniel (Commission Chair), Christy Walker-Watkins (Commission Member), Robert Oermann, Alice Chapman (Commission Member), Perri duGard Owens (Commission Member), and Randy Kidwell (Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation). Photo credit: Jason Davis

Photo Caption: On Sept. 21, the Office of Mayor Megan Barry issued a proclamation to the Nashville Municipal Auditorium celebrating the 55th Anniversary of the historic venue. Pictured here L to R:Music City Music Council Executive Director, Justine Avila, Nashville Municipal Auditorium Executive Director, Bob Skoney, and Mayor Megan Barry’s Senior Advisor, Claudia Huskey. Photo credit: Jason Davis

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Stealing Oceans to Release First Single, “Blueprint,” Off Forthcoming Ep, Let the Kids Play

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 9, 2017) Nashville-based hip-hop recording artist, Brian Thompson, better known by his stage name, Stealing Oceans, is set to release a new single, “Blueprint,” on October 13th. The track is the first release off Stealing Oceans’ forthcoming EP, Let The Kids Play, which will be available in early 2018.

“Blueprint” is about the journey and the internal struggle one goes through to be happy and fulfilled. “It’s about conditioning your mind to be grateful everyday you wake up. It is common for people to think they need to be doing something else in order to seek the happiness they are striving for, but when you stop and look around, you realize that you’re in the moment, alive and breathing and that’s something to be grateful for,” Thompson commented.

Having struggled with alcohol abuse and depression in his early twenties, the Andover, Massachusetts native has spoken candidly about the influence music has had on him. “Like so many young people do, there was a period of time where I had personal struggles and didn’t make the best decisions. Because of music and the help of family and friends, I was able to overcome my inner battles and was inspired to change. I haven’t had a drink in over 2 years and I remind myself everyday to be grateful and give back as much as I can. I’ve made it my mission to spread positivity and be an encouraging influence in one way or another; performing at schools and speaking to students about drug and alcohol abuse or throwing charity events to raise funds and awareness for Lyme disease and cystic fibrosis. I am grateful to do what I love for a living and to have a platform to make a difference in people’s lives.”

 Stealing Oceans’ band is made up of Thompson’s four close friends. Together, they are on a mission to spread the EP’s motto around the world: to stay youthful, be grateful, and always love.

Over the last year, Thompson has split his time between Nashville and LA to write songs for Let The Kids Play with Round Hill Music’s songwriting powerhouse duo, Schmarx and Savvy. As a songwriter, Thompson has collaborated with Michael McDonald, Richard Marx, Trey Bruce, Victoria Horne (Lady V) and many others.

A versatile musician and known for his high-energy shows, Thompson and his band were nominated for “Best Live Act” 3 years in a row at the Nashville Industry Music Awards.

Stealing Oceans was recently signed to a management deal through Starstruck Entertainment. Let The Kids Play will be distributed through OneRPM.

College and military booking inquires can be directed to: Degy Entertainment at ari@degy.com. All other inquiries can be sent to Starstruck Entertainment at AnthonyM@starstruck.net.

For more information, visit www.stealingoceans.com and follow Stealing Oceans on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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CRB/CRS Now Accepting Applications for Rusty Walker Scholarships

Deadline set for Nov. 13

(Nashville, Tenn. – Oct. 24, 2018Each year, through the Rusty Walker Scholarship program, Country Radio Seminar gives complimentary registration to three driven radio employees who have never had the opportunity to attend the 3-day educational and networking event.

The Country Radio Broadcasters are now accepting applications for the scholarship program, which will provide travel, accommodations and complimentary registration to attendance to the 50th Anniversary Country Radio Seminar, to be held Feb.13-15, 2019. Individuals that are interested in applying must do so by end of the day on Nov. 13, 2018.

Interested parties can apply now at www.countryradioseminar.com/rusty-walker-scholarship. Each applicant must fill out an online application and submit a paragraph explaining why he/she should be considered as a Rusty Walker Scholar. Eligible applicants must be a full-time radio station employee and a first time CRS attendee. Three individual scholarships will be awarded.

Each scholarship includes a full CRS 50th registration, as well as airfare and hotel room expenses for three nights (Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019 – Friday, Feb. 15, 2019). Scholars will be recognized at the CRS 2019 opening ceremonies and will have the opportunity to meet and engage with CRS board members during the three-day seminar.

