CBS to Broadcast 5-Hour Star-Studded “New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash” with Nearly 50 TV Performances
Live Show at Bicentennial Mall to be Anchored by Headliners Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Dan + Shay
NASHVILLE – CBS will ring in the New Year by presenting New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash, marking the first time for Music City to anchor an entire New Year’s Eve national TV special, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced today.
The live show at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will be anchored by headliners Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band and Dan + Shay, along with special guests. It is free and open to the public. The five-hour television celebration on CBS will feature nearly 50 performances from a dozen locations in downtown, including live performances from the main stage at Bicentennial Mall and acts from Lower Broadway’s honky-tonks, bars and clubs. It will be aired on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
“From the very beginning, our goal was for Nashville to be the Central Time zone celebration on national television and rival New York City,” said Butch Spyridon, President and CEO, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “We are thrilled to share music from our Nashville superstars in a national broadcast that will carry immense marketing value as we rebuild momentum as a global destination. We appreciate CBS for the decision to partner on this five-hour special. At the same time, our live event will continue to be the best party in the country to ring in the New Year, bringing fun to our visitors and revenue to the city.”
Nashville’s New Year’s Eve concert has been featured on multiple major networks, but this is the first time the city is hosting an entire network TV special. The TV show will broadcast from 7pm to 10pm CT and resume at 10:30pm CT after a 30-minute break for news. The CBS show will conclude at 12:30am CT.
Gates for the live show at Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park will open at 4pm. Please note, proof of vaccination or negative test (within 48 hours) will be required for entry into Bicentennial Mall.
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As is tradition, the Music Note will be raised, followed by a performance from the Fisk Jubilee Singers, a world-renowned ensemble that will perform a selection of spiritual music. The show’s highlight will be the traditional Music Note Drop and accompanying fireworks display at midnight to usher in the New Year. As a live event, New Year’s Eve generates as much as $26.2 million in direct visitor spending and an attendance of 200,000.
The Jack Daniel’s New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash live event is produced by the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp for the city of Nashville and presented by Jack Daniel’s. Partners include Advance Financial, Bud Light, Coca-Cola Consolidated and Dr Pepper Zero.
The New Year’s Eve Live: Nashville’s Big Bash broadcast by CBS is executive produced by Robert Deaton and Mary Hilliard Harrington in partnership with the NCVC. The special will be directed by Sandra Restrepo. The CBS show will feature performances from country music’s hottest superstars, including Jason Aldean, Jimmie Allen, Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Dierks Bentley, Brooks & Dunn, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Elle King, Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker, Blake Shelton, Cole Swindell, Zac Brown Band and more. The broadcast will cross multiple time zones, with the traditional countdown at midnight ET, culminating with the renowned Nashville Music Note Drop and fireworks at midnight CT.
Additional details about the TV broadcast and lineup for the live show will be announced in the coming weeks. The NCVC will offer visitor packages for purchase. For more information: visitmusiccity.com/newyearseve.
Fisk Jubilee Singers®
Fisk Jubilee Singers® are vocal artists and students at Fisk University in Nashville, Tenn., who sing and travel worldwide. The original ensemble introduced the Negro spiritual to the world in 1871 as they traveled and raised money to sustain Fisk University. The ensemble was also instrumental in preserving this unique American musical. During their early years of travel and performance, they sang for crowned heads around the world. The Fisk Jubilee Singers continue the tradition of singing the Negro spiritual around the world, and recently performed in renowned venues such as The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Smithsonian Institute, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, The White House and Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. In 2007 the ensemble also traveled and performed in Ghana at the invitation of the Department of State in celebration of Ghana’s 50th Independence anniversary. The two-time GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning Fisk Jubilee Singers have received numerous awards including the induction into the Music City Walk of Fame, the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the GRAMMY Hall of Fame. In 2008, the Fisk Jubilee Singers were awarded the 2008 National Medal of Arts by former President George W. Bush at the White House. The ensemble has collaborated with guest artists like CeCe Winans, Keb’ Mo’, Shania Twain, India.Arie, The Fairfield Four and Rodney Atkins and now has membership in the Academy of Country Music. fiskjubileesingers.org
The Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp
The mission of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp is to maximize the economic contribution of the convention and tourism industry to the community by developing and marketing Nashville as a premier destination. Visit the NCVC’s website at www.visitmusiccity.com and follow us on social media: