Here we are again: Prepping to say goodbye to another year. This one was… let’s say particularly eventful, so you may be feeling like something special’s warranted to officially send 2015 packing.
We have a huge mix of options when it comes to ringing in the New Year in Nashville, from little bar parties (the just-opened Bar Luca in East Nashville is having their first-ever New Year’s party, if you’re looking for something super new) to big blowouts.
Not totally set on what you’re doing yet? We picked out a few solid options — one for those of you who’d like to keep things cozy, one for Nashvillians who want to go big, and one for the rest of you, who fall somewhere in the middle.
New Year’s Eve in Nashville
The original Family Wash — a former laundromat at Porter and Greenwood in East Nashville — was legitimately small. The new location that opened this year at 626A Main Street (still in East Nashville) is pretty spacious, comparatively, but not so large that you’ll feel overwhelmed if you’re looking to spend New Year’s Eve among a reasonable number of folks.
The event The Wash has planned for ringing in the New Year should be a soothing one, too: Nashville singer-songwriter Amy Black will preside over a night that pays tribute to the classic soul of Muscle Shoals, with songs from Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Etta James and others, plus original soul songs that fit the mood.
The angle makes a bunch of sense, given Black’s latest album, The Muscle Shoals Sessions, recorded in Muscle Shoals’ FAME Recording Studios with some of Nashville’s best (Will Kimbrough, Regina and Ann McCrary of the McCrary Sisters) and legendary sideman Spooner Oldham.
Tickets are $15, and the show kicks off at 9 p.m.
Truly one of Nashville’s most remarkable pieces of architecture, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center makes for a luxurious setting to welcome 2016. And on New Year’s Eve, the Symphony and maestro Giancarlo Guerrero will deal up a night that’s bright and celebratory, with a Pops program that includes Broadway hits, Gershwin’s legendary Rhapsody in Blue and, as it should be, a night-capping performance of “Auld Lang Syne.”
Tickets range from $43 to $87, or you can snag the “Sweetheart Concert Package for Two,” which includes tickets, two glasses of Champagne and a box of Nashville Chocolate and Nut Company truffles.
Driven to go big on New Year’s Eve? There really isn’t an option larger than the Bash on Broadway, the annual celebration in downtown Nashville that’s steadily ballooned since its 2009 launch.
That first year, 15,000 folks came out to celebrate, listen to live music and watch a big, light-covered guitar drop 80 feet to mark the New Year. By 2014: 130,000 people downtown, artists including Lady Antebellum and Gavin DeGraw performing, and a 145-foot drop for a 15-foot-tall music note that’s now the bringer of the New Year in Nashville.
This year, the celebration’s set to be nothing short of massive. Nashville’s Kings of Leon are booked to headline, and they’re just one in a talent-stacked lineup that also includes country voice Chris Stapleton (whose pairing with Justin Timberlake at the 49th CMA Awards made 2015 his year, definitively).
The event kicks off at noon on Lower Broad (the Jack Daniel’s Stage that hosts most of the big acts is at 1st Avenue & Broadway), and admission is free. More info at VisitMusicCity.com.
Whatever you end up deciding to do, here’s hoping you welcome 2016 with friends or family (or both) and lots of happiness.
And if 2016 turns out to be the year you decide to put your home on the market and/or start hunting for a new place, we hope you’ll give us a call!