The Rusty Walker Scholarship program is named in honor of Country Radio Hall of Fame member Rusty Walker, who passed away in May 2012 at the age of 59.

Country Radio Seminar is the premier educational and networking event for Country radio and music industry professionals, offering attendees access to informative panels, countless networking opportunities, prominent speakers, research presentations and intimate performances from some of today’s biggest stars and emerging artists.

Panels at CRS cover a broad range of topics relevant to today’s Country radio industry, including social media and digital innovations, PPM, brand strategies, leadership skills, consumer research studies, the relationships and economics of the radio and record industries and much more.

Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS50).

About Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. ®:
 The Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc.® is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization founded in 1969 to bring radio broadcasters from around the world together with the Country Music Industry to ensure the vitality and promote growth in the Country Radio format.

About Country Radio Seminar:
 Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. Country Radio Seminar 2019 is set for Feb. 13-15, 2019 at the Omni Nashville.

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Kaylee Rutland Gets Up Close and Personal With New Ep, That Side of Me

(Nashville, Tenn. – Sept. 27, 2017) Singer-songwriter, Kaylee Rutland, is set to release her most personal project to date; a six-song EP, titled That Side of Me. Produced by four-time Grammy nominee and Rutland’s longtime producer and mentor, Jamie O’Neal, listeners are guided track-by-track on a lyrical journey through different experiences in Rutland’s life. Appropriately titled, That Side of Me dives into a more emotional and vulnerable side of Rutland.

“My hope and goal of the EP is that when people listen to the songs, it will help reveal a different side of them, as it did for me,” Rutland commented about the new release.

The six-song release will be available through all major digital retailers starting Oct. 6, 2017. Following the release, Rutland will appear on the Chevy Main Stage at the State Fair of Texas on Oct. 20. Her performance will include songs off the new EP. Following the appearance, Rutland will headline several exclusive performances for groups of fans and music industry executives in select cities, including Dallas, Atlanta, and Nashville.

Rutland continues to earn a name for herself among Country fans and industry supporters; she was included in Country Living Magazine’s “Artist to Watch in 2017,” Billboard Magazine’s “Top 10 Artists to Watch” in 2014, was a finalist in the inaugural Nash Next competition in 2015, due in large part to her feverish social media following, and as a result accompanied RaeLynn on tour in 2016.

Most recently, Rutland’s track “Pick Me Up,” placed second in the Country category of the music competition, Unsigned Only. The track, along with “More of That” and “Rumor Has It” received strong airplay throughout the summer on Radio Disney Country (which is also available on KRDC/Los Angeles, the iHeartRadio app, and TuneIn) as well as through Spotify. “Pick Me Up” has surpassed over 100,000 streams on Spotify. Rutland’s popularity on the Radio Disney Country channel earned her a performance spot on the Radio Disney Country stage at CMA Music Festival 2017. Rutland’s talent goes beyond being behind the microphone and is evident in her songwriting. She co-wrote five of the six songs on the album.

Growing up in Texas, country music made a lasting impact on her personal style, learning from the greats of Reba, Carrie Underwood, and Sara Evans. She was eight, when she first fell in love with singing, performing her first solo for a Christmas musical at her church, and by her teens, she was fully committed to writing her own songs. In December 2017, Rutland will complete her education at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit www.kayleerutland.com and follow her on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.
That Side of Me Track Listing:

1. Trick Candle (Lauren Lucas, Kaylee Rutland)
2. That Side of Me (Minnie Murphy, Jamie O’Neal, Kaylee Rutland)
3. Crushin’ On You (Stephanie Bentley, Rob Crosby, Kaylee Rutland)
4. Pick Me Up (Minnie Murphy, Jamie O’Neal, Kaylee Rutland)
5. More of That (Minnie Murphy, Jamie O’Neal, Kaylee Rutland)
6. Rumor Has It (Adele and Ryan Tedder)

 

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John Carter Cash and Ana Cristina Cash Welcome Grace June Cash into the World!

Ana Cristina Cash and John Carter Cash are thrilled to welcome their newborn little girl into the world!  Their daughter, Grace June Cash, was born in Nashville, Tennessee at 5:44 p.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017. At birth, she was 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and 17.5 inches from head to toe. Grace June is half-sister to siblings Jack Ezra Cash, AnnaBelle Cash, and Joseph Cash.

