March 4

Nashville Elvis Festival at The Franklin Theatre

Nashville Elvis Festival Returns to Franklin Theatre and Paragon Studios March 22-25

Elvis™ fans from around the world will gather in Middle Tennessee March 22-25, 2018 for the 2nd annual Nashville Elvis Festival, celebrating the music and legacy of the King of Rock & Roll™. The historic Franklin Theatre, located just south of downtown Nashville in the charming suburb of Franklin, Tennessee, will serve as the host venue. Tickets are on sale now at www.NashvilleElvisFestival.com.

4-DAY FESTIVAL

The 4-day festival will be filled with celebrity appearances, live music performances, an Elvis movie screening with special guests and 25 of the best Elvis tribute artists from all over the world. In addition, two special VIP events will feature live recreations of a Sun Records recording session and a Jungle Room recording session – both events will take place inside Paragon Studios – one of the nation’s top recording studios (featured on the hit series “Nashville”).

 

SPECIAL GUESTS confirmed to appear include legendary game show host, TV/Radio personality and lifelong friend of Elvis, WINK MARTINDALE; Fan favorite SANDY MARTINDALE, a close friend of Elvis who was a featured dancer in “Viva Las Vegas” and other Elvis films; Award-winning actress VICTORIA PAIGE MEYERINK who co-starred with Elvis in “Speedway”; BILL BAIZE of The Stamps who recorded and toured with Elvis; GRAMMY®-winning recording artist KEVIN MAX; Award-winning singer-songwriter and TV/Radio personality GARY CHAPMAN; and many more.

Nashville Elvis Festival will also feature performances by some of the top Elvis Tribute Artists in the world. Scheduled to appear are BILL CHERRY, the 2009 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest® champion; DEAN Z, the 2013 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest® champion; Australia’s #1 Elvis tribute artist MARK ANTHONY; Award-winning tribute artist COTE DEONATH; and JEFF LEWIS, an award-winning Elvis Tribute Artist, GRAMMY® nominated singer-songwriter, actor and emcee.

ULTIMATE ELVIS TRIBUTE ARTIST CONTEST

The festival will also be hosting an Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest preliminary round with the winner moving on to Graceland’s Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest Semifinal Round in Memphis during Elvis Week 2018. Twenty contestants have been invited to compete in Nashville, coming from all over the USA as well as Germany, Chile, Canada, Brazil, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Backing all live performances will be the incomparable EAS Band, known for their performances all over the world backing tribute artists and giving the feeling and excitement of being at an actual Elvis concert.

Nashville Elvis Festival is produced by Tom Brown & Brian Mayes for Music City Festivals, LLC,  and hosted by Tom Brown, a longtime host of select Elvis Week events, one of the hosts of the “Gates of Graceland” web series and the former Vice President of Original Production for Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

Visit the official website at NashvilleElvisFestival.com

For All Events & Tickets at The Franklin Theatre CLICK HERE.

PLUS…

Nashville Elvis Festival & Music City Festivals, LLC Present:

JOHN SCHNEIDER with special guest Gary Chapman

 

CLICK HERE TO GO BACK TO ALL NEWS POSTS

February 18

Tim Menzies “His Name Is Jesus” Album Release Show With Ben Isaacs 2/24

Tim Menzies grew up playing music in Virginia as part of the Menzies family band. In 1980, Tim moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. During the mid 1980’s, Tim began playing guitar on records with artist such as Kenny Rogers, Tammy Wynette, Waylon and Willie and others. Recording with prominent artists and top musicians in Nashville was a dream come true for Tim, but the songs he had written as a boy began a lifelong love of songwriting.

While Tim was making a living playing guitar on records, singing national jingles, for Coca Cola, Bonanza Restaurants, and Chevrolet Trucks, as well as performing in Nashville venues at night, he continued to develop his songwriting. Tim’s songs caught the ear of legendary Publisher, Bob Beckham, and in March of 1985, Bob signed Tim to Combine Music. As Nashville artists began hearing and recording Tim’s songs, he was able to transition to full time songwriting.

