Dancin’ In The District To Return To Riverfront Park Oct. 10

Dancin’ In The District, a beloved downtown Nashville event from days gone by, has been revived and returns this year to Riverfront Park on Oct. 10.

The free, all-ages, pet-friendly music event will include Nashville favorites like Daddy’s Dogs, 8th & Roast, and Ole Smoky Moonshine and benefits Music Health Alliance, an organization that helps connect professional musicians with the medical and financial solutions they might need.

Dancin’ In The District was dreamt up in the early 1990s to reconnect Music City with the music that gave it its name. Nashville restauranteur and Dancin’ founder, Tom Morales and a group of like minds formed the event with the help of Mayor Phil Bredesen, the idea being to throw a free weekly party with music at its hub.

“Dancin’ quickly became the catalyst to bring people downtown and was a selling point for investment on Lower Broadway,” notes Morales. “The Titans were the title sponsor at one point and the Predators engaged as well. The riverfront ‘happy hour’ quickly grew to crowds of over 10,000 people and the vitality of Lower Broad was back. As Nashville begins to face another identity crisis we felt the revival of such an event as Dancin’ in the District would be a perfect opportunity to remind locals, especially those new to Nashville, that Lower Broadway was once a platform for music discovery. This free community event brought music back downtown and we’re working hard to do it again.”

Dancin’ is the first of many events to be produced by Acme Radio Company, the newly established non-profit arm of Acme Radio Live.”From day 1, Acme Radio has focused on the discovery and preservation of Nashville,” said Carl Gatti, Acme’s Director of Entertainment. “As the city grows, we have gained a better understanding of just how important our original mission statement is. To continue our focus, we are launching the Acme Radio 501(c)(3) to expand upon discovery and preservation opportunities throughout the community and allow other like-minded businesses, brands, charities, artists, and individuals help us accomplish this goal.”

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