To date, Grace June Cash is the youngest grandchild of grandparents Rene and Teresita Alvarez, and Johnny and June Carter Cash.

Pictured below: Mother Ana Cristina Cash with Grace June Cash.

Photo credit: Baby Bella Photography

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Reba Mcentire Goes From Singing Songs to Singing Praises on Odysseo by Cavalia

Country music superstar Reba McEntire recently attended Odysseo by Cavalia in Nashville, Tennessee. Reba commented on Odysseo by Cavalia, stating “Spectacular! What a show!”
Pictured below L to R: Cavalia Founder & Artistic Director Normand Latourelle, rider Yoann, horse Andaluz (Spanish Purebred), Reba McEntire and Julie, aerialist.
Odysseo by Cavalia is extending its debut run in Nashville due to strong demand. Matinee and evening shows are now scheduled through October 1.
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Due to Ongoing Demand in Tennessee: Odysseo by Cavalia Announces 10 Additional Shows In Nashville!

*MATINEE AND EVENING SHOWS NOW SCHEDULED THROUGH OCTOBER 1*

“Majestic and mesmerizing!”
The Tennessean 

“Incredible!”

Today in Nashville

“Spectacular, beautiful, fun!” 
NewsChannel 5

“A Vegas-quality show in your backyard!”
Parade Magazine

Odysseo by Cavalia opened to rave reviews and standing ovations last week under its White Big Top near Opryland and continues to charm Tennessean spectators of all ages. Giving the ongoing demand and strong ticket sales, ten performances have been added to the limited engagement of the show in Nashville. Matinee and evening performances are now scheduled through Sunday, October 1. The newly added performances are now on sale at www.cavalia.com or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

Odysseo by Cavalia features 65 magnificent horses and 50 artists. This unique touring production marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. A veritable revolution in live performance, Odysseo by Cavalia is an once-in-a-lifetime theatrical experience for the whole family.

TICKETS
 – Adult tickets are priced from $49.50 to $129.50 + applicable taxes and fees. For an extra special outing, the Rendez-Vous VIP package offers the best seats in the house, full meal buffet dining before the show, open bar, desserts during intermission and an exclusive visit to the stables after the show. This unique VIP experience takes place in a tent alongside the White Big Top. The Rendez-Vous VIP package prices for adults range from $199.50 to $249.50 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing and packages also available for groups, children (2-12), juniors (13-17) and seniors (65+). Tickets for Odysseo by Cavalia are available at www.cavalia.com/nashville or by calling 1-866-999-811

ABOUT CAVALIA INC. – Cavalia Inc. is an entertainment company that specializes in the creation, production and touring of innovative shows. Founded by Normand Latourelle, the company reimagines the equestrian and theatrical arts. With its headquarters in Montreal, Cavalia Inc. is an integral part of Canada’s cultural heritage, and the largest Canadian-owned cultural enterprise. Its expertise in high technology, multimedia and special effects creates magical, unique, never-before-seen experiences. Its first show, Cavalia, has been seen by more than 4 million people across North America, Europe, Australia, the Middle East and Asia since its 2003 debut. Odysseo, the company’s second show, has toured to rave reviews and public acclaim since its 2011 premiere. Follow Cavalia’s latest developments at www.twitter.com/cavalia or www.facebook.com/cavalia #OdysseoTN

 Odysseo by Cavalia

WHEN:
 More shows added! Matinee and evening performances scheduled through October 1
WHERE: Under the White Big Top in Nashville, near Opryland by Briley Parkway at exit 12
www.cavalia.com/nashville or by calling 1-866-999-8111.

ARISTO PR
Christy Walker-Watkins | publicity@aristomedia.com | Office: 615-269-7071x 124 
For photos, show b-roll, music (mp3) and more information on the production, visit the Odysseo Press Room: https://cavalia.com/press/nashville  | Password: odysseo 


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Darcie Van Etten Joins CRB/CRS Staff as Marketing Manager

Newly hired Marketing Manager, Darcie Van Etten, has joined the CRB/CRS staff. Focusing on marketing and strategy for Country Radio Broadcasters, Country Radio Seminar, and its affiliated events, Van Etten’s position is effective immediately and she can be reached at: 615-327-4487 or darcie@crb.org.