Some artists who have recorded Tim’s songs include George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Kenny Rogers, John Conlee, Gene Watson, Shenandoah, Doug Stone, Diamond Rio, Tracy Lawrence, Shelby Lynne, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Mark Chestnutt, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Joe Diffie, Trace Adkins, Josh Turner, The Bowling Family, and many others.

In 1991, Tim started attending church and joined a small Bible Study group with his wife Brenda; while studying God’s Word, Tim received Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. When Tim wasn’t writing songs, he was absorbed in God’s Holy Word. Over the next several years, God increasingly called and equipped Tim to teach others about the Holy Scriptures, resulting in Tim leading and teaching hundreds of Bible classes and being blessed to witness God’s Word transform lives.

In 2013, Tim, Producer Ben Isaacs, and recording engineer Mark Capps, began recording Tim’s first Christian album. Through the recording process, Tim’s lifelong love of music, his relationship with Jesus, and Ben’s gifts as a Producer resulted in Tim’s GRAMMY nominated album, “His Way Of Loving Me.”

In 2019 Tim, Ben, and Mark released a new album entitled, “His Name Is Jesus.” Along with newly written songs from Tim, and a few classics such as “Something About That Name,” and “Walking In Jerusalem,” Tim is honored to be joined by many gifted guest vocalists on “His Name Is Jesus” including The Isaacs, The Gaither Vocal Band, Vince Gill, Karen Peck, and Rhonda Vincent.

Tim is most honored and thankful for the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through “The Word And Song.”

Tim Menzies celebrates the release of his latest album “His Name Is Jesus” at the Franklin Theatre

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24th at 7 pm with special guest, Ben Isaacs. 

CLICK FOR TICKETS

 

 

January 28

American Masters Film: “Charley Pride: I’m Just Me”

The National Museum of African American Music will present the first public screening of “Charley Pride: I’m Just Me” a feature-length documentary episode of the PBS series “American Masters” at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, Tenn., on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.

“Charley Pride: I’m Just Me” traces the improbable journey of Charley Pride, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Miss., to his career as a Negro League baseball player and his meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music superstar. A panel featuring filmmaker Barb Hall and Dr. Dina Bennett, senior curator at NMAAM, will immediately follow the film’s conclusion.

“Helping shine a light Charley Pride’s story, struggles and incredible musical talent through this documentary represents the kinds of stories our museum wants to tell,” said H. Beecher Hicks III, CEO and president of NMAAM. “He’s truly a one-of-a-kind, trailblazing artist whose place in our nation’s and our culture’s musical history is undeniable.”

“At a time when African American singers were more notable for R&B hits, Charley Pride followed his passion for country music, overcoming obstacles through determination and raw talent to make a lasting impact on the genre and create a legacy that continues today,” said Michael Kantor, executive producer of “American Masters.”

Tickets can be purchased from the Franklin Theatre website here. A portion of the proceeds from the screening will benefit the National Museum of African American Music.

January 4

Music, Moments and Memories – The Concert Event

CCM United, TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network) and Yake Films are thrilled to team up to present two nights of the very best classic CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) artists at the historic Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee!

This two-day event called Music, Moments, and Memories – the concert event  will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, February 5th and 6th, 2019 at 7:30 PM.

Approximately 20 classic and beloved CCM artists will be featured, with up to ten artists performing each night. Some of the artists performing include, but not limited to: Eddie DeGarmo doing the music of DeGarmo & Key with special guest vocalist, The Katinas, Big Tent Revival, Guardian, Phil Keaggy, Geoff Moore, Bruce Carroll, Wes King, Al Denson, Tammy Trent, Jaci Velasquez, Clay Crosse, Rick Cua, Mark Schultz, John Schlitt, and many more artists along with several special guests.

TBN has renewed the television series Remember the Music for a second season and Stephen Yake and Jentry Yake of Yake Films will produce the show. These impressive two nights will capture live concert footage for the second season (13 episodes) of Remember the Music. Many of the very best classic CCM artists will be featured.

A portion of the proceeds from this two-day event will benefit the Gospel Music Trust Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to individuals who derive or have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of Gospel/Christian music. The fund serves to assist artists who lack sufficient insurance in times of need, in the event of an emergency, major catastrophe, or terminal or severe illness. An individual requesting assistance from the Trust Fund–for themselves or for their children–must have ten years of full-time employment within the Gospel/Christian music field.

