Host City Nashville Announces Musical Entertainment for Congress of Cities

Press Release
Press Release

From the opening reception to the closing event, visitors attending the National League of Cities 2015 Congress of Cities in Nashville, Nov. 4-7, will have a front-row view of the world-class artistry, sounds and performances of Music City.

Daily special events and programs will be filled with a lineup of enough stars that the conference will resemble a music festival.

18 South, which includes acclaimed instrumentalist and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Jon Randall and his wife, Jessi Alexander, will play the Opening Reception in the Music City Center exhibition hall, from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. The band personifies Nashville’s highly influential “roots music” movement.

Grammy Award winner Martina McBride headlines the Saturday Closing Reception at Nashville’s new Music City Center downtown convention hall, located in the heart of the entertainment district. The event also features Gabe Dixon, a renowned keyboard player who fronts the Gabe Dixon Band and is a regular band member for Paul McCartney and Supertramp. The Jason Eskridge Band will close the evening with a high-impact show that will feature rhythm and blues, soul and rock music performance.

The Closing Reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Music City Center Grand Ballroom and includes a sprawling southern spread and numerous beverage stations.

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Martina McBride Gabe Dixon Jason Eskridge


In between the opening and closing events, an all-star roster of entertainers will perform for NLC attendees. The list includes the Fisk Jubilee Singers; Jimmy Robbins, who in 2014 won the CMA Triple Play Award for writing three No. 1 hits within a calendar year; and J.T. Harding, who has written chart-topping songs for Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton.

Nashville School of the Arts’ Country and Bluegrass Band, Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School Silver Jazz Band and the W.O. Smith School of Music will deliver performances for the Friday, Nov. 6 general session.

About Martina McBride: Featured Performer at the Closing Event

McBride, who grew up singing country music in rural Kansas, first hit the charts in 1992. Her hit records include such enduring classics at “Wild Angels,” “Safe in the Arms of Love,” “Wrong Again,” “Blessed,” “My Baby Loves Me,” “In My Daughter’s Eyes,” “Life #9” and “A Broken Wing.”

To date, McBride has had 20 top-10 hits and six No. 1 smash records. As a result, she is ranked as the most played female vocalist on country radio between 1999 and 2010. She was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1995.

McBride is one of the biggest selling artists in all of country music. She has 14 Gold Records, nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records and two Triple Platinum awards and has sold more than 18 million units.

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