CRB/CRS Executive Director, Bill Mayne comments, “In the time that Darcie has assisted our staff, she has been such a bright shining star.  She knows the part, and she’s going to be great.”

Van Etten adds, “After several years of helping the CRS team, I am thrilled to officially join their staff as Marketing Manager. I could not ask to work for a better company, or to be a part of a better team.”

Van Etten joins the Country Radio Seminar team from Round Hill Music, where she served as Administration Coordinator. A recent graduate of Belmont University’s Curb College of Entertainment and Music Business, she previously volunteered and interned for CRS.

About Country Radio Seminar: Country Radio Seminar is an annual convention designed to educate and promote the exchange of ideas and business practices in the Country music industry, with specific emphasis on issues relevant to Country radio. CRS 2018 will be held Feb. 5-7, 2018. 

Visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com for more information. Like CRS on Facebook and follow CRS on Twitter (Hashtag #CRS2018).
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$499 CRS 2018 Early Bird Registration Rate Ends September 10

(Nashville, Tenn. – Aug. 30, 2017) On Monday, September 11, registration for Country Radio Seminar (CRS) 2018 will increase to the advance rate of $599. The $499 early bird rate will still be available through September 10 with registrations being available for purchase through www.CountryRadioSeminar.com.

Country Radio Seminar 2018 will be held Monday, February 5, 2018, through Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at the luxurious Omni Nashville, in the heart of downtown Nashville. The three-day convention is the premiere educational and networking event for Country radio and music industry professionals, offering attendees access to informative panels, countless networking opportunities, prominent speakers, research presentations and intimate performances from some of today’s biggest stars and emerging artists. Panels at CRS cover a broad range of topics relevant to today’s Country radio industry, including social media and digital innovations, PPM, brand strategies, leadership skills, consumer research studies, the relationships and economics of the radio and record industries and much more. This year marks the 49th annual Country Radio Seminar.

Tickets to the New Faces of Country Music show are already sold out, and no longer available for purchase with registration packages.

For more information, visit www.CountryRadioSeminar.com, and follow CRS on FacebookTwitter(Hashtag #CRS2018) and Instagram. Additional information can be obtained by calling 615-327-4487.

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Larissa Tandy Announced As Recipient of the Australian Council for the Arts Residency

Australian Government’s Council for the Arts Continues Investment in Nashville Community

(Nashville, Tenn. – August 30, 2017) – The Australian Government’s Council for the Arts has named Larissa Tandy as the recipient of the Nashville Songwriter Residency grant.

In its fifth year, the $15,000 grant is the result of a partnership between the Australia Council’s Music Board and Nashville-based expat producer and songwriter, Mark Moffatt.

“The Australia Council for the Arts continues it’s recognition of Nashville as the world’s leading writing and recording resource center in awarding Larissa their 2017 writer residency grant,” says Moffatt.

Throughout the residency, Tandy will reside in Nashville for three months, providing her the opportunity to work alongside the music community and further her network of artist and industry relationships. “Larissa’s writing combines a more alternative approach with the ability to craft melodies and lyrics that are a great fit for where commercial country is headed. I’m sure she’ll be quickly embraced by the local community,” Moffatt continues.

Tandy was humbled by the news of her win. “I really only have one ambition when it comes to music, and that is to write the best songs I possibly can. I’ve loved making records and touring, but I’ve never loved anything as much as I love collaborative writing. I’m excited to be here, and to have the opportunity to learn from the incredible songwriters in Nashville,” Tandy explained.

Hailing from rural Australia, Tandy came up from the underground of Melbourne’s world class music scene, mining her difficult life for poignant stories and spinning them into songs that can be heard on the radio in America, the United Kingdom and Canada, where the CBC named them as “songs you need to hear.”

With lyric abilities of Patti Smith and the cool vibe of Liz Phair, Tandy is paving her own way into the world of Americana. Her momentum only continues to pick up speed with the announcement of The Australia Council’s prestigious Nashville Songwriter Residency honor.

While in Nashville, Tandy will be performing on the following dates:

*Friday, September 8th at The Bluebird Café
*Saturday, September 16th at The Aussie BBQ

Stay connected to Tandy by visiting, www.LarissaTandy.com and follow Larissa Tandy on Spotify, click here.

For more information on the program, visit http://nashvilleresidency.com/2017-recipient-larissa-tandy/

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