In 2015, Stan Moser of CCM United, presented CCM United – We Will Stand, a major concert event in Nashville that celebrated 40 years of contemporary Christian music. CCM United – We Will Stand culminated in a DVD and book of the same name. Now CCM United is teaming up with Yake Films and TBN to present an equally important major event!

 

“Music, Moments, and Memories – the concert event

Franklin Theater, Franklin, TN

February 5 and 6, 2019, 7:30 PM, up to 10 artists each evening

 

Top classic Contemporary Christian Music artists will perform live concerts over two nights for the TV series Remember the Music in the historic Franklin Theater. Proceeds will go to the Gospel Music Trust Fund making this evening a VERY special event. Thirteen episodes of Remember the Music will be aired on TBN later in 2019.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy incredible music by some of CCM’s best artists, experience special rare moments, create wonderful lifelong memories, and have a chance to contribute to the wonderful Gospel Music Trust Fund in the beautiful and historic Franklin Theater!

Tickets are on sale at the Franklin Theater Box Office –

  • $49.50 main floor in advance; $59.50 main floor at the door
  • $44.50 balcony in advance; $54.50 balcony at the door
  • $100.00 VIP cabaret table seats and an artist meet and greet with heavy hors d’oeuvres prior to the concert.
  • When purchasing a ticket for both nights $10.00 discount will be applied.

Tickets available at the Franklin Theater Box Office website.

Franklin Theater Box Office – 615-538-2075

Facebook page for CCM United – Music, Moments & Memories – the concert event.

 

For more information contact Les Stoltzfus at morwithles@comcast.net (e-mail) or 717-669-1998 (cell)

December 3

Sierra Hull – Christmas Time is Here

Award-winning, bluegrass sensation Sierra Hull brings her “Christmas Time is Here” tour to the Franklin Theatre Saturday, December 8th at 8 pm.  She’s partnering with Toys for Tots and Second Harvest Food Bank seeking to ease the stress of the holidays for the less fortunate. Each attending fan who donates an unwrapped toy, canned foods, or makes a monetary donation to the local food bank on-site will receive a free signed Weighted Mind (Hull’s latest release, a GRAMMY-nominated record) poster while supplies last. Together, with her band (Justin Moses, Kai Welch, Eddie Barbash, Ethan Jodziewicz, and Jamie Dick), Hull aims to bring Christmas joy to all– those attending the shows and those in need this December.

CLICK HERE for tickets and more information. For toy donation specifics, please visit Toys for Tots.

 

MORE ABOUT SIERRA HULL:

Sierra Hull’s positively stellar career started early. That is, if you consider a Grand Ole Opry debut at age 10, called back to the famed stage a year later to perform with her hero and mentor Alison Krauss to be early. She played Carnegie Hall at 12; at 13 signed with Rounder Records and issued her debut, Secrets, and garnered the first of many IBMA nominations for Mandolin Player of the Year. She played the Kennedy Center at 16 and the next year became the first bluegrass musician to receive a Presidential Scholarship at the Berklee College of Music. As a 20-year-old, Hull played the White House.

She found inspiration in Krauss, Ricky Skaggs, and Sam Bush. And, just as importantly, affirmed her own sense of identity in the album covers of Rhonda Vincent, the queen of bluegrass. She heard the words of her parents, prepping her for life’s big moments yet to come, repeatedly instilling the mantra: Hard work, more than anything, will get you somewhere. It certainly did.

In 2010, Hull captured her first IBMA award for Recorded Event of the Year. She was shedding the prodigy tag, turning virtuoso, and releasing her second album, Daybreak, with seven of her own original compositions.

By 2016, Hull had reached a more mature place in her life and in her art. She tapped legendary bluegrass musician Bela Fleck to produce her third album, Weighted Mind. A departure from her opening pair of records that blended progressive elements with traditional structure, Hull let go of whatever preconceptions existed– both hers and those of her audience– and birthed a GRAMMY-nominated masterpiece.

