Nashville's 4th of July festival is held annually at the downtown Riverfront Park.
This annual event is a spectacular sight to be seen and is one of our must see and do family events of the year.
Nashville's July 4th Spectacular Review:
The one disappointment for the night was when it was announced that Scrapmetal featuring Gunnar Nelson (one of Rick Nelson's twins) would not perform. I was really looking forward to hearing them.
Flying Colors for Stephen Salyers
The first artist to perform is a new one I've never heard of before. His name was Stephen Salyers (www.stepehnsalyers.com) He is a young well-built pretty boy with curly blond hair. His tenor voice did everything he commanded it to do. Among his 3 selections included 2 originals and he really took command with his rendition of "All My Rowdy Friends" made famous by Hank Williams Jr. I was very impressed with Stephen. I think he is going to make a splash when he officially arrives on the music scene. He was wearing a red and white plaid shirt during sound check, changed into a beautiful blue and white for the show. He signed autographs and handed out photos after his show.
Jumpin John Stone
now it was time for John Stone, a longtime Nashville downtown honky tonk favorite. He jumped off stage and sang in the audience several times. I felt so sorry for John, as he had the hottest time of the day to perform under the hot lights. I really thought he was going to pass out from the heat he was sweating so profusely.
He showed what a professional he is and never missed a beat and was his usual awesome self. He wore a gray t-shirt and performed classics, originals and also a favorite John Stone song, "Shame on the Moon". His cd's are available from Tootsie's Records. He also stayed and signed a few autographs after his performance.
Flawless Erika Dunlap
Next to grace us with her talent was the beautiful Miss America 2004, Erika Dunlap. She has a cd out now and it's available at her website www.ErikaDunlap.com. Erika sang several song selections from the new cd as well as performing several oldies by Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and a Motown medley, which was awesome. She looked stunning with a brown multicolored top and she even took a few moments to show her crown to everyone.
Later on she changed into a red and white stripped t-shirt and performed the National Anthem while the color guard consisting of all divisions of the armed forces presented both the stars and stripes and the Tennessee state flag. Her performance of the anthem was flawless.
Danielle Peck's Official Arrival
Danielle Peck has really come along nicely. I cannot believe how much she has improved in the past couple years I've been hearing her. She really takes command of her songs now. She opened with an original song. When she did "God Loves You (I Don't), she told the audience loud and clear to take attention: I have arrived officially on the country music scene. This song is about a relationship that has gone bad resulting in saying I don't love you anymore.
Her 3rd number is the female rebellious song "Looking for a Good Man" which is the anthem of all the single females who have kissed a lot of frogs and is still looking for their prince. She wore a black sleeveless top and sunglasses during sound check, then changed into a red top with a silver belt and looked stunning.
Impressive Josh Turner
Josh Turner's low bass voice did not disappoint in the least bit. His sound check was just a great to listen to as his performance with the Nashville Symphony. His choices for selections were "Will You Walk with Me" "Your Man" and "long. Black Train". He was making the young girls swoon and the old ladies wish they were young enough to flirt.
Man!!! He was impressive. Josh isn't bad looking either, and one of the nicest people you would ever want to meet. He wore a plain white t-shirt during sound check, changing to a white dress shirt for his performance with the symphony.
Smooth Talking Barry Scott
Barry Scott came out next looking very handsome wearing a white outfit and recited the essay of "Freedom" the readings of quotes from different speeches. He was very impressive, as he always is, finishing to a standing ovation.
Sparkling Ronnie Milsap
The highlight of the evening's musical guest had to be Ronnie Milsap. Ronnie's impeccable performance showed the world that he will never be a Music Row "has been". Ronnie's voice was crystal clear without a flaw and received an exceptional Nashville welcome. He did a song from his new album then a few of his old classics including a shameless rendition of "Smokey Mountain Rain" and a medley of his most requested classics. Ronnie has always been an entertainer and he still showed he could keep an audience's attention and make them beg for more.
The culmination of the show, of course, is the Nashville symphony and the fireworks and this year would be a special one as it was the last year for the current associate conductor to perform at the 4th of July celebration. The WKDF radio personnel helped the crowd in sending him off with a "BANG" with the audience-yelling bang.
Nashville's Spectacular Symphony & Fireworks Display
The Nashville Symphony is one of the best in the nation, and has proven it once again. Among their selections for the fireworks display were 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Beethoven's 5th. In the past Nashville's fireworks display has been rated as high as 3rd largest in the nation and this year's fireworks display was just spectacular and looked to be the biggest in Nashville history. I wonder if we could possibly make #1 in the near future.