by VICTORIA HENLEY
Nashville– Tennessee’s capital– is known far and wide for its bustling “Music Row” nightlife scene, and for being the home-place of some of country music’s most iconic stars, thus earning the name “The Country Music Capitol of the World.”
Of course, the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry are acclaimed for being “bucket list” destinations for the millions of tourists who visit each year. However, the hidden gems tucked away amidst the rolling hills and neon lights of this magical city can yield some of the most exciting, unique, and entertaining experiences one can find.
One of these gems is the Nashville Nightlife Theater, a celebration of country music both past and present, where you can experience the classics from Country Music Hall of Fame inductees and world class country singers/songwriters.
Singers and headlining performers include owners, Ken and Diana Janson, who have headlined shows around the world, opening and performing for some of biggest names in the industry, and you won’t want to miss the real-life couple’s rendition of some of the greatest hits from one of the most iconic couples in country music: Johnny Cash and June Carter-Cash.
The couple’s talented son, Zach Janson (who has released a debut album: Zach Janson: More of That) also joins in for classic and contemporary melodies, while the talents of Brenda Best (who appeared on the hit television show, “Nashville”) and Tiger Bell (whose illustrious career in music has spanned the decades as he began playing fiddle for Mearle Haggard at just 8 years old) are also featured.
Enjoy the music of artists from Hank Williams Sr. to Patsy Cline to contemporary superstars such as Sara Evans and Toby Keith.
Just a few of the many celebrities who have graced the stage (many of them serve as resident performers) at the Nashville Nightlife Theater include Jeannie Seely (Opry legend and Grammy Award winner), Tim Watson (legendary fiddle player whom has been featured in countless live performances and recordings with Tammy Wynette and has opened for mega stars including Conway Twitty, Keith Urban, Lonestar, George Strait and George Jones), Dianna Murrell (who made the Billboard charts with her single, “Just When I Needed You Most”), and Mark Powelson (a tour de force singer/songwriter who has worked with household names including Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewi, and Conway Twitty.)
Located just a short distance from some of Nashville’s most buzz-worthy dance halls and live performance venues, The Nashville Nightlife Theater is beautifully decorated with the style and flair of a vintage Nashville music hall. Consistently voted the “#1 Dinner Show in Nashville” by the media, Nashville Nightlife Theater offers an extremely interactive and high energy live show format, famously inviting patrons onstage to sing, dance and experience their own special moments in the limelight.
The theater is conveniently located within walking distance from the Opryland Hotel.
There is no need to make outside dinner plans, because Nashville Nightlife will take care of that for you with their delicious dinner option. Add the meal for just a small upgrade fee, and the all-you-can -eat dinner buffet includes a selection of home-made fried chicken, ribs, Swedish meatballs, sausage with peppers, fish, pasta, an array of vegetables, baked potatoes, salads, hot rolls and cobblers for dessert.
Unlimited (and delicious) southern sweet tea, unsweetened tea, varieties of soft drinks and Citavo Coffee are served to accompany the meal. A large menu of wines, liquors and cocktails is also available.
Be sure to meet and greet with the extremely personable cast after the show for social media photo opportunities, and you can also buy hit singles and CDs directly from the artists or in the gift shop (which features an assortment of country theme jewelry, accessories, music, and artwork-featuring pieces by country music star, Ronnie McDowell.)
An up close and personal live music experience with real country music legends, a delicious feast and good old fashioned southern ambiance make Nashville Nightlife Theater a “Must See” for locals and tourists alike.
PHONE: (615) 885- 4747 or (Toll Free) 1 (800) 573-7973
Victoria Henley is host of Backstage Pass on FCB/ IHeart Radio and a former contestant on “America’s Next Top Model.”