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Saturday, August 13, 2011

National Folk Festival caps Nashville reputation as ‘Music City USA’ with Sept. 2-4 event

National Folk Festival caps Nashville reputation as ‘Music City USA’ with Sept. 2-4 event

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Associated Press ) — Nashville has no theme park, no beach and no casinos.

But it has music. Lots of it.

The National Folk Festival, which is coming to Nashville Labor Day weekend, caps off several months of major events held here that validate Nashville’s self-proclaimed moniker “Music City USA.”

The free, 73rd folk festival Sept. 2-4 is to feature more than 250 of the country’s finest traditional performers and craftsmen, with simultaneous performances on six stages throughout the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park. An estimated 60,000 to 80,000 attendees are expected.

Read the entire article on Nashville's 73rd National Folk Festival in The Washington Post.

Help Keep the Festival Free -- After some minor technical difficulties, our website wizards have made it easier than ever for you to help keep the National Folk Festival free by donating. Just visit our website and "Make a Drop in the Bucket." Donate online via our website here.

Sponsor Highlight: Tractor Supply Company

Thanks to Tractor Supply Company for their support of the 73rd National Folk Festival and sponsorship of the Bicentennial Amphitheatre. Look for their tent by the amphitheatre when you visit the festival at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park this Labor Day weekend.

Tractor Supply Company is the largest retail farm and ranch store chain in the United States with 1000+ retail stores in 44 states, more than 15,000 team members and headquarters in Brentwood, Tenn. At TSC, customers can find everything they need to maintain their farms, ranches, homes and animals. TSC is more than just a farm supplies store, at each store you’ll find a staff of experts who collectively provide an exceptional depth of knowledge and resources. TSC team members are proud of where they live and even more proud to bring you the products, services and seasoned advice you need for life out here.


Come be a part of one of the greatest American festivals here in Music City -- join the growing force of over 200 generous volunteers who are making the 73rd National Folk Festival a success and who allow us to keep the festival free. Be a VOLUNTEER!

The 73rd National Folk Festival offers a variety of exciting volunteer opportunities. We welcome school, church, office and civic organizations to come be a part of the festival as volunteer groups. We need your help, so please visit our website to sign up as a volunteer and be a part of a national tradition! SIGN UP NOW!

Email Cynthia Morin, Volunteer Coordinator, at to learn more about group volunteer opportunities or volunteering in general.

Thank you! Every helping hand makes a difference.

Be on the lookout for our complete performance schedule online next week!

The 73rd, 74th and 75th National Folk Festival in Nashville will be produced by the National Council for the Traditional Arts and Nashville Folk and Roots, in partnership with the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, the Arts and Business Council of Greater Nashville, the Nashville Downtown Partnership and the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau, in collaboration with the state of Tennessee and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Financial and in-kind support make the National Folk Festival possible. Thank you to our additional sponsors and contributors: The Tennessean | Nissan | Tractor Supply Company | Altria | Tennessee Department of Tourist Development | Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee | SunTrust | ATT | Cracker Barrel | Advance Financial | Bridgestone Americas, Inc. | Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation | Vail Memorial Fund | XMI | Compass Records Group | 650 AM/WSM | AEG Live/The Messina Group | Allen Printing Company|Avenue Bank | Arts Center of Cannon County / Spring Fed Records | Bass Berry Sims | Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC | Belmont University | BMI | Bradfield Stage Lighting | Cheekwood | Classic Party Rentals | Design (615) | Digital Litho | Emma | Evan Hatch | Frist Center for the Visual Arts | Global Education Center | iDesign | Katy Kirby Consulting | Lightning 100 | Mark Montgomery / |Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority | Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools | Blue Moon | Music City Roots | Nashville Arts Magazine | Nashville Business Journal| Nashville Chamber of Commerce | Nashville Electric Service | Nashville General Hospital at Meharry | Nashville Public Library | Nashville Public Radio | The Recording Academy | Rock Solid Security, Inc. | Sheraton Nashville Downtown | Steve Turner | Tennessee Department of Agriculture | Tennessee Folklore Society | Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition | Tennessee State Museum | Tennessee State Parks | Tuck Hinton Architects | Two Dog Media | Veritas Media Group | Visual Machinery

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