Registration is well under way for the annual conference in Nashville, June 7-10th. Wondering how you’ll spend your evenings after a stimulating day of program sessions?
Thursday evening from 1-7 visit the vendor expo to learn about the latest products and services in the field, then mingle with other conference attendees at a reception from 5-7 at the hotel before the opening session.
Friday evening you will catch a bus downtown to a reception at the famous Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum, with an opportunity to browse their interactive displays and collections of costumes, musical instruments, and artifacts (including one of Elvis Presley’s cars) tracing the origins and evolution of country music. Buses will circulate between the hotel and the museum, the last departing the museum for the hotel at 10 p.m.
Saturday evening is yours to explore on your own. The Conference Planning Committee has prepared a spreadsheet of dining suggestions on the Explore Nashville page (http://www.nasig.org/conference_city_info.cfm) that can be sorted by neighborhood, type of cuisine, etc. Some of the venues are on the hotel shuttle route so you can be dropped off and picked up in between airport runs by calling the hotel’s phone number. There are also handouts with maps of different neighborhoods around town with restaurants listed on them. Interested in checking out the honky tonks of Lower Broadway and mingling with country music fans in town for Country Music Fest? Head back downtown to Broadway and 2nd Ave. Want to check out the university restaurant scene?
Check out the Belmont/Vanderbilt area. Demonbreun venues are near the recording studios of Music Row. The Gulch is a new hip urban development with condos and shops not far from downtown. Reservations in advance for the restaurant of your choice are highly recommended! Don’t wait till you get to Nashville to make your plans. Interested in getting a group together to venture out? Send a message to NASIG-L. Have you opted out of NASIG-L and want to resubscribe for the next few months? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Interested in a performance of the Grand Ole Opry or a General Jackson dinner cruise and show, with pickup at the hotel? See the Tours page (http://www.nasig.org/conference_tours.cfm) for more information.
Is shopping your thing? Visit the newly reopened Opry Mills Mall (coupon book in your conference packet) or upscale Green Hills Mall to check out what Nashville has to offer.
Later Saturday, head back to the hotel for open mic night beginning at 9. Don’t forget to bring your instrument and join in the fun!
Don’t miss out! Early registration closes on May 4th.
Looking forward to seeing you in Nashville!