Enlisting bassist Ethan Jodziewicz (and Fleck on two cuts), and harnessing vocal contributions from Krauss, Abigail Washburn, and Rhiannon Giddens, Hull trusted her foundation of influences to support this artistic leap. Months later she was taking home the IBMA award for Mandolin Player of the Year. After a near-decade of consecutive noms, Hull broke that last glass ceiling, becoming the first woman to win the prestigious title. Of all the numerous awards and achievements Sierra Hull has earned, that one occupies a special place on the mantel. Then she took home a pair to join it, winning again in 2017 and 2018.

Hull has maintained a rigorous touring schedule, as well. Even when off the road, she is frequently guesting with friends and legends, joining such icons as the Indigo Girls, Garth Brooks, and Gillian Welch, and performing at the Country Music Awards in 2018 with Skaggs, Brad Paisley, and Marty Stuart.

She says she’s ready, now, for something new. Currently in the midst of work for the follow-up to Weighted Mind, her next album will consist of all original songs. Beyond that, there are tantalizing ideas she won’t divulge for collaborations and, perhaps, an all-instrumental record. There is a plan, but not a timetable, which is just fine.

SIERRA HULL – CHRISTMAS TIME IS HERE

FRANKLIN THEATRE

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 – 8 PM 

CLICK FOR TICKETS

November 8

Multi-Grammy Nominated Louis York & Girl Band The Shindellas Live at Franklin Theatre Nov 15th

Weirdo Workshop founders and multi-Grammy nominated singer/songwriting duo, Louis York (Chuck Harmony & Claude Kelly) are back at it as they gear up for a special pre-Thanksgiving Day performance in Franklin, TN at Franklin Theatre on Thursday, November 15 (Doors at 7pm) alongside their emerging girl band, The Shindellas. Fans will have a chance to see this high energy, funkadelic, and pulsating performance up close and personal just in time for the holidays.

Louis York and The Shindellas continue to bless listeners with new music and visuals as part of their Masterpiece Theater series. The live versions of fan favorite “Slow Motion” Reimagined and new single “No Regrets” featuring label mates The Shindellas are only sneak peeks of what’s in store. In addition to their upcoming #LoveTakeoverTour and more exclusive visuals, the guys are back in the studio creating their full-length LP out in 2019. Be on the lookout for their debut album Deep Fried Veggies!

For more information and tickets to the show, CLICK HERE.

More about Louis York:

With a discography that covers everything from Pop, R&B, Gospel, and Country, Louis York has created for icons like Michael & Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion; Chart toppers Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus; R&B Divas Fantasia, Ledisi, Jazmine Sullivan, K. Michelle; gospel’s Le’Andria Johnson and Jonathan McReynolds and more. As self-proclaimed “Weirdos” (an affectionate name they and their followers call themselves), Louis York has pushed the envelope with their music to include themes of love, acceptance, social awareness that culminated into an EP trilogy called Masterpiece Theater: Act I, Act II, Act III. Their first song “Clair Huxtable,” an ode to black women quickly became a fan favorite along with other releases “Things I Should Have Said” and “Don’t Play.”

More about The Shindellas:

Introducing Kasi, Tam, and Stacy, a.k.a. The Shindellas their music focuses on self-love, empowerment and positivityThey recently released two singles “Reconsider” and “Ain’t That The Truth” that will be featured on their upcoming EP out at the top of 2019. Most recently, the ladies appeared at the 2018 ESSENCE Festival performing with Grammy-nominated duo Louis York. The brainchild of multi-Grammy nominated songwriting-production duo Louis York a.k.a. Chuck Harmony & Claude Kelly (Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Janet Jackson, etc.), they guys wanted to create a platform for better representation of black women in music. “We’ve heard the disrespectful opinions being shared on conference calls and in board meetings. “We’ve seen what gets the green light and what doesn’t. We see the void in popular music. We’ve worked with the very best women in the music business so it’s only fitting that Louis York makes a statement…through art. That statement is THE SHINDELLAS!”

Catch Louis York & The Shindellas November 15th at 8 pm. For more information and tickets to the show, CLICK HERE.