Viva, Nash Vegas!
Mizzou football kicks off the SEC season at Vanderbilt.
Mizzou football (4–0) travels to Nashville, Tenn., Saturday, Oct. 5, to avenge last season’s 19–15 home loss to the Vanderbilt Commodores (3–2). Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. Central time, and the new SEC rivals’ series history is tied 2–2-1.
With so much to do in Nashville, visitors could arrive with no itinerary and simply wander from gourmet restaurant to mind‐expanding museum to historic concert venue. The city was named one of the top five travel destinations in the world by Conde Nast.
For those who like a more structured trip, here is a list of places recommended by the Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau. If you can’t make it, the game is televised on the CSS‐Sports network.
— Marcus Wilkins
Hit the Hall — Visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. This isn’t just a museum, it’s an experience. Rhinestone costumes, seasoned instruments and tear‐stained lyric sheets are only the beginning. Exhibits include The Bakersfield Sound: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, and California Country; Reba McEntire: All the Women I Am; and Carrie Underwood: Blown Away. Fans of the TV Show Nashville will love the exhibit “Nashville”: Like A Country Song. Don’t miss the Music City Walk of Fame across the street, a pathway featuring music celebrities who lived, worked and played in Nashville.
Home of the Greek Gods — In Nashville’s Centennial Park, you’ll find the world’s only full‐scale reproduction of the ancient Parthenon in Athens, Greece. The structure houses an art gallery and museum as well as Alan LeQuire’s Athena Parthenos. Standing almost 42 feet high, Athena is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.
Take in a Songwriters‐in‐the‐Round Show — Enjoy this unique way to hear music. Several singer‐songwriters play on stage accompanied only by a microphone and a guitar. Shows can be found at intimate clubs, including The Listening Room Café and the famous Bluebird Cafe.
Get Artsy — Nashville’s art scene is booming with galleries, festivals, art crawls and more. October is “Artober” as the city celebrates its vibrancy and diversity from visual and performing arts to music, crafts and film. Be sure to head to the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the downtown art galleries, the First Saturday Art Crawl, Shakespeare in the Park, Tennessee Association of Craft Artists art festival and more.
Visit the Ryman Auditorium — Also called the Mother Church of Country Music, artists as diverse as Jon Bon Jovi and Tony Bennett have performed on its legendary stage. You can take a backstage tour and record your own song in the Ryman recording studio.
Salute the Man in Black —The newly opened Johnny Cash Museum features the world’s most comprehensive collection of Johnny Cash artifacts and memorabilia. The 18,000-foot space includes interactive exhibits, a 250‐seat auditorium, awards, costumes and instruments.
Music, Music, Music — Also newly opened, The Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum honors stars and studio players representing all genres of music with emphasis on the 1960s, 1970s and popular music.
Honky Tonk Highway — Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Legends Corner, The Second Fiddle, The Stage, Layla’s Bluegrass Inn and Robert’s Western World are experts at serving cool longnecks and hot country music. You never know who you’ll see in these clubs — Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Gretchen Wilson, Dierks Bentley and other stars began their careers on Lower Broadway.
Special Events — In addition to the Mizzou‐Vanderbilt game, check out other events this weekend such as the Village Artisan Fair in Edgehill Village, the Nashville Beer Festival and Musicians Corner in Centennial Park and the Chiefs‐Titans game at LP Field Sunday.