Keith Urban, Styx headline Nashville New Year’s Eve show

The event will be free and open to the public

Keith Urban will ring in the new year in Nashville. He’s set to headline the Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville (#NashvilleNYE). Urban, who’s making his way up the country charts with “Blue Ain’t Your Color,” will lead a cool night of music which will also include rock band Styx, A Thousand Horses, Charlie Worsham and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. The event is free and open to the public.

“What could be better than New Year’s Eve in downtown Nashville,” Urban says in a statement. “It’s an awesome way to ring in 2017, and I can’t wait for the party!”

Urban, a four-time GRAMMY winner, has released five No. 1 albums, including his most recent Ripcord, and recorded 21 No. 1 songs. He ranks No. 8 on Billboard’s All-time Country Airplay Chart and has the most consecutive top 10 songs on Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart (36). He is a Country Music Association Horizon Award winner and the first to go on to win the CMA’s Male Vocalist of the Year, a title he’s captured three times, and the coveted Entertainer of the Year. He is the only country artist to have served as an American Idol judge.

The event will take place at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park for the first time to accommodate growth and enhance security. Last year’s New Year’s event on Lower Broadway attracted a record 150,000 to downtown, generating $22.2 million in direct visitor spending.

Jack Daniel’s Music City Midnight: New Year’s Eve in Nashville event site will open at 4 pm with a DJ. The raising of the Music Note by Mayor Megan Barry and the Fisk Jubilee Singers will follow at approximately 6:15 pm.

Buddy Iahn
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