The famous honky-tonk celebrates its 54th birthday
Music City’s legendary honky-tonk Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge will celebrate its 54th birthday in downtown Nashville on November 12th with a Broadway street-party hosted by America’s Morning Show host Blair Garner from NASH-FM. As part of the celebration, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge will host entertainment on the outdoor Broadway stage throughout the day. The Wednesday event will include performances by Terri Clark, Chuck Wicks, Trick Pony and Darryl Worley, with more exciting artist announcements coming soon.
“The Tootsie’s Birthday Bash has become an annual event that everyone looks forward to,” says Tootsie’s proprietor Steve Smith. “We kicked it off at the Ryman with Kris Kristofferson, Terri Clark, Mel Tillis, and Jamey Johnson a few years back. Then, Kid Rock and The Kentucky HeadHunters took the party to the street on Broadway. We then had Dierks Bentley, Randy Houser and Troy Gentry kicked it up a bit, and then there is this year. The lineup is starting to come together!”
Tootsie’s is known to have been used as a “green room” to some of the greatest Opry stars including Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Ernest Tubb. “Tootsies is where the stars would come to wet their whistles and pick their guitars,” adds Smith.
Today, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge is a must-see Music City destination for tourists and is frequented by locals, including some of the biggest names in country music, who often drop in and surprise patrons with impromptu performances. Kenny Chesney with classic rock icon Steve Miller, Keith Urban, Kix Brooks, Montgomery Gentry, Kid Rock, Steven Tyler, Randy Houser, Jamey Johnson, Dierks Bentley and Hank Williams, Jr. are among the artists who have recently performed there.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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