Bridgestone Arena hosted more concert attendees in the first six months of 2013 than all but six other venues in the United States and 22 in the world. Trade publication Pollstar says entertainers sold more than 229,000 tickets for shows at the downtown arena through June 30, trailing arenas in New York, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles, San Jose and Miami.
The seventh-place ranking is up a spot from last year. Check out the global top 25 here.
City officials and music industry pros this morning unveiled Nashville Dancin', a free concert series that will bring to the riverfront stage four acts for eight Thursday nights this summer. Retailer Dollar General is helping to sponsor the series by underwriting the parking at nearby LP Field.
Morales estimated that the event will draw 10,000 to 15,000 attendees to downtown Nashville each week, having a positive economic impact (approximately $5 million) on the city, particularly the businesses that will benefit from pre- and post-concert activity.
SEE ALSO: The Nashville Dancin' website
The back and forth over the Fairness in Ticketing Act is heating up quickly and likely will continue to draw attention from all sides of the entertainment industry. Sarah Skates has a rundown of the issues and players who will gather this morning on Capitol Hill for a hearing before a joint committee. We were amused Monday afternoon to receive emails from the public relations teams of both sides within 16 seconds of each other. Just for the record: In the blue corner is McNeely Pigott & Fox for the Fan Freedom Project. In the red corner are the Hall Strategies team representing the Tennessee Sports & Entertainment Industry Coalition.
LMG, one of the largest players in the audio and video production sector, has opened its sixth U.S. office at 1674 Elm Hill Pike, on the corner with Massman Drive. The company works on both concerts and corporate events and says its new 24,000-square-foot location will help it get a piece of the events that will land at the Music City Center. LMG also runs a design studio on Lower Broad to showcase its technology.
Two of the highest-profile electronic music DJs have pulled together a two-day festival that will hit Nashville's riverfront in late October. Tickets go on sale here on Tuesday.
The site for the festival is one of unparalleled awesomeness, taking place on the waterfront of downtown Nashville. Artists will perform in front of the scenic river and skyline, and several private events will ensue post-festival, both at an undisclosed terrestrial location and on a river boat.
A national player in the stage lighting business had added a Nashville office in the Soundcheck complex to its network and leased 50,000 square feet of warehouse space in Antioch to service local touring acts. Christie Lites' local outpost is its first expansion since it moved into the Las Vegas market two and a half years ago.
Want another sign that Nashville's tourism/entertainment sectors are on track for a wicked good year? Grand Ole Opry officials say they will organize four Wednesday concerts this July and August, adding to its current lineup of Tuesday, Friday and Sunday night shows. Rascal Flatts will headline one of the evenings.
Ted Welch has weighed in on the recently filed state bill that would tighten ownership guidelines for concert and sporting event ticket buyers. The Fairness in Ticketing Act of 2012, he says, stands to hurt fans and venues alike.
This bill has a few provisions that would benefit fans, but its real impact will be to guarantee that Ticketmaster and its event-producing and sports team partners have all the power over ticket distribution, even AFTER we pay for our tickets. More than half of the sports and entertainment season ticket buyers are businesses and professional firms. How many more tickets would go to waste if those entities saw their freedom to distribute tickets taken away?